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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Kissimmee, Florida

Boating on Lake Tohopekaliga is one of the top things to do in Kissimmee, a fast growing town south of Orlando in central Florida. You can rent a boat here, or take advantage of one of its special attractions, an air boat ride! The town grew 30% between 2000 and 2008.  This popular tourist area promises small-town charm  as well as  theme parks, outdoor adventures, challenging golf, and tranquil beach landscapes. The town's Osceola Heritage Park is an event facility featuring a concert arena (Silver Spurs Arena) and professional sports stadium (Osceolo County Stadium).

Where to Retire in Kissimmee and Home Prices

There are many developments to live in, but most cater more to younger families. There are also plenty of active adult communities, including one of the nation's largest, Solvita (see Active Communities link at top left).
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price of a home in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area was $399,900 in the 1st quarter of 2022.

What Is Special about Kissimmee

It is a vital town with a strong infrastructure. The Houston Astros conduct their spring training in Kissimmee.  There are plenty of outdoor activities like fishing, golf, tennis, birding, and kayaking to keep anyone busy.

What Is Not Special about Kissimmee

The average age is younger than average (35.6), which might disappoint some retirees looking to escape high school taxes.  Crime is above average.

Climate and Physical Environment

Kissimmee is south of Orlando in central Florida. It is on the the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (locally called Lake Toho). The average July high temperature is 92 and the average January high is 72 (the average low is 48). The wettest month is August (7").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Osceola Heritage Park complex hosts popular concerts and entertainment. Being close to Orlando guarantees plenty of cultural opportunities. Osceola Center for the Arts promotes the cultivation of the arts.


Crime in Kissimmee is higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Osceola Regional Medical Center serves Kissimmee. There are larger hospitals in the Orlando area as well.


Orlando has one of the largest airports in the world. There is an AMTRAK station in Kissimmee.

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