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Ideally located in Central Florida, Kissimmee is close to everything visitors come to enjoy on a Florida vacation: world famous theme parks, exciting entertainment, dinner attractions, championship caliber golf courses and thrilling natural attractions including zip line adventuring through the treetops and alligator spotting aboard an airboat. Add to that an impressive array of shopping and dining options, an easy drive to Florida’s beaches, the Space Coast and other attractions, and Kissimmee is the ideal choice for a perfectly Whelmed vacation.
Enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, take part in the international culture of Epcot, and set your sights on a variety of wildlife at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Ride the movies at Universal Orlando Resort, featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience with Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, as well as many other film-themed rides. Cool things down at SeaWorld Orlando where you can travel to Antarctica and meet a penguin or two. And just a short drive away is Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, LEGOLAND Florida and Busch Gardens.
There’s plenty to enjoy outside the theme parks. Families can enjoy a colorful adventure at the Crayola Experience at The Florida Mall, or visit Disney Springs for a couple games of bowling at the high-energy Splitsville and or for a transforming performance at Cirque Du Soleil’s all-new “Drawn to Life.”
Additional Kissimmee-based attractions include the classic car cruise at Old Town, Fun Spot America’s pulsating rides for thrill seekers, The Wheel at ICON Park or the chance to satisfy your senses at Chocolate Kingdom’s factory adventure tour.
Kissimmee’s carefully preserved natural environment and various outdoor attractions offer visitors a chance to reconnect with nature. Take a zip line through the treetops at Orlando Tree Trek or over a pond of alligators at Gatorland. Have an up-close animal encounter at Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park, where you can feed giraffes from a platform after driving through the safari in your own car. Speed through the wetlands and depths of pristine lakes on an airboat tour with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and Spirit of the Swamp. Hunt or hike through one of Kissimmee’s nature preserves. In addition, year-round access to the best fishing is every angler’s dream on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, including Lake Tohopekaliga, famous around the world for its record-setting bass catches. See it all from above any one of our air excursions, including Orlando Balloon Rides, Warbird Adventures, Stallion 51, or Maxflight Helicopter Services.
Legendary Golf Getaways
Spend a day on the greens at courses designed by some of the game’s legends including Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer at Reunion Resort, and Greg Norman at ChampionsGate Golf Resort. Kissimmee offers public and resort experiences at Mystic Dunes, Falcon’s Fire Golf Club and Celebration Golf Club. Kissimmee is home to 22 18-hole golf courses.
History and Culture
Experience a taste of authentic Florida culture and history within the historic downtown districts of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, or take a stroll down the trendy, brick-lined streets of Celebration. A variety of local museums provide hands-on, educational fun. Pay your respects to Veterans at the Museum of Military History, take a step back in time at Warbird Adventures and Air Museum. Also visit the Osceola Welcome Center and History Museum for a look at the area’s past. Before it was a dream vacation destination, Kissimmee was a town where Cracker Cowboys tended to herds of cattle on large ranches. Through that cowboy heritage grew the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River, the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo. The twice-yearly rodeo hosted at Osceola Heritage Park is a longtime favorite for locals and visitors alike.
Great deals on designer apparel, shoes, and accessories, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques are available throughout the Kissimmee area. Kissimmee’s shopping, dining, and entertainment center, The LOOP and The LOOP West, offer more than 400,000-square-feet of retail options in pedestrian-friendly, open-air atmospheres. Outlet shopping is also available at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores and Orlando Premium Outlets. More treasures can be discovered at boutiques along the downtown streets of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Celebration. The Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia, just minutes away, also offer a mix of familiar favorites and high-end shops. At Disney Springs® hundreds of shopping options await, from high-end designer fashions to the perfect keepsakes.
Concerts, sporting events, dinner shows, theatrical performances, and live music are all offered in Kissimmee. The Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park hosts a variety of entertainment acts from headliners and comedy shows to championship sports tournaments and equestrian events. Osceola Heritage Park also hosts exciting professional and amateur sporting events. Catch football, baseball, and soccer games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as the venue offers a variety of sports throughout the year. For more excitement, enjoy a dinner show where visitors can cheer for their favorite knight at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, or take in the speakeasy sounds and sights at Capone’s Dinner and Show.
Convenient, Spacious Accommodations
With more than 70,000 accommodations, including 50,000 vacation homes, there’s something to suit every traveler’s needs and budgets — from luxury resorts, well-known hotel properties, and time-share units to vacation home rentals, campgrounds, and national chain hotels and motels, all just minutes from Walt Disney World Resort.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando provides a one-of-a-kind vacation escape, complete with a lagoon-style pool, soft sand beach, shopping and dining complex (Promenade at Sunset Walk), and 12-acre water park (Island H2O Live!). Accommodation options range from standard hotel rooms to luxury vacation home cottages.
Kissimmee offers easy access to world-famous theme parks and a variety of nature-based, eco-friendly activities. For more information on places to stay, things to do, and discount offers in the Kissimmee area, visit experiencekissimmee.com.
Experience Kissimmee Communications Department