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Free Things To Do In Kissimmee With Kids

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Over the years, we’ve discovered some great free things to do in Kissimmee with kids. And whilst some activities are becoming more expensive, it’s handy to know some free attraction alternatives to help keep costs to a minimum.

Whether your family is fond of the great outdoors or enjoys window shopping and stumbling across weekend farmers’ markets, Kissimmee has something for you. And the best part is, the activities I’ve included today won’t cost you a single dollar!

Free Things To Do In Kissimmee With Kids

Kissimmee Lakefront Park

One of the best free things to do in Kissimmee with kids is to spend the day at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The park, which spans over 13 acres, has various free activities for families to enjoy, including bike paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a pier. 

With vast open spaces that are ideal for a game of football, as well as 15 pavilions, a splash pad, 52 floating docks, and plenty of areas to fish, the Kissimmee Lakefront Park is the perfect place for some time outdoors. Plus, it’s a haven for native Florida wildlife, so be sure to keep an eye out! 

The park is also home to the Monument of States, which is a must-see during your visit. Kissimmee residents built the monument with materials from all over America to signify that when America comes together, it can achieve greatness.

Keeping on the topic of sculptures, you’ll also find the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial’s A Tribute to Courage sculpture, which symbolises the Americans and Filipinos who fought as one in the Phillippines during WWII, a short walk from the park.

Address: 201 Lakeview Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34741, United States

The Disney Wilderness Preserve

15 miles south of Walt Disney World is the 11,500-acre Disney Wilderness Preserve. Established in April 1993 through an agreement with The Walt Disney Company, The Nature Conservancy, and the state of Florida, the preserve—which has received considerable funding from the Walt Disney World Company—has been restored into a haven for wetland plant and animal species.

Wetlands are an essential part of Florida’s ecosystem. And a trip to the preserve will get you up close to tortoises, bald eagles, raptors, and even the odd turkey.

With plenty of hiking trails to choose from, the nature preserve is one of my favourite free things to do in Kissimmee with kids, as not only can you enjoy some time out in nature, but you can also learn about Florida’s native species.

Address: 2700 Scrub Jay Trail, Poinciana, FL 34759, United States

Celebration Town Center

The Walt Disney Company originally developed the town of Celebration to experiment with community planning. And today, the quaint little area that is roughly 11 miles in size boasts shops, restaurants, biking trails, and scenic boardwalks for visitors to explore. 

Some of the best times to visit Celebration are around the holidays as the town really goes all out for Christmas and Halloween. However, all throughout the year, there are plenty of things to see and do including farmers markets and outdoor concerts. 

Address: Celebration, Florida 34747

Shingle Creek Regional Park

If you are a family of outdoor/nature lovers, then the Shingle Creek Regional Park is up there as one of the best free things to do in Kissimmee with kids. The Shingle Creek Regional Park is an all-natural 160-acre park with wetlands, prairies, and hiking trails that you can explore on foot or by non-motorized bike.

You can even paddle down the park’s waterways to catch glimpses of turtles, fish, and various bird species or sit down for a picnic under the park’s native trees or picnic pavilions. 

Address: 1575 Yates Road, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Old Town Fun Spot, Kissimmee, Florida

Old Town Kissimmee

Old Town, a walking district that is spread over 10 acres, is another great spot in Kissimmee that is completely free to enter. And there is plenty of entertainment that will please all members of the family. 

Firstly, you’ll spot old American architecture, historical stores, and even a few theme ground rides here and there. But what really makes the town popular are the cars. Old Town is known for its car shows that take place every Friday and Saturday.

On Fridays, you’ll witness hundreds of muscle cars, while on Saturdays, the streets will be lined with impressive classic cars that date back decades. 

Address: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746

DIsney Springs

Disney Springs

Disney Springs is Walt Disney World’s shopping and entertainment district. And even if you don’t want to spend any money, it’s a great place to spend a morning or afternoon.

Over the years, we’ve discovered a few free activities to do while visiting Disney Springs. And one of our favourites is at the LEGO Store. The LEGO store at Disney Springs has buckets of LEGO for kids to build with. So you can be in their building for hours if you really want to

Rainforest Cafe Sign Disney Springs
T- Rex  restaurant at Disney Springs

Other Free Activities at Disney Springs

  • Rainforest Cafe – The Rainforest Cafe has a timed volcanic eruption as well as plenty of photo opportunities for you to make use of. And the best part? You don’t even need to enter the restaurant or have a table reservation as you can experience its incredible theming from just its exterior alone.
  • T-Rex Cafe – In a similar fashion, the T-Rex Cafe has a giant outdoor dinosaur skeleton fossil that makes the perfect photo backdrop. 
  • Water Taxi – Disney Springs is backed by a waterway. And on that waterway, you can set off on a free water taxi that provides you with incredible views of the shopping complex and surrounding Walt Disney World hotels
  • Squirting Stitch – On top of the World Of Disney store is a huge Stitch statue that spits out water at regular intervals throughout the day. My kids thoroughly enjoy waiting for Stitch to squirt water whenever we visit Disney Springs. So that’s definitely a must-do while strolling through the complex. 
  • Disney Springs Splash Pad – Over in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs is a free splash pad for little ones to enjoy. As I’m sure you can imagine, the splash pad does get fairly busy. But it is a great place to cool down and let your kids burn off some excess energy. 

Address: 1486 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States

Map of Free Things To Do In Kissimmee With Kids
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International Drive

No visit to Kissimmee—or Florida, for that matter— is complete without a trip down International Drive. International Drive is a hub for restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

Even just driving past the incredible buildings is entertainment in itself. Keep an eye out for the upside-down Wonderworks building!

International Drive is also home to Icon Park, which is completely free to enter. To get on any of the rides, you will need to pay a fee.

However, heading to the park at night will give you great views of the 400-foot observation wheel and 450-foot star flyer that both light up at night. 

Address: International Drive, Florida

Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

History lovers are even well-catered for in Kissimmee as the Osceola Country Welcome Center and History Museum takes you back to explore Kissimmee’s history. The museum is free to enter—however, they appreciate donations—and has exhibits on the area’s wildlife, cattle and citrus industries, and Kissimmee’s early tourism. 

Address: 4155 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741, United States

Twin Oaks Conservation

And the final activity on my list of free things to do in Kissimmee with kids is the Twin Oaks Conservation. The Twin Oaks Conservation is yet another expansive outdoor area that provides you with hiking trails, wildlife spottings, and the opportunity to explore Kissimmee’s great outdoors.

Address: 2001 Macy Island Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34744, United States

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