Nearby Kissimmee offers some interesting stops along U.S. 192


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In less than a 60-minute drive from Brevard County, you and your family will discover and enjoy these four delightful stops I am recommending and inviting you to visit in nearby Kissimmee. 

Your first stop on U.S. 192 in Kissimmee is to visit the new Osceola County Welcome Center. The Center provides education and timely information — marketing Osceola County and Central Florida as an arts, culture, recreation and historic destination. The displays are top-notch and cover many interesting areas of Osceola County’s early days. 

Don’t miss the dedicated Flag Room, where you will see all the flags that have flown over our great state of Florida. They include France, England, Spain, Confederate and the United States. The Welcome Center is located at 4155 West Vine St. For information, call 407-396–8644. It is open daily and admission is free. 

The second stop that I suggest is the Shingle Creek Regional Park at Steffi Landing. It is just west of the Welcome Center. Here you will discover a beautiful natural wildlife sanctuary at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Your family can view the restored 1890 Shingle Creek Cabin and 1920 caretaker house. At the park, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and a picnic. You can rent kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. You also can arrange two-hour guided tours. The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, headwaters of the Everglades, is located at 4266 West Vine St. in Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-344–0881

At the nearby Pioneer Village and Museum, your family can explore the historic Ross Lanier House (1889), sit in a one-room schoolhouse, examine the workings of a citrus packing house (1882), and browse the many exhibits and also make a purchase at the gift store. Picnic facilities are available among the beautiful majestic live oak trees.

Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek Park is at 2491 Babb Road. For information, call 407-396–8644. 

There is a modest admission charge. It is open Thursday through Sunday. For information, go to osceolahistory.org.

Last but not least, your family will also enjoy strolling along the inviting streets of Historic Downtown Kissimmee. Here you will find delightful sculptures and interesting murals on many of the walls of Kissimmee’s historic buildings. Kissimmee’s Main Street is noted for eateries of all kinds and tastes. There are a host of small shops offering diversified shopping that will meet the needs of your entire family. Historic Downtown Kissimmee starts at Broadway and U.S.192.