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Travel Tips & FAQs

Kissimmee Florida Travel Tips, Visitor Safety Information, and FAQs

Traveling to Central Florida? We've put together this handy visitors guide, complete with travel tips, information and helpful advice for people to consider when making first time visits to the Kissimmee and Orlando area.

Gratuities

It's customary to recognize good service at hotels with a gratuity to those who provide it. A 18% tip is a customary tip for hospitality rendered personal services. Other standard gratuities include:

  • $1 per bag for luggage assistance
  • $5 - $10 per week for maid service
  • $2 to the doorman or valet parker

Best Booking Practices

When booking vacation travel, these tips should be taken in consideration for hotel and vacation rentals:

  • Call the hotel or vacation rental company directly at least a week before your arrival - just to be sure everything is in place.
  • As a further assurance, contact the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association and verify your vacation rental company is a member in good standing.

Holidays

Banks and government offices (including post offices) are closed on these holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday of January)
  • President's Day (the third Monday of February)
  • Memorial Day (the last Monday of May)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (the first Monday of September)
  • Columbus Day (the second Monday in October)
  • Veteran's Day (November 11th)
  • Thanksgiving Day (the fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)

Hunting, Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing Licenses

Want to go hunting or fishing in the Kissimmee area? The first thing you'll need is a license. Fishing and hunting licenses are available at most bait shops and sporting goods stores.

You can also get a license online at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 


Marriage Licenses

Want to get married while you're in Kissimmee? You'll need to get a marriage license first. You can do just that at the Marriage & Passport Office located at 2 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, FL 34741. You can also call them for more information at 407-343-3530.


Post Offices

Want to send a few postcards to friends back at home? Chances are your hotel offers stamps and a mailbox. But if you need additional services, visit one of these Post Office locations:

  • Kissimmee Main Office, 2600 Michigan Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34744, 407-846-7550
  • Kissimmee Oak Street Station, 1415 W. Oak Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741, 407-846-7945
  • 3050 Polynesian Isle Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34746, 407-396-7001
  • 4701 Old Canoe Creek Rd., St. Cloud, FL 34769, 407-892-3779
  • 1712 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., St. Cloud, FL 34771, 407-892-9683

Rules of the Road

If you're planning on driving to or around Kissimmee, there are some basic laws you should keep in mind:

  • Drivers must carry a valid driver's license and proof of liability insurance.
  • All passengers must wear a seat belt, both in the front and back seats.
  • Children ages seven and under must be in a federally approved restraint device/child seat in the back seat. Click for more information
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.
  • Legal age to consume alcoholic beverages is 21.
  • Car headlights must be turned on after dusk and in the rain (day or night).

VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

All of the accommodations, attractions, dining, shopping, and other hospitality partners featured on this website have been vetted by Experience Kissimmee as complying with acceptable business and safety practices. It is our hope that you will enjoy the safest family-friendly fun possible while staying and playing in Kissimmee. We've also assembled some helpful information to help you prepare for environmental factors and fully enjoy your time in our destination.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When planning your Central Florida vacation, we know that you'll have many common questions regarding various Orlando attractions and theme parks, where to get discount tickets or find information on the latest promotions, or how to locate the closet beach to Kissimmee. So in order to provide you with answers to these frequently asked questions, we've provided a list of FAQs below.

Q: Can I purchase attraction tickets through Experience Kissimmee?

A: Yes.  Click to purchase attraction tickets.

Q: Can I book a hotel or vacation home through Experience Kissimmee?

A: Yes. Click to book your stay.

Q: Do you offer area hotel and attraction discounts?

A: Yes, we offer a variety of special offers and discounts. Check out our Special Offers section to get great deals and special offers.

Q: How far is Disney from Kissimmee?

A: Via West U.S. Highway 192 entrance to Disney is a brief few minutes from Kissimmee. 

Q: Is there public transportation available in your area?

A: Yes, please see the Getting Around section in our Travel Guide.

Q: Will I see an alligator?

A: While we have several attractions that feature alligators in controlled habitats, they can also be found in the wild in Central Florida. Follow these tips should you encounter an alligator outside of one of these attractions. 

Q: Do the attractions offer wheelchair rentals?

A: Yes, wheelchair rentals are available at all major attractions. Reservations are required prior to arrival for motorized wheelchairs. For more information, please visit the Special Needs section of our site.

Q: Is there transportation available from the Orlando International Airport to Kissimmee?

A: Yes, all major car rental agencies and shuttle services are available for your convenience. Prior arrangements for Getting Around are recommended.

Q: What is the closest beach to your area?

A: On the east coast Daytona Beach is approximately a 90 minute drive to the northeast; Cocoa Beach is approximately a 60 minute drive to the east. On the west coast Clearwater/St. Petersburg beaches are approximately a 90 minute drive. See Beaches in our Activities section.

Q: I am planning to visit soon, what is the weather like at this time of the year?

A: Temperatures can vary throughout the year.  Visit our Weather page for seasonal temperatures.

Q: What else is there to do in Kissimmee besides going to the theme parks?

A: Plenty! From airboat rides to dinner theatres, fishing, shopping, hiking and history. Explore the Things to Do section of our website for great ideas on how to make the best of your Kissimmee vacation.

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