Kissimmee, FL
By Brandi N.R. Rhone

Kissimmee is located in Osceola County Florida. The town was founded in the mid 19th century known as Allendale but when it was established as a city they renamed it to what we know call Kissimmee. The Steamboat and ranching industries were the main scores of income until trains became the popular mode for transport of goods and passengers. When Disney World opened nearby in 1971 in Orlando, tourism became the major source of income and Kissimmee is still thriving today.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is about a 25 min drive from Kissimmee and offers passenger connections. This is the closest airport to Walt Disney. Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) is an alternate airport in the Orlando area. To book your flight connections for Kissimmee Florida with, vacationers can follow this link ( can also assist with booking your hotel reservations in Kissimmee; just click this link ( to utilize our hotel finder.

Kissimmee is near Orlando, the home of Disney, which offers alternative lodging and access to the park. The Houston Astros have spring training at the Osceola County Stadium from late February thru April baseball fans can watch a game and then visit “Autograph Alley” for a chance to meet the players.

Looking to do something more adventurous, try a balloon ride with Orlando Balloon Rides. The price includes 1 hour ride, champagne toast and full breakfast buffet. If planes are more your speed try Biplane Rides over Kissimmee. The biplane open air cockpit with room for two takes you over Kissimmee and Orlando for a birds eye view of Disney World attractions.

There is an abundance of art galleries and museums in Kissimmee Florida. Gallery One Artist is a co op gallery that had nearly 300 pieces of art on exhibit and is the largest gallery in Osceola County. As you make your way around the city you will see different sculptures on display as part of the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience outdoor gallery.

Children and the young at heart alike will enjoy a visit to Gatorland. At this theme park you can see and learn about alligators, crocodiles, bird and bears. And if being up close and personal with Florida Gators doesn’t get your blood moving – take a ride on the new attraction the Screamin' Gator Zip Line.

Kissimmee is great for golf lovers. There are a many options from semi private course to public course like that of Kissimmee Golf Club. Here golfers of all levels can enjoy a changing course with out the distractions of homes or hotels on the fairway. If you are looking for pointers to improve your game there are three places that offer golf lessons that should most needs: The Annika Academy, Celebration Golf Academy at Celebration Golf Club and David Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters .

Kissimmee has had many ups and downs but they have not wasted the opportunity to be a viable tourist destination. Being so close to the Disney and Universal resorts they have managed to offer unique options for activities and entertainment the keeps people returning year after year. Book your next Kissimmee adventure with (


  • 1. Osceola County Stadium
  • 2. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
  • 3. Disney Wilderness Preserve
  • 4. Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club
  • 5. Bataan-Corregidor Memorial
  • 6. Mindy O Waterpark
  • 7. World of Orchids
  • 8. Haunted Grimm House
  • 9. Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction
  • 10. Horse World Riding Stables


  • 1. Florida Strawberry Festival - March
  • 2. SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ - March
  • 3. Festival of Chocolate - April
  • 4. Festival of Rhythm & Blues - June
  • 5. Annual FAA Airboat Show - October
  • 6. Harvest Festival & BBQ Cookoff
  • 7. Pioneer Day - November
  • 8. Annual Patrick Smith Day - November
  • 9. White Christmas Broadway Show - December
  • 10. Disney's Soccer Showcase - December


Holiday Inn Kissimmee Main Gate East
5711 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL
By Jessica Lynn Strom

Looking for a hotel that’s close to great entertainment and family friendly? Located just a few minutes from the airport, Disney World, Osceola County Stadium, and Sea World, the Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee, Florida is ideal place to stay for anyone seeking a fun filled holiday. Check in time is at 4 p.m. and check out time is at 12 p.m. with late checkout available should you need it.

All of Holiday Inn’s rooms are nonsmoking and feature a 32” flat screen TV, mini fridge, activity table, free local calls, and free Wi-Fi, so you are sure to find one that suits your needs. If you are traveling with children you might consider staying in one of the rooms with a “KidSuite,” with a bunk bed just for the kids, allowing parents some much needed space.

Truly a family friendly hotel, they offer a playground, outdoor pool, kid’s theater, and video game room as well as a business center and fitness room for adults. If you’re traveling for business then you’ll be pleased to know that the Holiday Inn has a conference room perfect for meetings and lectures. Feeling Hungry? Then you can stop by Trattoria Cafe and try out a savory dish from the breakfast menu which is open every morning. Or for a refreshing drink, try out Chiantis Lounge located by the pool.

With great amenities and such a short distance away from Florida’s best theme parks, the Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee is the perfect hotel for your stay. can assist you in booking your stay at this location for a great price. Vacationers can click this link ( to get started searching today.