Escape To Kissimmee
Only a stone’s throw from Orlando and its amusement parks is the charming city of Kissimmee. The city is home to a fantastic array of things to see and do, from adrenaline-inducing activities that’ll keep the whole family entertained to more relaxing experiences that promise to melt your worries away. Whatever you choose to do during the warm, sunny days, your evenings will be spent being wined and dined in the excellent local eateries and bars before laying down your weary head at one of the city’s luxurious hotels.
Highlights of Kissimmee, FL
- Great for: An historic, outdoorsy place to stay on the doorstep of all the theme parks
- Famous for: The heart of Florida's huge cattle ranching business
- Closest airport with direct flights: Orlando International Airport is just 20 miles away
- Why we like it: It adds a wonderful natural aspect to an Orlando holiday
- Itineraries featuring Kissimmee, FL:
Kissimmee, FL Location
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Hotels in Kissimmee, FL
This cultured hotel near Kissimmee overlooks the beautiful Lake Rianhard, less than a mile from the prestigious Celebration Golf Club and a few miles more from the world famous Walt Disney Resort.
Stay at the Reunion Resort, Kissimee where you won’t be bored for a second! This fantastic hotel has a vast selection of sports activities and even has it’s own water park making it the ideal choice of location if you’re looking for a fun-filled trip for all the family.
Things to do in Kissimmee, FL
History Lessons In Kissimmee
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum
Discover Osceola County’s rich history at this interactive welcome centre and museum. It showcases the four different habitats found in Osceola County – the swamplands, oak hammock, pine flatwoods and the lakefront. Each of the dioramas is so distinct yet they all work together to support the diverse ecosystem of the area. After exploring the museum’s exhibits, head outside and put your newly learned knowledge into practice at the nearby Shingle Creek.
Museum of Military History
Filled with historic artefacts, photos and personal stories, this museum tells visitors the story of America’s military history. There are numerous interactive displays to keep visitors of all ages engaged and learning.
Kissimmee Boat Tours
Kissimmee Swamp Tours
Take an airboat ride through the quieter parts of the Everglades and encounter the wildlife that calls this picturesque setting home. Your guide will unravel the history of this untouched part of Florida. The swamp tour begins at Middleton’s Fish Camp and takes visitors on an unforgettable tour through protected wetlands and state wildlife parks on a 60 or 90-minute ride. Keep your eyes peeled and you might just spot an alligator or two along the way.
Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours
Get up close and personal with the inhabitants of Lake Tohopekaliga on this hour-long airboat exploration. Along the way, there’ll be ample opportunity to spot gators and turtles, eagles and perhaps even a few deer. Alternatively, if it’s the alligators you’re looking to see, opt for the Gator Experience, where you can meet and even have your picture taken with the area’s apex predator! Afterwards, head to the snack bar and chow down on some gator bites and fries.
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
For more than 22 years, visitors have flocked to Southport Park to join US Coast Guard-certified master captains as they take to the lake in search of the local wildlife. Visitors can don Old Florida outdoor wear while aboard the airboat and pose for pictures in front of the traditional cracker-style shack. Airboat rides are available day and night, with packages that include a barbecue or marshmallow-toasting on an open fire. The park surrounding the airboat dock is a haven for greenery, with the winding pathways leading visitors towards the nearby Native
Explore Kissimmee's Beautiful Great Outdoors
Shingle Creek Paddling Trail
The Everglades are arguably the most well-known freshwater wetlands in the world, and it’s in Kissimmee that you’ll find Shingle Creek, the northernmost headquarters of this watershed. The state-designated paddling trail travels from Osceola County’s Shingle Creek Regional Park, all the way to Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho as it’s more commonly known. As you paddle along the stream you’ll pass scenic views, early pioneer buildings and even the site of a battle during the Second Seminole War.
