Old Town Kissimmee
A small town atmosphere, brick lined streets, big, brass band parades and street clowns – it’s all a part of Old Town Kissimmee. Old Town is the nostalgic shopping, dining and entertainment center of Kissimmee. You will find 73 specialty shops and restaurants and 18 thrill rides here – something for the entire family. The whole atmosphere is that of an old-fashioned town fair, with attractions like the Haunted House and Wax Museum and other carnival favorites. In addition, Old Town Kissimmee is the site of the largest weekly car cruises, including the new Thursday Nite Motorcycle Night, Friday Nite Cruise, and Saturday Nite Cruise. Live nightly entertainment is also provided on the main stage and other special events are ongoing in Old Town. Stores are open 365 days a year, from 10:00a.m. until 11:00p.m. Rides are open from noon to 11:00p.m., Monday thru Sunday (rides may stay open later on weekends, but times vary with the season.) Tickets are sold separately for most rides for $1.00 each, but special Valuepacks and all day ride passes are available.
Old Town Kissimmee Address and Phone Number
5770 W. U.S. Highway 192
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
Toll Free: 800-843-4202
Old Town Kissimmee Rides and Attractions
Old Town Kissimmee has over 75 specialty shops and restaurants, all with an old-fashioned family-owned feel. You’ll find everything here, from apparel and jewelry, to souvenirs and collectibles, even an old-time portrait shop and a candle shop where visitors can actually learn the trade. Other attractions include the Haunted House and The Hollywood Wax Museum and Tower of London Experience. Old Town also offers a wide variety of places to eat, whether you want to grab something quick or sit down to a relaxing meal. Choose from family favorites like burgers and fries or pizza, or something more exotic like teriyaki chicken or a gyro. Enjoy an espresso or cappuccino at the Old Town Coffee Works or ice cream from the Old Town Ice Cream Company. For nightly entertainment, the Blue Max Tavern features live karaoke every night and Sun on the Beach has a live deejay and dancing.
Old Town Kissimmee is home to the largest weekly car cruise in America. An average of 325 classic cars, hot-rods, street rods and antique cars come to Old Town every Saturday night. The cars begin arriving in the afternoon and the “cruise” begins at 8:30 p.m. Live 50s and 60s-style music begins at 7:00 p.m. on the Main Stage. The Friday Night Cruise includes custom cars, exotics and special interest cars, in addition to vehicles from 1973-1987. The cars are on display in Old Town beginning at 5:00 p.m. and a parade begins at 9:00 p.m. Live music on the Main Stage begins at 7:30 p.m. A Thursday Night Motorcycle Cruise is a new addition to Old Town.
Thrill rides are the other attraction for families to Old Town Kissimmee. A kiddie park called “Fun Town,” features favorites like the spinning Tea Cups, Frog Hopper and Kiddie Coaster, and also a colorful Merry-Go-Round with uniquely painted horses. Located at the gateway to Old Town is the famous Ferris Wheel, a classic style wheel that gives visitors a great view of the park and downtown. The Windstorm Roller Coaster is an exciting ride on 1,437 feet of steel tracks that twist and turn over 80-degree banks, while the Old Town Slingshot catapults you 365 feet into the air in a caged orb, while suspended by bungy cords. Other old time favorites include the Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, Mixer and Wave Swinger.
Old Town Kissimmee History
The town of Kissimmee was originally a small trading post, until after the Civil War. At that time, it was included in a purchase of four million acres of marshland and plains by a Mr. Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia for approximately 25 cents per acre. Retirees were attracted to the area in the 1950s, and with the opening of Walt Disney World, the whole area became world renowned as a vacation hot spot. The city of Kissimmee was founded in 1878, and many of the downtown buildings and old cobbled streets have been very well maintained. Old Town Kissimmee is a living history of shops, restaurants, amusements and rides. The historic downtown is the largest and oldest shopping area in the area.
Old Town Kissimmee Map (click on map for larger view)