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13 Best Things To Do In Kissimmee, Florida

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It is everybody’s childhood dream of visiting Disney World at least once in their life time and if you are visiting Kissimmee, Florida then you are definitely on track! All the world famous parks like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando are there which will create experiences to last a lifetime. Apart from parks, Kissimmee has lush landscapes which create a perfect setting for outdoor adventures like climbing up treetops, gliding across the Everglades or flying in a hot air balloon. You can experience the best boutique shopping at Premium Outlets, Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia, fine dining and parks.

Read on to find out more about what you can do in the area!

1. Enjoy with your kids at Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Shining Light
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The Kissimmee Lakefront Park has a lot of fun activities for you and your kids to do; once there you can just sit down and enjoy a quiet day here, admiring nature and the sunshine of Florida. It has many features here which can keep all happy, like you can take a walk on the many docks and also the piers and can see the beautiful Lake Toho. Your kids are going to enjoy the place as there are 2 huge shaded play areas here and they have water fountains, there is a snack stand too. Small children and toddlers can cool off at the splash area which has fountains and nature sculptures as well. ​

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

Address: 201 Lakeview Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA

Website: Kissimmee Lakefront Park

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2. Adventure at Gatorland Park

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Posted by Gatorland Orlando on Monday, 12 December 2016

Gatorland is a theme park in Orlando, Florida on a wildlife preserve. It is a great combination of “Old Florida” and the latest exhibits and modern entertainment. It is internationally famous as “Alligator Capital of the World,” it is affordably priced for the entire family and has many fun activities to do with thousands and thousands of alligators, crocodiles, the breeding marshes with boardwalks, a miniature water park, an aviary, a petting zoo, etc.

Gatorland Park

Address: 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA

Website: Gatorland Park

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3. Experience the amazing paddling centre at Shingle Creek

Posted by The Paddling Center on Monday, 6 February 2017

The paddling centre at Shingle Creek is one of the busiest and most beautiful trails in the area. It has alligators, cute turtles, waterbirds and a cypress forest. It is a great place for you to take a break from mundane life when you are in the Florida region. It is a Florida Designated Paddling Trail, and they have added markers along the complete trail; the trail has been cleared of logs to open up the creek to paddlers.

Paddling centre at Shingle Creek

Address: 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Website: Paddling centre at Shingle Creek

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4. Take a chocolate museum tour at Chocolate Museum and Cafe

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Posted by Chocolate Museum and Café on Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Chocolate Museum Tour is one of the most loved and popular things to do while you are near Kissimmee in Florida. You must surely take your kids on this guided and award winning chocolate museum tour. The tour starts with a short presentation by the staff, and then you will be taken to a tropical rainforest in the museum to learn more about cacao, to learn about the origins of chocolate and its history. Then you enter the famous sculpture area, where you will see 25 chocolate sculptures of the famous people and landmarks of the world. At this museum you will learn how chocolate is prepared and also learn about the machines used to make chocolate. Of course there is a tasting room where you can taste samples of the finest chocolates of the world. These guided tours last about 45 minutes.

Chocolate Museum and Cafe

Address: 11701 International Drive Suite 400, Orlando, FL

Website: Chocolate Museum and Cafe

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5. Enjoy A trip to the Harry Potter Theme Park Diagon Alley

Happy second birthday, Diagon Alley. You were the reason for our first ever Florida trip to Universal Orlando Resort....

Posted by Troj TV on Friday, 8 July 2016

Diagon Alley is a must see place when you are in Kissimmee, Florida. It is a fun filled theme park and is based on J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter stories. This spell binding place is located at Universal Studios Florida which is just a short drive from Kissimmee. It has shops selling tasty quaffles and interactive wands, and you can also see scenes from the film everywhere you go. This theme-park has everything to keep you enchanted.

Diagon Alley

Address: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

Website: Diagon Alley

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6. Visit the famous family destination Crayola Experience

July1, 2015 Orlando, FL Grand Opening of the new Crayola Experience at The Florida MallPhoto by Grace Mack

Posted by Crayola Experience Orlando on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Crayola Experience is pure fun with great attractions for the entire family. It is Florida’s best destination for interactive and creative play! Once you are here you will spend at least 3-4 hours exploring the 26 hands-on attractions. There are many unique things for you to do here like you can be the star in your own coloring page, name and also wrap your personal Crayola crayon. You can go on a 4-D coloring adventure, and they will teach you the process of how crayons are made. Crayola Experience is open year round and they also specialize in birthday parties, group tours, educational trips and other special events.

