Here in Kissimmee, we’re known for our Central Florida weather – that’s year-round sunshine with an average of 236 sunny days every year. But even the Sunshine State sees an occasional bit of rain. You might find yourself in a quick-moving sun shower that only lasts a few minutes, or find yourself in a rare patch of rainy weather. We know there’s a lot of planning that goes into vacations, so we want to give you some practical tips to have in your back pocket that make for good rainy weather fun! Although Kissimmee vacation homes and hotels near the theme parks have plenty to do in the chance of rain, here are seven things to inspire family fun until the sun comes back out around the Central Florida area.
1. Visit a Museum
When the rain starts pouring, it’s time to get learning! Here’s a fun fact: Kissimmee is the World Headquarters for Tupperware. Yup! You heard that right – the sealable kitchenware phenomenon has its head offices and also a museum here in Kissimmee, just one mile north of Gatorland. The Tupperware Confidence Center is a quirky museum that showcases the brand’s history, and also makes for interesting conversation when you come home from vacation. Stop by on your way into Downtown Kissimmee, or pair it with a trip to Gatorland once the rain lets up.
What better way to learn about Kissimmee's history than visiting the Osceola County Welcome Center? Inside, the rich history storytelling begins. Take a walk through the land from the very beginning of time and journey into what you'll recognize as the present. For even more exploring, head over to the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. This outdoor village dates back to the 1800s when horse and buggy was the primary mode of transportation and life was a bit simpler.
Fans of American Military history should visit the Museum of Military History in Kissimmee. It’s an interpretive center with interactive exhibits, along with war artifacts that provide a way for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and understand the American Military experience throughout the years while inspiring a sense of fun and adventure. It’s also free for Active Duty members of the military and children under 5.
You might also want to stop by the Kissimmee Air Museum which has 22 aircraft on display as well as historic WWII artifacts. The museum is run by Warbird Adventures, who (on a sunny day) can take you out for a flight in classic military aircraft. First-time fliers welcome!
Flying in the sky not taking you high enough? Then the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex is the next place to go. This gateway to space will bring your whole family face to face with shuttles, such as the famous Space Shuttle Atlantic, and you have the opportunity to be on a first-name basis with astronauts in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. See? The sky isn’t the limit.
2. Hit the Shops
Of course, shopping is fun rain or shine, but overcast weather is a good excuse to spend some time finding that perfect souvenir, or outlet store deal.
If you love hunting for a bargain, we suggest hitting up Orlando Premium Outlets - International Drive, where you’ll find more than 180 name-brand outlet stores. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is a shopping village just minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll leave with bags bearing the names of your favorite high-end brands without the high price tags.
Combine boutique shopping with arcade games and activities for the whole family by heading to Old Town for a taste of classic 50s and 60s Florida. While known today for its atmospheric amusements and retro rides, Old Town started as a shopping district and today, its unique shops still shine bright.
Now, if you're looking for the newest area to shop, stop by Sunset Walk. This entertainment and shopping district is perfect for those rainy days because you can shop, eat, and watch a movie at a luxury theater - all within a couple blocks!
Historic Downtown Kissimmee features a variety of antique shops and local art galleries. The tree-lined front street of Celebration Town Center also has a number of tempting specialty boutiques and its charming facades make for a memorable walk! Celebration is the town that The Walt Disney Company built, after all. Giving you the best of small-town America with a modern twist.
3. Experience an Indoor Attraction
Those creative minds in the family will love the Crayola Experience – an interactive and hands-on series of 25 activities, including a glow-in-the-dark drawing room and the chance to name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon! Play in colorful wax rain and melt crayons together – the only limit is your imagination. This indoor attraction also has the convenience of being located in the Florida Mall, Central Florida’s largest shopping center, so once you’re all colored out, there are lots of other spots for the family to visit.
For a rainy day, what could be more classic entertainment than bowling and burgers? Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs ups the ante by serving upscale sushi, pizza, and deluxe burgers alongside a yummy kids’ menu. We’ll take the ‘Giant Cake,’ please.
Although you can still smell the fresh rain air at Top Golf, you're safe from the raindrops under the cover while mastering your golf swing. This is a great chance for the family to gather around the bay and challenge each other to a game or two of golf.
4. Dinner and a Show
Don’t feel like just because it’s raining you have to go inside and play charades. Let professionals provide the entertainment for you.
Whether you like seeing epic knights duel for the brave maiden, or you love solving mysteries over dessert, our themed dinner shows are sure to keep you and your family entertained (and well fed) indoors. No matter what you’re feeling, there’s a dinner show that fits the bill.
5. Experience the Theme Parks in the Rain
So, you’ve only got a few days in town, and the day you planned to explore our world-famous theme parks ends up being a rainy one. No worries! Not only will it make for a good family story, but many of the rides and attractions that make up the theme parks are housed indoors anyway. This is also the perfect opportunity to flaunt your poncho style.
Rain ponchos can be purchased at grocery stores and gift shops around town, or from the theme parks. Put a few in your purse and hit the parks! Prepare to make memories.
6. Wait for the Rainbows
We’ve alluded to the fact that our sun showers can be deceiving. Often when they start, visitors will nix their plans for the day only to have them clear up moments later. Summer storms especially can pass in a matter of minutes, so your vacation isn’t likely to get rained out, and the post-shower skies can be spectacular!
7. Make Sunny Day Plans
This list just goes to show — there’s more than fair-weather entertainment in Central Florida! When the sun comes back out, we recommend you take a walk in nature or visit the amazing outdoor adventures. It’s a good idea to book a tee time at one of our famous golf courses, too.
Rain or shine, we hope our guide helps you experience Kissimmee!