Kissimmee is the biggest city in Osceola county. It received its name when it was incorporated in 1883.
This city is known for having two very different atmospheres under the same name. There is what they call “HISTORIC KISSIMMEE’ and “TOURISTY KISSIMMEE”
In Touristy Kissimmee you get to see a never ending parade of neon lighted tourist gift shops, motels, restaurants, smaller tourist attractions, and other businesses in What was once empty pastureland and woods for miles.
At historic Kissimmee, things begin to quiet down. There are many historic buildings and attractive old trees. Kissimmee has done a good job of creating open space and parks along the shoreline of Lake Tohopekaliga. There are plenty of walkways, green spaces, and good opportunities for just relaxing.
Downtown Kissimmee does not possess any big skyscrapers; most of the buildings are two or three stories high. The biggest and the tallest building in the downtown area is the Osceola County courthouse.
The cost of living in Kissimmee, FL is 11% below the national average, which can contribute to the booming real estate market. The Kissimmee area provides many opportunities for real estate investing. It’s in very close proximity to world-famous resorts and theme parks which provides a strong potential for both short-term and long-term rental strategies.
Points of interest:
Museum of Military History where Soldiers of the past and present are honored. This isn’t a war-glorifying attraction, but rather somewhere seeking to increase awareness of the realities of war and of the experiences of the American armed forces. The museum’s rotating exhibits depict the various conflicts the US has been involved in over time. There are military uniforms, old photos and personal retellings of wartime experiences, tanks and vehicles, and weapons on show.
Monument of States dates back to WWII when, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, a local doctor procured local rocks and fossils from each of the then 48 US states. Assembled into a tower with each rock labeled according to its origin, the monument was designed to demonstrate national unity. It was assembled entirely by volunteers. You can see their names etched into the sidewalk alongside it.
Silver Spurs Rodeo with more than 300 members and an uncompromising love of animals, land, and the outdoors, the Silver Spurs Riding Club continues to preserve an American tradition that has been passed down for generations. Although the rodeo has grown into one of Osceola County’s premier events, the work and success of the club continues to be done by club members, their families and volunteers
Old Town an open-air walking district and entertainment center with more than 70 different shops, restaurants, bars, and amusement park rides.