Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

People visit Florida for a number of reasons but whatever the attraction, use Kissimmee as your base and you will not be far from anything. Kissimmee, the County Seat of Osceola is just 18 miles south of Orlando. Situated on the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho for short, the city known as Allendale in the mid-19th Century became Kissimmee in 1883 upon incorporation. In those days, cattle ranching was the leading occupation.

Kissimmee Florida outdoor train station platform in Kissimmee Florida on June 4th, 2009.
Kissimmee Florida outdoor train station platform in Kissimmee Florida on June 4th, 2009. File photo: John Panella, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

About The Community

Kissimmee grew when Walt Disney World came to Orlando, Florida. Today 70 thousand people live here. The population increased by 50% in the 90s as people discovered the charm and convenience of Kissimmee. Today Kissimmee is very diverse with native Floridians, a large number of retirees from the north and immigrant settlers.



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Field of lily pads on the calm, blue water of Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho for short, a popular large mouth bass fishing destination. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.
Field of lily pads on the calm, blue water of Lake Tohopekaliga, or Lake Toho for short, a popular large mouth bass fishing destination. Photo credit ShutterStock.com, licensed.

Stay at Kissimmee when you plan a trip to Orlando and enjoy the bonus of a game at the Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club that offers the best golf in Central Florida. Try your luck at bass fishing on the lake; it is the best freshwater fishing in the world. Historic Downtown Kissimmee has a host of attractive shops and fine restaurants. If you are lucky, you will catch a show at Toho Square pedestrian plaza and stage. Do not miss the restored Key’s Service Station with its 1926 gas pump replica.

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The Osceola County Historical Society & Pioneer Enrichment Center is a remarkable exhibition of the past. You can see the1898 Cracker House, a 1900 general store, museum of pioneer artifacts, pole-barn, blacksmith, and sugar cane mill. Relax in the eight-acre pristine nature preserve with its picnic pavilion under 100-year-old trees. Hike along the Nature Trails and stop by at the museum. Kissimmee has something for the whole family. You will find plenty of nature trails, parks, preserves and recreational paths in Kissimmee.

Group of adults and children canoeing on the river at Shingle Creek Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida, in springtime. March 18, 2017. File photo: Jeff Holcombe, Shutterstock.com, licensed.
Group of adults and children canoeing on the river at Shingle Creek Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida, in springtime. March 18, 2017. File photo: Jeff Holcombe, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial is a joint Filipino-American community effort of a monument and a memorial hall. The monument has a bronze statue of a Death March scene involving an American soldier, a Filipino soldier, and Filipino woman. The memorial hall houses exhibits, souvenirs and memorabilia of the wars in which the United States and the Philippines fought side by side. The hall features Philippine cultural and historical exhibits and is used for various public events.

Boardwalk pier with picnic tables and benches under pavilions in the Kissimmee lakefront park with Lake Toho in the background. File photo: Liz Stors, Shutterstock.com, licensed.
Boardwalk pier with picnic tables and benches under pavilions in the Kissimmee lakefront park with Lake Toho in the background. File photo: Liz Stors, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

During winter, Kissimmee Lakefront Park is a holiday wonderland with live music and entertainment. Dozens of arts and crafts and food vendors await you. Kids enjoy frolicking in the tons of snow brought in. The event concludes with the only lighted holiday parade in Central Florida and a memorable fireworks display.

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