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Destination guide

Explore central Florida from Davenport vacation rentals

When it comes to location, Davenport has it down pat. It's just a 30-minute drive to Orlando's world-famous theme parks like Walt Disney World, yet far enough that you don't have to worry about the noise and traffic that usually come with such popular attractions. But Davenport is more than just a stop on the way to Orlando's theme parks. A wide variety of rental houses, villas, and townhomes – suitable for solo travellers and large groups alike – will put you close to all that this laid-back city has to offer, from fishing at Lake Davenport and teeing off at local golf courses to going on shopping sprees at Posner Park Mall.

History

Though incorporated in 1915, Davenport's history stretches back to the Second Seminole War of the 19th century. In the 1880s, when the South Florida Railroad was extended to the area, it became a settlement called Horse Creek. History buffs will enjoy a walk in the Davenport Historic District, where there are more than 2 dozen old structures. Among the most notable of these is the city hall building. Dating from 1927, it once functioned as jail and a fire station while also serving as the city's seat of government. The Miller Building, also built in 1927, is close by.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Davenport

Are you hoping to find attractions to see in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Davenport a fun place to get away. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Walt Disney World® (13.4 mi / 21.5 km)
  • SeaWorld® Orlando (16.3 mi / 26.3 km)
  • Universal Studios Florida™ (19.2 mi / 30.9 km)
  • ChampionsGate Golf Club (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios® (10.1 mi / 16.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Davenport

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Davenport is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Lewis W Mathews Memorial Sports Complex (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Lake Davenport (7.5 mi / 12 km)
  • Lake Cecile (11.8 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Shingle Creek Regional Park (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Lake Bryan (12.8 mi / 20.6 km)
  • Disney Wilderness Preserve (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Davenport

The nearest airport is in Kissimmee, FL (ISM-Kissimmee Gateway), located 12.8 mi (20.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.), which is 24.3 mi (39.1 km) away.

How to get around

Travelling around from your Davenport vacation rental

Pack a pair of comfy shoes when you book your Davenport vacation rental, because walking is a great way to explore this small city. For instance, getting from city hall to Lake Davenport is a mere 9-minute stroll. Its compact size means there's hardly any public transit to speak of in Davenport, so car and taxi are the main methods of transportation. Major highways including Interstate 4, US 17/92, and US 27 are all within easy reach, connecting Davenport to other central Florida cities like Orlando, Kissimmee, and Haines City.

Food & drink 

Sweet and savoury delights on Davenport's foodie scene

Small as it is, there's no shortage of great places to wine and dine in Davenport. You'll want to make room in your tummy for delightful eats in many of the city's charming family-run restaurants, which serve everything from in-house smoked barbecue and wood-fired artisan pizzas to blueberry wine and beer. And if you're hankering for dessert before you head back to your Davenport vacation rental, you can stop at one of the many sweet tooth specialists in town for some homemade ice cream, freshly baked cakes and pastries, or exotic delights like goat's milk fudge.

Essential info

Helpful facts for your Davenport vacation rental holiday

Davenport is a small, close-knit community of roughly 4,000 people living on 4 sq km of land. The currency is the US dollar and the language spoken is English, though it's normal to hear Spanish since Hispanics and Latinos make up a significant percentage of the population. In restaurants, it's usual to tip your server 15–20% of your total bill. In bars, you can tip the bartender about 1 dollar for every drink. Just remember that you have to be at least 21 years old to buy or publicly drink alcoholic beverages. And if you find yourself in an emergency, help is just a 911 call away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Davenport?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 29,026 house rentals around Davenport. From 12,051 Houses to 7,836 Villas, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Davenport is on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses in Davenport?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 12,051 Houses in Davenport. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Davenport include:

  • Villas: 7,836 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 3,740 lodging choices
  • Townhouses: 4,111 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Davenport?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27,444 vacation homes with pool available in Davenport.