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An epic body of water

The black waters of the Suwannee River travel almost 250 miles from South Georgia to the rapids of Florida before joining the Santa Fe and Withlaccoochee Rivers and draining into the Gulf of Mexico. For thousands of years, humans have relied on this source for food and water and during the 19th century the beautiful Madison steamboat chugged up the river carrying eager passengers on pleasure cruises. Much of the river and the forests banks form the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, made up of a series of state parks and preserves, some of which have Suwanee River vacation rentals.

Things to do

Taking days as they come by Suwannee River

In the words of the song by the great composer George Gershwin, 'The folks up north will see me no more when I get to that Swanee shore', and you might well feel the same when you arrive at one of the Suwannee River vacation rentals. If you like peaceful days, you can spend them on the river, casting lines to catch bass, catfish, sturgeon, and bream. At the Suwannee River Interpretation Center, you can learn about the the region's rich history, from the nomadic Native Americans who hunted along its banks thousands of years ago, to the Spanish conquest and the experiences of soldiers in the Civil War.


Outdoor escapades

The unspoiled waterway is backed by mangroves and forests, drawing in nature-loving travelers who want to get away from the big cities. If you stay in one of the Suwannee River vacation rentals close to the water, you can take part in many activities including kayaking, canoeing, or boat trips. As the river drops down through the limestone, fast-flowing rapids are created, and there several tour outfits offering rafting days. Along the banks and state parks, you can go horse riding or hiking in search of myriad birdlife, or go biking along the muddy trails. The humid Florida days can be cooled with refreshing dips in the Suwannee River basin or natural springs.


Great weather year-round

The Suwannee River can be visited all year-round. During the winter months, the temperatures are still comparatively warm compared to much of the US. The temperate waters of the river bring in manatees, often called sea cows, and you can swim or snorkel with the elusive gentle giants. Though the rains increase during the summer, the cool springs can be a glorious retreat from the midday heat. If you love wildlife, you can spot plenty of fauna around this time, including little alligators, while the nights are filled with the ribbiting of frogs and crickets.

Natural features

Springs, springs, and more springs

The Suwannee River is fed by dozens of bubbling springs, ranging in size from tiny nameless pools, to huge swimming springs complete with diving platforms, ladders, and crystal-clear water. Snorkelers will be in their element close to Suwannee River vacation rentals, thanks to all the underwater creatures you can spy. Alternatively, if you visit Manatee Springs in the summer, it's possible to see huge gulf sturgeon leap out of the water from the boardwalks. Suwanee River vacation rentals include houseboats – ideal for anyone enamored by the waters.

Where to stay around Suwannee River?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 424 vacation rentals near Suwannee River. From 88 Cabins to 178 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Suwannee River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Suwannee River?

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

  • Florida Gulf Coast: 29,333 vacation rentals
  • Georgia: 12,249 vacation rentals
  • Cedar Key: 71 vacation rentals
  • Gainesville: 140 vacation rentals
  • Steinhatchee: 171 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Suwannee River! 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 Suwannee River?

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 Suwannee River:

  • Cedar Key: 71 rentals
  • Gainesville: 140 rentals
  • Steinhatchee: 171 rentals
  • Ocala: 177 rentals
  • Dunnellon: 493 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 Suwannee River?

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

  • Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV): 143 vacation rentals
  • Valdosta Regional Airport (VLD): 16 vacation rentals
  • International Airport (OCF): 224 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 Suwannee River?

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

  • Ginnie Springs: 72 rentals
  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park: 64 rentals
  • Rainbow Springs State Park: 71 rentals
  • University of Florida: 143 rentals
  • Sea Hag Marina: 183 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Suwannee River 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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