Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores: Here in Central Florida you’re in the land of outlet shopping, and there are lots of choices. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores includes discounts on big names like Express, Gap, and Nike.
Orlando International Premium Outlets: Hit up some of the best brands like Adidas, Coach, Kate Spade and more with a trip here.
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant: The best authentic Mexican food in Central Florida, housed in a quaint blue and yellow building. Everything is fresh and made from scratch, and there are plenty of Mexican beers to accompany.
Savion’s Place: The chef here is Haiti-born and Florida-raised, and his Caribbean-inspired dishes have made this one of Kissimmee’s most popular restaurants. Try Grandma’s Jambalaya recipe.
Eleven: This stunning steakhouse sits on the 11th floor of the Reunion Resort hotel. Order New York strip steak or pan-seared salmon, and then head to the rooftop patio to watch the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks from high above.
King O Falafel: This casual, modern spot is the place to go for authentic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, like gyros, kabobs, hummus, and of course, falafel. Diners call it a hidden gem amongst a slew of chain restaurants.
Kennedy Space Center: If you’re weary of the amusement park circuit with the kids, head here for a family-friendly space adventure that’s jam-packed with learning. Here you can get up-close and personal to the space shuttle Atlantis, or even view a rocket launch.
Discovery Cove: This amusement park is a sister of SeaWorld and offers guests the opportunity to interact with animals, including dolphins, tropical birds, and otters.
Walt Disney World Resort: Perhaps the biggest attraction here is neighboring Disney. The theme park is actually nestled between Kissimmee and Orlando. A classic for decades.
Kissimmee Lakefront Park: This park offers the antithesis of the area’s theme parks, with trails for walking or jogging, a splash park for kids, picnic spots, and a good chance at spotting some wildlife in the lake (yes, alligators).
Airboat tours: This is a great way to see Florida’s wetlands and wildlife by boat. Explore the headwaters of the Everglades with a boat tour, and you might glimpse eagles, wild boar, or alligators. You can also view native and exotic animals in Gator Park, such as lemurs, sloths, and zebras.
Osceola Arts: Take a musical break from the rides and theme parks and see a show. This performing arts center offers 150 performing and fine arts events a year, with musicals such as The Addams Family, Evita, and White Christmas.
The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek: This eco-friendly attraction offers kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Float through the Everglades and breathtaking Cypress Preserve with a group tour.