Kissimmee, Florida

How to Relax on Vacation

The perks of vacation homes in Kissimmee, Florida

By Kevin & Christina Wagar, The Wandering Wagars

Our travels have brought us to some incredible destinations. And along the way we've stayed in some very unique places. But we had never rented a home during our travels. So when Experience Kissimmee suggested that we try out Kissimmee vacation rentals while in Florida, we jumped at the chance. We loved the idea of being on vacation while still having all the amenities of home.

As any good real estate agent will tell you, it's all about location, location, location! And the Kissimmee vacation rentals have that in spades. Kissimmee is perfectly located in central Florida. And in the heart of all of this action lies a series of vacation communities that seem to be designed with family travel in mind.

In fact, our vacation home in Kissimmee, Florida was so much more than a home. The luxury rental is located within the resort community of Champions Gate. Having our Florida vacation rental here gave our family of four all the amenities of home, plus the added bonus of having access to resort features.

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Checking in

We were very ready for a meal upon arrival, so we picked up take-out from a nearby Chinese restaurant to make it easy after a long day of travel. But all the stress washed off of us when we pulled up to our vacation home for the weekend.

We were given our orientation package by Global Resort Homes prior to our arrival. The package provided us with information about the home including how we would gain access. So, when we pulled up to the driveway, all we had to do was follow the directions and presto! We were rushing to the dining table to enjoy our take-out in no time.

Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms

Resort homes in Kissimmee come in all shapes and sizes depending on your needs. This means couples, generational travelers, or multiple family groups on a trip can all be accommodated. Just choose the appropriate vacation home for your party size.

Our 6-bedroom Florida vacation home was enormous. But boy, did we ever enjoy the space it gave us! Two of the bedrooms had sets of twin beds. Three bedrooms had queen-sized beds. And last, the master bedroom had a king-sized bed.

As soon as we got into the home, C declared that he was going to sleep in the master bedroom! We politely told him that room was not an option, so he and his brother reconsidered.

Much to our surprise, the boys decided to sleep in one of the bedrooms with twin size beds. They did mention that they would switch to a different room each night we were staying in the vacation home. But, they were so comfortable in their first room, they never actually ended up wanting to switch.

I also liked how there was a bedroom on the first floor with an en suite bathroom. For anyone traveling with mobility issues or with the elderly who may have issues with stairs, the first-floor bedroom is definitely a plus. It is good to know that these are options that you can have when choosing a Kissimmee vacation home.

Another great thing about our accommodation was that the number of bathrooms was equal to the number of bedrooms. All bedrooms, with the exception of one of the twin rooms, had an en suite bathroom and there was another bathroom conveniently located on the first floor. This washroom could also be accessed from the backyard which made showering after a dip in the pool much less of a circus.

The kids could easily get in and out to access the facilities. And when it was time to shower, they didn’t track water all through the house. Instead, they popped right into the shower. Also, the sheer number of bathrooms in the house meant that there were never any fights when we were getting ready in the morning or when the kids were getting into bed.

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Florida vacation home amenities

Great vacation rentals need a few amenities in order to lift them up from okay to exceptional. And our Florida vacation home from Global Resort Homes had features to spare.

Our vacation home was fully equipped with everything that we needed. The kitchen was stocked with dishes, cutlery, and cookware. This meant that I was able to make dinners at home saving us money on our vacation. Also, having a dishwasher made clean up a breeze.

Pro-tip: It is also possible to order pre-made meals to be brought to your vacation. Enjoy home-cooked meals in the comfort of your home without doing any of the work!

When booking your Kissimmee vacation home, we strongly recommend that you book one with a pool. If we were staying in a hotel, it is definitely one of the amenities that we look for when picking our accommodations. So, it only made sense to also have it in our vacation home.

The pool was just the perfect size for families with small children. C really enjoyed how many laps he could do. There was also an attached hot tub, which made for a relaxing way for Kevin and me to end the day after exploring the amazing Florida attractions in and around Kissimmee.

Although Florida is known for having fantastic weather year-round, they do have the occasional rain shower, which we experienced during our spring visit. Vacation ruined, you say? Definitely not, especially when you’re in a vacation home with a garage that has been converted to a movie theater and game room!

This was definitely the boys’ favorite room in the entire house. Besides having a large screen and projector for watching their cartoons, the built-in cup holders on their recliners made it almost impossible to convince the boys to eat at the dining table instead of having family movie night…during breakfast!

There were other amenities, including a pool table, Xbox, and PlayStation. And for those that need to be connected even while on vacation, the vacation home had Wi-Fi that was accessible throughout the home including while lounging by the pool.

Pro-tip: When staying in a vacation home, check to make sure you know how much of the necessities will be provided (e.g., paper towels, dish soap/dishwashing detergent, toilet paper, and laundry detergent), if any. This way, you aren’t buying something that might already be provided.

At the resort community

Our vacation home was located within a resort community. This meant that we had access to amazing amenities that were just a short walk or drive away. The Champions Gate community had a golf course, a community gym, restaurant, and an arcade.

The resort community center also had a huge swimming pool, accompanied by a tiki bar. This is perfect for parents looking for a nightcap after a long day of fun in the sun!

But the resort amenities weren't just for adults. The kids also loved the splash pad, beach volleyball courts, and water slides. But that’s not all. Want to experience a lazy river? No problem! Our Kissimmee resort community had one of those too for no extra fee.

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Day trips from your Kissimmee vacation home

Our Kissimmee vacation home from Global Resort Homes was definitely a destination in and of itself. For those looking to relax in a beautiful destination while enjoying the comforts of home, staying in a vacation home is a perfect choice. However, for those that also want to explore all the amazing things to do near Kissimmee, you can do that as well! Here's what we did on our weekend in Kissimmee.

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Hit The Water with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

There are some incredible nature and wildlife attractions in Kissimmee. One of the best ways to experience Florida wildlife is with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. This fun and quirky attraction has been a popular staple in the region for nearly a quarter century. Located at the southern tip of Lake Tohopekaliga, Boggy Creek Airboats isn't just a great way to see nature up-close, it's also a fun and interactive way to learn about the nature and indigenous history of the area.

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides has a fossil and gem panhandle where visitors can sift for treasure. But the real adventure starts when you hit the marshy waters of Lake Tohopekaliga. The wind whips through your hair as you fly across the water in a powerful airboat. There's no better way to search for Florida wildlife. And you'll likely see some incredible birds and alligators along the way!

We also spent time at one of Florida's best water parks. Lying in the shadow of the Krakatau™ Volcano, Volcano Bay is a thrill-a-minute liquid paradise that has something for kids of all ages.

Whether you look forward to relaxing in the lazy river or experiencing the towering mile-a-minute water slides, Universal’s Volcano Bay™ Water Theme Park is sure to leave you smiling.

We're all about exploration, but we always dream of going farther. And is there anything farther than outer space?! And while we are still working on finding our way outside the atmosphere, we can at least bask in the glory of those who have made it a reality.

Kennedy Space Center is a sprawling campus that is home to the most world's most exciting projects from companies like Boeing, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and, let's not forget, NASA. You could easily spend more than a day wandering around the retired Space Shuttles and rockets, taking part in a simulated liftoff, and just learning about America's incredible foray into space travel.

If you love the idea of having all the comforts of home in a destination full of some of the world's best family attractions, then a Kissimmee vacation home is definitely for you. Vacation resort homes are budget-friendly, luxurious, and offer something for absolutely everyone.