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.


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 highlights

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.

Where to stay near North Central Florida?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,471 holiday rentals near North Central Florida. From 123 Cabins to 123 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near North Central Florida is on HomeAway.

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 travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Tallahassee: 155 holiday rentals
  • Gainesville: 134 holiday rentals
  • Saint Augustine: 2,803 holiday rentals
  • Altamonte Springs: 44,471 holiday rentals
  • Orange Park: 1,289 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in North Central Florida! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals 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 rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Tallahassee: 155 holiday homes
  • Gainesville: 134 holiday homes
  • Saint Augustine: 2,803 holiday homes
  • Altamonte Springs: 44,471 holiday homes
  • Orange Park: 1,289 holiday homes

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 holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in North Central Florida are:

  • Jacksonville, FL (VQQ-Cecil): 112 holiday houses
  • Thomasville, GA (TVI-Thomasville Regional): 17 holiday houses
  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX): 984 holiday houses

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

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

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

  • Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary: 1,307 holiday rentals
  • Crooked River State Park: 816 holiday rentals
  • Carver Park: 459 holiday rentals
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: 119 holiday rentals
  • Eustis Village Shopping Center: 681 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North 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 homes.

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