Situated near the Ocala National Forest and surrounded by the Harris Chain of lakes and rolling hills, Leesburg is ideally situated for groups who want to incorporate eco-activities into their program. Leesburg event venues range between Old Florida and places of natural beauty.
Leesburg is located 55 miles from the Orlando International Airport, 45 miles from Orlando-Sanford International Airport, 48 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 50 miles from Walt Disney World.
Hotel venues in Leesburg include smaller properties such as the 61-room Days Inn Leesburg and 82-room Hampton Inn Leesburg/Tavares, but larger groups will seek out properties like the 190-room Mission Inn Resort & Club, which is located 13 miles from downtown Leesburg. Mission Inn has 30,000 square feet of meeting space; amenities include two championship golf courses, spa, fitness center, trap and skeet range, tennis complex and heated swimming pool.
Among the largest special event venues in Leesburg is the 20,000-square-foot Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Equipped to handle conferences up to 1,000 attendees, the complex is used by religious, corporate, association and non-profit groups. Amenities at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center include on-site catering, audio-visual capabilities, auditoriums and classrooms. For picnics and outdoor gatherings, the 100-acre Venetian Gardens Park on the shores of Lake Harris has a beach, boat ramps and a cultural center.
Outdoor activities like horseback riding, fishing, hiking and swimming in deep clear springs dominate Leesburg's recreation menu. The Ocala National Forest is only a 20-minute drive from Leesburg. Golfers gravitate to the Golf Monarch Golf Club and the Cranes Roost and Otter Creek courses at Plantation at Leesburg. For shopping enthusiasts, the options include the Lake Square Mall, with 70 specialty shops and anchor stores like Target and Sears, and downtown Leesburg, where historic buildings, boutique shops and restaurants are part of the streetscape.
The Highway 441 corridor is brimming with national chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, Chili's and Red Lobster. Locals frequent long-time favorites like Vic's Embers Supper Club, Naples Italian Restaurant and Florida Porch.