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Couple watching as kids play at Cypress Springs Water Park in Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida
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Although Kissimmee may be best known as a family vacation destination, it offers an abundance of attractions and accommodations perfect for all sorts of visitors.

No matter whether you’re looking for family fun, a romantic getaway or an escape with friends, this Central Florida vacation hot spot delivers. Find the ideal accommodations to serve as your home base (choose from incredible hotels, resorts, vacation rentals and more), then get to filling your days with as much fun as you can handle.

Family Fun in the Sun

To start your family vacation off right, head straight to Kissimmee’s Fun Spot America. Play on classic theme park attractions, roller coasters, a multilevel go-kart track and arcade packed with videogames.

Looking to challenge yourself – or start a friendly family competition? The aerial obstacle course at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park gets progressively more challenging, with two kids’ courses, rope swings, wobbly suspension bridges and a 130-meter-long zipline over the pine trees.

Last one in the pool is a rotten egg! After a busy day, hightail it back to your vacation home rental, complete with all the comforts of home and then some. Kissimmee is the self-proclaimed “Vacation Home Capital of the World®,” with more than 50,000 rental homes including family-style pool homes, contemporary condos and high-value villas.

For families looking for all the amenities of an awesome resort, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center fits the bill. Splash at the on-site Cypress Springs Water Park featuring water slides, free-fall drop slide, multilevel treehouse playground and FlowRider surfing experience.

Navigating a set of swinging logs at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

Navigating a set of swinging logs at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
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Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

Romantic Getaways for Two

Stroll around Old Town Kissimmee, a retro entertainment district, and laugh together on old-time carnival rides. Take a selfie with classic cars at the Saturday night car show, share a chocolate malt and enjoy live music.

Once a speakeasy operated during the Prohibition era, 3 Sisters Speakeasy in downtown Kissimmee is perfect for a date night. The menu at this unique restaurant is eclectic – sushi, pizza and Mexican food are among the favorites. Listen to live salsa music or invite your partner to join in the dance competition.

In charming Celebration, embrace the laid-back, boho lifestyle at Bohemian Hotel Celebration. In town, visit art galleries, dine in your choice of nearly three dozen restaurants and enjoy live jazz from local musicians.

Or, stay at the Reunion Resort & Golf Club and unwind in a suite-style villa or luxurious vacation home. Float down the lazy river at the Cove at Seven Eagles and tee off on courses designed by three golf legends. End the day with a romantic cocktail and dinner at The Cove Bar and Grille.

Couple enjoying a walk on the charming streets of Old Town Kissimmee

Couple enjoying a walk on the charming streets of Old Town Kissimmee
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Old Town Kissimmee

Better with Friends

Grab some friends and go flying – across the water, that is. Board an airboat at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures and speed across the headwaters of the famed Florida Everglades. Watch for alligators, turtles and shorebirds, and learn about the Jororo tribe in the Native American Village.

Jump in and get soaked at Island H2O Live!, one of Central Florida’s newest water parks. Challenge your friends to a race down a body slide or tube slide, and choose custom music and lighting on a number of the attractions using new wristbands. Capture memories at selfie stations and video booths.

Wind down and slide into the island lifestyle at the Margaritaville Resort Orlando. Drift around huge lagoon-style pools, kick back with a margarita in hand or dance to live music at the poolside bar. Check out shops and restaurants in The Promenade at Sunset Walk.

Another option is Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate — get pampered at the Mokara Spa, grab a racket and challenge your friends to tennis match, or shoot some hoops next to Croc’s Pool Bar and Grille before dining on loaded nachos or a passionfruit salad.

Cruising the headwaters of the Florida Everglades with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Cruising the headwaters of the Florida Everglades with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Getting There

Fly in to Orlando International Airport (MCO), where you can rent a car or arrange for a ride service to take you the 25-minute drive to Kissimmee. Once here, you're only 10 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort, 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Parks and ResortsTM Orlando, and 50 minutes from LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.