The Disney area is full of things to do besides Disney. Check out Kissimmee, FL vacation rentals for a family-friendly getaway that's more affordable than an Orlando stay. And before you get there, make sure to check out HomeAway's guide to the best Kissimmee, FL vacations.
Things to Do in Kissimmee with Kids
Known by some as the heart of Florida, this delightful destination offers a nearly endless supply of fun and exciting activities, all wrapped in the charm of an old-time small town. If you're vacationing in a group, Florida's famous nightlife scene might not be family friendly enough. Don't worry, there are plenty of things to do in Kissimmee with kids that are exciting enough for adults as well!
Theme Parks, Tours and More
Kissimmee is not only surrounded by many great theme parks, including the Disney World Resorts , but it's also packed with many exciting attractions of its own. There are so many things to do in Kissimmee with kids that the toughest part will be choosing which ones to go to first!
Spend long hours out on the green (blue, white, pink...) turf of Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course , splash into the Pirate's Lagoon or Cruisin' Creek in the 36-acre Water Mania water park , or get a dreamy bird's eye view of Kissimmee any day of the week with a family hot air balloon ride from Magic Sunrise Ballooning . For a faster-paced aerial tour, check out Kissimmee Helicopters . Don't forget the camera - these are once in a lifetime experiences!
Old Town Street Fair
For a lower-key and more affordable alternative to the big theme parks, check out the iconic Old Town Kissimmee. This fairground and amusement park combination offers rides, street parades of vintage cars and motorcycles, free Rock'n Roll Elvis-style concerts and much more.
Old Town is free to walk into, so you can come inside and enjoy the spectacle of the place without even buying any rides, food or souvenirs if you like. Once the kids see the rides, though, they'll probably want to stay - check out exciting activities such as laser tag, bungee trampolines, flying teacups, go-karts, bumper cars and many more.
Medieval Dinner Theater
Step back in time even further with a visit to Medieval Times - a dinner theater experience where families can dine like medieval lords and ladies did, all while watching a play featuring a live jousting tournament! Kids will love the medieval way of eating (no forks or spoons, it's all finger food), and will delight in seeing knights on horses galloping by during dinner. The show and atmosphere are very kid-friendly, and even teaches some facts about actual medieval living.
Adventures in Nature
Not that fond of crowds? Don't worry, there are still plenty of things to do in Kissimmee with kids for families who prefer the great outdoors to the city. Take kids on an adventurous airboat ride over lakes and swamps with Kissimmee Swamp Tours , step into an indoor tropical rainforest filled with exotic plants at A World of Orchids , or explore the 110 acres of Gatorland , a wildlife preserve where you can get up close and personal with alligators.
Whether your kids love wild thrills or wildlife, high-tech rides or old-style fun, Kissimmee has something for everyone. Book a vacation rental in Kissimmee today and make memories tomorrow!