About Erin D
Lives in San Pedro, Belize
Since Sep 2008
35-49 year old female
Full time traveler and digital nomad - visited over 60 countries on 5 continents to date. Three-time expat -- Taiwan, Netherlands, and Belize. I'm a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and I'm an annual passholder to all Disney Parks worldwide, visiting each of the international resorts 2-3 times per year. I work as a travel and food writer and blogger. I write for publications like Viator and Roam Right Travel Insurance. I am AFAR Magazine's Belize expert and authored the Official AFAR Guide to Belize. In 2013, I authored the majority of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize, and had the honor to work as the English language editor for a renowned international chef's second published cookbook.
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Arenas & Stadiums
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Air Tours
Equipment Hire, Kayaking & Canoeing, Eco Tours
Going on an airboat ride is an iconic Florida experience, and one you shouldn't miss while in Kissimmee. Book a 90 minute or two hour Eco Safari and experience the best of Central Florida's swamps. Six passenger boats with stadium seating provide unobstructed views and a more intimate experience.
A trip to Disney in Florida doesn't have to mean to the theme parks. The Disney Wilderness Preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of animals and plants. The nearly 12,000-acre reserve includes 3,500 acres of restored wetlands that are essential to the Everglades ecosystem.
Osceola County Stadium was built in 1984 for the arrival of the Houston Astros during Spring Training. The stadium has undergone expansion, with the National Headquarters for the United Specialty Sports Association and the USSSA Hall of Fame and Sports Museum housed there now.
Downtown Disney is a great place to head for an afternoon and/or evening of shopping and dining. Lots of fun-themed stores and restaurants make it a great family-friendly destination. There are entertainment options for children, teens, and adults; ranging from bowling alleys and movie theaters, to live entertainment including Cirque du Soleil.
The best way to see the Florida Everglades is from the sky. The family-owned Thompson Aire balloon company features balloons that offer private flight experiences. The balloons only hold four to six passengers total and they even include seats. Trips go out at sunrise (around 6am) and you'll finish off the experience with a delicious buffet breakfast.
If you've ever thought about visiting a traditional Buddhist Temple, you can do so right in Kissimmee. Wat Florida Dhammaran is a Theravada Buddhist monastery of the Dhammayut-nikaya sect from Thailand.
If you have an interest in American war history and military heritage, block out some time for the Museum of Military History. Exhibits cover the Civil War, WWI and WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and touches on current war conflicts. There are genuine artifacts, relics, photographs, and accounts by former soldiers.
Located along the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee Lakefront Park is an ideal spot to spend an afternoon. There are walking and jogging trails, BBQ grills, and a number of piers where you can fish. Kissimmee Lakefront Park is also one of Florida's official Birding Trails.
Much like the Downtown Disney District, Universal CityWalk is an ideal place to spend another evening while in Kissimmee. Lots of bars, restaurants, and shops line the neon-lit street. Universal CityWalk also features entertainment options such as movie theaters and live entertainment suitable for your entire family.
If you've ever wanted to fly a military-type aircraft, head to Stallion 51. Try an orientation flight in the P-51 Mustang or the historic T-6 Texan. With less than 200 of the original 15,000 manufactured P-51 Mustangs still in existence, this is an incredible opportunity to experience a piece of history.
If you prefer to experience Florida from the water, the Paddling Center at Shingle Creek offers a variety of water-related experiences. Rent single and tandem kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and Duffy 18 electric boats (guided tours).
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Green Meadows Petting Farm. You'll learn about cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, goats, donkeys, and more -- including an Asian water buffalo. Children can milk a cow or ride a pony as well. Take a train ride or tractor-drawn hayride.
To experience Kissimmee at its best, spend a few hours in the city's Old Town. With over 70 unique shops, fun eateries, family-friendly amusement activities, and special events like weekly classic car cruise nights, Old Town is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone in your family.
The mobster-themed dinner show starts in a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor that requires you to knock three times and say the secret password. There is even a gangster shootout, but rest assured, the show is safe for young children in attendance as well. The dinner show includes stand-up comedy and lots of audience interaction.