Osceola County, Orlando, FL


Currently the seventeenth fastest growing county in the United States, Florida's Osceola County has a current estimated population of 260,000. The county was created in 1887 having been carved out of Orange County and Brevard County. The county was named after the Indian leader Osceola, who led a small group of warriors in the Second Seminole War. His name means "Singer of the Black Drink." A significant influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico happened in Osceola in the late 20th century, making Puerto Ricans as the largest ancestry group in the area.
Osceola's incorporated municipalities include the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. It also houses one of the campuses of one of the most prestigious colleges in Florida, the Valencia Community College. Osceola County is just 10 miles south of Orlando International Airport, although it is served by the Kissimmee Municipal Airport.

The historic towns of Kissimmee and St. Cloud offer a wide range

of homegrown legends and their history will really entice your curiosity. This traveling is definitely an educational opportunity for the visitors. Learn and figure out how Osceola had been developed from a swamp land, or how the Civil War has affected the present life of the people of St. Cloud.

Many have described visiting Osceola as a time travel back to the natural Florida that existed a long time ago. Just like the other peaceful counties (Brevard and Flagler), Osceola has been a favorite location for birdwatchers, fishermen, hikers, campers, sailors and those people who just want to relax and engage on outdoor adventures.

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Osceola County's Bull Creek, Prairie Lakes and Three Lakes are included in the State of Florida's wildlife management preserves. It is also home to the Kissimmee Chain-of-lakes which are considered as Florida's finest fishing attractions. Included in the cultural events of Osceola is the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, an annual festival that serves as a welcome sign to the spring. Its celebration from March 19 to June 1, 2008, a record 75 days, marked the festival's fifteenth year celebration. The festival is a display of seventy topiaries which feature famous Disney characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck, Jose carioca, Panchito and Pluto among others. Some of this year's themes are Peter Pan's Neverland Garden, Sweeping Future World flower beds and the Zany Three Caballeros.

The Jazzfest Kissimmee is being celebrated at Lakefront Park. It is a showcase the best local acts in the jazz scene: from the professional artists to the nest high school bands in the area, from local to national. Another music event in the same area is the Kissimmee Bluegrass Festival was introduced by Steve Dittman. This continued to attract local and regional bluegrass talents to perform at the Osceola heritage Park.