Kissimmee Holidays 2018/2019
Discover endless sunshine and plenty of adventure in the fabulous area of Kissimmee. Not far from Orlando, this delightful city can be found in Central Florida, perfectly located to some of the Sunshine State's very best attractions.
Just moments from the Everglades and on the doorstep of Walt Disney, Kissimmee is a popular option for many, from solo travellers and couples to families. A fantastic alternative to the busier city of Orlando, Kissimmee is quieter, calmer and filled with many areas of natural beauty.
From theme parks to alligator watching, there's plenty to do and see in Kissimmee. You'll never be short of places to shop or eat, and the lakefront park is ideal for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine - head downtown and enjoy discovering shaded play areas, a lively fishing pier and plenty of delicious seafood!
Take a look below to discover what Kissimmee has to offer. If you'd love to visit, you can book your trip to Kissimmee today online or call us to chat to one of our Florida4Less experts - they'll be delighted to help you plan the perfect holiday!
Things to do in Kissimmee
Located just south of Orlando, some of America's biggest amusement parks are just a short drive away. While Universal Studios and Walt Disney World can both be easily reached from Kissimmee, the city itself has plenty to offer visitors.
Did you know, Florida is the only place on earth where alligators and crocodiles live together? The Sunshine State is famous for its reptiles and at Gatorland you can see them up close and personal in a safe environment. Take a night tour, venture to the Alligator Breeding Marsh or fly on a zip line across some of the park's attractions.
Fairground enthusiasts will also be pleased to know Kissimmee has its very own classic, all-American theme park. Old Town opens daily from 10am to 11pm, offering nothing but fun to guests. The brave can explore Mortem Manor - a truly haunted house - while families will prefer to take a spin on the Ferris wheel or play games in the Happy Days Family Fun Center. When you get peckish, there's loads of restaurants to choose from too.
From thrills to tranquillity, nature lovers can step into the wild and uncover the natural beauty of Florida when they head to Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Hop on one of four airboats and explore the canals and swamps of Kissimmee - don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for alligators, turtles, birds and more! Tours vary, from short 30-minute rides to longer sunset trips.
Where to eat in Kissimmee
There are so many places to eat around Kissimmee, so even the fussiest eaters will be able to find a restaurant they love. Sample fresh seafood, enjoy Florida's famous key lime pie and don't forget to try a succulent steak or burger during your holiday.
Fresh fish is plentiful in Kissimmee, and you'll want to head to Bonefish Grill during your time in the city. With their own expert anglers guiding guests through daily choices, you'll be able to try some of the best seafood on the East Coast. Another great place to try delicious grilled fish is Charley's Steak House - while it's famed for its succulent steak, the restaurant also offers an impressive selection of seafood, including lobster, crab and shrimp so there really is something for everyone.
Enjoy a south-western spin on steak at Texas Roadhouse, located on the Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. While it might not be an obvious choice for tourists, make sure it's on your itinerary - their brilliant menu features fresh steak, hand cut in-house by skilled chefs. There's a gluten-friendly menu too.
If you're after something lighter, why not head to Savion's Place. The kids menu costs just $7 - great value for the quality of food on offer. Stop here for lunch, and take your pick from a range of delicious salads, soups and sandwiches, including the well-loved crab cake sandwich.
To find out more about where to try the very best Floridian Food, take a look at the Secret Florida blog.
Where to shop in Kissimmee
Fancy doing a spot of shopping in Florida? You won't have to head into Orlando to find great stores, there's plenty right in Kissimmee.
Pick up designer goods for less, and spend some time exploring Kissimmee's Value Outlet Shops. The mall features over 30 stores offering up to 40% off their products, including well-known brands like Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen. It's a great place to visit for a little bit of retail therapy, or if you've accidentally left some essentials back home!
Kissimmee's main shopping destination, however, is The Loop, a large outdoor mall split into two sections: Loop East and Loop West. It's situated on the corner of John Young Parkway, and open from 10am until 9:30pm with reduced hours on Sundays. All the biggest fashion brands can be found here, including USA exclusives like Aéropostale, American Eagle, Bed Bath & Beyond and Old Navy.
Nightlife in Kissimmee
Unwind, relax and enjoy your evening in some of Kissimmee's best pubs and bars. Your choice isn't limited, with a wide range of chic cocktail lounges, cosy pubs and sports bars to choose from - there are even family friendly hangouts if you need to look after the kids.
For lovers of craft beer and fine cocktails, head to Breeze Whiskey Lounge. With outdoor and indoor seating, you can while away the evenings listening to DJs, live music or even play video games and adult-sized jenga! It's great fun, and ideal for a fun-filled couples evening.
Sports fans won't have to worry about missing their favourite games while on holiday, with the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill just moments away. Located inside Disney, it's a must when you visit the park - there are around seven huge HD TVs and loads of delicious snacks to enjoy throughout the game - the Winner's Wings are a guest favourite!
Authentically English, The Fox & Hounds Public House is striking, designed to replicate a typical Tudor-style house. With quaint décor and loads of excellent deals, it's a fantastic option for those wishing to save some money. Happy hour runs from Monday to Friday, 3pm until 7pm, and live music can be enjoyed on a Wednesday. If you're a fan of karaoke, head down to the pub on a Saturday evening!
Don't forget to head over to Secret Florida to find out more about Kissimmee and the Sunshine State's other must-visit areas! There's plenty of information over there to make sure your holiday is packed with as many incredible activities as possible.