The big city of Kissimmee is right in the heart of central Florida, so if you are looking for adventure, this is the place for you. With world-famous theme parks and attractions nearby, Kissimmee holds its own, offering excitement and fun and plenty to keep you and your family busy. So come take a look at all Kissimmee has to offer.
- 20 of the Best Things to Do with Kids in Kissimmee
- 1. Fun Spot America
- 2. Kissimmee Lakefront Park
- 3. The Ice Factory of Central Florida
- 4. Medieval Times
- 5. Discovery Cove
- 6. Old Town
- 7. Skate Reflections
- 8. Island H2O Live!
- 9. Gatorland
- 10. Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum
- 11. Escapology Escape Rooms Orlando
- 12. Seaworld
- 13. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
- 14. Crayola Experience Orlando
- 15. Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
- 16. Universal’s Volcano Bay
- 17. Altitude Trampoline Park
- 18. Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park
- 19. Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
- 20. WonderWorks Orlando
- Final Thoughts
20 of the Best Things to Do with Kids in Kissimmee
Fun Spot is a large theme park that boasts almost 30 rides and classic arcade games. All rides are included in the ticket price, and Fun Spot promises short queues and less waiting time, meaning you can squeeze plenty of excitement into your day.
Brave the world’s tallest sky coaster at an incredible 300 ft or hold on tight to the Vortex Track as you race in double go-karts around the world’s steepest banking curve at 32 degrees. Try the Mine Blower, Florida’s only wooden coaster to go upside down, or for the younger ones, ride the Kiddie Coaster or the Frog Hopper.
There are rides for everyone, and with classic arcade games to enjoy, your day will be jam-packed. There are restaurants and restrooms available, and parking is free.
With stunning views over Lake Toho, this park is the perfect place to enjoy the Florida sunshine and relax. The city park has many amenities, including two adventure parks with big slides and a snack stand to keep the little ones busy. If the kids fancy getting wet, there is a splash park with water fountains and splash pools.
If you prefer to be on the water, you can hire a boat and relax on the lake or try a spot of fishing. The Big Toho Marina has everything you need, including fishing rods and bait. Take a stroll along the little piers or enjoy a picnic at one of the shaded picnic areas. There are restrooms and parking available.
For guaranteed fun regardless of the weather, the Ice Factory is the place to be. Challenge yourself to learn a new skill on the ice. This ice skating rink offers public skating sessions where you and the family can don a pair of skates and hit the ice.
You can hire a Bobby seal sled for the kids to help them stay upright. The atmosphere changes during weekends and holidays as there is a live DJ and disco lights. They frequently have games and activities to mix up the fun. There is coffee and snacks available too.
Enter the gates, cross the drawbridge and go back in time with this fully immersive Medieval Times dinner experience. On entry, you are given your knight’s colours, then explore the castle with the suits of armour and traditional Medieval Hall of Arms. There is a gift shop for trinkets to take home and even a museum.
Take your seats as the show is about to begin. Seated in a traditional jousting tournament arena for your four-course dinner and be entertained as the Queen appears to start the battle. Cheer your knight on and watch in wonder as they ride their horses and joust for the win. You can meet the knights and horses after the show to have your picture taken.
Discovery Cove is the perfect place for animal lovers; you can get up close and personal with some magical creatures on the land and in the water. With sandy beaches, waterfalls, and rocky lagoons, you will see these animals in their natural habitats.
Grab your wetsuit and enjoy the relaxing river as you float around, taking in the beautiful scenery, then try your hand at snorkelling in Serenity Bay. See the beautiful coral and hundreds of brightly coloured fish as they swim past. Swim with stingrays and sharks, then visit the friendly dolphins for a playful swim in the Dolphin Lagoon.
Get close to the otters in the Freshwater Oasis, then dry off to visit the stunning tropical birds and cheeky marmosets. Paddle, swim and dive with the sea life at your own pace. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages are all included in your Discovery Cove ticket price and you can end your day at the gift shop.
This open-air entertainment complex and district has everything you need to entertain all the family. There are plenty of shops to browse and restaurants and eateries offering light bites, sushi, pizza, and more.
The rides at Old Town are the main draw for the kids. From the classic carousel to the giant Ferris wheel, children will love the attractions here. If you like thrill rides, try the Hurricane rollercoaster or for the younger ones, check out the mini vehicles at the Fun Rides Booth.
