The middle of Florida is packed with lakes, and Kissimmee lies at the north end of one of them: Lake Tohopekaliga. Located just south of Orlando, Kissimmee is divided by Highway 192 into north and south sections, then continues west to Old Town and the master-planned community of Celebration. Generally overlooked by Disney-bound travelers, Kissimmee is every bit as family-friendly and outdoorsy, and is even more laid back than its more famous neighbor to the north. It even has its own amusement park.
The main part of Kissimmee is a mere 13 miles from Disney World. The local theme parks and attractions may not be as grand as those in Orlando, but they are definitely more accessible and affordable; they’re entertaining for kids and adults alike and provide a great retreat away from the Disney World complex. Whether you plan to spend your days exploring Epcot and Magic Kingdom or simply want a relaxing trip to Central Florida away from the masses, here’s why we suggest staying in Kissimmee on your next visit to the area.