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Holidays in Kissimmee
The southern edge of Orlando, Kissimmee is a great place to stay if you’re after the full Florida experience. You’ll be within touching distance of the world-famous theme parks, with a feast of restaurants, shops and entertainment on your doorstep. Venture further out and you’ll find wildlife-rich conservation areas Everglades and Cape Canaveral, home to the NASA space programme.
Winter’s the most comfortable (and driest) season.
Orlando International Airport (MCO), about 28km north-east of Kissimmee.
For a relaxed holiday vibe with some of the world’s best theme parks just a short drive away, book a Thomas Cook holiday to Kissimmee.
Much more than just a basecamp for the Orlando theme parks, Kissimmee is a town in its own right. So when you’re not enjoying the rides, watching the parades and meeting the characters at Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando®, you’ll have a variety of ways to spend your time. From family-pleasing restaurants and shows to the spills of the rodeo, ziplining through forests and meeting alligators. And if you really want to make the most of your location, the rest of Central Florida is home to the waterscapes of the Everglades, the Kennedy Space Center and sun-drenched beaches.
Find some space away from Orlando’s theme parks at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. On the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga, it’s an idyllic waterside spot. Browse the antique shops and stop for an ice cream at a local parlour, Old Town Boulevard has a great ‘50s vibe - here you’ll find speciality shops alongside traditional fairground rides. During the weekly Saturday Nite Cruise®, its brick streets fill with classic cars. On the outskirts of town, the Pioneer Village & History Museum is one of the key Kissimmee attractions for fans of local history.
It’s easy to explore the wild swamps, mangroves and waterways of the Everglades National Park from here. The exhilarating airboat tours on East Lake Tohopekaliga are amongst the top adventure activities in Kissimmee. Alternatively, head to nearby St Cloud (15km away) to see the wetlands at Peghorn Nature Park or ride the zipline roller coaster through the Forever Florida conservation area. Look out for the endangered Florida panther while you’re there. To meet real-life adventurers, touch a moon rock and eat space food, visit Kennedy Space Center. It’s close to Cocoa Beach, about an hour’s drive away, so don’t miss the chance for sunbathing and surfing too.
Packed with places to eat, nightclubs and street performers, the brilliant family nightspot of Disney’s Boardwalk is an easy 23km drive from Kissimmee. You can also see the spectacular Epcot fireworks from here. There are plenty of great places to go in Kissimmee in the evenings, from Old Town’s ferris wheel, to lively themed dinner shows. Some offer costume hire, so dress up and join in with the fun!. It’s worth checking out what’s on the bill at the Osceola Performing Arts Center. The theatre hosts comedians, plays and a variety of concerts.
Families: After a long day in the theme parks, go for a round of mini-golf with the kids.
Thrill-seekers: Kissimmee has rides of its own, including rollercoasters and a ferris wheel. For something different, try a zipline adventures or ghost tours.
Nature-lovers: Take an airboat ride through the alligator-filled Everglades and, ride horses along nature trails.
Language: The language spoken in Kissimmee is English
Currency: The currency used in Kissimmee is the US Ddollar ($)
Local time: Kissimmee is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time
Fly to: Orlando International Airport (MCO), about 28km north-east of Kissimmee.
Flight time from UK: 9 hours 35 minutes
Tourist Information: Further Kissimmee tourist information can be found at www.experiencekissimmee.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kissimmee.
Temperature: Average highs range from 21 in January to 33 in July and August (°C).
Best time to visit: Winter’s the most comfortable (and driest) season.
You’ll need to pack your suncream whenever you go to Florida. Kissimmee basks in sunshine all year round, though you’ll want a light jacket between September and April. During the hot summer months, the weather in Kissimmee ’s hottest months also happens to be the wettest.
By car: Driving is by far the easiest and most flexible way to get to wherever you want to go in Kissimmee, Orlando and beyond. The Osceola Parkway (Toll Road 522) will take you straight to Walt Disney World Resort, and there’s parking at all major attractions.
By taxi: There are plenty of taxi services in the Kissimmee and Orlando area, particularly handy if you’re planning a night out. You can even hire a limo to make a big entrance.
By bus: Public transport is available around Florida, with buses operated by Lynx. Fares are very reasonably priced.
Catch a ballgame: See the Houston Astros in action at Kissimmee’s Osceola County Stadium during baseball’s spring training (February/March), when tickets are very cheap. Or head to the Citrus Bowl for American football.
On parade: The Citrus Parade is a major highlight of the USA’s sports parade calendar. Marching bands accompany floats through Downtown Orlando at the end of December.
Rodeo-time: Rodeos are a must-see in this old ranching area. The biggest events are the Silver Spurs rodeos at Osceola Heritage Park in February and June.