Kissimmee City Guide

Kissimmee, USA

Brought back to life by a multi-million dollar rebeautification project, Kissimmee’s main tourist area, US 192, sports extra wide sidewalks, colorful and plentiful street lamps, landscaping, and markets. Once home to mostly budget hotels, it now has a handful of moderate hotels, and even a few high end luxury resorts, a myriad of eateries, and a handful of attractions. The main thing that draws tourists there is its year-round sunny weather. The old town area has a classic car show almost every weekend, and a ferris wheel that you can ride for free. The Osceola Heritage Park is a huge complex that houses a multipurpose sports arena where the Houston Astros do their spring training and where you can catch a baseball game when the season is in progress. Or, you can catch the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo which is hosted in Kissimmee every February in the Silver Spurs Arena. There are not many museums on town, but two that are worth checking out are the Warbird Air Museum, which is more of a hands-on workshop that restores aircraft from the World War II era. The Osceola County Historical Society is the museum chronicling the history of Kissimmee, even housing authentic restored buildings and horse stables from the city’s past.

But perhaps the biggest draw to Kissimmee is its range of outdoor activities. The Florida Eco Safari tours at Forever Florida is a 4,700 acre ranch and wildlife conservation area where you can view black bears, alligators, and hundreds of species of endangered birds. You could also take a balloon or airboat tour of the town, or a swamp buggy ride for an up close look at the Central Florida Everglades and its exotic turtles and birds. The best bass fishing in the state is said to be on Lake Tohopekaliga. There are many opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and hiking.