Venture deep into the Sunshine State when you book an RV in Leesburg, the Lakeside City. Once the county seat in Sumter County, Leesburg is now found in Lake County, and it is the oldest city in the county. Once a leader in the citrus industry, this town now caters to the retirement community thanks to its warm weather and slower pace of life. Leesburg is a city of water, surrounded by Lake Harris, Lake Griffin, and Lake Denham. This makes water-based recreation a must when you visit, from walking along the waterfront to kayaking or swimming in the lakes. Rent a motorhome in Leesburg, with the possibility for wildlife adventure, water, and nature to come your way - it’s a great place for an adventure.
Once you’ve parked your Leesburg RV rental by owner, you may find public transit options a little thin on the ground. However, the city is just under 25 square miles, with only 18 square miles of land. Just bring a bike for this trip, or rent one. This town is small and relatively flat, so navigating by bike is a viable option.
For those wanting to do a day or weekend trip to Orlando, there are public transport options that will get you to the city and its legendary theme parks.
The Great Outdoors
When you rent an RV in Leesburg for a vacation, you must go on an airboat swamp tour. After all, you are in Florida, and it would be criminal not to see the wildlife. Just a short distance outside Leesburg you can find yourself face to face with a wild alligator - just don’t get too close. Airboats can go up to 50 mph, so it won’t just be the gators giving you an adrenaline rush. They also won’t be the only memorable part of the tour, the swamps themselves are a sight to see.
Another great way to see the wildlife is to do a guided kayak tour. As you see gorgeous scenery, your knowledgeable guide will give you insight on native plants, trees, flowers, and wildlife. Likely, birds will fly by, fish will jump out of the water, and maybe you will even see other animals along the way.
Venetian Gardens Park is worth checking out, it is a newly renovated park with walking paths, a boat launch, a playground, and it houses the Venetian Gardens Splash Pad & Pavilion. Make the kids happy at the splash pad, or find a sunny spot on the green grass, enjoy the water views and read a book. Another park worth visiting is the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve or Pear Park. Here you can wander numerous trails, observe a butterfly garden, and catch a view from the Wildlife Watchpost - a green roof where you can overlook the wetlands and watch for birds.
For more of a wilderness experience, take your RV north towards Ocala and the Ocala National Forest. This sprawling natural area contains over 600 lakes and is a great place for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing by the water. At less than an hour from Leesburg, it’s well worth a visit while you’re in the area.
While on the road in Florida, there are many places to stay with your travel trailer rental in Leesburg. Some cities and small towns make it difficult to park, but this is not the case with RV rental near Leesburg. There are several campsites in the town, not only can you be right in the heart of Leesburg but you can easily find a location that caters to your wants and needs.
Leesburg is a retirement destination and has a few 55+ RV sites, including Ridgecrest RV resort which is about 6 miles from the center and Haines Creek RV Village, 8 miles from the center. Haines Creek is all about finding solitude without being isolated far away. It is a very simple yet gorgeous RV site, thick with foliage. It’s aimed at people who simply like to enjoy their surroundings and spend time fishing. Ridgecrest, on the other hand, is more of a resort with all of the amenities you could need plus more. They offer a gym, pool, hot tub, library, billiard tables, and even a dog park.
For a local site suitable for all ages choose the Holiday RV Village. This resort is a great way to enjoy the hot Florida weather. With a swimming pool and marina you won’t even want to leave the resort, especially when you discover their golf course, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and sports field.
All of these RV sites are a quick drive to the closest Walmart and there are a number of grocery stores and gas stations, so there will be no worries of being left hungry and out of fuel in this town.
Exploring the City
Leesburg is a small town, but it is clear that they appreciate the arts. Like in many cities across the U.S. one of the attractions in Leesburg is their first Friday event, which happens the first Friday of each month and features artisans, crafters, makers, and growers.
Other art events seen in this town are art galleries and musical events. Overall, Leesburg is a very calm town and many choose to come here to relax and get away from the city life, but it is events like these that add flavor to the city and are well worth checking out. Annually, the Leesburg Center for the Arts hosts the Leesburg Art Festival at the Shoppes on Main street, if you come at the beginning of March, this is a great event to attend.
Alternatively, for a fun and wild time, book an RV rental in Leesburg during Bikefest, which happens at the end of April. This festival is currently one of the world’s largest 3-day bike and music festivals. This event has over 50 concerts, more than 200 vendors, as well as hot body contests, motorcycle shows, and stunts.
When visiting in a camper rental in Leesburg, don’t forget to visit the quaint downtown. Start with a tour at the Historic Mote-Morris House on the Historic Main Street, where you’ll also find some of the town’s most interesting stores. After your tour, go for some shopping, there will be great antiques, handmade jewelry, and small boutiques. Then, find yourself a nice restaurant on the main street. Much of the food in Leesburg will be American cuisine, but there are several cafes, an oyster bar, and a burger restaurant. You’ll also find a wine bar and tasting restaurant, a couple of breweries and taprooms, and a smokehouse and grill. For something a little different, the town also has a popular Mexican place.
Leesburg is waiting to show off its wildlife and quaint downtown. Don’t keep them waiting. Just get out there and experience Leesburg. See the swamps, get in your sunshine, eat the food, do it all. Search for an RV in Leesburg, FL and start planning that visit.