Orlando Tree Trek
Release your inner Tarzan at the Orlando Tree Trek adventure park. High above the ground, you’ll find a course filled with swings, ropes, nets and even a trapeze to keep you flying through the trees. There’s also a series of challenging bridges, which take brave climbers high above the forest floor and into the canopy 50 feet above, before returning to solid ground by whizzing down the 425-foot zip lines. This action-packed adventure course has challenges for everyone from climbing newbies to monkey-like pros.
Sports In Kissimmee
ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex
Those with a competitive side will love this sports complex, which comprises 220 acres of state-of-the-art facilities and hosts over 170 events every year. The complex welcomes amateurs and professionals, so all can experience the world-class equipment. The complex is a must-see if you’re a fan of baseball, as the site has been the spring training base of the Major League baseball team the Atlanta Braves since 1998.
Whether you’re an amateur athlete or an armchair fan, there’s a whole host of events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for you to discover.
The Florida Fire Frogs
See Central Florida’s new Minor League baseball team in action at the Osceola County Stadium, situated just off of the 192. The season runs from April to September, with nightly specials and themed game days a regular occurrence.
Orange Lake Resort – Legend’s Walk Golf Course
Spread across an impressive 1,581 yards, this walking course offers golfers spectacular views as they progress through their game. Holes vary greatly in length – from 85 yards up to 222 yards, so tackling this course is no easy feat. Luckily for newbies, Arnold Palmer and Palmer Course Design Company created the rolling fairways and pristine greens to be accessible (and yet a challenge) to all skill levels and ages.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
If you’re looking to practice your swing in Kissimmee, head to the Omni Orlando Resort. Here, you’ll find two championship courses designed by golfing great Greg Norman. Both are 18-hole courses. ChampionsGate is also home to David Leadbetter Golf Academy headquarters, which promises to help golfers ‘build a lifelong swing’. Other amenities include a complimentary valet service, carts with GPS, a beverage cart and a cold towel service.
Dining & Shows
If you’re looking for something low-key, Kissimmee is home to many local restaurants that serve up the region’s speciality cuisine. Alternatively, dining in Kissimmee can be so much more, with an exclusive range of resort restaurants and some fantastic meals you can enjoy while taking in a show.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
Take a journey back to the 11th century and experience the grandeur of a European castle feast at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. After tucking into your impressive spread, prepare to be entertained by the resident knights sword-fighting atop their steeds in the castle’s Grand Ceremonial Arena. From here, you’ll see six knights fight to be named the King’s Champion. The meal is an experience in itself, with a four-course feast served by servants dressed in the appropriate period dress. A vegan option is available.
Capone’s Dinner & Show
Knock three times, recite the secret password and you’ll gain entry to this prohibition-style experience. The speakeasy setting and period costumes will transport you back to the era of mobsters and cabaret. Make sure to arrive dressed for the part or pre-order your costume accessories ready for your arrival. During the cabaret, interaction between the characters and the audience is a given, so be prepared to get involved and give as good as you get. The accompanying meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet of homemade Italian-American favourites. Desserts are included and drinks are unlimited – even the alcoholic kind!
Fruity Findings In Kissimmee
Florida Orange World
With special soil and a climate that’s unique to the Indian River, this area of Florida produces some of the finest citrus fruits. Florida Orange World is the world’s largest, and perhaps only specialist orange store, where you’ll find thin-skinned high-quality oranges, as well as fruit baskets, candies and knick-knacks.
Thrill Seeking In Kissimmee
Walt Disney World
Magic Kingdom Park
Explore Lands of Endless Enchantment, where Your Fantasy Becomes a Reality. Zoom through the galaxy, brave a ghostly mansion and embark on high-seas adventures during the Golden Age of Piracy. Party at animated parades, catch spectacular fireworks extravaganzas and snap photos with Disney Characters.
Travel Around the Globe, Under the Sea, into Outer Space… and Beyond! Blast off on a journey into our solar system, glide around the world, sail away on a Frozen adventure and so much more.
Also close by are Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park