I was lucky enough to visit Kissimmee, Florida a few years back and got such a kick out of the name that I never forgot it. I used to say 'kissing me' to remember the name. The name is certainly unique enough that it stuck. Historians say that the name Kissimmee is a modern version of a tribal word derived from the name of a mission, built in the 1600's to convert local Indians to Christianity, Atisimmi.
Nowadays, Kissimmee is one of the most popular destinations in Florida. One reason being that it is in the middle of everything. It has become a destination of the rich and famous and also of anyone looking for a good vacation somewhere warm. It isn't unusual to see celebrities doing the same things you're doing on the streets of Kissimmee and neighboring areas. For instance, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell have homes in Florida and don't forget Gloria Estefan who is a Florida native albeit she's probably more in the Miami area. Heartthrobs like Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias are among many that I would just love to run into either by accident or by design. lol!
If you've never been to Kissimmee, I highly recommend it. If you have kids, just think, Mickey Mouse is just around the corner! Visit Kissimmee is giving away three weekend getaways (3 days/2 nights) for two and two vacation packages for four. This is your chance to visit this beautiful area for free. Go on to www.visitkissimmee.com/ and enter the sweepstakes. You never know, you could be vacationing sooner than later!