Known primarily for its location next to Walt Disney World and other tourism hot spots, take a day to explore a side of the Kissimmee destination most vacationers never see.

The town of Celebration near U.S. Highway 192 is a great place to see and experience a small town atmosphere in a modern world. But for authentic small town flavor, you'll find the real thing in historic downtown Kissimmee and St. Cloud. Both have great antique stores, fun boutique stores, and cozy restaurants where you'll dine with the locals.

Kissimmee's main downtown street is Broadway, aka Main Street, south of Hwy. 192. Lanier's Antique Marketplace is a two-story antique store filled with a wide range of furniture and hidden treasures to find. Talk to the proprietors for awhile and you'll get a lesson on Kissimmee's history. Restaurants such as Chef John's Dockside Inn, 3 Sisters Speakeasy and Tarantino's Italian Restaurant are warm and inviting eateries with delicious food for lunch or dinner. Others such as Mrs. Mac's and Joanie's Diner cater to those whose hanker for Southern cooking in a diner-like atmosphere.

In St. Cloud, the city's downtown streets are New York and Pennsylvania avenues, north of Hwy. 192 in the east side of town. Visit O'Doherty's for great Irish food and music, and shop along New York for unique gifts and bits of the area's past. Also stop by The Silver Lining Cafe for a taste of the house specialty: quiche.