When you talk about being in the center of it all, you have to be talking about Leesburg. We enjoy the benefits of small town life but, when it's time to see the rest of Florida, we're not far from anything. Our central location is ideal for those sightseers and explorers.
Get up one morning and decide to go to the beach... watch the weather and decide whether it will be the Atlantic or Gulf side. It makes no difference, both are just a couple of hours away from your front door.
If you've never seen the launch of the Space Shuttle, you're missing one of the most awesome sights one can see. Either take a short trip to the Cape to watch it up close (something everyone should do at least once in their life) or watch it from your back yard right here in Leesburg.
If you're fortunate enough to be around for a night launch, you're really in for a treat. The shuttle lights up the clear Florida sky that makes a spectacular and breathtaking sight... and, upon it's return, you'll hear the double-sonic boom as it reenters the earths atmosphere.
The Cape is only a little over 2 hours from Leesburg.
More about Kennedy Space Center
More about the Space Coast
Orlando Area Attractions
And, of course, there's the attractions. Only an hour from Leesburg is the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, collectively known as Walt Disney World. Visit the House of Mouse during the day, and return to the quiet calm of Leesburg for a relaxing evening.
Universal Orlando is where blockbusters come to life!? Experience thrills and chills based on some of your favorite movies and TV shows, including Men in Black, Jurassic Park and The Simpsons.? And coming to Universal Orlando in 2010 is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
SeaWorld has recently been expanding. Along with the original marine animal park, they now have a park where you can swim with the dolphins, stingrays and more. They've also added some rides for those individuals that like to put a little excitement into the day. And new in 2008 is Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, where you can interact with marine life, including a water slide that takes you through the den of some Commerson's Dolphins.
There are many other things to do outside the parks in the Orlando area too, such as Old Town. Located in Kissimmee is a nice place to bring the family for the day (and night). Every Friday and Saturday they have the "Cruises" that attract hundreds of antique and special interest vehicles for display and a cruise each night up and down the main street. Rides for kids young and old are scattered throughout Old Town and 50's and 60's music fill the streets.
The Mercado, The Mall at Millennia, shopping on I-Drive and more are open year around for your enjoyment.
On the Tampa side you can easily visit Busch Gardens in a day. About one and a half hours from Leesburg, everyone will find something to do here. Animals galore and some of the best thrill rides around will keep you and your family busy for the day.
Stay the night and visit Ybor City. It's great (and inexpensive) entertainment if you enjoy the night life.
Other Central Florida Attractions
Closer to home, there's the Ocala National Forest where you can rent a canoe or tube and float down one of the many springs in the area. The crystal-clear water is something to see.
There's also the famous Silver Springs approximately 45 minutes north. You can leisurely wander the park looking at the exotic animals or take a glass-bottom boat ride and see gators resting on shore and monkeys playing in the trees (the monkeys are from the old "Tarzan" movies).? Silver Springs also plays host to many concerts throughout the year of many of music's top acts.
Just less than an hour west you can visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and watch manatees play in the water. These gentle giants are an amazing site to see.
The list could go on for pages... there's something for everyone. Florida's the place to live and Leesburg is the perfect place in Florida. Here you get the best of everything.