If you’ve ever been to Central Florida (or you’re lucky enough to live here), you know just how beautiful, fun, and exciting it is here in spring — not to mention year round! This spring break, we wanted to take a look at this much-needed, much-beloved time off through a local lens. To explore hidden gems and awesome experiences locals have always loved, plus some attractions and activities that are newer on the block.
Sound fun? We thought so. If you need some help getting started on your plan, we’ve enlisted local Central Florida influencer, travel enthusiast, and mom of four Aseky Bonnaire to take a spring break staycation in Kissimmee. Read on to learn more about their itinerary and how to plan fun for the whole family!
Pack the car and check in to your home-away-from-home — your dream vacation home, that is. As the Vacation Home Capital of the World, Kissimmee has some of the coolest and most unique houses, condos, villas, and Hollywood-style mansions you could ever dream of. Treat the kids (and kids at heart) to a house with its own movie theater, game room, or even its own lazy river!
If you want to stay in a six-bedroom house like the one Aseky and her family enjoyed, be sure to check out the Vacation Homes Collection and peruse their fabulous portfolio of properties. The Bonnaire family loved having a spacious home base with their own private pool to relax by after a busy day.
After you’ve settled in and made yourself at home, it’s showtime! Head to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Here, you and your crew will enjoy dinner and a show at North America’s most popular dinner attraction. Travel back to the 11th century and embark on an unforgettable journey as you watch six knights compete to become champion in a tournament of jousting and epic sword fights, while you enjoy a four-course feast in true medieval, pre-silverware fashion and cheer your knight to victory.
Rise n’ shine, it’s theme park time! Spend the morning at Fun Spot America-Kissimmee. This iconic, family-owned theme park promises you’ll always experience the best guest service anywhere. And because they always practice the Golden Rule, when you’re at Fun Spot America, you’re family! Will you take things to the extreme and soar from 300 feet on the world’s tallest SkyCoaster? With over 20 rides to choose from at every level of thrill, everyone in the family will find their fun.
After an exhilarating morning at the amusement park, it’s time to head back to your vacation home and enjoy a relaxing, lunchtime pool party. Grill up a tasty lunch on your backyard BBQ and kick back and relax — this is vacation bliss! After you’ve taken a breather, refuelled, and recharged, it’s time to check out Disney Springs.
Explore Disney’s themed retail, dining, and entertainment complex inspired by Florida's charming waterfront towns, filled with unique boutiques, world-class restaurants, and cutting-edge entertainment including live music every night.
If you’re visiting Disney Springs with kids in tow, we recommend checking out Splitsville Luxury Lanes for dinner and bowling. The quality and variety of dining choices at Splitsville put this restaurant in a league of its own! The menu at this lively indoor-outdoor restaurant offers something for everyone—from mouth-watering burgers to fresh-rolled sushi, hand-tossed pizzas and gluten-free rice bowls.
Meanwhile, the unique “golden age of bowling” atmosphere offers a modern dining experience with retro style to “spare” — spanning two floors, five bars, a billiards area and 30 bowling lanes, often accompanied by live music.
Start your day with a beautiful and thrilling airboat ride at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. Get a front seat view of authentic Florida from the safety of airboats guided by U.S. Coast Guard Certified Master Captains as you cruise the headwaters of the Everglades.
After your tour, explore the grounds along lighted brick pathways winding across a lush lawn that hugs the shores of the lake and experience Boggy Creek’s Native American Village and gator oasis pond. Spend some time digging for gems, fossils, alligator and shark teeth at the Gem Mine. Plus, combine your airboat and Florida adventure with a wonderful Florida-style BBQ and all the fixins’ in their lakeside restaurant.
Now it’s time to take in some aviation history at Stallion 51, which offers the rare opportunity to experience the legendary P-51 Mustang and the historic T-6 Texan. Located at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Stallion 51 has been a leader in WWII aviation for over 30 years offering high quality orientation and check-out training flights as well as family-friendly tours of the operations.
Cap off your high-flying day at GameTime! There’s so much fun to be had with their indoor amusements such as mini bowling, skee-ball, basketball, racing games, and more! Play over 100 interactive games on the Mega Arcade floor with friends and family and enjoy a delicious dinner while you challenge your family and friends.
It’s the last day of your trip, but you’re in for plenty of fun yet! First, head to the master planned town of Celebration. Known for its architecture and famous for its nostalgic hometown flavor and elegance, it’s a destination that can’t be missed. The best way to explore? With Celebration Bike Rental, of course! Discover picturesque neighborhoods with world-class architecture and a vibrant downtown area. Take in the natural wildlife while on scenic winding trails and waterfront pathways. After working up an appetite, it’s time to chow down at the Celebration Town Tavern. This comfortable, family-owned seafood and steak house is located across from the lakefront in downtown Celebration. This is a space where you can meet friends for happy hour, take the family for a day or night out, and is the perfect place to spend the afternoon watching football in front of the big screen. Pro tip: be sure to try out their $5 pineapple brunch mimosas; Aseky loved them!
One last stop on the itinerary and one of Kissimmee’s most unique attractions is the Museum of Illusions. With more than 50 exhibits, Museum of Illusions has more mind-twisting, eye-tricking fun under one roof than any other edutainment destination in Central Florida.
Explore the fascinating world of mental perception — and deception — at this must-see, must-share destination. The experience will fool your eyes, trick your mind, and teach you all about the amazing brain science behind the illusions. You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for your awesome imagination! Roam the mind-blowing expanse of the Infinity Room, defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room, and shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. This exciting new attraction is definitely insta-worthy with lots of eye-catching photo spots.
Ready to spring into a great break? Whatever time of year, Kissimmee’s local businesses are ready to put a smile on their patrons’ faces with superb customer service, top notch attractions and offerings, and a genuine sense of pride in making every vacation and staycation magical and memorable. Be sure to share your photos with us using the hashtag #MyKissimmee!