It’s that time again. Time to plan the next family reunion, and you’ve been tasked with this immense feat. It’s your responsibility to find the perfect location, come up with activities and select the right accommodations. Plus, you have to consider the wants and needs of dozens of your family members. Not an easy job.
Take the headache out of the whole planning process by having your reunion in Kissimmee, Florida. With a wide array of exciting attractions and activities, there is something for everyone in your family—from theme parks and water parks, to outdoor adventures to full-service resorts with an array of amenities and experiences. Your main goal for this reunion is to create a memorable experience for the entire family, and Kissimmee can help you make that a reality.
What activities can my family enjoy in Kissimmee?
Considering the range of ages and vacation expectations on a family reunion, the itinerary must include a variety of activities. In Kissimmee, there are plenty of options for creating a schedule that can satisfy everyone.
Theme parks are not just reserved for kids, and Kissimmee has a number of them nearby. The children in your family reunion will enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts’ Magic Kingdom® Park, while adults will like taking part in the culture of Epcot®, and everyone will love the animal encounters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. Your family can literally ride the movies at Universal Orlando® Resort, featuring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ experience with Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™, as well as many other film-themed rides.
There’s also plenty to enjoy outside the theme parks. Families can enjoy a colorful adventure at the Crayola Experience, or visit Disney Springs® for a couple games of bowling at the high-energy Splitsville and transforming performance at Cirque Du Soleil® La Nouba™. Additional Kissimmee-based attractions include the classic car cruise at Old Town, Fun Spot America’s pulsating rides for thrill seekers or the chance to satisfy your senses at Chocolate Kingdom, a factory adventure tour.
Introduce the family to Florida nature on a thrilling airboat ride through the headwaters of the Everglades, where you’re sure to spot some of Florida’s natural wildlife and capture our picturesque beauty. You can hitch a ride with any one of the many airboat tour operators, including Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park and Spirit of the Swamp.
Another great place for animal encounters is a visit to Gatorland, a 110-acre outdoor park with alligators, crocodiles, birds and panthers. While there, you can try the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, an exciting option for the thrill seekers in the group.
While Kissimmee is filled with exciting thrills and outdoor adventures, there are also attractions to satisfy the history buffs and cultural aficionados in your family. Take a stroll through the historic downtown districts of Kissimmee and St. Cloud for a taste of authentic Florida culture. Local museums provide hands-on, educational fun. Pay your respects to Veterans at the Museum of Military History or take a step back in time at the Osceola Welcome Center and History Museum. Before it was a dream vacation destination, Kissimmee was a town where cowboys tended to herds of cattle on large ranches.
For the shopping fans in your family, there are any number of great retail options. The Loop and The Loop West are Kissimmee’s shopping, dining and entertainment center, offering more than 40,000 square feet of retail. You can also find plenty of antiques and local treasures in the boutiques along the downtown streets of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Celebration.
No matter what you decide to put on the itinerary—from world-class attractions to cultural sights to outdoor adventures—you will find something for everyone during your family reunion in Kissimmee.
What are our dining options in Kissimmee?
Gathering around the table for a great meal is a major component of family reunions. Food will inevitably be part of the festivities. Restaurants in Kissimmee weave a diverse and tantalizing tapestry of flavor. From casual family-operated cafes to upscale white-linen establishments, Kissimmee eateries serve a variety of dishes to please everyone’s palate.
If you enjoy some entertainment with your meal, check out Capone’s Dinner & Show, a mock Prohibition-era speakeasy where diners are encouraged to interact with the actors. At Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament your group can watch knights joust and swordfight in an English castle. A swashbuckling experience awaits at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure, where your family will be seated in a ship floating on a lagoon and cheer on their respective pirate mascot.
Other great spots for group dining include the House of Blues Orlando featuring amazing talent and an all-you-can-eat buffet during their Gospel Brunch; the dinosaur-themed T-REX Café® Disney; Rainforest Café® at Disney Springs Marketplace, complete with a jungle setting and flavorful American favorites and kid-friendly cuisine; or private family picnics and BBQs at area parks.
What are reunion-friendly accommodations in Kissimmee?
After a fun-filled day of activities, your family will want a comfortable and convenient spot to kick up their feet and recharge. With more than 50,000 accommodations in Kissimmee, you’re sure to find something that suits your family’s needs and budget.
If your family wants to be close to the theme parks, there are a number of budget-friendly and kid-friendly hotels just a few minutes away, including the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration, Holiday Inn Orlando Southwest-Celebration or Comfort Suites Maingate East. Kissimmee also has many properties that offer 2-3 bedroom suites or furnished apartment-style complexes, so your family can bunk together. If this is more what you’re looking for, check out Star Island Resort, Oak Plantation or Best Western Premier Saratoga Resort Villas. You can also stay at a home away from home by booking a vacation home rental, which gives your family more space and the many comforts that you would have at your own house. These larger homes or condos are great for large family reunions in Kissimmee.
On the horizon, the soon-to-open Margaritaville Resort Orlando will provide a one-of-a-kind vacation escape, complete with a lagoon-style pool, soft sand beach, shopping and dining complex and 12-acre water park. Accommodation options range from standard hotel rooms to luxury vacation homes.
How do we get to Kissimmee?
Okay, so Kissimmee is incredible; the perfect place for your family reunion. Now, let’s talk logistics. How does your family get here? Well, it’s incredibly easy. With three international or regional airports serving the area, Kissimmee is accessible from all over the country. Most major airlines fly into Orlando International Airport, just 25 minutes away, with additional flights arriving at Orlando Sanford International Airport, less than an hour away.
If you plan to drive, Kissimmee is conveniently located along Florida’s Turnpike, Interstate 4, Osceola Parkway and U.S. 92. It is only a few hours from major cities such as Tampa, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Charlotte and New Orleans. The region is also served by Amtrak and Greyhound, allowing families to travel by train or bus.
Before you arrive, let us know your group is coming! Reunions that register their reunion at www.ReunionsInKissimmee.com and then choose a Kissimmee resort will receive customizable t-shirts for everyone staying overnight at the resort.
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There are a lot of details to consider when planning a family reunion. If you’ve been given the job of organizer, you understand what we’re talking about. There’s no need to add unnecessary stress to your already full plate. Pick Kissimmee for your next family reunion and you’ll revel in the simplicity of arranging your trip, and your family will praise you for a fun, engaging and memorable reunion.