Anyone would be hard pressed to find an area with more to offer than Kissimmee. The city’s population was originally born from the business of cargo steamboat traffic in the late 1800’s. The boats could traverse the Kissimmee River, which flows south to Okeechobee and the Everglades. The enormous chain of lakes near the town including Lake Tohopekaliga (or, Lake Toho for short) and Lake Kissimmee were ideal harbors for loading and unloading the cargo.
The original steamboat traffic was abruptly halted when the early railroads spanned south through the area from Sanford and eventually reached South Florida. By the 1950’s Kissimmee’s 4,000 or so residents relied on open cattle ranching for most of its support. Even today, anglers on the area lakes will spot a few locally owned cattle drinking from the freshwater lakes through barbed wire fences. Of course, everything changed when Walt Disney World came to town.
Known as one of the most diverse cities in the area, the lion’s share of today’s Kissimmee residents work at Disney or one of the areas infamous theme parks including Universal Studios and Seaworld. Home to Legoland, FunSpot, and local favorite Old Town, families can easily enjoy something new and different nearly every day of the year in Kissimmee.
However, Kissimmee has never lost touch with its roots. It’s gorgeous, lush waterways are world renowned as an angler’s paradise. The Lakefront Park, Big Toho Marina, and Disney’s Wilderness Preserve are a tribute to the expansive waters of the area, which have been supremely managed for decades.
For those considering a vacation home or a forever home, there is a myriad of choices. Expansive waterfront homes, condos, and Osceola County’s A-rated schools are just a few of the reasons area tourists become residents.