Get your family to work together to figure out the Escape Room or have fun in the Happy Days Family Fun Center and play classic arcade games. Test your strength and endurance on the Ninja Challenge or marvel at the magic show at the Great Magic Hall to finish your day at Old Town.
Get your skates on and practice those moves at this skating arena. You can hire skates and enjoy rolling around the arena to the music. There are events here, including Family Fun skates, all-night skates, and the skate battle competition. Make a day of it with a family deal, including skate rental, admission, and food and drink.
This huge water park offers a day of wet and wild entertainment. There are so many attractions and rides to choose from, including pools, rivers, and slides galore! For those seeking a thrill, why not brave the Body Slide or the Drop Down, grab the family and ride the raft down the Profile Plunge, or hop on the two-person rubber ring on The Downloader.
Get your float and slide headfirst down the six-lane Relay Racers or float lazily along the Lazy River. For the younger ones, there is the splash and play Pelican’s Paradise. Hire one of the cabanas, with different packages available, for your family to relax, spectate and enjoy a meal.
With packages including food and beverage from your own cooler and the use of private lockers, sun loungers, and bottled water, you can rest and refuel in comfort before heading back out into the water.
This wildlife preserve and theme park is 110 acres of gator fun and is affectionately called the ‘alligator capital of the world.’ It is home to thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and various other reptiles.
Observe them in their natural habitat in the observation tower that overlooks the breeding marshland or watch the various shows throughout the day, including Gator Wrestlin’ and the Aligator Jumparoo. Take a train ride throughout the park and look out for the rare leucistic white alligators.
Two new fun things to do at the park are the ziplines. If you are feeling brave, ride the Gator Gauntlet or the Screamin Gator zipline over the top of the crocodile and alligator pens. With a restaurant and restrooms on-site, you can spend the day with these ancient creatures.
Dive deep into the history and culture of Osceola county. The museum features exhibits and realistic dioramas showcasing the nature, animals, and history of this county. Find out all about the pine Flatwoods, oak hammocks, and swamplands.
There are interactive displays and some fun scavenger hunts for the children. Head just outside to Shingle Creek to see the wildlife in situ.
Work together with your family to work out the hidden clues, solve the challenges and puzzles and ultimately escape. You will be locked in the themed escape room for 60 minutes and fully immersed in this high-adrenaline game.
Themes include Murder on the Orient Express, Star Trek Quantum Filament, Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle, and Saving Santa. Creative thinking and teamwork will save you from the escape room; just remember the clock is ticking!
This has to be one of the most iconic fun places to visit when on your Florida trip. This is one of the theme parks that has it all – animals, rides, and even showcases some important conservation work too. For the animal lovers, check out the penguins, manatees, sea lions, and turtles, and learn all about them and the important conservation work that Seaworld does.
Do you know how to get to Sesame Street? Well, it’s right here in Seaworld, where you can stroll down the street and meet all of your favourite characters. There are rides suitable for little ones, including Big Bird’s Twirl and Whirl and Elmo’s Choo Choo Train. With plenty more rides, interactive play, and even a party parade, this is an experience within an experience.
For the thrill-seekers in the family, Seaworld has lots of roller coasters and attractions to enjoy. Grab a seat in the raft for the river rapid ride Infinity Falls, boasting the world’s tallest rapid drop, or brave the head down, head first Manta roller coaster.
Twist and turn upside down on the Kraken or try the all-new Ice Breaker as you are launched forwards and backwards through a series of loops and drops. With restaurants and gift shops to explore, Seaworld has something for everyone.
Perfect for those rainy days, there is loads of fun to be had at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. Firstly, the go-karting is the main attraction here.
Zoom around the specially-built track in your electric go-kart, taking on all the twists and turns as you try to beat the other racers. For the smaller children, there is a scaled-down version so they too can experience the thrill of the race. However, it’s not all about the racing; there are plenty of other attractions here.
Shoot to win in the two-level laser tag or try your hand at some good old-fashioned bowling. Brave the high ropes obstacle course ending in ziplining or immerse yourself in virtual reality with the special headsets that transport you somewhere else. There are classic arcade games to enjoy and a restaurant on-site. There is no admission charge; you only pay for what you play.
With 27 fun kids activities, these colourful crayons really do come to life here. You can watch and learn how these crayons are made in the Crayon Factory Show, jump and stomp the interactive floor to find hidden pictures, or dodge the shark.
