With the current state of the economy many Americans are traveling on strict budgets. If they travel at all. However, those on a tight travel budget will realize that there are plenty of things to do in the Kissimmee area that are free. Free fits in everyone’s budget. With the exception of paying for food and souvenirs, the Kissimmee area is home to many things to do that cost nothing out of pocket. It is just a matter of finding those things.
That is why I have compiled a list of free things to do when visiting the Central Florida area. All of these things are great additions to any Orlando vacation or for the locals who are just trying to get out.
Historic Kissimmee and St. Cloud
Visit some historic sites in Kissimmee, including the oldest continuous used courthouse in the State of Florida or the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience in the downtown area. The St. Cloud Lake Front offers a great place to picnic and see some of Florida’s wildlife along the shores of Lake Toho.
One of the most historical features in St. Cloud is the Monument of States, where you can see the different monuments from each of the 50 states. You will know when you are close because as you go west on US Highway 192 the North/South streets will turn into state names. You cannot miss the Monument of States as you drive; it will be on the south side of the highway and has military vehicles by the roadside.
Celebration was the result of a community dreamed up by the Walt Disney Company and is home to many unique buildings, parks, walkways and festivals. There is no admission fee to explore Celebration or attend any of the community festivals. Things to do in Celebration include exploring the Farmer’s Market, the Art and Wine Stroll, the annual Posh Pooch Festival in February and the Celebration Exotic Car Festival in April.
You will be amazed at the different types of architecture used to design the buildings throughout Celebration. You will see homes, businesses and other buildings that have been inspired by Victorian, Mediterranean, Coastal, French and Classical architectural design.
In addition to two beautifully landscaped parks – Lakeside Park and Crescent Park – you will be able to catch glimpses of native wildlife and birds that have made the Celebration area their home.
Old Town Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Complex
US Highway 192 near the Walt Disney World Resorts
Admission to Old Town is free and offers plenty of things to do and see, keep in mind there are some attractions, which will charge. On the weekends Old Town becomes the place to be for car lovers. Check out some of the finest custom and exotic cars on Friday nights and enjoy the Saturday Nite Cruise featuring classic cars. This Old Town tradition will definitely bring back some memories. You can also enjoy live entertainment and participate in the street party. Do not forget that there is plenty of reasonably priced stores in Old Town for your souvenir shopping needs.
Free things to do where you can catch some of the best Florida wildlife include visiting Lake Lizzie nature Preserve, the Osceola County Environmental Center, the Wildlife Management Areas of Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes, Three Lakes and Triple N Ranch.
For additional information about the Kissimmee-St. Cloud area visit www.kissimmee.org or www.stcloudmainstreetflorida.org.