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3 incredible ways to experience Kissimmee, Fla., as a family

Just south of the hubbub of Orlando, everything slows down. This is a place where Old Florida vibes run fresh. A place where families can disconnect — and reconnect. It’s where paddles ripple the headwaters of the Everglades, where ziplines and hot air balloons are a standard means of travel, and where you can hang out with gators, dolphins, and the slow-moving sloth.

This place is Kissimmee, and it’s built to be explored by kids of all ages. Here are three ways to do it.

This post is proudly produced in partnership with Experience Kissimmee.

On the water

Rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, marshes, the open sea — water in all its varieties is never far when you’re in Kissimmee. Whether you’re taking it easy on a slow tubing adventure or zipping across the water’s surface on an airboat, just make sure to hold on tight.

Cruising on an airboat at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

You’ll get whisked across the water at speeds up to 45 mph…

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Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove

The kids will come back home talking about their new best friend…

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Catching a trophy bass on Lake Toho

This is the headwaters of the Everglades, and here…

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Paddling the headwaters of the Everglades

The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek will take you on a guided tour through Florida’s cypress forest…

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Parasailing over Walt Disney World Resort

10 minutes of incredible views over the most magical place on Earth…

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Photos provided by: Sea World Parks & Entertainment, Experience Kissimmee, and Stephanie Young Merzel

In the air

If you thought the waters of Kissimmee were something else, wait until you get into the air. Just be prepared for the kids to be over their swingsets — you can install a zipline in the backyard, right?

Swinging, swooping, jumping, and dipping on a zipline roller coaster

This is the only zipline roller coaster in the country…

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Taking a night helicopter tour over fireworks

A half-hour helicopter ride over the city lights of Kissimmee…

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Floating through the sky in a hot air balloon

There’s something soothing about hot air balloons…

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Experiencing a zero-gravity roll on a roller coaster like you’ve never seen

This isn’t your grandpa’s roller coaster. The Incredible Hulk Coaster is…

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Hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch

You’ll safely take to the skies — with a guide, no experience required…

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Flying like the aces of yesteryear

Allied pilots received their fighter training in these aircraft…

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Photos provided by: Forever Florida, @annalieseew, Wallaby Ranch, MaxFlight Helicopter Services, Universal Orlando Resort, and Experience Kissimmee

With the Animals

Kissimmee’s motto is “a community of neighborhoods for families.” It just so happens that those families are sometimes made up of alligators, dolphins, sea turtles, sloths, and giraffes.


Walking through a big cat sanctuary

It’s important the kids know that wildlife isn’t simply here for their entertainment…

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Playing trainer for a day at Gatorland

Kids 12 and up can get a taste of what it’s like…

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Horseback riding through the Old Florida wilderness

Get out of Florida’s waters and head inland, where you’ll…

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Trekking through Wild Africa

A privately guided VIP expedition through the African savanna…

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Encountering sloths at Wild Florida

The kids will finally abandon the selfies. At Wild Florida…

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Photos provided by: Wild Florida, Experience Kissimmee, Alexas-Fotos, and Andrea Bohl


This post is proudly produced in partnership with Experience Kissimmee.
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