What’s on your bucket list? Some might say seeing the Grand Canyon in Arizona, walking across the border from New York into Canada, taking an exotic international vacation, riding a roller coaster for the first time… or, perhaps, heading south to the sunshine state! Here in Central Florida, we have so many wonderful adventures you can add to your bucket list (if they haven’t already made the cut). Want to know our top five? Keep reading!
Attend a national championship rodeo
It’s not every day that you get the chance to watch a national championship rodeo! In fact, you can truly only catch one twice a year. The RAM National Finals Rodeo, which takes place every year in April in Kissimmee, Florida, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which takes place each December in Las Vegas Nevada, are the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s two biggest events of the year. At the RNCFR in Kissimmee, you will get to watch contestants like World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O’Connell and many others who rank top 14 in the PRCA’s world standings. These authentic cowboys and cowgirls travel south in hopes to achieve their dreams and win a piece of our $1 million dollar purse to help pave their way back to the WNFR. If you’re a fan of rodeo, the RAM National Circuit Finals is an experience worth adding to your bucket list!
Feel the wind in your hair like you just don’t care! Well, that’s what we say. Let your hair down and jump on an airboat ride in the headwaters to the Everglades at Wild Florida. Who wants to see live alligators in their own natural environment? Because we can assure you, you’ll find them! In case you are more of a land lover or a history buff, jump on a ranch buggy ride. You’ll be whisked over to ride the range of a cattle operation dating back more than 100 years! You’ll learn all about the important role the pioneer ranch families played in making us one of the top resources of beef in the nation. Learn and explore the great outdoors at Wild Florida!
The magic you experience at Disney World is simply one of a kind! Come jump in the middle of our magical city of Kissimmee and vacation where Mickey Mouse was born. Heck, you can even stay in hotels he visits! Characters from all the great Disney fairytales come to life and become reality when you walk down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It’s a fantasy land that becomes a playground for those young and young-at-heart. Ride Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and It’s a Small World, experience Cinderella’s Castle and even meet the mouse himself. We promise you’ll make memories that will last forever!
Looking for an experience off the beaten path? Unleash your spirit of adventure! Located just a few minutes from Walt Disney World, we invite you to kayak down the calm and serene Shingle Creek. After you experience the hype and thrills of the theme parks, relax and unwind while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature, gently paddle down the calm waters and see unique cypress trees that look as if they were painted in place. The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek offers kayaking, canoeing, hiking trails and a bike path. Get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Shingle Creek!
Up, up, up and away you’ll go! Does the superhero in you wish you could fly? Well, here’s your chance. See Central Florida’s pristine landscape from a bird’s eye view thousands of feet in the air. Watch the beautiful horizon of Florida come to life on a sunrise cruise through the air, or catch a stunning afternoon cruise with a champagne toast. The sky’s the limit – literally! Cruise over nature, wildlife, skyscrapers and more. The panoramic views will make for beautiful photos that you’ll show off to friends for years to come.
Whether you’re adding to your bucket list or scratching things off, choose from these spectacular adventures to experience on your vacation to Kissimmee, Florida!