Kissimme is located in Osceola County just south of Orlando down I-4. It is in fact slightly closer to the Walt Disney World resort than Orlando. This proximity has led it to grow at a face paced rate fueled by tourism. Many resorts, golf courses, restaurants, and places to shop are now based in Kissimmee and offer an exciting family expereince.
Originally founded as Allendale in the mid 19th century this tiny town renamed itself Kissimmee when it incorporated in 1883. Kissimmee experienced its first boom in the late 19th century when it became a steamboat making town. This boom ended with a railroad improvement and Kissimmee remained a small cattle town until Walt Disney World Resort began construction in the 1970's.
Just minutes away from Disney World, theres is quite a bit offered in Kissimmee. You can stay at one of the several resorts in the area as well as play a round of golf on one of the local courses. There is also a wide variety of stores to shop at including a large cluster of them at The Loop, which is a shopping plaza that features large department stores all the way down to tiny boutiques. There is also a movie theatre located at The Loop. Every year Kissimmee hosts numerous special events, including these listed below.
Silver Spurs Rodeo - Each year the Silver Spurs Arena puts on a rodeo which offers local participants a chance to show off their skills and keeps the community connected to its cattle ranching past.
Silver Spurs Arena - Throughout the rest of the year the Silver Spurs Arena holds concert events. Past acts have included everyone from Bob Dylan to Hilary Duff.
Houston Astros Spring Training - Each spring the Houston Astros, a Major League Baseball team, hold their spring training at the Osceola County Stadium. You can find more info on that on our sports page or on the Houston Astros website or our Houston Astros Spring Training Guide.
In addition to these seasonal treats Kissimmee offers plenty of other sights to see. Below is a quick list of links for all of the information you'll need in Kissimmee.
You could easily spend your entire vacation in Kissimmee at one of the all inclusive resorts in the area, however, if you aren't staying in Kissimmee, you might not find yourself within the Kissimmee city limits.. If you do visit Kissimmee it will most likely be for one of the many attractions in the area. You can bring your golf partners and hit the links at one of several award winning golf courses in the area or treat yourself to a day at the spa where you can relax and let your worries melt away. If you are there at the right time of year be sure to catch the Silver Spurs Rodeo and get a taste of Central Florida culture.
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