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Penguin habitat at SeaWorld Orlando
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Headwaters of the Florida Everglades, Kissimmee
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Airboat tour scenery in Kissimmee, Florida
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Baby alligator at Wild Florida in Kenansville
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Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue
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Meeting a sloth at Wild Florida in Kenansville
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Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction at SeaWorld Orlando
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When planning a trip to sunny Florida, you simply must take some time out to explore Kissimmee.

You will find tons of fun for the whole family, from iconic theme parks like Walt Disney World, to nature parks such as Wild Florida. And for the shopaholics, there are some amazing outlet centres. All in all, it’s a perfect place for a holiday that you will talk about for years to come.

Underwater Adventures at Discovery Cove and SeaWorld

Get up close to some of the Atlantic Ocean’s most magnificent creatures at Discovery Cove. I was beyond excited to spend some time with the theme park’s celebrity dolphins. This one-on-one experience with a professional trainer is simply unforgettable. I had always heard dolphins were smart, but interacting with them is mind-blowing. They completely listen to you and the trainer, displaying almost human-like qualities while they show off their tricks and go in for a hug and a kiss. Yes, that happened! 

If dolphins aren’t enough, how about snorkelling with majestic stingrays in the Grand Reef or taking an underwater SeaVenture tour with sharks? It’s safe, I promise!

Only a hop, skip and a jump away is the iconic SeaWorld, where you can travel through underwater tunnels by foot and meet some of the ocean’s most incredible sharks in Shark Encounter. Also, be sure to stop by the park’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction, which includes a family adventure ride. For the thrill seekers, there are rides that will whiz you high above the park at top speeds.

Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove

Swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove
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Wildlife Adventures and Gator Watching

Explore some of Florida’s abundant and beautiful wildlife with an airboat tour at Wild Florida. Zip amongst the rivers and waterways that make up the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, and find more than a few alligators lurking an arm’s distance away. The experience is simply exhilarating and your experienced tour guide will be sure to give you a wild ride and open your eyes to the fauna amongst the lush landscape. 

After your tour, be sure to visit some of the incredible birds and animals who reside at the park. I fed lunch to a few sloths that demonstrated the art of eating a banana upside down.  No matter what time of day or night you pay Wild Florida a visit, don’t leave until you have had a yummy bite to eat at the café.

Seeing flora and fauna on an airboat tour with Wild Florida

Seeing flora and fauna on an airboat tour with Wild Florida
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Shop Till You Drop in Orlando

I love shopping, and my dreams of finding bargains galore were fulfilled with a trip to Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue. This Mediterranean-inspired outdoor village is vast with stores for all tastes. Wear comfy shoes because you are going to want to go door to door to snag incredible deals at more than 150 name-brand stores. 

Luxury Vacation Rentals and Top-Class Hotels

I know that when I travel I want to stay in fabulous accommodations that are comfortable and affordable. You can’t go wrong in Kissimmee. There are countless top-class vacation rentals for the whole family that include pools, recreation rooms and golf courses. Vacation rentals give you the space, comfort and home-away-from-home feel and are perfect for families and large groups. If a plush hotel is more your speed, your options are endless and the majority are a stone’s throw away from the iconic theme parks and outdoor adventures.

Variety of options available through All Star Vacation Homes

Variety of options available through All Star Vacation Homes
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