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 highlights

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)

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.

Where to stay around Central Florida?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 60,183 holiday lettings near Central Florida. From 17,752 Houses to 16,934 Villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Central Florida is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Santa Cruz: 4,268 holiday homes
  • Orlando: 43,485 holiday homes
  • Kissimmee: 42,331 holiday homes
  • Champions Gate: 7,166 holiday homes
  • Davenport: 42,579 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Central Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Florida?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Central Florida with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Orlando: 43,485 holiday lettings
  • Kissimmee: 42,331 holiday lettings
  • Davenport: 42,579 holiday lettings
  • Saint Augustine: 2,799 holiday lettings
  • Crystal River: 326 holiday lettings

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Central Florida?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Central Florida are:

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO): 12,592 self catering accommodations
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA): 3,142 self catering accommodations
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ): 7,793 self catering accommodations

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Central Florida?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Central Florida. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Festival Park: 10,590 holiday rentals
  • Disney World: 44,388 holiday rentals
  • Reed Canal Park: 3,479 holiday rentals
  • Congo River Golf - Clearwater: 7,656 holiday rentals
  • Festival Bay Mall at International Drive: 43,181 holiday 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 of holiday accommodations.

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