Kissimmee is one of the most
popular Central Florida cities. Blessed with a rich heritage and a year-round
desirable climate, Kissimmee
has become an attractive community to live, work and play. Conveniently located near the Walt Disney
World Resort, Sea World Orlando, and Universal Orlando Resort; Kissimmee is
right in the middle of all the fun Central Florida has to offer! Kissimmee
is easily accessible from Interstate 4, Highway 417, the Florida Turnpike and Osceola Parkway. US Highways 17/92 and 192 intersect
near the downtown area.
was incorporated in 1883. In 1887, Osceola County was formed and in 1888, Kissimmee City was chosen to be the county
seat. Kissimmee is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan
Statistical Area which is Florida’s
third-largest metropolitan area, following Miami and Tampa. This Metropolitan Statistical Area includes four counties;Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake.
best known for its close proximity to Walt Disney World which draws hundreds of
thousands of vacationers to Central Florida
Kissimmee has a great mixture of residential
lifestyles with homes to suit each one of them.
Very few places in the world can boast such a diverse array of
communities to satisfy so many needs.
Whether you are looking for new construction or an established
has a variety to offer.The majority of
single family home designs are “Florida Style”.
These homes are designed to be comfortable and livable in our warm Florida climate. Stucco exteriors with clay tile roofs are
popular. The interiors of these homes
are designed with open living space allowing for air to circulate more freely
throughout the home. Many of the homes
are designed with one or more porches and verandas, and windows that allow
cooling breezes to flow freely throughout.
Customarily, homes focus on the backyard area, which usually includes a
terrace, lanai, deck or patio that borders a pool.
are plentiful and are generally located in gated communities with a wide array
of amenities. Kissimmee also has a large number of
condominium vacation homes. Typically,
vacation communities include attractive resort facilities with pools, restaurants,
tennis courts and activity rooms for fitness and recreation. Some of these communities have their own private golf course and
clubhouse. Many of these communities
have in-house Property Management Companies that provide maintenance services
to your home along with a management program for renting your property on a
short-term or vacation rental basis.
As of 2006, the
population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau for Kissimmee was 60,984.
Historic Downtown Kissimmee
Downtown Kissimmee is located in
the heart of Old Florida! This historic district
lies adjacent to beautiful Lake
Toho; where pedestrians
can stroll or have a picnic lunch. The local business community has worked hard
to keep the integrity of this vibrant downtown neighborhood. The downtown area
features a mix of businesses that cater to residents and visitors alike with
restaurants, antique shops, clothiers, drug stores and more. Many of the downtown buildings have been embellished
with murals painted by a local artist.
From the events at Lakefront
Park, to the weekly
Farmers Market, downtown Kissimmee
has something for everyone.
The most exciting
addition to the downtown area is the City Centre development; a retail, office
and residential project strategically placed at the center of the business
district looking out over beautiful Lake
ParkView, at City Centre, offers its residents luxurious condominiums with the
convenience of living in a downtown neighborhood with boating, shopping and
dining at their doorstep.
numerous shopping centers. The most
notable retail area is at The Loop. This pedestrian friendly outdoor
shopping center houses a 16-screen movie theater and has a mix of anchor
stores, specialty retailers, restaurants and cafes. The immediate area surrounding
the loop has seen much growth for consumers.
It hosts a wide mix of national retailers, including Supermarket Chains,
Drug Chains, Discount Store Chains, Warehouse Clubs, Value Retailers, Furniture
Chains and Home Improvement retailers.
opening of Walt Disney World, in 1971, put tourism and the hospitality industry at the
head of the economy in Kissimmee.
The area is home to many well-known tourist attractions and theme parks,
including Universal Orlando
Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Kissimmee is a thriving, tourist-driven city
with a variety of popular entertainment venues outside of the famed theme
parks. Notable attractions include the
Arabian Nights dinner show, Medieval Times dinner and tournament and Old Town with its’ shops
and restaurants. Old Town hosts weekly classic and new car shows and is
adjacent to Fun Spot USA which boasts the world’s tallest SkyCoaster; nearly 300 feet
Ranching has remained a part of the local economy, however, most of the ranches
operate in the southern part of Osceola
School District of Osceola County serves Kissimmee. There are fifteen Elementary Schools, seven
Middle Schools, and six High Schools including Gateway High School
that offers an International Baccalaureate Program.
Florida Christian College is located in Kissimmee and Valencia
Community College has a campus here.
Hospital Kissimmee serves the community with a full service, 50-bed facility. The Osceola Regional Medical Center has a 235-bed facility located in Kissimmee. The hospital features all private rooms, a
Level II Neonatal unit, and an open heart program.
Parks & Recreational
has a full service public parks and recreation division that manages 35 park
sites with more than a dozen ball fields, 16 tennis courts, six playgrounds,
lakefront property, and the city’s Aquatic Center. The Parks & Recreation Division of the
City of Kissimmee
boasts a multi-purpose Civic
Center located in the
downtown historic district. This
facility has grown into a major venue for professional and amateur sports,
community fitness and wellness clubs, and houses a premier ballroom/conference
center for business and residential use.
Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous activities for children
including sports, dance classes, martial arts, after school programs, special
needs recreation, teen nights and dances.
Fishing and Golf
Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is known for some of the state’s largest
and finest fishing and recreational attractions and offers some of the best
bass fishing to be found anywhere in
the world. Lake Tohopekaliga,
aka Lake Toho, offers year round trophy bass
fishing. Lake Toho
is the northern most lake in the Kissimmee
chain of lakes which consists of four lakes; Lake Toho,
Lake Cypress, Hatchineha and Lake Kissimmee.
The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes provide habitat for many species of birds and
alligators and are excellent places for all freshwater recreation; from skiing
to air boating, nature watching and cruising.
has a multitude of public and private golf courses. The combination of temperature, climate and terrain conditions have made Central Florida a natural location for, near perfect, all
year around golfing.
Department provides fire protection, emergency medical care and general emergency response
to the residents of the city of Kissimmee. The city has its own Police Department, independent of the Osceola Sheriff’s Department, which is dedicated to
providing quality law enforcement services to the community.
provides local bus
service through Kissimmee. There is also a Greyhound Bus
Station. Amtrak has a train station
which will be incorporated as a stop on the Central Florida Commuter Rail system
that is planned for the region.
Gateway Airport is owned and operated by the City of Kissimmee
and provides general aviation air service.
1888, the city’s voters chose Kissimmee
City to be the location
for the Osceola County Courthouse. The courthouse was dedicated in May,
1890 and it remains the oldest courthouse in the state of Florida that is still in use for the purpose
it was originally built.