Adventuring in Kissimmee

Julie Campbell | For The Herald BulletinThose seeking an adventure away from the theme parks will enjoy kayaking in the headwaters of the Everglades at The Paddling Center.

While most travelers visit the world-famous theme parks in central Florida, there are plenty of other options for those who are looking for something out of the ordinary. Here are a few suggestions while you’re in Kissimmee:

• The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek, www.paddlingcenter.com — Unleash your inner adventurer on a kayak tour in the headwaters of the Everglades and see unforgettable sights and wildlife, including alligators.

• Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, www.bcairboats.com — Take a fast-paced trip hovering above the waters of the Florida Everglades. I lost count of the number of alligators we saw; one was close to 14 feet long!

• Historic Downtown Kissimmee, www.kissimmeemainstreet.org — Take a stroll along the newly revitalized lakefront in downtown while exploring antique shops and unique restaurants.

• Celebration Bike Rental and Tours, www.bookabiketour.com — Bike around the idyllic community of Celebration, known as “The Town that Disney Built.”

• Silver Spurs Rodeo, www.silverspursrodeo.com — Nicknamed “Kowtown” because of its rich cowboy heritage, Kissimmee is home to the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi.