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Florida lovers know that there’s something special about a lakeside getaway, where you can spend lazy days lounging on the dock, swimming in the water or paddling around in a kayak. We’ve hand-picked the best lake houses on Airbnb and VRBO that are perfect for both families and outdoor adventurers, offering on-site perks such as outdoor areas with docks, pools and BBQ grills as well as access to kayaks, canoes and boats. If you’re a fan of waterside retreats, check out these dreamy lake house vacation rentals in Florida.
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This lake house getaway in Dade City has got it all, with opportunities to enjoy fishing, kayaking swimming and wildlife watching. Located near Orlando and Tampa on Lake Dowling, this fully furnished home has a fireplace, game room, outdoor pool and fire pit. The kids will love the bumper pool, board games and darts, as well as the chance to roast marshmallows outside or play a game on the horseshoe court.
If you and your family are looking to get away from the stressors of everyday life, this peaceful lakeside oasis is the perfect fit. Located in Odessa, you’ll have a grand lakefront view with a large backyard and covered deck overlooking Lake Juanita. Wake up and soak up the gorgeous panoramic views, then take advantage of the recently renovated kitchen and outdoor grill or head straight to the water for a kayaking adventure. At night, you can gaze at the star-filled sky from the fire pit or challenge your family to a board game.
This picture-perfect 3-bedroom lake house is a year-round retreat, offering a relaxing experience on the St. John River. Fishing is a popular activity here, while non-fishing enthusiasts can simply appreciate the panoramic water views from the dock, relax in the spacious living room and whip up meals in the modern kitchen. All kinds of water sports are available, while some of Florida’s top attractions such as St. Augustine and Silver Glen Spring are just a short drive away.
This luxurious 6-bedroom lakeside retreat in Lakeland is ideal for big families, offering plenty of room to enjoy its tranquil setting. In addition to an inviting outdoor pool, guests have access to kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, water tubes and wakeboards. For an additional fee, the hosts can arrange a wake-board boat or deck boat. Families with kids will appreciate the fenced-in yard, outdoor dining area with a grill and kids’ playroom.
Enjoy the best of Florida living at this serene lake house in Winter Park. Just minutes from the shops and restaurants on Park Ave, it offers the best of both worlds with a peaceful, shaded backyard. Enjoy Old Florida vibes while soaking up the sunshine in the hammock, which offers gorgeous views of the private Lake Bell. Kayaks and paddleboards are free to use, while morning coffee on the dock is a must. Families will appreciate the complimentary Pack n Play crib, high chair, children’s craft tables and toys and games.
A perfect spot for exploring Florida’s Nature Coast, this peaceful waterfront retreat is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts. Listen to the sounds of nature on the spacious deck, the hammocks or lakeside seating, then take advantage of the fire pit, BBQ grill and outdoor games. When you’re ready to get out and explore, the 3-bedroom house offers easy access to kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and bird watching.
You can bring the whole gang along to this large 7-bedroom house in Kissimmee, which is set in a gated community near top theme park attractions such as Disney, Universal Studios and Sea World. Along with beautiful lake views, guests can take advantage of the outdoor area with a private pool, fully-equipped kitchen, games room and spacious living room with a 60” 4K Smart TV. Kids will love the air hockey and table tennis games, as well as the themed rooms.
Set on Lake Weir, this luxurious 4-bedroom home offers family-friendly perks such as a chef’s kitchen, outdoor gas grill, TV with Netflix and ping pong table. The backyard features a freshwater lake for fishing, boating, tubing and jet skiing, as well as a small private beach that is equally as inviting. You can even set up a small fire at sunset, while there’s also a public boat ramp if you want to bring your own boat.
This colorful lake house in Eagle Lake looks like it was plucked out of a fairytale. The quaint two-bedroom cottage is fully renovated, offering a prime location for exploring some of Florida’s top destinations. The tree-filled yard provides tons of shade while the lake has a public boat launch for access to water sports and fishing. Traveling with the kids? Legoland is just 10 minutes away.
One of the coolest Airbnbs in Florida, this tiny lake house in Orlando offers plenty of perks, including a full-size fridge, glass stove cooktop and an open floor plan with high ceilings. This lakeside space is perfect for outdoor adventures, including fishing, kayaking and sunrise yoga by the lake. If the Ritz is not available for the dates you want, check out the host’s other listings, as they have multiple highly-rated lake houses.
Nature lovers will appreciate this beautiful lakeside log cabin, which is just 40 feet from the water’s edge of Bethea Lake. Ideal for bass fishermen, artists or family getaways, this cabin is fully equipped with cookware and linens, you simply just need to bring your clothes and food for a weekend of serenity. Spend your afternoon kayaking, fishing or barbecuing your dinner, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, as wild turkeys, ducks, deer and waterfowl are frequent visitors.
Set on a private lake in Fort McCoy, this cozy 3-bedroom house offers gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Stretch out in the spacious living spaces, which include a large porch and comfy living room with large windows for taking in the view. Outdoors there are large trees that provide shade as well as an inviting hammock, fire pit and private boat ramp. For more adventure, drive 25 minutes to Silver Spring for kayaking or go hiking in the nearby Ocala National Forest.
Built from Cypress cut from the property, this gorgeous home offers a beautiful blend of 1920s charm and modern amenities. In addition to a fully stocked kitchen, guests will love its access to the Mission Inn Resort (under 5 minutes away), which includes a golf course, spa and pool as well as nature trails, playgrounds and a bass-filled Lake Harris. Families will love seeing the peacocks that roam the neighborhood, as well as the Yalaha Bakery within walking distance of the house.
Located in Tallahassee, this 3-bedroom lakefront cottage is called “Remember When”, a reference to when times were simpler. A mix of stunning lakefront views and a serene setting, it features wood-planked walls, wood ceilings and wood floors as well as large windows with lake views. Soak up the sunshine on the spacious deck off the sunroom or enjoy fishing on the deep dock area. At night, the outdoor area with a BBQ grill and dining table is a great spot to relax.
You’ll have total privacy at this secluded lake house, including no contact self-check-in. You can launch your boat from the private beach and floating and fishing in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Kerr. On-site, enjoy quiet evenings on the patio with a fire pit overlooking the lake or indulge in a soak in the hot tub. Explore everything the Ocala National Forest has to offer, from boating in Salt Springs Run to swimming in the Salt Springs Recreation Area.