Kissimmee is generally considered Orlando’s budget-friendly sister, but the city has plenty of upscale accommodations of its own. Orlando’s theme parks and local golf courses are major attractions. The other advantage to meeting here is Kissimmee's abundance of "natural Florida" attractions, such as working ranches and airboat rides.
The dividing line between Kissimmee and Orlando is virtually invisible, but Kissimmee has a rustic flavor that riffs on its historic role as a cattleman’s town. In addition to airboat tours and horseback rides, you’ll find working ranches, nature preserves and quaint historic downtown areas.
Plan a banquet or reception around the historic aircraft exhibits at the Kissimmee Air Museum; team-building programs, flights in WWII aircraft and meeting space also are available. For medieval banquets and knights on horseback, visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Capone’s Dinner & Show takes guests back to 1930s Chicago; secret passwords and musical numbers add to the speakeasy atmosphere. Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction shows feature a fairytale, where the prince and princess are on horseback, and a steakhouse-style menu.
Kissimmee’s 13 golf courses include the top-ranked courses at Champions Gate Golf Resort and the Mystic Dunes Golf Club. The Houston Astros play spring training games at the Osceola County Stadium at Osceola Heritage Park; many baseball tournaments play here throughout the year. The USA Women’s Fast Pitch Olympic Softball Team trains at the Osceola County Softball Complex. Fishing guides, lessons and charter trips are available from several local outfitters. Skydive City offers skydiving classes year-round. Every Friday night, there are rodeos at the Kissimmee Sports Arena.
Scenic lake tours, kayaking adventures, horseback rides of historic downtown Kissimmee, and airboat charters give visitors a glimpse of what Central Florida was like before tourism became a major industry. Osceola Outfitters leads guided hunts, and visitors can try their hand at flying a WWII Fighter Trainer at Warbird Adventures. To get a closer look at the area’s exotic wildlife, visit the Reptile World Serpentarium, Gatorland, Kissimmee Dive Center or A World of Orchids. Nature parks such as the Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area, the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area and Prairie Lakes Wildlife Management Area are on the Great Florida Birding Trail and have trails, lakes and tours.
If you want to avoid Orlando’s big three, Water Mania has 36 acres of wild raft rides, slides, a climbing mountain and picnic areas. Kissimmee has two ice-skating rinks and arcade games at The Ice Factory, and neighboring St. Cloud has a BMX track, a skateboard park, and shuffleboard and horseshoe courts. Pony and hayrides are available at the Green Meadows Petting Farm. Tweens and teenagers may enjoy visiting the 20 haunted chambers of the Haunted Grimm House of Old Town, playing laser tag and riding the 365-ft. slingshot at the Happy Days Entertainment & Attraction Company, or picking up a game of mini-golf at one of the local putt-putt courses. Other attractions include the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Space Coast.