Destination guide

Why people love visiting captivating Central Florida

Enjoy the entertainment and other features of Central Florida. This city's theme park, shopping and golfing draw many visitors. Appleton Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art and Don Garlits Museum of Racing are a few of the top cultural sights. A vacation rental can help make your stay complete—many rentals come with a full kitchen and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Central Florida

Are you hoping to find things to do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Central Florida a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Walt Disney World® (10 mi / 16 km)
  • Universal Studios Florida™ (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
  • SeaWorld® Orlando (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
  • Magic Kingdom® Park (10 mi / 16 km)
  • Epcot® (13.3 mi / 21.4 km)
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ (13.4 mi / 21.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Central Florida

Travelers enjoy Central Florida for its lakeside setting and wildlife. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Central Florida is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Hancock Park (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Palatlakaha Recreation Area (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Lake Louisa State Park (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Lake Butler (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
  • Tibet Butler Preserve (10.4 mi / 16.8 km)
  • Lake David Park (11.1 mi / 17.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Central Florida

The nearest airport is in Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), located 21.7 mi (35 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway), which is 22.1 mi (35.5 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Orlando Station, Winter Park Station and Kissimmee Station are the main stations in the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Central Florida?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 59,045 vacation rentals near Central Florida. From 19,504 Houses to 15,004 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Central Florida for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Central Florida?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Central Florida. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Orlando: 41,787 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 937 vacation rentals
  • Kissimmee: 40,704 vacation rentals
  • Anna Maria Island: 3,863 vacation rentals
  • Saint Augustine: 2,891 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Central Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Florida?

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

  • Orlando: 41,787 rentals
  • Kissimmee: 40,704 rentals
  • Saint Augustine: 2,891 rentals
  • Sarasota: 7,171 rentals
  • Daytona Beach: 2,657 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Central Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Central Florida are:

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 14,066 vacation rentals
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA): 3,253 vacation rentals
  • St Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE): 7,767 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Central Florida?

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

  • Disney World: 42,478 rentals
  • Universal Studios: 40,823 rentals
  • John's Pass Village & Boardwalk: 7,976 rentals
  • Orange County Convention Center: 16,665 rentals
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: 34,507 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Florida listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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