Destination guide

Soak up some 19th-century charm in the coastal wilderness

About an hour north of Tampa, charming Brooksville is the perfect base for exploring the wilderness of the Gulf coast. Full of historic homes dotting quaint brick streets, the town is home to regular festivals and events, and more than enough small town charm to go around. A Brooksville vacation rental also puts you in a great position for experiencing all the outdoor activities the area has to offer, whether it's horseback riding, water sports, or golf. Between the pristine Gulf coast beaches and old-school Florida kitsch like live mermaid shows, you can't go wrong.

Things to do

Expect the unexpected, from mermaids to ghosts

It doesn't get much quirkier than Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, where you can interact with wildlife, kayak, visit a water park, and watch a live mermaid show all in one place. For more family-friendly fun, head to Boyett's Grove and Citrus Attraction for everything from fruit picking to a petting zoo. The Hernando Heritage Museum hosts regular Civil War reenactments and ghost tours. Chassahowitzka Wildlife Reserve will put you up close with some manatees, while Uptown Art Gallery will give you your culture fix.

Activities

Experience the great outdoors, Florida style

If you've come in search of fresh air, you're in luck. Whether it's sea breezes at the beach while you're working on your tan, or the invigorating nature walks of Chassahowitzka Wildlife Reserve, there's plenty of chance to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine. Head to Withlacoochee State Forest, Withlacoochee Trail State Park, or any of the city parks for some quality walking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. You'll also find enough hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and golf in the area to keep you busy for days. In town, be sure to hit up the local festivals, antique car shows, and regular live music events.

Weather

Take a walk on the sunny side of the street

There's no fear of winter here. Temperatures year round range from the 70s to the 90s, with the hot and steamy peak of summer coming between May and October. Winters are still plenty warm and pleasant, but nighttime temps can dip down into the 50s in January and February, so pack a sweater or jacket. If you're booking a Brooksville vacation rental between June and September, plan on some relaxing afternoon naps, as thunderstorms tend to roll through late each day. Hurricanes aren't uncommon in the area, so check the forecast before you head out.

Natural features

Birds of a feather flock together (with manatees, too!)

The saltwater marshes and estuaries of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Reserve are home to over 250 species of birds, more than 50 species of amphibians and reptiles, and at least 25 types of mammals, including endangered manatees. The rare bald eagle has also been spotted in the area. The Withlacoochee State Forest is made up of several varieties of pine, cypress, maple, oak, and magnolia trees, plus some stunning wildflower displays each spring. The Gulf coast is known for its pristine sandy beaches, crashing waves, and killer sunset views.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Brooksville

Fly into Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), the closest airport, located 41.4 mi (66.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), which is 41.5 mi (66.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Brooksville?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 520 vacation rentals near Brooksville. From 357 Houses to 65 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Brooksville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 Brooksville:

  • Lake Sumter Landing: 302 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Harbors: 102 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Shores: 105 vacation rentals
  • Santo Domingo: 44 vacation rentals
  • Duval: 373 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 Brooksville?

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

  • Withlacoochee State Forest: 380 vacation rentals
  • World Woods Golf Club: 646 vacation rentals
  • Chassahowitzka Wildlife Reserve: 525 vacation rentals
  • Withlacoochee Trail State Park: 97 vacation rentals
  • Hernando Oaks Golf and Country Club: 310 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brooksville 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 Brooksville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 357 Houses in Brooksville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Brooksville include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 65 rentals available
  • Cottages: 39 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 39 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Brooksville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 208 vacation rentals with pool available in Brooksville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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