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You're Going to Love Kissimmee

Located right in the center of Florida, Kissimmee is what the sunshine state is all about. A wealth of attractions, dozens of great outdoor areas, and hours of sunshine almost every day of the year makes it the perfect choice for short stays and long vacations.

Its proximity to those world-famous theme parks is a plus. Kissimmee is exactly half way between Disney World and St. Cloud, while other parks like Universal Studios and SeaWorld are within easy reach of the city.

And, Kissimmee has lots of attractions of its own to shout about. Try the Screamin Gator zipline at Gatorland, or take the plunge on the tallest sky coaster in the world at Fun Spot America.

There's more to Kissimmee than theme parks, and you'll love exploring the city's beautiful parks and gardens, visiting local museums and galleries or shopping for the latest fashions at its malls and boutiques.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kissimmee

1. The Theme Parks

Theme parks are hard to avoid in central Florida and Kissimmee is close to some of the best. Make a date with Mickey and see the spectacular nightly closing parade at Disney World or meet Florida's scariest residents up close at Gatorland.

2. Its Adrenalin-Rush Attractions

Rush through the forest canopy on the world's only zipline rollercoaster at Forever Florida Ziplines, or try the 68-foot Panther Pounce tower jump or the Peregrine Plunge. Alternatively, speed across the water on an airboat at Cypress Lake, or go canoeing at Shingle Creek Regional Park.

3. It Looks Great from Every Angle

See the city and central Florida from a different angle as you soar over the treetops in a hot air balloon or head to nearby Orlando for a turn on the Orlando Eye - you can see as far as Cape Canaveral on a clear day.

4. The Outlets

The city boasts several malls and outlets including Perfume Paris for discount designer fragrance and the Nike Factory Store for sports clothing. You're also close to Orlando Premium Outlets, Burberry Factory Outlets, and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.

5. The Great Outdoors

The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is popular with anglers who come to hook largemouth bass in over 80,000 acres of prime fishing waters. It's also a haven for nature lovers and home to hundreds of bird species and a variety of wildlife, including alligators.

Where to Eat in Kissimmee

Foodies love Kissimmee, and everything from steaks and BBQ to Mexican and Chinese food can be found close to the city center. For a special night out, try Medieval Times on Irlo Bronson Highway, where dinner is accompanied by medieval entertainment including jousting in an authentic castle. The Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers diners a taste of the Caribbean while Cafe d'Antonio on Front Street serves tasty Italian dishes in a beautiful lakeside setting. Don't forget dessert; kids will love seeing ice cream made with liquid nitrogen at Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory on N Main Street. A basic lunch in the city center costs $13 and a meal for two in an upscale restaurant starts from $65.

When to visit Kissimmee

Kissimmee in March
Estimated flight+hotel price
£247
2 travellers
Flight to Kissimmee
3 nights at hotel
Kissimmee in March
Estimated flight+hotel price
£247
2 travellers
Flight to Kissimmee
3 nights at hotel

The fantastic Florida climate makes Kissimmee a great option at any time of year. There are three high season periods: spring break from March to April, summer break from June to August, and winter break from December to mid-January. The city tends to be busier at these times and attractions like Disney World are packed. October is one of the best months for a vacation in Kissimmee. It's still warm, the city is less crowded, and there are Halloween events at Universal for adults and Disney World for children.

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How to Get to Kissimmee

Plane

Many visitors choose to fly and Orlando International Airport (MCO) is just 15 miles from the center of Kissimmee. Rent a car for the short drive via the Florida Turnpike or take the Line 407 bus for $2. A taxi from the airport should cost $50-55.

Train

Amtrak Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains travel to Kissimmee from New York in the north and Miami in the south. All trains stop at Kissimmee Station on Dakin Avenue close to the city center.

Car

It's an easy drive to Kissimmee on the Florida Turnpike toll road. Take exit 242 if you're coming from the north or exit 249 from the south. Those traveling from Daytona Beach or the Tampa Bay area can take Interstate 4.

Bus

Greyhound buses connect with Kissimmee from all parts of the country. Bus is a cheap alternative to air or rail travel and a one-way ticket from New York, for example, costs just $73.

Airports near Kissimmee

Airlines serving Kissimmee

Lufthansa
Good (1,082 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,334 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,781 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (948 reviews)
British Airways
Good (766 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,558 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (304 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (851 reviews)
Iberia
Good (549 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (474 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (156 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (584 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (332 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (67 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (270 reviews)
Finnair
Good (354 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,662 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kissimmee

Everyone can find accommodation to suit their tastes and budget in Kissimmee. Affordable hotels include Best Western Lakeside and Masters Inn Kissimmee while mid-range options like the Travelodge Suites Kissimmee and Westgate Towers are ideal for families. Naturists can choose the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort, while those looking for somewhere a little special may enjoy a stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Spa just five minutes from Disney World.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kissimmee

Downtown - the area around the intersection of Highway 17/92 with Highway 192, downtown Kissimmee, has lots of good restaurants and small specialty stores. You won't find skyscrapers here; the tallest building is Osceola County courthouse.

Kissimmee Historic District - the area bordered by Aultman Street, Penfield Street, Monument Avenue, and Randolph Avenue. A designated US Historic District since 1994, there are 189 buildings of interest in the neighborhood.

Celebration - one of the city's most expensive residential areas, Celebration is northwest of the city center. A planned community that was once part of Walt Disney World holdings, the lakeside district's attractions include Celebration Golf Club.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kissimmee

Most booked hotels in Kissimmee

Fantasyworld Resort
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£133+
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£116+
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£80+
Rosen Inn Closest to Universal
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£62+
Rosen Inn International
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£58+
Park Royal Orlando
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
£57+
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How to Get Around Kissimmee

Public Transportation

The Lynx bus service covers the city and the surrounding district. A single journey costs $2 with transfers included.

Taxi

Taxis are an easy way to get from A to B but they can prove expensive. A taxi to the airport costs $50, while the fare to Disney World is $42. Uber is a cheaper alternative but Uber cars are not allowed to enter the Disney World transportation center.

Car

Car rental is an excellent option if you intend to visit several theme parks or plan day trips and outings to the coast or Cape Canaveral. Major brands like Avis can be found at Orlando International Airport and a compact car starts at $20 per day.

The Cost of Living in Kissimmee

Shopping Streets

You will enjoy exploring the city's large, modern shopping malls like The Loop, where you'll find popular brand names, sporting goods, specialty stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. Pick up gifts and souvenirs at Lanier's Historic Downtown Marketplace or Disney-related items at Downtown Disney at Lake Buenavista.

Groceries and Other

Local supermarkets such as Publix, Walmart, and Winn-Dixie offer a wide range of produce and basics. Try Unidos Supermarket or Kissimmee Meat and Produce for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and poultry. A quart of milk costs $0.91 and a dozen large eggs $3.29.

Cheap meal
£9.99
A pair of jeans
£32.05
Single public transport ticket
£2.92
Cappuccino
£2.82