Kissimmee

Shingle Creek Regional Park

Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County. Kissimmee (pronounced /kiˈsimi/, accent on second syllable) is a popular Central Florida tourist destination because of its sunny weather, spring training baseball for major league clubs, and close proximity to Disney World. It is located just south of Orlando in what is commonly referred to as the "Kissimmee-St. Cloud" area, due to the short distance between it and the adjacent city of St. Cloud. It is centered directly between St. Cloud and Disney World on Highway 192 and leads into SR-535, which leads directly into Disney World theme parks. Most tourist activity is centered around Highway 192 (also known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and Vine Street in the city of Kissimmee).

Understand

Since the opening of Disney World in 1971, Kissimmee has been primarily a tourist-driven town. Before that the town relied on agriculture and ranching, with a population of just over four thousand through the 1950s.

Get in

By plane

By car

Most visitors arrive on the Florida Turnpike by taking exit 242 (going north) or exit 249 (coming south). Be aware that the turnpike uses automated toll collection booths on many exits that require exact change, so be sure to have a pocketful of quarters with you when driving.

By train

AMTRAK offers daily train service on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor routes.

Get around

By bus

Kissimmee's public transportation is the Lynx bus service. Trips cost $2 per ride (transfers included). Check out Go Lynx for routes and fares. +1 407-841-LYNX.

By car

Interstate 4 is the most preferred route, and carries a driver toward Tampa going west and downtown Orlando and Daytona Beach going east. The road can get very congested at times. The Osceola Parkway is a toll road that runs parallel to 192.

The primary surface highway in Kissimmee is US 192, running west to east through the area. From Hoagland Blvd. (near the city's municipal airport) to the west, it features large purple "mile marker" towers which serve as reference points through their tourist area. (The main entrance to Walt Disney World is at mile marker 7.)

See

Osceola County Stadium
Silver Spurs Arena
Osceola County Historical Society Museum

Do

Canoeing at Shingle Creek Regional Park

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

There are a vast number of lodging options around the parks, with quality varying greatly. In general lodging prices decrease the further away from Disney World you travel. Families and groups planning multi-day stays may also want to consider short-term rentals, vacation homes, or timeshares in the Disney-area; in general these may offer a better value when multiple rooms are needed for a 3 nights or more. At the last count, there were over 15,000 such vacation rentals in Kissimmee alone, offering approximately 60,000 bedrooms, sleeping 120,000 guests each night.

Lodging is also available in the nearby towns of Davenport, Orlando, and Lake Buena Vista.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Connect

Kissimmee and the whole Orlando area requires the area code to be dialed, even when calling a local number.

Go next

Routes through Kissimmee

Savannah Orlando  N  S  Winter Haven Miami
Savannah Orlando  N  S  Lakeland Tampa
Tampa Lake Buena Vista  W  E  Orlando Daytona Beach
Wildwood Orlando  N  S  Jct W EFort Pierce West Palm Beach
Punta Gorda/Tampa Davenport  S/W  N/E  Orlando Jacksonville/Daytona Beach


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