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Apopka, Florida: The peaceful, outdoorsy neighbor to Orlando

shutterstock_2483972.jpgApopka, a fast-growing city in Central Florida, lies 16 miles from downtown Orlando and a fitting destination for a side trip or a peaceful haven to stay while enjoying a Disney vacation. 

The city, with 49,000 residents, is famous for its historical buildings like The Lodge, a lovely and perfect venue for weddings and events, and the Apopka Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot.  To learn about the city’s past and heritage, visitors can drop by at Museum of the Apopkans.

Looking to Indulge in outdoor fun by boating, fishing, camping, or hiking?  Apopka has several beautiful lakes and natural wildlife areas including King’s Landing and the lovely Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail.  Keep an eye out for the gators!


If you enjoy the pace and scenic beauty of trails, try the West Orange Trail. Paved, and running approximately 20.8 miles from downtown at Welch road, walk, run, roller blade, or bike through Winter Garden, Killarney, and Oakland to the Orange/Lake County Line.  You can easily rent a bike from Winter Garden's Wheelworks or West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades.  The trail is open sunrise through sunset and be sure to stop at Tildenville Outpost for a quick break to enjoy the butterfly garden.


shutterstock_512094808.jpgKelly Park at Rock Springs is also a favorite of locals and visitors. Explore the natural free-flowing spring which remains at a constant 68 degrees year round.  You'll find a playground, picnic pavilions and full-service concessions for your convenience. 


Plus, the best part is that you can rent tubes from area vendors (outside the park) or bring your own pool noodles, floats, or tubes which must be less than five feet in width or length.  Float until your heart is content in this picturesque and calming spring and watch the stars at night from your tent or camper. Unfortunately, Fido and Fifi must remain at home.


What are the best hotels in Apopka, FL?

Whether you are visiting or passing by, spend a night or two in the city and enjoy the amenities of its hotels.  Though few in numbers, Apopka hotels are of the highest choice from moderate to budget friendly, all clean and neat with facilities to suit guests’ different preferences.


Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando - Apopka


Hampton Inn & Suites is the best hotel with its downtown location at Lake Cortez Drive. Rooms have a flat screen TV, work desk, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, and Wi-Fi.


Guests can enjoy daily breakfast, laundry service and luggage storage along with parking, outdoor pool, meeting room, 24-hour front desk, and fitness center.


Located close to Western Expressway Florida 429 Toll Road, top attractions are minutes away like the museum and Wekiwa Springs State Park. Nearby are Altamonte Mall and Disney’s Magic Kingdom.


Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites Orlando Apopka

A no-frills hotel by IHG is Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offering 77 smoke-free guestrooms. This hotel is only 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and the airport is just 35 miles away. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites offers parking, outdoor pool, fitness center, breakfast, business center, meeting facilities, and prime location, just a short drive to major companies and theme-park attractions nearby.


shutterstock_1026233185.jpgRooms are sufficient in size and fitted with beyond the basic in-room amenities like Wi-Fi, microwave, and refrigerator. For those traveling as a family, connecting rooms and extra beds (surcharge) are available.  This hotel also offers Accessible rooms with bathtub and roll-in shower.


When it comes to entertainment, try your hand at putt-putt at Congo River Golf of Altamonte Springs nearby.  And, if traveling with youngsters, take them to the adjacent Chuck E Cheese for pizza and more fun!



Rodeway Inn Apopka

Offering inexpensive rooms, budget travelers will like Rodeway Inn.  With only 28 rooms, basic amenities and facilities are compensated by its friendly and accommodating staff to make one’s stays pleasant. All rooms are standard and guests can choose from 2 double beds or 1 king bed. Non-smoking rooms are available. Rooms are clean and quiet withbigstock-Happy-couple-laying-in-bed-wit-15697322.jpg Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and hot shower. 


Facilities offered by Rodeway Inn are a free continental breakfast, outdoor pool, coin operated laundry facilities, a sundeck, and parking.


A pet-friendly hotel, guests can bring up to 2 pets as long as both don’t exceed total 50lbs. When it comes to location, this inexpensive hotel is close to Mount Dora, Amway Center, and Winter Park Village



Crosby's Motor Inn

Stay in affordable comfort at Crosby's Motor Inn.  Serving the city for over 25 years, Crosby's Motor Inn offers sufficient accommodations.  Several rooms have kitchenettes, others have Jacuzzis and there an outdoor pool, a free continental breakfast and internet.  For the most part, amenities are simple, and If passing through town on a quick trip, this facility will help save you money.


What kind of restaurants are in Apopka?

Apopka, a suburban area to Orlando, is positioned near other smaller towns as well.  Don't be afraid to drive a few extra miles to find your favorite cuisine.  In Apopka, these restaurants rank the highest:

  • Caffe Positano - Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Vegan, GF options
  • Porkies Original BBQ - American BBQ
  • Garabaldi's Mexican Restaurant - Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian, Vegan
  • The Catfish Place - Cajun, Creole, American and Seafood
  • Gator's Dockside of Apopka - American, Bar Pub


What towns are near Apopka, FL?

Whether traveling to the area for a Disney vacation, visiting friends or relatives, or on a quest to discover the backroads and small towns of Florida, there are many engaging areas to visit.  Check out our TravNow blogs for the best hotels and local attractions.  


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Topics: Florida