Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County, Florida. With a population of only a little more than 60,000 people, the city is known for its theme parks, unlimited sunshine and other family oriented tourism spots.
We’ve picked some of the most wonderful and unique destinations where the tourists love to spend their time at. These brief insights about the tourism industry of Kissimmee will help you make up your mind about the places you want to visit the next time you’re in the city.
Osceola County Historical Society Pioneer Village & Museum
This village that is also a museum has a collection of authentic late 19th century buildings from the Osceola County. The place is a perfect reminder of how people in this area used to live in those times. There is a blacksmith’s shop here from those times, an 1890 packing house where the farmers used to stock all the citrus fruits of the season, and the Tyson House – a one room typical house of a farmer here in those days.
The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek
This is a beautiful cypress swamp that is serene and absolutely wonderful place to paddle around. The company, “Paddling Center at Shingle Creek” offers guided tours in kayaks, canoes, or standup paddleboards. All the guides that accompany you on these tours are trained and equipped with first aid kits. Also, these guides are fully aware of the ecosystems of Florida swamps. This two hour tour across the Cypress Forest includes food, drinks and the provision of necessary gear like lifejackets.
Museum of Military History
The museum pays tribute to all the U.S. war veterans that have served in the American wars. The prime objective of the museum is to give the visitors an idea what is it like to serve in armed forces while in the times of war. The museum covers the artifacts and historical evidences from the World War I, World War II, the American Civil War and Korean and Vietnam wars. The museum also has collections from the recent Gulf Wars as well. The artifacts here include uniforms, weapons, vehicles and a huge variety of wartime photographs.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
This is a fun and educational place for children developed with the intention of bringing children close to the farm experience and close to the animals. The farm has more than 300 animals and is sure to delight everyone, adults included. The variety of animals here includes cows, rabbits, pigs, donkeys, horses, chickens, sheep, ducks, turkeys, goats and even Asian water buffalo. Besides animals there are more attractions as well like tractor pulled hayrides, train tours across the farm and a chance of milking the cows.
Chocolate Kingdom is a chocolate factory that offers guided tours through videos and also by guides. These tours are aimed at informing visitors about the chocolate making process all the way from cacao beans to finished product. These tours are of about an hour and end up giving tourists various samples of chocolates. Visitors also get a chance to see the company’s own cacao greenhouse and chocolate museum.
Monument of Sates
This strange tower like monument located in Kissimmee’s on Monument Avenue adjacent to Lakefront Park was made by a local doctor during World War II named Charles Bressler. He wrote to the governor of every state after the Pearl Harbor attack and asked to send him a local rock.
There were only 48 American states at that time, thus Charles Bressler made this tower from 48 rocks to represent unity of the people of entire United States that was much needed at that time. Each rock is labeled with the name of the American state it is from.
Your dream of flying in a warplane can finally come true! Stallion 51 offers rides in dual cockpit P-51 mustangs and T-6 Texans. Also, people are allowed to help fly these aircrafts. The owners and the staff of Stallion 51 are highly experienced in flying these historical aircrafts. Some of these planes even date back to the World War II era.
Osceola Arts Center
Osceola Arts is the thriving arts center of central Florida. The local residents of the area get a chance to participate in the productions here and also attend the plays that feature artistic talents of the professional theatre actors. There are two theatres at Osceola Arts building. One is for Broadway shows, and the other one is where the modern and contemporary shows are performed. Also, there are monthly exhibitions of fine arts here made by the local artists. The theatre also gives classes for painting, pottery, drawing and acting.
Kissimmee has an eclectic blend of tourism to offer that ranges from thrilling theme parks and air boat rides over the swamps to zipping through treetops and reveling in the hot air balloons. The city is famous for its three downtown areas that have a variety of outlets of premium designer brands. Thus, you can also spend a day touring the busy life of the city shopping at the malls, dining out and visiting lakeside parks.