Crayola Experience

Address: 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail #1300A, Orlando, FL 32809

Website: Crayola Experience

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7. See the Monument of States

MONUMENT OF STATES, in Kissimmee, Florida. As the creation of Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, the monument was built in...

Posted by National Register of Historic Places - NPS on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Monument of States is a historical sight to see in Kissimmee and started in 1942 after the Pearl Harbor attack when Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a local tourism enthusiast, wanted to build a symbol of American unity during the time of early World War II. He then began writing letters to the governors of all the states in the USA asking them to send him local rocks. They began sending him a variety of blocks of native granite, big chunks of quartz, small sized boulders, old fossils, pieces of old buildings, even President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent him a rock from his Hyde Park home. He then had it mortared into a pseudo-pyramid of concrete slabs. Each slab would have a rock encapsuled in it, along with the donor’s name and location. This moument is a unique one in the whole of Kissimmee and also the world.

Monument of States

Address: 300 E. Monument Ave., Kissimmee, FL

Website: Monument of States

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8. Visit the picturesque Lake Tohopekaliga

Known simply as Lake Toho Big Toho Marina is located at the Northern end of beautiful West Lake Tohopekaliga in...

Posted by FloridaEscape on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Lake Tohopekaliga is also known as Lake Toho, it is a lake which is located at the southeast of Kissimmee. This lake’s main attractions are fishing and bird watching and many tourists come here including locals just for the amazing fishing experience. The Lakefront Park is located at the north end of the lake and is a popular walking path which has benches for visitors to view waterfowl, alligators and turtles in this area. It also has a miniature lighthouse, playground for children and is bordered on the west by Big Toho Marina.

Lake Tohopekaliga

Address: Osceola County, Florida

Website: Lake Tohopekaliga

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9. Food, shopping and entertainment at Old Town Kissimmee

Find your poodle skirt and prepare to be whisked back to 50s and 60s America with the vintage fun of Old Town. The sunsets are just as pretty now as they were back then. 💜🌅 http://kissimm.ee/oldtown

Posted by Experience Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday, 12 August 2017

Old Town in Kissimmee has a retro vibe which entertains visitors and locals with its great local food, shopping, wholesome family entertainment and of course, the famous car cruises, especially the Saturday Nite Cruise. The Little Darlin’s Street Party on Wednesday nights will take you back in time with music played from the golden era of the 50s and 60s. On Friday nights you will enjoy the all-American muscle cars as they hit the streets to showcase their speed. On Sunday nights you will see the Sunday Show N’ Shine where you will see trucks, jeeps and SUVs cruising along with live music. There are more than 70 stores in Old Town and you are sure to find something special.

Old Town Kissimmee

Address: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Website: Old Town Kissimmee

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10. Visit the iconic Museum of Military History

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Source: Photo by user Valder137 used under CC BY 2.0

Kissimmee, Florida is home to some of the richest military history in America. It’s one of the most preserved museums detailing the long history of military service in the USA. The Museum of Military History offers visitors guided tours where they will learn first-hand knowledge on the most distinguished military cases as far back in the 1800s. There is also a digital tour people can view in the exclusive app but only covers a brief occupation of the American occupation. The app aims to show visitors historic and interesting artifacts, service members, and bits of history that are often not indicated in textbooks and history class lectures. Make a pit stop at this historic military service museum and discover more about America’s long history of dedicated service in the armed forces.