Climb and slide in the Colour Playground or try your hand at sculpting with Crayola’s Model Magic Compound. Name and wrap your own crayon and enjoy lunch and snacks at Cafe Crayola. With so much to make, play, see, and do, end your visit by heading to the gift shop to complete your Crayola Experience.
Discover the wetlands of Kissimmee, FL on one of 12 airboats at this adventure park. With half-hour and hour boat tours available, you can get out onto the wetlands of the Central Florida Everglades. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive alligators. Then, back on dry land, check out the 30 juvenile alligators in the gator pond and learn more about these fascinating animals.
Visit the Native American replica village and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Jororo tribe. Try your hand at mining, with 70 feet of mining troughs, see if you can find fossils, gems, and even sharks’ teeth. There is a BBQ restaurant on site, as well as a fun photo shack with props to create a personal memory to take home.
Another of Kissimmee’s water parks, this one centres around a huge volcano. This wet and wild park has something for everyone, from relaxing on your rubber ring around the Kopiko Wai Winding River to grabbing the family in the rubber raft on the Maku Puihi Round Raft ride.
Climb aboard the four-person canoe as you slide and ride the Krakatau Aqua Coaster or brave the trap door drop down twisting slides before plunging into the water below on the Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.
Enjoy swimming and splashing family fun at The Reef or relax and take in the views of the waterfalls cascading down the side of the volcano at Waturi beach. There are 17 attractions and rides to enjoy plus cabanas to hire and restaurants and shopping too.
A trampoline park is a perfect way for the family to get active and burn off some energy. With thousands of square feet dedicated to trampolining fun, there is something for all ages and abilities.
Jump and flip in the Main Court with wall-to-wall trampolines or practice your parkour skills and somersaults on the high-performance trampolines with landing zones from 4 to 8 feet high. For the little ones, there is a special safe trampoline section called the Kids Court with foam cubes for a soft landing.
You can also practice your gymnastics skills on the Tumble Track or jump into your own video game with the interactive Valo Jump. There is basketball, a trapeze swing, and zip lines. Jump on the Wipeout Wheel or challenge yourself to complete the ropes obstacle course. There is also food and drink available.
For some real outdoor adventure set in the top of a pine forest, this progressively challenging obstacle course will test your climbing and balance skills as well as your bravery. There is an amazing 97 aerial challenges.
Climb the 50 feet ladders, swing on the Tarzan ropes, and leap into the hanging nets. Navigate the wobbling bridges and swinging logs for a big finish zip lining to the end. There are two separate easier courses for children with 21 challenges. Each course is different, meaning there is a challenge to suit everyone.
This 18-hole mini golf experience is a hidden gem at the Walt Disney World Resort Blizzard Beach, perfect for any Disney fan to explore. Built by Santa himself, these two courses are split into a sand course for summer and a snow course for winter.
The summer course has surfboards, palm trees, and sandcastles to navigate through – look out for Santa buried in the sand! The winter course is full of Christmas decorations and the melting castle with its drawbridge. Look out for Squirty the Snowman, who squirts everyone who passes beneath him!
Like Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, this spot is often overlooked in favour of more popular attractions such as Busch Gardens, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom.
This education and entertainment amusement park has over 100 hands-on experiences and exhibits to challenge you and your mind.
Experience the weather like never before in the Extreme Weather Zone or experience life in space as you spin around in a gyroscope in the Astronaut Training Challenge.
Experience the science behind pressure by lying on the bed of 3500 nails or create bubbles big enough for you to fit inside in the Bubble Lab. Try to defeat the enemy in Laser Tag or brave the glow-in-the-dark rope course. With dinner and a magic show to end the day, there is plenty here to enjoy for all ages.
Are dogs allowed at Kissimmee Lakefront Park?
Yes, but they must be kept on a leash.
What is the admission fee at Fun Spot America?
A Single Day Fun Pass at Fun Spot America is $54.95.
What are the opening and closing times at Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park?
Monday through Friday, the park is open 8 am till 1 pm, and at the weekends 8 am till 2 pm.
Are you allowed to bring food to Universal’s Volcano Bay?
You can bring your own food, but it must not be in a glass container or need heating.
Kissimmee has so much to offer you and your family, with attractions and experiences for all ages, and definitely gives its famous neighbors like Disney World a run for their money in the entertainment stakes. Well worth a visit, for more inspiration see here when planning your vacation to Kissimmee, FL!
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