Gliding on an airboat ride through headwaters of the famous Florida Everglades
Family-friendly thrills on The Dragon roller coaster at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Making a splash while enjoying family time at the pool
Getting ready to zip line through the trees
Family enjoying a meal at Columbia Restaurant in Celebration
Kayakers paddling alongside natural cypress forests
World-class shopping for all styles and budgets at ICON Park
Grabbing a scoop of ice cream at Kilwins
No shortage of luxury vacation homes to rent in Kissimmee
- Major Airports:
- Orlando (MCO)
Family vacations packed with theme parks, outdoor adventures and shopping
Theme Park Thrills
A huge draw to the area is, of course, Walt Disney World® Resort, which includes four major theme parks and two water parks. Another perennial favorite is Universal Orlando Resort, a three-park complex inspired by movies and TV shows. At SeaWorld® Theme Parks & Resorts™ Orlando, experience a dolphin encounter, learn about marine life and enjoy exhilarating water rides. LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a creative and lively theme park featuring parades, rides and beloved characters. Visitors can also enjoy Fun Spot America, a family-owned theme park that features roller coasters, go-karts, kiddie rides and arcade games.
Head to Central Florida’s many outdoor adventure spots to discover the Sunshine State’s exciting wildlife. Kissimmee is near the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (known locally as Lake Toho). Its Kissimmee Lakefront Park includes walking paths, picnic pavilions, shaded playgrounds and a fishing pier. For a more immersive natural experience, see colorful shore birds by kayaking through the headwaters of the Everglades at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, zip line over alligators at Gatorland or glide over the water on an airboat ride at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. At Wild Florida, visitors can choose either an epic drive-thru safari or up-close encounters with exotic animals.
Shopping and Dining
As vacationers seek the perfect balance of exhilaration and relaxation, sometimes a little retail therapy is called for. This area specializes in entertainment districts that include a large number of stores in addition to dining and entertainment – one-stop shopping areas that are perfect for all-day outings. Choose your entertainment distict, whether shopping and dining at Disney Springs®; retro-themed Old Town for classic finds; The Mall at Millenia for brand-name stores in a central location; or Orlando Premium Outlets® for popular brands at discounted prices.
Stay Somewhere Fun
Vacationers can choose from more than 70,000 accommodation options in the area, including 50,000 vacation homes. Stay at a rental home where your family can spread out and make it your own. Many are equipped with gourmet kitchens, private swimming pools, home theaters and more. Another option is to indulge in the amenities found at Kissimmee’s many resorts and hotels. Take advantage of expansive dining options, views of nightly fireworks and water features including lagoon pools, hot tubs and kid-friendly water parks.
Golf and Spa
Florida is justly famous for its golf courses. Spend the morning playing a round at the ChampionsGate Golf Club. This 36-hole course, designed by Greg Norman, blends tradition and modern techniques. Another option, after a long day spent walking around theme parks, is to pamper yourself with a hot-stone massage, detox facial and a coconut infusion pedicure at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando.