I don’t know what the winter weather has been like where you live, but after the last 2 weeks of blizzards, being snowed in for a week, and cold temperatures, I am ready to head back to Florida. I was not made for cold weather living. No, I am much more drawn to sunshine and mild temperatures. Which is why Kissimmee, Florida is pretty much the ideal place for a winter getaway with the family.
My family LOVES to travel to Florida in the winter (it’s the best time of the year to go to Florida, in our opinion!). What’s better than escaping the cold and the snow and trading the big winter coats in for sandals and t-shirts?
A few years ago, our entire extended family got together at a resort home in Kissimmee to spend the week of Thanksgiving together. We stayed happily busy every day, and we could have stayed for another 2 weeks and NEVER been bored! I’ve also visited Kissimmee without the kids and couldn’t believe how many things there were to do (I couldn’t wait to bring the kids back to experience everything I tried!). Now, I’m thinking we haven’t even scratched the surface on all Kissimmee has to offer!
Note: all of the images in this post are my own, from the various adventures I’ve had in Kissimmee.
5 Reasons Kissimmee Florida is the Perfect Destination for a Family Vacation This Winter
Amazing Weather: As a California transplant living on the East Coast, I admit that I miss a mild winter. Kissimmee’s year-round beautiful weather is a dream come true for me. There is nothing quite like being able to pull out the sandals for a few days when you’ve been wearing winter boots at home. Lower temperatures make it more comfortable to be active outside, plus the summer humidity (and pesky insects) are gone for the season, making winter time in Florida the perfect time to be outside.
Family Fun: Isn’t it all about finding quality activities for the family to do together? Kissimmee has a little bit of everything (except snow….which is totally ok with me!). Kissimmee is just minutes away from world-famous theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando (hello – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the PERFECT place to take a family of tweens and teens!), SeaWorld Orlando, and LEGOLAND Florida.
Lower Prices: Costs tend to go down during the winter months, from hotel and resort fees to the fees for a round of golf. Cheaper prices means that you can afford to do even more on your vacation. During the winter, you are more likely to be able to afford a fancier resort or vacation rental, or you can extend your stay with the money that you save.
Smaller Crowds: The attractions are less crowded during the off-season winter months which means more space to relax and shorter lines at the attractions. When we go to the theme parks in the winter months, we’re able to get one more rides with not as much waiting around, which makes the kids happy. And when the kids are happy, I am happy. Fewer crowds means that you get to do more with your time and enjoy some true relaxation.
Outdoor Adventures: Whether you’re in to ziplining or scouting for alligators on a thrilling airboat ride in the Everglades or soaring above it all in a hot air balloon or simply relaxing next to the pool, Kissimmee has it all. I’ve dabbled in a little bit of everything in Kissimmee, and I have to say that the ziplining can’t be beat! And trust me – ALL of the afore-mentioned activities are much more pleasant during the mild winter months!
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Escape the COLD Sweepstakes
So I’ve convinced you that you need to go to Kissimmee now, right? How does WINNING a trip for 4 sound? Between now and March 27, you can enter Experience Kissimmee’s “Escape the Cold” sweepstakes by texting SUNNY to “313131” or by visiting the official sweepstakes site, EscapeCold.com.
You are not going to believe the prizes! Three Grand Prize winners will each receive a Kissimmee getaway for 4. The 5-day/4-night prize package includes:
- Round trip airfare for four
- Rental Car
- 5-day/4-night stay at Meliá Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration
- Admission to Gatorland and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line
- Wristbands for unlimited rides at FunSpot America—Kissimmee
- Tickets to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom provided by Kissimmee Guest Services
- Tickets to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
- Airboat experience with Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours
Don’t feel lucky enough to win the Grand Prize? Guess what? You’re in luck because DAILY WINNERS will receive a “Winter Survival Kit” containing Kissimmee branded items such as, a scarf, gloves, hand warmers, color changing mug, hot cocoa and more!
Enter HERE! And good luck (you can totally win this!).
To see a few of the things I’ve done in Kissimmee, check out all of my Kissimmee, Florida posts!
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