A Weekend Getaway Glamping at Lake Louisa State Park

Want to get outside, but can't stand the heat? Why not go glamping at Lake Louisa State Park? Explore natural Florida in comfort and style at Lake Louisa State Park's luxury carefree campsite for a true glamping experience.

Located just 30 minutes from Orlando and 20 minutes from Walt Disney World, this 4,500 acre “natural theme park” offers a romantic escape from everyday life. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the park's 11 distinct plant communities, six lakes, and 20+ miles of trails. Casual nature lovers will enjoy the stunning lake views, guided horseback rides, and proximity to charming downtown Clermont.

At the end of the day, head back to your luxury glamping-site to share a bottle of wine, roast s'mores, and gaze up at the stars. Keep reading to find out why Lake Louisa State Park is a favorite place to go glamping in Orlando.

CareFree Luxury Glamping at Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Louisa's three spacious glamp-sites are ideal for nature lovers, novelty seekers, and anyone looking for a unique way to up their date night game.

Upon check-in, you'll see that each 200 sq ft bell tent is fully furnished, air conditioned, and equipped with the conveniences of a modern hotel room. Canvas and mesh tent flaps provide a secure bug barrier, while a temperature control unit keeps the tent comfortable through sunshine and storms. Bathhouses are just a short walk away, near the fishing dock of picturesque Dixie Lake, and include toilets, showers, sinks, and changing rooms.

Restrooms aside, this is no primitive campsite. Enjoy camping staples like a private picnic area, a fire pit with two chairs, and a personal barbecue grill.

The highlight of each site is a cream-colored luxury heavy canvas tent on a raised wooden platform. Each tent is decked out with charming exterior market lights and colorful greenery. Twin lanterns flank a shaded patio, and a cheery door mat welcomes you home.

Prepare for curious stares from passers-by as you unzip the door to your personal glamping paradise. 

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Our glamp-site for the weekend

Each tent features a euro-top queen size bed with plush white linens and pillows, a spacious indoor seating area for two, and plenty of modern amenities for a relaxing getaway. Fun prints, bright accent pieces, and faux plants add warmth and color to a traditionally rugged space.

Industrial-modern light fixtures with Edison bulbs like the interior chandelier and bedside lamps give the room a cozy, romantic glow. Several outlets are available to charge everything from phones and cameras to oscillating fans. Water bottles, a Keurig coffee maker, and coffee supplies are all included.

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Each site has a queen bed

A rustic letterboard on the bed reads, “Glampers have more fun.” After spending the weekend glamping at Lake Louisa State Park, I couldn't agree more.

This unique Central Florida gem offers visitors a prime opportunity to get outside and enjoy Florida's natural beauty without sacrificing the comforts of home.

My husband and I don't have basic camp supplies a tent or sleeping bags, so glamping was a great solution for our little family. We brought our one-year-old daughter along, and it was a relief to be able to just unzip the tent and go straight to relaxation mode.

Once the baby fell asleep, we shared a bottle of wine by the fire and had a great little date night just the two of us. My husband said it felt like we were on one of those over-the-top fantasy suite dates on The Bachelor.

Each site comes with a fire pit, chairs and grill

Explore Natural Florida

Are you an adventure addict? Lake Louisa State Park offers plenty of activities and is a beautiful park to explore. Go fishing along one of their fishing piers, or go horseback riding, biking, kayaking, hiking down the nature trail, geocaching, boating, and take a dip in their swim beach.

Trail maps, as well as bird and butterfly guides, are available at the ranger station. There are also ample picnic locations, barbecue grills, and a childrens playground.

The Camper Canteen is a short walk from your campsite and offers camp supplies, souvenirs, ice-cream, cold drinks, and fishing gear for sale or rent.

Paddle a kayak through the lily pads of Hammond Lake, or take a nature trek along one of the park's nine popular hiking trails. We took a little hike around Hammond Lake in the morning (short and sweet with a sleepy baby). 

Keep an eye out for bald eagles! For those wanting more of a fitness trail challenge, the park is 5 miles from the north end to the south end. Try your hand at fishing or join one of their guided horseback riding trails. Whatever activity you choose, you're bound to bond over an adventurous day date at Lake Louisa State Park.

Hammond Lake at Lake Louisa State Park
Short boardwalk to the lake

Not Outdoorsy? Not to Worry

If hiking and kayaking aren't your thing, there are a wealth of unique activities to explore in the nearby town of Clermont. Get your daily dose of Vitamin C picking your own blueberries and sunflowers at Southern Hill Farms. Grab a round at one of two downtown Clermont breweries, or spend the afternoon wine tasting at Lakeridge Winery. Travel to the top of the Florida Citrus Tower, then go head-to-head with your date at the arcade downstairs.

For more ideas, check out our Historic Clermont day trip guide.

If picnicking isn't your thing, there are several local dining options in Clermont. The closest shopping center is about a 10-15 minute drive from the campsite and includes a Publix.

At the end of the day, settle in by the campfire or take a walk out to the lake for a romantic evening under the stars.

Know Before You Go

Lake Louisa's CareFree Luxury Glamping Tents start at a fee of $120 per night. Each tent can accommodate 2–4 guests. Traveling with a larger party? Ask to place two tents on one campsite, for a maximum of eight guests per site. Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy. You can also rent additional twin size air mattresses for $25 each. Linens, pillows, a throw blanket, and throw pillow are all included in your luxury tent. Book via Airbnb, or book directly through Lake Louisa State Park.

Forgot to bring your bug spray? No problem. Lake Louisa offers several add-on bundles to help ensure a fun, fuss-free glamping experience. They offer everything, from firestarters to s'mores kits to a full-on bug protection bundle. Add-ons can be purchased online when you book, or in person at the Camper Canteen (open daily from 10am to 4pm).

The cooling and heating unit keeps the tent interior 5-10 degrees cooler than the outside temperature during the summer. Feel free to bring your own oscillating fan and plug it in if you prefer the room ice cold. 

The front of the park is gated, but all guests are provided an access code and may come and go as they please at any time. There is a full park staff during daytime hours, three park rangers live on property and are available for emergency situations after hours.

Checking In

A government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges. Special requests are subject to availability. Guests will receive an email from the host with the check in and check out instructions.

All images by Beth Bell