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Free Attractions: Looking Past The Theme Parks

They say all the best things in life are free. Are they really? Instead of dismissing that phrase like I have in the past, you should try looking a bit harder past the theme parks. You'll be amazed at all the free activities that you and your family can fit in to the itinerary during your next vacation to Kissimmee--without breaking the bank!

For the social butterfly:

Skip the sock hop, grab your poodle skirt and head on over to Old Town's Saturday Nite Cruise! Old Town is the home of the most well-known classic car cruise in the world, taking pride in bringing car enthusiasts together to celebrate a time when the automobile meant individualism and freedom. Make sure to check out the classic rock n' roll band on the main stage and don't be afraid to bust out with a few dance moves!

And if you're looking for a bit of Disney magic, make sure you visit Disney Springs. You might be familiar with the world-famous, dazzling entertainment that the marketplace has to offer, but have you actually gone there without a tourist agenda? From stilt-walking, dancing characters to live music, it is one of the best places to sit and people watch. And if your little ones are getting antsy, make sure to head on over to the LEGO Store and let their imaginations run wild in their indoor interactive area encouraging hands-on exploration as well as their outdoor playground!

For the outdoorsman (or lady!):

Grill out and enjoy the great outdoors at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park! This 18-acre property sitting along the north shore of Lake Tohopekaliga in downtown Kissimmee, boasts two playgrounds, 15 pavillions, a fishing pier, a concession stand, a wedding lawn and pergola, a community house, event lawns, a fishing tournament area, a splash pad, 475 feet of boardwalks, a marina and baitshop as well as 52 floating docks. There are more than 70 free events in the park each year and the city of Kissimmee is working on developing more programming from environmental classes for students to yoga in the park.

Go out and explore the home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals at The Disney Wilderness Preserve. This preserve is an essential part of the Everglades ecosystem and contains 3,500 acres of restored wetlands--the life-blood of peninsular Florida known as "nature's sponges" for their ability to capture rain, filter nutrients and replenish our ground water.

For the history buff:

The Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum is a collaboration between Osceola County and the Osceola County Historical Society that teaches tourists about the county's rich history. Or if you would rather take a step back in time, visit the Pioneer Village, a permanent collection of authentic structures which once upon a time stood in different areas of Osceola County. 

World War II made a lasting impact and what better way to revisit history than by stopping by the monuments that adorn our city? Begun in 1942 after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Monument of States was the vision of Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a local tourism booster, who wanted a physical symbol of American unity in the dark days of early World War II.

Right around the corner from the Lakefront park, sits the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial's ‘A Tribute to Courage,' dedicated to the Americans and Filipinos who fought in the Philippines during WWII.

For the cultured artist:

Spend the day walking (or riding a bike!) around Celebration, Florida on a guided architecture tour created by our very own team and posted on our Pinterest account! Learn facts about the architects who helped design the quaint area and enjoy the views the little town has to offer. You might even have time to stop by the Celebration Farmers' Market and peruse a great variety of food and craft vendors!

Continue your outdoor tour at the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, where pieces of original outdoor art are on display, enhancing downtown Kissimmee's place as an art and cultural community in Central Florida.

For the little one:

After spending a day outdoors, there is no better way to cool off than by splashing around Celebration Town Center's splash pad! Just remember to bring sunscreen and a towel!

The best way to end a great day in Kissimmee is by cozying up next to a fire at night. Enjoy delicious s'mores and share hugs with Chip N' Dale at the Chip N' Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. Bring your own marshmallows, sticks, blankets and cozy up to sing along to old-time favorites led by a guitar-playing cowboy. As night falls, the fun continues with a movie under the stars in the cool night air. Perfect for snuggling!


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