If you want to go eyeball to eyeball with an alligator, this is the place to do it. Gatorland has thousands of crocs and gators that you can view in their swampy setting, as well as daily Gator Jumparoo and Gator Wrestlin' shows. There are also night tours, a 365-metre long zip wire and the chance to be a trainer for the day.
Fancy tucking into a medieval banquet while knights joust on horseback and nobles battle for the hand of fair maidens? Or would you rather browse an Italian-American buffet in the company of Prohibition-era gangsters and their molls, complete with musical cabaret? Kissimmee's famous dinner shows are a must-see, and Medieval Times and Capone's Dinner and Show are two of the best.
Make a Splash
With the Florida sun forcing the mercury higher, the perfect place to cool off is a waterpark. There are two at Disney World: Blizzard Beach, including the world's tallest and fastest free-fall slide, and tropical-themed Typhoon Lagoon. SeaWorld's Aquatica has 42 rides and slides, as well as sandy coves and live animals; while many of Kissimmee’s hotels and resorts offer smaller water park options.
A highlight of holidays in Kissimmee is the car parades on Friday and Saturday nights, when over 325 classic cars, hot rods, street rods and antique vehicles cruise through Old Town. It makes for a spectacular sight - and there's live music too.
The Real Florida
Taking a coach safari in the wilderness of Forever Florida, boating or fishing on Lake Tohopekaliga, or zipping across the wetlands on an airboat to spot alligators and osprey will provide a glimpse of 'old' Florida. This was previously cattle country, and you can still catch the Silver Spurs rodeo twice a year.