7 things to do when you visit Kissimmee
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Wouldn’t you like to win a free, all expenses paid trip to Kissimmee, Florida for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo? Be sure to visit www.RNCFR.com/sweeps to enter the official RNCFR Sweepstakes. It doesn’t cost a dime, and you could win the trip of a lifetime!
We know that victory is sweet, but you don’t have to win the RNCFR Sweepstakes to come out on top with a trip to Florida this spring. Here are seven of our favorite things to do in Central Florida.
1) RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
At the RAM National Circuit Finals, you’ll witness the top 192 cowboys and cowgirls from across the U.S. bring their A-game in bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, and team roping. These thrilling rodeo events are bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. The entertainment continues after the rodeo with a Tailgate Experience just for fans of the wild, wild east, complete with a DJ, live bands, dance floor, exhibits, a Kids Zone, the Food Truck Bazaar, and more. Attendees will also have opportunities to meet their favorite rodeo competitors, get autographs, and take photos with contestants. Whether you’re an extreme rodeo fan, or just looking for a fun event for a date or the family, this is the event is for you! You can find more information at rncfr.com.
2) Walt Disney World Resort
When you wish upon a star, what do you wish for? Could it be a trip to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort ? Come experience all the fantasy and magic with your favorite Disney characters. When you’re not watching the dirt fly at the rodeo, you can be flying high on Space Mountain, cooling off on Splash Mountain, singing along through “It’s A Small World”, then watching all of your favorite characters come to life in the daily parade down Main Street, U.S.A. End the night under the stars watching the fireworks show at Cinderella’s Castle. These memories will last a lifetime! Visit www.disneyworld.com for more information.
3) Universal Orlando Resort
Discover what a real-life movie set looks like. Warning! Dreams about becoming a movie star often follow! You can experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, fly with ET, channel your inner minion on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, attack aliens at MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, get transformed on TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, and much more. See the rockin’ live shows such as the Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue or The Blues Brothers Show. After leaving the park, check out Universal CityWalk for dining, entertainment, and more! Get in on the action and visit www.universalstudios.com for more information.
4) Wild Florida Airboats & Wildlife Park
Experience the Gateway to the Everglades! Visit Wild Florida to see alligators in their natural habitat. You can also hang around with sloths, watch bobcats play, and try to keep up with some lemurs. Wild Florida offers a Wildlife Park with more than 200 animals. You can catch an airboat adventure on pristine Lake Cypress. Don’t forget to book a Ranch Buggy Tour to visit one of the oldest working cattle operations in the country! Once your wild adventures wind down, be sure to visit the Chomp House Grill for delicious food prepared fresh to order. Whether you’re craving barbecue or a burger, or something more exotic like gator or turtle, you won’t be disappointed! (Trust us, we’ve tried it all!) To get wild at Wild Florida, visit www.wildfloridairboats.com.
5) Atlantic and Gulf Coast Beaches
If you enjoy surfing, paddle boarding, the sun on your shoulders, or sand between your toes, you’re in luck. Florida is home to 663 miles of beautiful beaches! And it’s an easy day trip to either coast when you are ready to relax from all of the rodeo action in Kissimmee. The Atlantic beaches, including Cape Canaveral (home to Kennedy Space Center) and Cocoa Beach, are about an hour’s drive from Kissimmee. Pack a bag, grab your sunscreen, and hit the beach!
6) LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Remember pretending to be an engineer with your LEGOs as a kid, trying to build something spectacular? Here in Central Florida, there are actual real-life engineers who have crafted some amazing structures from those colorful little plastic blocks. With 50 rides, plenty of live shows, and 150 acres of interactive LEGOLAND fun, this park was built for kids! See life-sized LEGOs and get hands-on during your experience. Stroll through the stunning botanical garden, splash around at the Water Park, enjoy quality food, and shop for souvenirs. If you are traveling with little ones ages 2-12, this is the theme park for your family. For more on LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visit www.florida.legoland.com.
7) The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek
Imagine exploring the peaceful waters of Shingle Creek on a kayak, surrounded by Cypress trees. This experience will reveal wonders that can’t be recreated at any theme park! Travel the waters of Shingle Creek by kayak, paddle board, duffy, or canoe. If you want a higher-speed adventure, you can rent bikes and cruise the nature trails. Seriously committed to the great outdoors? You can reserve a camping site, too! Traveling in a group or solo, this experience is for everyone! You will want to bring a camera, sunscreen, and bug spray. Have no worries about your phone or cameras as the center provides you with a dry bag to keep your memories safe. To make reservations, visit www.paddlingcenter.com.
One of the biggest rodeos in the country and all this excitement, too? As you can see, our RNCFR Sweepstakes is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! We’ll be providing the overall winner with four round-trip airfare tickets, a four-night stay in our finest local host hotel, tickets to the rodeo, and more! Winners will be announced in February. Stay tuned!
A trip to Kissimmee for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April is the best time to visit as far as weather goes, with average temperatures around 75 degrees. Our destination is known as the Gateway to Fun because of its close proximity to Orlando’s theme parks and a wide variety of outdoor attractions, just minutes from Orlando International Airport. We have amazing adventures you and your whole family can enjoy year round in Osceola County and Central Florida.