All members in my family love to travel to Kissimmee, Central Florida. It has great weather and many activities to enjoy. We have visited there a lot of times and have found several interesting places.


Here are some things we enjoy:


Mini Golf– We use coupons from pre-printed coupon books you can find all around the area to help save when we play. There are some great “themes” to choose from including an African river adventure complete with live alligators to feed, a Hawaiian adventure with erupting volcano, a mining theme, and an adventure with pirates.

Shell World – Even if you aren’t buying, it’s a fantastic place to take your sea-life lovers to look around. Don’t miss the huge shell in the back of the store, you won’t believe it’s size! Check out the small museum with it’s display of diving equipment. Use a coupon book from one of those books I mentioned before (which are conveniently located right inside their door) and your kids can get a free shell necklace or real starfish when they go in. You can even pick an oyster and have the pearl inside mounted in a piece of jewelry. My daughter got a beautiful pinkish colored one valued at about $ 125 for only $ 49. Tip: Pick a large shelled oyster, it will have the nicest pearl inside. Your kids will love just walking through the aisles seeing shells of every shape, color, and size.

Flea Markets – DO NOT pass these up. We love walking thru them looking for bargains and treasures. My daughter, Abby, collects anything from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame and we’ve found her some really neat stuff in these places when we spend a little time searching You’ll also find leather goods, reasonably priced luggage, t-shirts, reallistic looking fake Pandora beads and chains, designer sunglasses, and even a place to get a Henna Tattoo, Tip: Most of these places have maps for you to use so you can find booths easier and not get so twisted around and end up walking the same aisles. We really like the one directly across from Old Town with it’s over 250 booths to explore but there are others like the Rt. 192 Flea Market and Maingate Flea Market. Yes, some the of the booths carry the same items, so don’t be afraid to look and compare prices. I’ll ask the owner if they can give us a better deal and usually they do. My children think I’m a miser but when they start spending their own money, they’ll understand.

Capone’s Dinner Show – A hysterical look at prohibition when gangsters reigned supreme and your waiter could be a mobster. The show is funny, the music is lively, and the buffet-style food is better than average. Tip: 1/2 off coupons can be found in any of those pre-printed coupon books and if you go an hour before the show and buy a drink (even sodas) you’ll be seated first! This is actually the most economical of all the dinner shows. Something else cool to note, before you’re seated your group’s mug shot will be taken so don’t look suspicious! You’ll be offered a chance to buy these photos in a variety of sizes and in a keyring, which makes a great keepsake of your trip.

Arabian Nights Dinner Show – See all the magic and majesty of the beautiful Arabian Horses come to life in this one-of-a-kind show. You’ll be amazed at the riding and the tricks on horseback while enjoying an excellent meal. The stadium-style seating means there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Make sure you arrive early enough for the pre-show, it’s awesome too. VIP tickets are available which give you up close time for photos before the show as well as a drink and other perks. We didn’t opt for VIP tickets, which cost more, but still got some great close-up photos after the show.

These are just a few places to go, but we know you’ll love the area and the values you can find.


George Sleasman
Free lance writer