Lake Mary, FL, USA

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Lake Mary, FL, USA

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Your gateway to Florida_s famous theme parks

Just 20 miles north of Orlando, Lake Mary serves as a gateway to Florida's legendary theme parks. Whether you want to ride rollercoasters at Universal's Islands of Adventure, gawp at the dolphins at SeaWorld, or make a splash at Volcano Bay, Lake Mary vacation rentals put you well within striking distance of Orlando. Beyond thrills and spills, Lake Mary is a fantastic place to discover Florida's lush landscape. There are state parks and wilderness areas to explore, not to mention a string of sparkling beaches along Florida's Atlantic coast.

Sunny day trips to Daytona

With its classic 19th century buildings, bustling downtown riverwalk, and treasure trove of antique stores, Sanford is a fantastic day trip. So if Lake Mary vacation rentals feel a little isolated, why not base yourself in Sanford? From here you can reach Daytona Beach in just 45 minutes, and it is famous for its lively boardwalks, colorful arcades, and golden sands. After experiencing the exhilaration of Orlando's theme parks, you can take things a little easier on the forested hiking trails and serene picnic spots of Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park.

From Mickey Mouse to Harry Potter

For most vacationers, Lake Mary is a jumping point to Orlando's world-famous theme parks. From the Cinderella Castle to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Lake Mary vacation rentals unlock access to some seriously magical attractions. To the south is the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, where you'll find prowling big cats, slithering reptiles, and even a heart-racing zipline. For a wholesome history fix, make time for the Lake Mary Historical Museum. It's housed in a characterful clapboard building and showcases a collection of artifacts, photographs, and other curios.

Beat the crowds with a spring vacation

Thanks to its cluster of theme parks, Florida's high season is dictated by the US school holidays. If you want to beat the crowds, consider visiting from March to May, when temperatures are mild and the theme parks don't feel quite as chaotic. Winter can also get busy with Christmas vacationers. Lake Mary's tropical climate really shines through in the steamy summer months. The parks are much quieter but you'll definitely work up a sweat. Lake Mary can also fill up fast over big events like the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. 

Bear watching in Seminole County

Lake Mary sits in Florida's Seminole County, a region that showcases the natural beauty of Central Florida. Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park is a great introduction to the state, with multi-use trails, wildlife observation decks, and plenty of boating, fishing, and picnic spots. Nearby, Black Bear Wilderness Area offers unforgettable wildlife-watching opportunities, with a loop that will take you past the marshlands, floodplains, and swamps of the St. Johns River. Keep an eye out for elusive Florida black bears.