There’s no way around it: Kissimmee is a tourist town. The former cow town (its nickname is “Kowtown” due to its deep roots in the early- to mid-20th century cattle industry) has, completely transformed in the years since the 1971 opening of nearby Walt Disney World. With the Happiest Place on Earth just a few minutes away, scores of hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops have blossomed along the main corridors of Kissimmee.
However, the heartbeat of Kissimmee’s past can still be heard; whether by taking in an event at the nearby Silver Spurs Rodeo, strolling through the Kissimmee Historic District, or having fun at Old Town Kissimmee. Designed to emulate the architecture and ambiance of an “Old Florida” town, Old Town Kissimmee is very much a modern recreation, with a focus on theme-park rides and games, food, and shopping.
Between the fun of Old Town, the allure of the nearby theme parks, and the crush of fellow visitors packing the restaurants, hotels, and shops along main drags like the Irlo Bronson Highway, it’s imperative that you have a comfortable, relaxing place to call home while you’re visiting Kissimmee and Central Florida. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best places for you and your group to stay while in the area.