When you think of Kissimmee, big-name, bucket-list experiences probably spring to mind. But aside from those epic adventures, what do locals love to do around here? The answer: a lot! From delicious dining and fun weekly attractions, to appreciating the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up Kissimmee locals’ favorite things to do in this sunny part of Central Florida. Keep reading to learn how you can experience Kissimmee like a local, too!
Savion’s Place Family Cuisine
Born in Haiti and raised in South Florida by a single mom, Chef Pouchon Savion brings the flavors and recipes he was raised on to the menu at Savion’s Place Family Cuisine. Locals flock here for the awesome lunch and happy hour specials, and Chef Savion himself is often seen greeting diners at their table. It’s definitely a place to bring your kids — and your appetite! Don’t miss the jambalaya (it’s grandma’s authentic recipe) or the tostones bowl (fried plantains stuffed with prawns and pulled pork). Plus, if you’d like to enjoy a meal around the table at your vacation home, Savion’s offers a super affordable, family-style catering menu full of crowd-pleasing favorites.
3 Sisters Speakeasy
If you've ever wanted to slip back through time and visit a hidden bar during Prohibition, visit 3 sisters speakeasy in Kissimmee. This atmospheric restaurant spins a tale about three sisters who ran a Prohibition bar requiring patrons to knock three times and give a password. This local hangout isn’t password protected anymore, and it’s no secret it’s the place to go in downtown Kissimmee for tasty pub-style fare, delicious cocktails, a fun trivia night on Tuesdays, and live music five nights a week.
Museum of Military History
The only military museum in Florida owned by veterans, the Museum of Military History makes for a truly memorable experience — and one that locals love to recommend to visitors for an authentic look at American military life. Exhibits explore the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, all leading up to an in-depth look at today’s armed forces. It’s also free for Active Duty members of the military and children under five.
Old Town Car Cruises
Kissimmee locals love to kick it old school and show off their classic cars at “America’s Longest Running Weekly Car Show”. Head down to Old Town on Friday for the muscle car cruise and show. And on Saturday, it’s all about classic rides from all kinds of eras. It’s a beloved tradition around here and a great way to spend the afternoon. In the evening, we suggest grabbing a spot at the 3 Sisters patio to have dinner and a drink, and watch all these gleaming automobiles cruise right by you!
Our Natural World
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
For morning runs, lunchtime strolls, and evenings walking the dog — Kissimmee Lakefront Park is where locals love to go to get their daily dose of nature. On the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga (often referred to as Lake Toho), the park features a playground, basketball courts, hiking and biking trails, the quirky Monument of States, and much more. Use the grills located in the park for your own picnic, or take a short walk to Savion’s!
Twin Oaks Conservation Area
A few preserves near Kissimmee are more well known, but twin oaks is certainly well loved by Central Florida residents. At St. Cloud’s Twin Oaks Conservation Area, hike through the live oak hammocks, remnant cypress stands, and freshwater marshes for a peaceful outing surrounded by nature. Take to the boardwalks to spot bald eagles, or channel your inner rancher with a horseback trail ride.
Experience Life as a Local by Staying Like a Local
If your heart is set on experiencing Kissimmee like a local, staying like a local is essential. And it just so happens the right home is waiting here for you. That's because Kissimmee is the Vacation Home Capital of the World! You'll find homes for everybody — from 15-bedroom mansions to secluded spots for single familes. There are vacation homes with hot tubs, private pools, home theaters, and more. There are even dog-friendly vacation homes, because what's the point of living like a local without your four-legged friend? Spend a few nights in your vacation home, and you'll quickly start feeling like an honest-to-goodness Kissimmeean.
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