For most people, Kissimmee, FL is known for it’s more reasonably priced hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops along Highway 192 (also known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy). However, Kissimmee is much more than that, with several beautiful and reasonably priced neighborhoods that are very close to Walt Disney World.
The Ferris Wheel at Old Town, on the 192 strip of Kissimmee
LOCATION & HISTORY
When I think of the Kissimmee before Disney, I think of agriculture. One thing many visitors don’t know about this city is its country roots: Things like Rodeo Day (No School!) and The Silver Spurs Arena that hosts Kissimmee’s annual rodeo are reminders of its history. Much of southern Osceola County is still very rural, but the closest slice of “Old Florida” close to Disney is Shingle Creek Park. The Paddling Center is a great place to rent kayaks and see alligators up close. It’s located centrally right off 192 near Give Kids the World Village (which you should volunteer at — you won’t regret it.)
Historic Downtown Kissimmee dates back to 1883. While not a tourist destination, it does have a few great restaurants and bars more frequented by locals. The Kissimmee Lakefront is a block from the downtown area and was renovated in 2015. It includes a large, walkable sidewalk with views of Lake Toho, a brand-new floating dock marina, and a mini-amphitheater for outdoor events.
If you’ve ever been to Kissimmee while on vacation to Disney, you’ve probably experienced the newer side of it. The 192 corridor of Kissimmee is dominated by all things Disney, and the surrounding area reflects that. The Kissimmee commute to Walt Disney World is dotted with hotels, themed restaurants, souvenir shops, and a surprisingly high number of mini-golf courses. Hotels are everywhere, and you’ll be hard-pressed not to find an affordable room if family and friends are in town. You’re also 15 minutes away from Disney World, so commuting is a breeze. The Kissimmee 192 corridor also features stores shaped like giant wizards, mermaids, and oranges; you have a 0% chance of not noticing these souvenir shops, I promise!
Map and relative location to theme parks
Like I said earlier, the first thing I think of when I hear the word Kissimmee is affordability. It’s one of the most accessible cities for home ownership. Some of my favorite neighborhoods are The Oaks, Cypress Reserve, Weston Reserve, and Indian Point. Expect to find a great home below the Orlando median home price here.
Homes for sale in Kissimmee, FL
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