Just 10 miles north of Orlando, Altamonte Springs is a 10-square mile suburb with a population quite large for its size. It attracts retirees, families and working professionals drawn to the city’s central location, excellent transportation network, diverse employment base (outside of tourism, there’s a growing high-tech presence), bountiful amenities, natural areas, and entertainment options, all of Disney theme parks included.
Altamonte Springs may be starting to feel the sprawl of Orlando yet is still a good distance away to give its residents a relatively normal Florida way of life. If you want to fall into Disney magic and jump into the thick of the action, find an accessible place to leave your RV rental in Altamonte Springs, and take a Lynx bus or Sunrail train to Orlando.
Naturally, there’s so much more beyond seeing your favorite childhood characters come to life. You’re well-placed to explore the numerous lakes, reserves and forests of Seminole County and its neighbors, including one of the largest in the state, the Ocala National Forest. Indulge your wanderlust, find the best RV rental in Altamonte Springs now, and embark on an enchanting journey.
Escape to Central Florida’s Eden
Ocala National Forest contains the largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest in the world and is home to more than 600 lakes, springs and rivers, so the potential for outdoor pursuits is endless, especially if you’re staying for several days with a camper rental in Altamonte Springs. There is a vast network of off-road trails for ATVs, 4WDs or jeeps, segments of the Florida Trail, 60 miles of the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, cycling routes like the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, horse riding paths (like the LAM Equestrian Trail or Ocala One Hundred Mile Horse Trail), abundant bass fishing at Lakes George and Kerr, deer hunting, and other water-based activities like scuba diving, boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking.
With the exception of Ocala's lakes, central Florida has abundant water resources, with some of the state's largest lakes just nearby. Lake Apopka is just a 40-minute drive to the west. Aiming north from there, the Harris Chain of Lakes should only be less than a 30-minute drive away. Lakes Jesup (known for its high concentration of alligators) and Monroe are also less than 30 minutes to the northeast by Altamonte Springs motorhome rental, and about an hour south lies Lake Tohopekaliga. Along with the Harris Chain of Lakes, “Lake Toho” is one of the best destinations to fish for trophy bass. A little farther south and you'll run into Lake Kissimmee where catfish, crappie, chain pickerel, largemouth bass and bluegill bite.
Don't forget to look east to the Atlantic coast. Follow I-4 northeast and you'll reach the world-famous Daytona Beach and the thrills of the Daytona 500 in mid-February. Regardless of when you’re in town, you can always join an open-air tram speedway tour.
You can also swing eastward toward the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, or follow I-4 with your Altamonte Springs rental RV as it snakes southwest toward Tampa 100 miles away. A short drive west and you could be digging your heels in the white sand beaches of the Gulf coast.
Motorhome Sites for Your RV
With Orlando’s Disney and the myriad of other theme parks nearby, it's not surprising that you'll find more than 100 RV parks in central Florida alone (without counting the options you can find at Ocala National Forest). But if you prefer to seek refuge in a serene place while still within a stone's throw of Disney World, consider staying in lakefront RV parks situated near the lakes mentioned above. If proximity to theme parks is a priority, find a few motorhome campsites along I-4 on the way to Orlando. You’ll also find plenty of campsite options for the RV rental in Altamonte Springs within a 10-15 miles radius of town.
On the Atlantic coast, you’ll encounter a handful of RV parks surrounding the Daytona Speedway, and in Cape Canaveral, Cocoa or Titusville. In the Tampa area, you’ll find oceanview RV parks in Palm Harbor, Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
Regardless of where you decide to call it a day, you will likely find a Walmart store within 5 to 10 miles (some open round-the-clock), especially in Orlando and its vicinity. On your way to the lakes, you will come across many Walmart stores as well as gas stations on US-441 (on the way to Lake Apopka), I-4 (to the east of interstate as you drive north from Lake Jesup to Lake Monroe), and US-192 on your way south to Lake Toho.
Craning to See the Sights? What to See and Where to Go
With an RV rental near Altamonte Springs, you’ll be able to enjoy not only its surrounding natural wonders but also its varied man-made entertainment. The Cranes Roost Park, built around the small Cranes Roost Lake, is the cultural center of the city. The lake is alive with birds (with its namesake roosting in trees), fish and turtles, and surrounding area offers opportunities for watching the sunset, doing laps around the one-mile continuous walkway, or walking off dinner.
The park also plays host to the annual fireworks festival Red, Hot, and Boom that takes place every July 3rd, regularly attracting more than 100,000 residents and visitors.
Shopping and food options are aplenty just a short walk away from the park, and across the street in Altamonte Mall. To get away from all the bustle, explore the trails of Lake Lotus Nature Park, cast a line from its fishing pier, or launch a boat from the public ramp at Lake Orienta for fishing and other water sports. Practice your swing at the themed miniature golf here before hitting Orlando’s world-class putting greens.
Florida welcomes tens of millions of visitors each year, and there’s good reason why. Find out for yourself, book an RV in Altamonte Springs, FL, and get started planning your next trip.