Zephyrhills, FL, USA

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Zephyrhills, FL, USA

Zephyrhills vacation rentals

Zephyrhill is chilled out and off the beaten track

A far-flung nugget of the Tampa metro area, Zephyrhills is suitably close to the vintage Cuban-Americana relics of Ybor City, the rip-roaring rollercoasters of Busch Gardens, and the stingray tanks of the acclaimed Florida Aquarium to keep even the most ardent thrill seekers happy. But it's also a little quieter and more off-beat than the big city it belongs to. Zephyrhills vacation rentals have a homey feel, with lived-in lounges and large gardens. Many also come with access to the Green Swamp, which means plenty of chances to spot crocs from the lonely boardwalk trails.

Action and relaxation combined in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills can really get the pulse beating. Air tours of the Floridian swamps can be organized from here, and so can hair-raising skydives from the clouds to the wetlands – only for the brave. Meanwhile, the Sunshine State's trademark lineup of twirling rollercoasters and exotic safari parks is also close by – think orangutans and zip wires, loop-de-loops and long-necked giraffes all in the same place. And if all that's a little too much, maybe just some contemplative boating trips or hikes along the creeks will do it?

Plenty of family fun in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills vacation rentals are just 30 minutes down the highway from the world-class rides and coasters of Busch Gardens Tampa. One of the most-visited theme parks in the Sunshine State, it touts its Cheetah Hunt, Orangutan Outpost, and Tanganyika Tidal Wave flumes, fusing enthralling zoo enclosures with heart-thumping rides. The reaches of old Ybor City aren't far either. They've got their own Cigar Museum, historic streetcar carriages, and charming blocks to wander and photograph.

Zephyrhills is hot for most of the year

Zephyrhills follows the same climactic pattern as western Florida as a whole. Subtropical and humid, it's hot for most of the year. The rainfall cranks up in summertime, but it's not enough to keep the vacationer crowds away – they flock to Zephyrhills vacation rentals between May and August when the school holidays give way to the fun-loving pursuits of Busch Gardens. The winter months between December and March still have average highs in the 70s, which brings in snowbirds from the north, while the fall in October and November balances scorching heat with less rains and lower rates.

Between swamps and riverways in Zephyrhills

Trimmed by occasional pockets of tupelo trees and cypresses, the area around Zephyrhills is the rolling flatland you'd expect of west-central Florida. And you don't have to go far to encounter one of the misty, murky swamps that the state is also famed for. Head to the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve for that, where the oak hammocks and hardwood forests are sunk into bogs, and the headwaters of the Withlacoochee and Ocklawaha rivers burst out from the ground. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators and lizards…