Orlando is the vacation capital of the world, and because of that it is pretty great for a staycation as well. While hotels abound, many choose to stay in a rental to have more space for their family and Orlando rentals are just as over-the-top as the hotels. If you never thought of staycationing in a rental in Orlando, then check out this list of unique Orlando vacation rentals and you might just change your mind.
Unique Orlando Vacation Rental Homes for a Staycation
Here is a list of 10 Orlando Rentals to check out for a family staycation.
If your family regularly sings “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” consider staycationing at Two Grooms Farm, a working goat farm in Sorrento in Lake County. Accommodations are nestled inside a beautifully-restored barn that’s filled with shabby-chic, farm-inspired furnishings. Your little chickadees will absolutely love playing with and feeding the farm’s goats! These fuzzy friends help the property owners make handmade goat milk soap and other artisanal products. Horses, hens, roosters and a donkey also roam about the grounds. This unique LGBTQ+-friendly rental also features a propane barbecue grill, RV port & hook-ups, fire-pit, hammock and swings.
Built in 1887, this historic fire station building in Sanford has been remarkably remodeled into a spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom modern rental. It features exposed bricks, wooden beams, a rooftop deck, an original fireplace and, yes, an iconic fire house pole; plus retro furniture, fun art and bunk beds. Sure to warm your heart with staycation memories, this fire station rental is located within walking distance to Downtown Sanford’s eateries, shops and Lake Monroe.
Do you ever wish that the stresses of vacation planning would simply float away? Well, head to Holly Bluff Marina, in Deland, to let your worries go adrift with a houseboat staycation. Aboard a private floating hotel with your favorite mates, soak up unprecedented views of St. Johns River, the longest river in Florida (just north of Orlando). Splash into the refreshing water with your family crew, cast lines to cook up the catch-of-the-day and sightsee galore for native wildlife.
For amazing father-son bonding time, book the pet-friendly ManCave Apartment, an airplane hangar that makes for an eclectic escape in Geneva. This funky rental is totally decked out with tons of vibrant memorabilia and décor, all overlooking a tranquil pond just steps away. During a guys’ getaway, enjoy darts, arcade games, satellite TV, a bar, wood-burning fireplace, a gas grill and a cozy loft for slumbering. And pop over to the garage to check out cool classic cars! FYI, Phineas the cat wanders the premises as the official ManCave pet.
State Park Cabin
Our sunshine state has 174 state parks, many of which include campgrounds. If roughing it on a primitive site is a bit too advanced for your novice outdoorsy family, opt for a cabin at Lake Louisa State Park. In Clermont, this state park has numerous cabins overlooking beautiful Dixie Lake. Each accommodates up to six people and has two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, dining/living room and a large porch with rocking chairs. Pssst… there are no televisions so prepare your screen addicts accordingly! Spend the day hiking, picnicking and giggling on the playground, before retreating back to your air conditioned rental.
Sweet Escape Mansion
If you’re craving a larger than life rental home, we’ve got the scoop on the sweetest find in Orlando. The “Sweet Escape” is a flavorful 11-bedroom mansion situated on five acres in Clermont. The swimming pool, which features a swirly slide, is shaped like an ice cream cone topped with a cherry-shaped hot tub. You’ll certainly get your fill of amenities here with a splash pad, arcade games, karaoke machine, movie theatre, laser tag, disc golf, mini golf, fire pit and so much more.
For big-time family fun, head to Orlando’s Lakefront Tiny Home & RV Community. On the outskirts of College Park in Orlando, there are 13 super cute tiny homes to choose from, all of which overlook Lake Fairview and include free use of kayaks, paddle boards and fishing gear. I know what you’re thinking… Is a tiny home really spacious enough for a family with children? Well, yes! Several of the tiny homes comfortably accommodate three to six people and include kitchens and bathrooms. The community also features corn hole, hammocks, picnic tables and a field for sporting games or family freeze tag sessions. You can book through Airbnb, but you’ll save a bit by booking directly through the community’s reservation webpage.
Go out on a limb – literally – on your next staycation with this treehouse surrounded by trees and shrubbery aplenty. This lush property, however, does not allow children under 16 years of age, so book it with your older teenager; or, better yet, plan to act like kids on a parents-only staycation! Located between Kissimmee and St. Cloud, this unique bungalow may be off the beaten path but it still offers quality hotel-like amenities.
A yurt is an indigenous Mongolian dwelling comparable to an Indian teepee. Maybe you’ve heard of the term, but you’ve likely never stayed in one. Surprisingly, you can rent one in the heart of Baldwin Park in Orlando on Lake Susannah. Consider this a glamping adventure with essentials like air conditioning, a refrigerator, full bathroom and fast Wi-Fi. Chill on the wooden dock or pedal over to nearby cafes and bike trails (like Cady Way and Orlando Urban).
Ready to pack your overnight bag? Enjoy your unique staycation!