Destination guide

Orlando—we're just going along for the rides

With everything from rides and entertainment to entertainment and rides, Orlando is a popular vacation destination whose countless theme parks draw more than 60 million visitors every year. Located in central Florida, the sprawling metropolis is also home to a bustling downtown, as well as charming residential neighborhoods, upscale shopping, and more parks and lakes than you can shake a gator at. Your central Orlando vacation rental will put you close to international destinations like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Things to do

Theme parks, theme parks, and, oh yeah, more theme parks

Orlando is probably most famous for its bounty of world-class theme parks, and with good reason. At Walt Disney World, you'll find countless themed rides, restaurants, and entertainment based on the studio's popular films and TV shows. Or you could visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a soup-to-nuts park that recreates the universe of the popular books and movies. For a unique perspective on the city of Orlando, you can hop on the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall ferris wheel that offers riders panoramic views of the surrounding area.


You'll be swamped with great choices in Orlando

Chances are good that if you're visiting Orlando, you'll be spending plenty of time at some of the area's many amusement parks. But if you're looking for a different side of Florida life, you'll find plenty else going on, too. With oodles of lakes in the area, water activities like fishing and boating are popular, and you can find a number of outfitters offering guided gator-spotting tours in the surrounding swampland. The city also hosts a number of food, music, and culture festivals throughout the year.


Orlando—truly, a town for both seasons

Like most of Florida, Orlando has a humid subtropical climate. You'll discover the area has 2 basic seasons: hot-and-wet, and cool-and-dry. The summer months are the hottest and wettest, with plenty of seasonal storms, and average highs in the low 90s between June and August. Average temps during the cooler, drier winters range from the low 50s to the low 70s between December and February. Orlando's a popular destination all year round, but you'll find that prices for Orlando vacation rentals tend to be a little lower during the slower winter months.

Natural features

Get a load of Orlando's swamp and circumstance

While much of Orlando is either urban or decidedly residential, the surrounding geography is largely made up of low-lying wetlands, and you'll find a number of lakes and swamps scattered throughout the area. The nearby Tibet-Butler Preserve is home to 440 acres of protected wilderness, with miles of walking trails, picnic space, and a butterfly garden. The preserve boasts a wealth of different environments, including swamps, marshes, and pine forests, and visitors can spot local wildlife like alligators, armadillos, and otters, as well as countless species of migratory birds.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Orlando

Fly into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), the closest airport, located 8.7 mi (14.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway), which is 17.4 mi (28.1 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Orlando Station.

Where to stay around Orlando?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 43,697 vacation rentals near Orlando. From 12,673 Houses to 15,924 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Orlando for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Orlando?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Orlando:

  • Florida Center: 129 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Orlando: 44,309 vacation rentals
  • Central Business District: 24 vacation rentals
  • Northeast Orlando: 68 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Orlando: 17,140 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Orlando?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Orlando. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Disney World: 44,392 vacation rentals
  • Universal Studios: 42,628 vacation rentals
  • Orange County Convention Center: 16,897 vacation rentals
  • SeaWorld® Orlando: 40,513 vacation rentals
  • University of Central Florida (UCF): 20,800 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Orlando listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Orlando?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 12,673 Houses in Orlando. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Orlando include:

  • Villas: 15,924 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 5,459 rentals available
  • Resorts: 918 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Orlando?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 40,766 vacation rentals with pool available in Orlando. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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