Museum of Military History

Address: 5210 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway.,Kissimmee, FL 34746

Website: Museum of Military History

Opening hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays

Price: 7 USD

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11. Experience some outdoor fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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For those traveling with children or in big groups, best to check out Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This outdoor theme park and zoo combined is an adventure for outdoor folks who like exploring fun amusement rides as much as seeing several unique animals. Busch Gardens offers visitors a chance to see exotic wildlife like rhinos, sloths, cheetas, hyenas, giraffes, and hippos among many other animals taken care of first-hand and freely roaming the park. There’s also a safari tour, and other customized tours to see up close and personal the stunning animals. For those who are more into amusement parks like Disneyland, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has something just as great, unlimited rides for adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers alike. There’s the Tigris, Flordia’s tallest launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, a triple launch roller coaster, and Cobra Curse, the spin roller coaster best for groups and families to ride to name a few exciting rides to join. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers a variety of things to do and sights to see, definitely something for everyone when visiting this prime attraction when in this part of Kissimmee, Florida.

Animal Safari Tours and Roller Coaster Rides at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Address: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, United States

Website: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Opening hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mondays to Thursdays; 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fridays to Sundays

Price: 14.99 USD to 50.00 USD

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12. Spend a day with the kiddos at Legoland Kissimmee, Florida

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Another great family and child-friendly day trip to make when in Kissimmee is Legoland in Florida. Legoland is one of the biggest themed-amusement parks in the USA and spans 150 acres (6.5 sqm) and is decked with colorful life-sized leggo bricks to fit the toy turned themed park’s aesthetic. There’s a world-famous themed park that children 2-12 years of age visit every year and also extends to a new water park, botanical garden, an aquarium, and the world-famous wax museum by Madame Tussauds. There are one-day and two days tickets as well as annual passes for those who wish to come back yearly and experience the leggo fun at least once a year. Aside from fun rides, attractions, there’s also the Lego Movie World, where kids and kids at heart can enjoy with a 3D viewing cinematic experience. Customize your visit to Legoland and experience the best of Legoland only in Kissimmee, Florida.

Legoland Florida

Address: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884, United States

Website: Legoland Florida

Opening hours:10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays to Mondays

Price: 84.99 USD to 104.99 USD

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13. Explore the Shingle Creek at the Paddling Center

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Big family vacations or friends gathering is always fun away from the city. Those traveling to Kissimmee for a long weekend or two can explore the natural beauty of Florida by hiking, canyoneering, and even kayaking at Shingle Creek. Kissimmee’s famous creek is great to explore on a kayak with a bunch of friends and your loved ones, as you paddle through the serene creek surrounded by lush greenery and the beautiful sound of birds chirping and animals frolicking in the wilderness; a must-try experience when in Shingle Creek. Stop by The Paddling Center and rent a kayak or sign up for a tandem or group kayak tour exploring the Cypress Forest with an expert eco-tour guide. For something a little more daring, go paddleboarding or full moon kayaking at dawn. Explore the natural wonder of Kissimmee, Florida and try kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing at the Paddling Center for a rather unforgettable nature adventure in Florida.

Kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing at the Shingle Creek

Address: The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, 4266 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, FL 34741

Website: The Paddling Center

Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sundays to Mondays

Price: 30 USD to 65 USD

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Kiss life's pains away with a visit to Kissimmee

Kissimmee City Hall (East face)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael Rivera used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Kissimmee is a lovely place to visit on your way to Disneyland; it has lakes, museums, paddling places and the old town which will leave you thoroughly entertained.

Frequently asked questions about best things to do in Kissimmee, Florida

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Kissimmee?

There are plenty of interesting points of interest here in Kissimmee, but if you’re only after the top attractions, then you won’t regret visiting the Kissimmee Lakefront Park, Monument of States, and the Old Town.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Kissimmee?

Apart from visiting many amusement parks nearby, Kissimmee offers numerous outdoor things to do, and one of the best outdoor activities you can do here is exploring the Kissimme Lake Front Park and cafe-hopping or window shopping at the Old Town.

3. What are the best day trips from Kissimmee?

Kissimmee is a great jump-off point if you want to visit other cities or attractions in Florida. In case you need recommendations on what day trips you can possibly have from Kissimmee, then you should consider having a fun day at Orlando, Crystal River, and Clearwater Beach.

4. What are the most popular things to do in Kissimmee with kids?

Kissimmee is near many amusement parks like Disney World and Universal Studios, but if you’re looking for other outdoor activities your kid will surely enjoy, then why not bring them to Kissimmee Lakefront Park? The park has many kid-friendly amenities like the two shaded playgrounds and a splash area where toddlers can enjoy the water.

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