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Destination guide

The natural setting of North Central Florida is ready to explore

Enjoy the festivals and other features of North Central Florida. This welcoming city is known for its university setting, sporting events and lake. Appleton Museum of Art, Florida Museum of Natural History and Florida Nature and Heritage Tourism Center are a few of the top cultural sights. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around North Central Florida

Do you want to find attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes North Central Florida a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Meadowbrook Golf Club (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Ironwood Golf Course (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Waldo Motorsports (13.5 mi / 21.7 km)
  • Canterbury Equestrian Showplace (13.7 mi / 22 km)
  • Ginnie Springs (20.8 mi / 33.5 km)
  • Starke Golf and Country Club (23.6 mi / 38 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of North Central Florida

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, North Central Florida is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (8.5 mi / 13.6 km)
  • Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (15.2 mi / 24.5 km)
  • Devil's Milhopper Geological State Park (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • San Felasco Hammock Preserve (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Bivens Arm Nature Park (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Dudley Farm Historic State Park (11.4 mi / 18.3 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around North Central Florida

Fly into Gainesville, FL (GNV-Gainesville Regional), the closest airport, located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Ocala, FL (OCF-Ocala Intl.), which is 39.7 mi (63.9 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Palatka Station.

How many holiday rentals are available around North Central Florida?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,605 holiday lettings around North Central Florida. From 119 cabins to 983 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

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

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

  • Amelia Island: 908 holiday homes
  • Groveland: 19,974 holiday homes
  • Saint Augustine: 3,058 holiday homes
  • Gulf Coast: 93,252 holiday homes
  • Florida Gulf Coast: 29,263 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in North 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 North Central Florida?

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

  • Groveland: 19,974 holiday lettings
  • Saint Augustine: 3,058 holiday lettings
  • Altamonte Springs: 28,391 holiday lettings
  • The Villages: 700 holiday lettings
  • Sanford: 5,937 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 North 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 North Central Florida are:

  • Jacksonville, FL (VQQ-Cecil): 238 self catering accommodations
  • Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.): 874 self catering accommodations
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX): 1,106 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 North Central Florida?

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

  • Sawgrass Village: 1,005 holiday rentals
  • Florida Museum of Natural History: 164 holiday rentals
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park: 1,107 holiday rentals
  • Wooten Park: 804 holiday rentals
  • Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area: 758 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Central Florida listed on HomeAway.co.uk 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.

Explore destinations around North Central Florida

Groveland
19,974 holiday rentals
Saint Augustine
3,058 holiday rentals
Altamonte Springs
28,391 holiday rentals
The Villages
700 holiday rentals
Sanford
5,937 holiday rentals
Ocala
175 holiday rentals
Crystal River
354 holiday rentals
Longwood
476 holiday rentals
Apopka
2,265 holiday rentals
Homosassa
332 holiday rentals
Citrus Springs
328 holiday rentals
Jacksonville
1,792 holiday rentals
Ponte Vedra Beach
1,966 holiday rentals
Lake Mary
2,335 holiday rentals
Brooksville
491 holiday rentals
Dunnellon
479 holiday rentals
Horseshoe Beach
208 holiday rentals
Floral City
125 holiday rentals
Fort White
110 holiday rentals
Umatilla
415 holiday rentals