Horseback Riding in Kissimmee
Horse World Riding Stables. Here's a way to get a taste of the days when the Orlando area had more horse and cattle farms than Texas. Horse World offers lessons and rides for groups or individuals on three unspoiled Florida woods trails. Trail rides take about an hour and cost $45.95–$74.95 per person (weeklong ride passes cost $229–$279). Call at least a week ahead for reservations in winter and spring. 3705 Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee, FL, 34758. 407/847–4343. www.horseworldstables.com.
Silver Spurs Rodeo. Twice a year since the 1940s, bull riders and cowboys have been competing in the Silver Spurs Rodeo, the largest east of the Mississippi. The event is held at Osceola Heritage Park each February and June and features bull and bronc riding, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. From Interstate 4 Exit 77, take Florida's Turnpike south to Exit 244 (Kissimmee–St. Cloud). 1875 Silver Spur La., Kissimmee, FL, 34744. 321/697–3495. www.silverspursrodeo.com. $15; under 15 free. Hrs vary.
Haunted Kissimmee. This 90-minute tour takes you through the shadowy streets and alleys of historic downtown. The community has amassed a huge store of paranormal activity over the years, and the docents who lead these outings know where the bodies are buried. 804 Bryan St, Kissimmee, FL, 34741. 321/251–5204. www.hauntedkissimmee.com. $19. Daily at 8:30 pm.
Historic Downtown Kissimmee. Established well over a century ago, Kissimmee has a story rooted in the founding of the state. It was an important air base during World War II, and it was vital in the development of the Orlando cattle and orange industries. You can learn more on the self-guided audio tour or map tour available at the Main Street Welcome Station or downloadable from the website. The station plans to move, so check the website for a new address. 421 Broadway, Kissimmee, FL, 34741. 407/846–4643. www.kissimmeemainstreet.com. Weekdays 9–5, Sat. 10–2.
Kissimmee Swamp Tours. The 60- or 90-minute cruises in high-powered airboats take you through the marshes and swamps of Lake Kissimmee—home to hundreds of species of birds and other critters. 4500 Joe Overstreet Rd., Lake Kissimmee, Kenansville, FL, 34739. 407/436–1059. www.kissimmeeswamptours.com. $47–$61.
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