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Did you know it was once known as “Cow Town”?

Think back over a hundred years ago, before Walt Disney started buying land for his theme parks. Kissimmee was a sleepy back-water town of cattle herders and farms. It became known as “Cow Town” and was the cattle-central of Florida! The train tracks that run through the town today used to transport cattle to the great cattle yards further north.

Orlando is the number one family vacation destination in the world. It attracts nearly 60 million visitors each year. However, did you know that most travelers who vacation here really stay in the town of Kissimmee during their trip?

Located right on the doorstep of Walt Disney World® Resort, Kissimmee is one of central Florida’s hidden treasures. It’s closer to many of the major theme parks than what is technically considered Orlando. That’s why nearly 80% of VillaDirect’s affordable vacation home rentals are found here.

When you’re in the mood to do something besides visit the theme parks though, the town offers plenty of exciting options. From hot air balloon rides and nature excursions to helicopter tours and waterpark adventures, this hidden gem is packed with plenty of fun for people of all ages. Highway 192, which runs straight through the heart of Kissimmee, is also home to 100’s of great restaurants, dinner show venues, mini-golf courses, outlet shopping centers and more.

With hundreds of VillaDirect vacation homes located in quiet communities only minutes away from the world’s top family attractions, Kissimmee makes the perfect place to call home as you explore all that central Florida has to offer.

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