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Pioneer Day in Kissimmee – Fun & Free

Pioneer Day offers cracker house tours

Pioneer homes were moved to Shingle Creek after months of collecting them from all over Osceola County.

Pioneer Day Shares Kissimmee’s History

Over 100 years before Capone’s Dinner & Show started entertaining tourist in Kissimmee, Florida, settlers in this area used their talents to survive and thrive. They even did a little entertaining! History tells us our location was a much different place back then, however, this Saturday, why not see for yourself? Pioneer Day is this Saturday, November 14 at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

Something to do that is Fun & Free

It has been a year since the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek opened to the public. It is a great small attraction which many locals and tourists have yet to visit. This event is a great reason to check it out. Not only is it fun, it is also free! Although the regular price of admission is only $7/adult and $3/child, hey, free is even better, right? Add in the special demonstrations, food and entertainment, and you’ll have a great day which also includes a history lesson.

Pioneer Days aims to summon us from our fast-paced lives back to a time when life was simpler. Step back in time to the late 19th century and tour the homes that the earlier settlers lived in. Did you know? These homes were moved to Shingle Creek after months of collecting them from all over Osceola County. Now that they have been gently preserved, history can be experienced and stories can be shared.

Tours & Live Demonstrations

Not only will you be able to tour the “cracker houses” and other buildings, you’ll also be able to watch live demonstrations. You’ll learn firsthand how the pioneers survived with so little compared to what we have today. The history behind each structure at this local attraction is very interesting. It includes farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, investors and Indians (sorry, no “wise guys” are mentioned at this point in our history). The homes and demonstrations include:

  • Partin Family Caretaker’s House
  • Blacksmith’s Shop (with a demonstration)
  • Lanier “Cracker House”
  • Tyson House (with a soap maker demonstration)
  • Cow Camp with a cow hunter demonstration
  • Seminole Villiage Chickee with a Seminole family demonstration
  • Cadman Complex, Bungalow & Bachelor’s Quarters (meet Mrs. Cadman)

Kids Zone with Stories and Crafts

Be sure to bring the kids. At 11:30 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m. children will be able to listen to stories which are always fun when told by an excellent story-teller! If you can’t get them to do chores around your house, be prepared to see them having FUN doing “chores” as the pioneer children did. There will be a craft area as well. It’s a great event that your children will enjoy – with plenty of playing outside!

Market & Bake Sale

Not only will the gift shop at the Pioneer Village be open, a Real Florida Market will be set up during this special event. Art, crafts and baked goodies from local Florida residents will be offered for sale. Seasonal gifts will be a hit. Lunch is available too with the option of a hamburger from Southern Breeze or a BBQ Sandwich from Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ.

VIP Area

This event is free, however, upper level Patrons, Partners and special guests will have VIP tickets. An exclusive tent area will provide a catered breakfast, lunch, drinks, designated seating area and a special raffle. Supporters can help fund future projects which include a general store, a schoolhouse, a church, and train depot. Be sure to look into becoming a VIP at Pioneer Day (check out VIP tickets at Capone’s too)!

If you miss Pioneer Day, you can tour this piece of Kissimmee history any day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Regular admission will be required. Pioneer Village is located at 2491 Babb Rd. in Kissimmee FL 34746. For more information visit their website at www.osceolahistory.org or call 407-396-8644.

Dinner Plans After Pioneer Day

After a day of living in the 1800’s, fast-forward to an evening in the early 1930’s. Join Al and his gang for a night to remember at Capone’s Dinner & Show. Get half-price tickets which include a delicious dinner buffet and a show that all ages enjoy. Introduce your kids to pioneers, Indians and silly gangsters all in one day!

Free Attractions in Kissimmee/St. Cloud

If you are like most people, you like getting something for free. If you are visiting the Kissimmee/St. Cloud area, you may not know that there are free attractions in this area. You could spend hundreds of dollars at the major theme parks, but there are some jewels to be found at the free attractions in Central Florida.

Free Attractions in the Heart of the Tourist Area

Right in the heart of tourism is one of the best local free attractions around. Old Town provides shopping, dining, and entertainment – with many free things to do! This is a fun and free attraction to people watch, enjoy nightly live music, and on weekends Old Town hosts classic car shows. Wild to mild carnival-style rides, go-carts and other amenities are all reasonably priced. Fast food and table service dining is available. Be sure to check out the shops for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and more!  Visit myoldtownusa.com to learn more.

Additionally, historic and charming downtown Kissimmee offers a fun-tastick variety of free things to do! Visit www.kissimmeemainstreet and discover the Monument of States, a delightful lakefront park, restaurants and an eclectic mix of shopping.  Numerous festivals are held throughout the year too. You can also experience a self-guided tour and other tours at this free attraction in Kissimmee.

Similarly, the City of Celebration was developed by the Walt Disney Company and is a mixed-use development anchored by a mix of houses, condominiums, and apartments. Celebration is nostalgically designed in an old Florida style with a downtown district featuring retail and dining. This attraction is always a great choice for outdoor events, including a farmer’s market, free concerts and festivals. Learn more at celebrationtowncenter.com.

Free and Worth the Drive

Do you like to hike? If you are a person who likes to explore, a free attraction south of Kissimmee (located in Poinciana) allows you to hike on elevated boardwalks over swamplands and see wildlife. There are many trails to choose from and a wide variety of environmental choices to observe. Open to the public on weekends, you are sure to enjoy this free attraction. For more information visit floridahikes.com.

St. Cloud Hotel - a free attraction

The St. Cloud Hotel (1922 postcard rendition) was first built in 1909. The hotel burned and was rebuilt with fireproof walls in 1910.

Downtown St. Cloud is a top spot for antique shopping and is home to the St. Cloud Hotel a designated historic landmark. It is a beautiful free attraction in St. Cloud.  While visiting this small quaint town, be sure to dine at Chimento’s Spaghetti House my personal favorite St. Cloud Restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Another mainstay of dining is The Catfish Place which has been around since I can remember.  A short stroll takes you to Lakefront Park, walking trails on the lakefront and boat ramps. Enjoy cooking on grills, free parking, a covered pavilion, picnic area, playgrounds, and more!  And the best thing is it is a FREE attraction!

In conclusion, hit the expensive theme parks in Central Florida if you want. Just know that there are many options for free attractions in the Kissimmee area. You are bound to find something your entire group will enjoy, especially at this price – FREE!

Remember, Capone’s Dinner Show offers a buy one, get one free for every ticket purchased online. It is a fun dinner attraction the entire family will enjoy!

Teachers, Firefighters, EMT & Others See Gatorland for FREE

Florida teachers and a guest of their choice can receive free admission into Gatorland during the months of September and October. If you are a public or private school teacher, you’ll need to present a photo ID and your pay stub from a Florida county school in order to get this great deal.

Until the end of September, if you are a fire fighter, rescue personnel, EMT or law enforcement officer, you too can see Gatorland for free. Again, you will need to present a valid department photo ID. You may also bring up to 4 guests who will receive 20% off their regular admission ticket. Unlike teachers, this deal ends in September.

Gatorland offers many field trips to local area schools. It is a great place to receive an education about alligators, crocodiles, birds and other animals in their petting zoo. The free admission for teachers cannot be used during a field trip, however.

It’s nice that teachers and other valuable public servants get to experience this Central Florida attraction for free. They work hard and need to be rewarded for all of the great things they do. Gatorland is just the place to learn about Florida’s famous alligators and take a break from the stresses of their jobs. For more information, go to www.gatorland.com or call 1-800-393-5297.