Kissimmee may be all settled down today. But, historically speaking, has its wild side where the native truth of Florida ruffles its palm fronds every now and then to the real sounds of nature. Europeans and the English of the UK along with many others make this a travel haven for the natural pick to bask in the warmth of a Floridian winter and throughout the year where at home you may not venture far outdoors without layers of heavy clothing. Florida is known for outdoor swimming, most days, and Kissimmee, most days, will not be disappointing. But, then, the Florida tropical nature doesn't go away. Throughout the year, Kissimmee and Florida just do not lose that sunny Florida touch. Founded in 1883, Kissimmee is the native word for Cacema or "long water." Or, a "place where we gather." Everybody calls it LakeToho for Lake Tohopekaliga. In Kissimmee, you will find Visitor's Flea Market, an indoor flea market with more than 200 vendor booths and located with World Food Truck Park together at 5811 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. In the food truck park, more than 50 mostly tropical-styled food trucks prepare international foods of Puerto Rico, Venezuela and other countries. Wildlife both nearby and in Kissimmee is for real Florida, which has become scarce in many other parts of Florida and considered somewhat primeval, while situated among old-growth and close by Cypress trees, migrating ospreys and birds, and alligators. Walt Disney, of course, did not create these natural attractions of authentic nature but he did choose the right side of Florida. Many years ago, they harvested turpentine all around this part of Florida, but Kissimmee with its riverboat trade and railroad made this the port for water trade. Lake Toho, fed by Shingle Creek and best followed by Kayak enthusiasts, today is the six-mile Shingle Creek Paddling Trail. It follows the northern headwaters of the Everglades which the Seminole indians settled. With rental sleeping bags, tents and meals. The sounds of the night provide a nighttime realism and the sensation of "it doesn't get better than this." Kissimmee is only 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport and brings the tropics to your door. As an example, traveling from the UK, an upper scale model car can be hired weekly from 298 pound sterling or 175 pound sterling for a compact car. If its hotels, restaurants, or "old charm, Kissimmee can boast of its own. The character is authentic. One is never very far from the Floridian truth, you are in a natural Florida, in the tropics. Don't forget your sunglasses.