Driving down Highway 192 in Kissimmee, you are sure to spot a giant Ferris Wheel. This ferris wheel is the iconic entrance to Old Town! Old Town is a combination of rides, events, festivals, unique shopping experiences and dining. The shopping includes 75 specialty stores. There are 8 restaurants and 18 amusement rides.
Car enthusiasts flock to Old Town’s weekly classic car cruises, where people line the brick streets to admire a parade of pre-1975 hot rods, street rods and antique autos every Saturday. The “cruise” features live music with oldies bands appearing on the main stage every Friday (band schedule here). In addition, Friday nights are home to the All American Muscle Car Cruise featuring show-quality American “muscle cars” and classics from 1988 and older.
Old Town’s AMPventure Experience, is a state-of-the-art adventure course with a four-story ropes challenge course, a zipline and a 35-foot rock climbing wall. Sun on the Beach, the areas largest nightclub or Blue Max Tavern and Grill, offer friendly bartenders, great food and music. Old Town also hosts a variety of themed, seasonal events throughout the year, celebrating the music of a bygone decade, holidays, Corvettes and much more!
One of the best know attractions at Old Town is Legends: A Haunting at Old Town, a year-round haunted house that opened last fall and has recently added ghost tours to introduce folks to the spirits surrounding the entertainment complex. The tour, available Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, starts on Old Town’s main drag near Legends’ faux graveyard.
The bulk of the tour takes place inside the Legends haunted house but also visits a restaurant with a spirit named Hank who slides pots and pans around, and an ice-cream shop. There are bits of history scattered about, including tales from two former Orlando haunts, Terror on Church Street and Skull Kingdom, which had issues with what workers called “the three-fingered ghost.” A narrow backstage hallway has actors lurking to spook guests. In this hallway tour guests will see the spot where a child in distress has been spotted — but never found — over the years, dating back to the previous occupant of the space, Haunted Grimm House, which closed early last year.
If you will be visiting the Orlando area and are looking for a day long alternative to the traditional Orlando theme parks – why not give Old Town a try? The attraction is located at: 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746 – (407) 396-4888. Current operating hours and pricing information can be found on the Old Town website.