Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Kissimmee
The family-friendly Ramada Kissimmee is near both downtown Kissimmee and Orlando’s many theme parks. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle will take you to Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, where you can explore famous attractions and ride heart-pumping roller coasters. After a long day at the parks, head back to the hotel to swim in the outdoor pool, relax in the hot tub, or get in touch with your inner child in the game room.
- Up to two kids stay free in a double room (one kid stays free in the king rooms). When you’re not at the theme parks, cable TV and free WiFi in guest rooms will keep young ones entertained.
- Grab some grub at the onsite Olive’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, which serves up casual American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Squeeze in a workout at the onsite fitness center.
- Go bowling just a short walk away at AMF Kissimmee Lanes.
Kissimmee, Florida: Easy Access to World-Famous Theme Parks and Major Orlando Attractions
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The world’s most-visited entertainment resort spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Area. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day at Magic Kingdom® Park by boarding Space Mountain® Attraction, a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. After that, ride past the ghastly goofballs inside The Haunted Mansion. For dinner, head over to Epcot® to sample cuisine from Morocco, Mexico, France, Italy, and several other countries at the World Showcase. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando’s vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as the CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which holds improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find several cultural institutions surrounding Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art; the collection features pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center, where you can take a rover across a simulation of Mars or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.