For groups seeking a site near nature-based attractions about an hour's drive north of downtown Orlando, Wildwood is logistically attractive. As a small central Florida town near Interstate-75 and Florida's Turnpike, Wildwood and Wildwood event venues afford easy access to The Villages, Ocala and Gainesville.
Situated 24 miles south of Ocala, Wildwood is 85 miles from the Orlando International Airport, 78 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport, 57 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 60 miles from Walt Disney World.
Hotel venues in Wildwood include the 123-room Days Inn Wildwood with 6,000 square feet of meeting space and the 62-room Sleep Inn Wildwood-The Villages. Nearby options include the 196-room Hilton Ocala with 8,000 square feet of meeting space, 152-room Hampton Inn Ocala with 1,000 square feet of meeting space and the 118-room Waterfront Inn with 2,000 square feet of meeting space in The Villages, which is located 6 miles from Wildwood.
Special event venues in Wildwood are few; however, less than a 30-minute drive away are Mission Inn Resort & Club, the Ocala Boat Club, Silver Springs Nature Theme Park and Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. Entertainment and recreation possibilities near Wildwood include the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, an 80-acre park that commemorates the start of the Second Seminole War; Ocala National Forest, which encompasses 607 square miles and Lake Griffin State Park, where kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing are popular pastimes. For golfers, the Miona Lake Golf Club, Tierra Del Sol Golf & Country Club and Hacienda Hills Golf & Country Club are convenient places to tee up.
Down-home barbecue joints and southern home-style diners are prevalent in Wildwood, but less than a 10-minute drive away in The Villages are several chain restaurants such as Bonefish Grill, Olive Garden, Panera Bread and Perkins Restaurant and Bakery.
Approximately a 25-minute drive is Ocala, which has nearly 200 restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines.