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In Tavares, beautiful Lake Dora serves as the runway for Jones Brothers, who book 2,5003,000 seaplane flights each year for adventurers of every age and background who come to relax, explore, dine and play in “America’s Seaplane City.” Thanks to Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures, residents and tourists can hop aboard a seaplane and experience the exhilarating, unforgettable rush of taking off and landing on waves.

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Escape the daily grind and immerse yourself in Lake County’s natural beauty. Breathtaking views await at numerous hiking trails and campgrounds. Hiking provides unique views of picturesque wonders unique to Florida, including small waterfalls and rolling hills. Camping offers opportunities to get acquainted with beautiful waterways, lovely springs, and lush forests.

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OUT ON THE TOWNS Natural beauty abounds in Lake County, but it’s our small towns that give us our distinct charm and strong sense of place. Each town comes alive with history, culture, and diverse activities that distinguish our charming communities as vibrant, fun-filled destinations for the entire family.

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Loving Lake Welcome to our beautiful county, where fun is served with a heaping helping of Southern hospitality.

As a magazine publisher for the past 13 years, it brings me great pleasure to assist in putting together the 2021 issue of Welcome to Lake. I am a lifelong Lake County resident who graduated from Leesburg High School in 1990. Growing up, this was a

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quiet, rural county with few things to do. Things have changed considerably in the past 30 years. *Three of Florida’s 10 fastest-growing towns are in Lake County—Fruitland Park, Groveland and Clermont. *The Leesburg Bikefest is the world’s largest three-day motorcycle festival, typically attracting 250,000 people. *Downtown Tavares, once a site primarily for governmental offices, has transformed itself into “America’s Seaplane City.” *The Mount Dora Arts Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States, drawing 300,000 people. Folks, I could go on and on. But here’s the bottom line: Lake County is not only a great place to work and play but also a wonderful place to visit. Charming, quaint towns, endless outdoor opportunities, picturesque waterways, and top-notch festivals and events are just a few reasons why our tourism industry has exploded in recent years. More and more, we’re finding that vacationers to Florida want something different from the theme

park experience, where short tempers and long lines are common. By the end of the day, anticipated fun, thrills and excitement have produced physical exhaustion, sunburned skin and aching, blistered feet. Fortunately, tourists can put their stress on vacation by escaping to Lake County for one day, a weekend retreat, or longer. The county’s natural resources and laid-back atmosphere allow vacationers to enjoy a wealth of fun-filled opportunities—shopping, outdoor recreation, historical sites, varied dining choices, world-class resorts, beautiful golf courses, picturesque springs, acres of hiking trails and so much more. In these pages, you’ll understand why vacationers are putting Lake County on their must-see list. We graciously welcome you to our little slice of heaven in Central Florida. Sincerely,

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Cities and towns throughout Lake County are home to a vibrant array of festivals and events focused on music, food, culture, arts, and sports.

*THE DATES OF THESE EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT THE EVENT ORGANIZER OR VISIT THE EVENT WEBSITE FOR VERIFICATION. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO VISITLAKEFL.COM.

MAY MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING BASS PRO TOUR

Top anglers from around the country converge on the Harris Chain of Lakes for stage three of the Bass Pro Tour. Venetian Gardens 201 E. Lake Harris Dr., Leesburg

JUN. CLERMONT CARIBBEAN JERK FESTIVAL

This event sponsored by the Caribbean American Association of Lake County features great cultural food and entertainment. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

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See popular Mount Dora in a different light—literally—as fireworks are launched over Lake Dora. Elizabeth Evans Park 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora

LEESBURG’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Picturesque Venetians Gardens offers numerous spots to watch fireworks above Lake Harris. Venetian Gardens 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg

HOMETOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Enjoy fireworks over Lake Eustis, kid’s games and live entertainment. Ferran Park 250 Ferran Park Dr., Eustis

RED, WHITE AND BOOM

Enjoy traditional American-style activities for all ages with the evening ending in fireworks above Lake Minneola. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

CITY OF GROVELAND FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Enjoy fireworks, a pageant, classic car show and live entertainment. Lake David Park 450 S. Lake Ave., Groveland

CITY OF TAVARES FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION Enjoy a parade, fireworks and live music in the heart of downtown Tavares. Wooton Park 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares


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OCT. 46TH ANNUAL MOUNT DORA BICYCLE FESTIVAL This four-day festival allows bicycling enthusiasts to take rides of varying lengths and explore Lake County’s beautiful countryside. Downtown Mount Dora

MOUNT DORA CRAFT FAIR

SEP. 6TH ANNUAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

A variety of food vendors prepare seafood and other specialty items. There will also be pirates from the Olde Port of Mount Dora Pirate Village. Elizabeth Evans Park 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora

This event, which draws 400 exhibitors, is ranked as the second-best classic/ contemporary craft festival in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine. In addition to beautiful crafts, visitors can enjoy festival food, music, beer and wine tasting. Downtown Mount Dora

PIG ON THE POND

Attendees enjoy everything from delicious barbecue and thrilling carnival rides to extravagant fireworks and homemade crafts. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

LAKE COUNTY FOLK FESTIVAL

You’ll be enthralled with the sounds of acoustic guitars, soft melodies, pounding percussions, twangy bluegrass and oldfashioned harmony gospel. Downtown Tavares

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NOV. LEESBURG BIKEFEST

The Leesburg Partnership welcomes motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy the largest three-day motorcycle and music event in the country. Live entertainment, merchandise, food and drink vendors, car shows and more will be featured. Downtown Leesburg

LADY OF THE LAKES RENAISSANCE FAIRE

Step back into a time of romance and chivalry. Marvel as jousters in full armor fight like 16th century warriors, and gasp while fire-eaters inhale hot flames. 12835 County Landfill Rd., Tavares

MOUNT DORA PLANT AND GARDEN FAIR

Vendors throughout Florida convene in Mount Dora to sell a wide variety of Florida native and exotic plants as well as garden ware and arts and crafts. Donnelly Park 530 N. Donnelly St., Mt. Dora

RENNINGER’S ANTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA

Renninger’s plays host to nearly 800 dealers from across the country offering high-quality antiques, collectibles, clothing and oddities. Renninger’s Antique Center 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Mount Dora

LIGHT UP MOUNT DORA

Approximately 2 million lights illuminate this New England-style town. Also, children will enjoy a visit from Santa. Downtown Mount Dora

LIGHT UP EUSTIS

The downtown area on beautiful Lake Eustis comes alive with spectacular lights, amusement rides, live bands and festival food. Downtown Eustis

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RENNINGER’S CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT

History comes alive with Civil War reenactments and weaponry demonstrations.

Renninger’s Antique Center 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Mount Dora

DEC. MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS PARADE

Downtown Leesburg offers an evening of holiday entertainment and fun for the entire family with performances by local groups, dazzling Christmas light displays, festive food and carnival rides. Downtown Leesburg

MOUNT DORA CHRISTMAS WALK

Enjoy free admission, live music, dancing and shopping. Downtown Mount Dora

LIGHT UP CLERMONT

A live Christmas tree at City Hall will be the focus of the lighting ceremony. The event also includes carolers and food trucks. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

HOWEY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

The annual festival features food vendors, a car show and a parade.

AFRICAN - AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL

This event celebrates cultural, educational, civic and charitable contributions to the community with live performances, music, food, arts and crafts and more. Wooton Park 100 E. Ruby St., Tavares

PAQUETTE’S HISTORICAL FARMALL TRACTOR SHOW

The annual event offers a weekend of exhibits, pony rides, tractor pulls, vendors and tractor shows. Paquette’s Farmall Museum 615 S. Whitney Rd., Leesburg

WINEFEST

Lakeridge Winery, the largest winery in Florida, provides this event so visitors can enjoy all the fruits of the year’s harvest. Live music, local artists and crafters add more fun. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards 19239 U.S. Hwy. 441, Clermont

LEESBURG MARDI GRAS

Street performers, musicians, stilt walkers, jugglers, tightrope walkers and fire eaters bring the sights and sounds of New Orleans to downtown Leesburg.

Downtown Howey-in-the-Hills

Downtown Leesburg

CRACKER CHRISTMAS PARADE AND FESTIVAL

GEORGEFEST

Cadwell Park 1 Cassady St., Umatilla

Downtown Eustis

Umatilla’s hometown celebration includes a parade, dog jog, and a festival featuring food and arts and crafts vendors.

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Founded in 1902, Georgefest is the second-longest running event in the nation celebrating George Washington’s birthday.

APR. LAKE COUNTY FAIR

Enjoy carnival midway rides, vendor booths, livestock shows, fair food and much more. Lake County Fairgrounds 2101 County Rd. 452, Eustis

LEESBURG BIKEFEST

Started in 1997, Leesburg Bikefest has carved its name alongside Bike Week in Daytona Beach and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota as one of the country’s premier motorcycle events. Each year, more than 250,000 bikers and spectators pack the streets of downtown Leesburg to watch motorcycle stunt shows, car show and live concerts. Downtown Leesburg


cityofmountdora.com

Mount Dora is the perfect place to visit to get away from the distractions of every day life. Unplug and Unwind as you visit one of the most charming cities in Florida. You can stay at the historic Lakeside Inn or at any number of Bed and Breakfasts in town. Mount Dora is a walkable city and when you visit downtown, be sure to visit the unique shops and flavorful restaurants that have something for every taste bud craving. All businesses are locally or family owned and there are plenty of things to see! Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets at the 4th Ave. Docks or at Florida’s only inland Lighthouse at Grantham Pointe Park. Take the boat out, bring the kids for some outdoor activities and enjoy all the public art and historic buildings the City has to offer. Once you arrive, you’ll know why Mount Dora is ‘Someplace Special’

Per CDC Guidelines the City of Mount Dora requires a Face Covering and Six Foot Social Distancing while in the City.


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FOREST GATEWAY A LT O O N A • U M AT I L L A • A S T O R

Small, rustic towns that allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas are a big part of Lake County’s charm. Few towns epitomize that more than the ones nearest the Ocala National Forest. A visit to Umatilla, Altoona and Astor allows locals and tourists to take advantage of abundant nature.

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ALTOONA Population: 85 Size: .5 square miles

Visitors can explore the wonders of a stunning underwater world in Altoona thanks to the nearby Alexander Springs Recreation Area, a popular site to swim, snorkel and dive yearround in the crystal clear waters of the springs. Alexander Springs is also the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted. The broad, natural, gently sloped spring pool becomes nature’s water park, where visitors can play and picnic, swim and hike. Visitors often comment that diving in the crystal-clear springs is one of the most peaceful feelings they’ve ever experienced. Alexander Springs is one of only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, meaning it gushes water from the ground at a rate of 100 cubic feet per second from under the ground. In addition to diving, visitors can canoe down Alexander Creek or enjoy a nature walk on a hiking trail. The water’s temperature remains 72 degrees year-round. Altoona also is the site of the McTureous Homestead and Museum, which gives visitors a glimpse of the life of a Florida Cracker family from the early 19th century.


ASTOR

Population: 1,595 Size: 2.3 square miles From big bass tournaments to leisurely, narrated boat cruises, Astor’s location on the St. Johns River allows visitors to get close to nature. Step aboard a covered pontoon boat at Captain Ernie’s St. Johns River Tours and learn all about local plants and wildlife. Or paddle Blue Creek Run, a four-mile scenic trip that leads paddlers from Astor to the St. Johns River. Blue Creek is known for its diverse wildlife and picturesque views of wading birds, alligators, otter and eagles. Astor is also the place for the avid fisherman to dock, with half a dozen boat ramps and Powell’s Campground for campers wishing to have an extended trip. The St. Johns River and Lake George, both located on the border of northern Lake County, are known for some of the best fishing in the state for catfish and trophy largemouth bass. A memorable hiking and birdwatching adventure is available at Bluffton Recreation Area, which offers a .75-mile nature trail. Visitors can also enjoy a multi-day experience at Castaways on the River, which offers cozy cottages, boat rentals, and is known for its frog legs, grouper filet, snow crab legs and popcorn shrimp. Another nice place to dine in Astor is atop the Blackwater Inn at William’s Landing, where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the St. Johns River while feasting on popular seafood items and other dishes.


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UMATILLA Population: 4,196 Size: 3 square miles

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Birds chirping, frogs croaking and wild turkeys clucking make a wonderful soundtrack for Umatilla, which is appropriately nicknamed “Nature’s Hometown.” Brimming with historic charm and scenic beauty, Umatilla offers many benefits that big-city life cannot: shorter commutes and less time spent in traffic, low crime levels, small-town hospitality, intimate churches and friendly neighbors. It’s also a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping and hiking. One of the most popular hiking destinations is Sawgrass Island, a 1,137-acre preserve where hikers take in breathtaking views of sawgrass marshes and longleaf pine communities. The preserve is home to an abundance of wildlife including gopher tortoises, Florida pine snakes, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and migratory wildfowl. Be sure to have your camera readily available to capture the prickly pear cactuses along the preserve’s numerous hiking trails. Umatilla is on the edge of an exciting and adventurous place: the Ocala National Forest. You’ll find great places to see coastal lowlands, swamps, lakes and ponds. There’s plenty of wildlife, so beware. But if you venture in, you’ll explore what Florida was like centuries ago. Another “sweet” place to visit is Sunsational Citrus, which takes visitors to a place and time when citrus production drove Lake County’s economic engine. The company – one of the few remaining packing houses in the county – sells fresh-squeezed orange juice, local honey, jelly and candy. The retail store at Sunsational Citrus also sells Florida wines. Visitors to Umatilla should also visit North Lake Community Park, which features a 1.4-mile loop trail and .75-mile nature trail.

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HOWEY-INTHE-HILLS Population: 1,702 Size: 3.7 square miles

When locals think of Howey-in-the-Hills, iconic landmarks such as the Howey Mansion and Mission Inn Resort and Club immediately come to mind. The mansion has been restored to its former glory from the 1920s, when it was built by the town’s founder, William John Howey. In fact, classic architecture of the ‘20s is predominant in the town, which promotes itself as a quiet and safe community focused on family living. Mission Inn Resort continually receives high marks from travelers and locals for its pro-caliber golf courses, fine dining and spa. This rural village is also surrounded by lakes, rolling hills, and the natural beauty of Griffin Waterfront Park and the Sara Maude Mason Nature Preserve. Blevins Patriot Park is a small but idyllic garden spot dedicated in 2017.

The Golden Triangle in Lake County– made up of Eustis, Mount Dora, and Tavares–offers outdoor activities from fishing to boating to flying, and celebrations of holidays and special events at annual festivals. A smaller triangle to the south includes the towns of Astatula, Howey-in-the-Hills, and Yalaha.


YALAHA

Population: 1,129 Size: 14.5 square miles

YALAHA BAKERY

YALAHA BOOTLEGGING CO.

ASTATULA Population: 1,921 Size: 3.2 square miles

Touted as the geographic center of Central Florida, Astatula is on the eastern shore of Little Lake Harris, one of Lake County’s finest areas for fishing and boating. The outdoors is the focus of many of the town’s attractions. The Clay Island area has six miles of multi-use trails and plenty of wildlife and birds to see from the trails or three observation towers. Stanley Pond Adventure Farm offers a variety of familyfriendly activities on weekends, including airboat rides, horse rides, a jumping pillow, slides, Halloween and Christmas celebrations, and more.

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Yalaha is famous for two unique businesses, which happen to be adjacent to each other on County Road 48. Yalaha Bakery has a German motif and serves German-style foods that draw rave reviews – bread, schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten, Reubens and desserts including pies and cakes with streusel and Bavarian cream.  Yalaha Bootlegging Co. sells genuine moonshine and brandy, all made from certified organic blueberries grown on 13 acres at Blue Bayou Farms. The site includes a farmhouse kitchen, a greenhouse for vegetables, and a rustic country store that sells homemade fruit pies, meat pies, produce, and cheese. The owners also offer tours, u-pick blueberries, and tastings of moonshine, brandy and other drinks.  The town is also known for other farms, such as Green Acres Fernery and Citrus on High Street, which offers u-pick blueberries each March and blackberries and peaches in April. 

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TAVARES PAVILION ON THE LAKE

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Population: 17,395 Size: 13.7 square miles Tavares continues to celebrate being “America’s Seaplane City.” On any given day, visitors to Lake Dora can enjoy watching seaplanes taking off or splashing down for a landing on the water, even while they dine at Puddle Jumpers and other eateries along the downtown waterfront. They can also arrange a seaplane ride for a spectacular birds-eye view of the area’s beauty with Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures. In addition to seaplanes, Tavares downtown waterfront has a hotel,

several restaurants, a wine bar, entertainment district and live music, boat rentals, old-time New Orleans-style luxury paddlewheel boat excursions on the “Dora Queen,” kayak rentals, Dora Canal natural boating experience and hiking and walking trails. Seaplane-a-Palooza is a fly-in event hosted each spring, and the annual Planes, Tunes & BBQ festival is typically hosted in February or March. Located in Wooton Park, the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake is a

beautiful event venue and the site of many special occasions, weddings, barbecues, dragon boat races and watercraft competitions. Tavares Ecological Park, part of a recent beautification project, features a scenic eight-acre walkable park with five small retention ponds that filter out stormwater pollutants before water is discharged into Lake Dora. Paved trails and wooden bridges over the retention ponds were designed to attract visitors to the park, the first of its kind in Florida.

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MOUNT DORA Population: 15,200 Size: 9.3 square miles

One of the most well-known communities in Lake County, Mount Dora offers a unique shopping and sight-seeing experience. Lake Dora is ideal for scenic walks and boat tours, and the city’s picturesque parks and numerous, one-of-a-kind shops invite visitors to support small businesses and pick up unique souvenirs. Mount Dora is a year-round hot spot for upward of 250,000 visitors a year who choose to attend one or more of 30-plus festivals. Whether you’re interested in the arts, culture, food or music, it’s almost guaranteed that Mount Dora offers what you’re looking for. The Mount Dora Art Festival, Scottish Highlands Festival, African-American History Festival, and Seafood Festival are just a few of many experiences you can immerse yourself in when visiting this charming town. Every day of the year you can shop for unique handcrafted gifts, arts and crafts, spices, wines, sculptures, bath and body, flags, clothing, pets, and more. Shoppers who love art will appreciate the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and several art galleries on the downtown streets. Mount Dora Plaza Live hosts touring singers and musicians, dueling pianos, Broadway and drag shows, murder mystery dinners, and more. The Mount Dora Community Building Theatre has a state-of-the-art sound system and books national musical acts and tribute bands.

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EUSTIS

Population: 21,593 Size: 12.4 square miles Eustis may be best known for celebrating American history with Georgefest, a 119-year-old annual weekend-long event honoring President George Washington, but local history also has a prominent place in the city. Georgefest is a time-honored tradition attracting about 30,000 visitors over three days every February. Started in 1902, it is the second longest-running festival of its kind in the country. The celebration FERRAN PARK features musical acts, bass tournament, parade and dog jog, carnival, chili cook-off, 5k and more. The African American Heritage Festival and parade have also been staged annually in February for more than 25 years. Ferran Park, named after Eustis pioneer and businessman Edgar L. Ferran, was the city’s first public park. Today, the park and historic Alice McClelland Bandshell host the city’s big events and holiday celebrations alongside Lake Eustis. The Eustis Historical Museum details the stories of sites such as the Clifford House, the Citrus Museum and the Unity Bell Pavilion, all related to the city’s earliest homesteaders. The Lake County Fair, which began as the Florida Sportsman Exposition, is 100 years old this year. Eustis is home to the April event, which includes entertainment, carnival games, food vendors, educational activities, and competitions in baking, cooking, crafts and livestock. Music festivals and fairs, such as the Busker Festival, which features street performers each spring, are also popular attractions. The historic downtown area is home to the Bay Street Players Theatre as well as unique shops and restaurants. Works of art are sprinkled throughout downtown and Ferran Park.

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NORTHWEST LAKE L A D Y L A K E • F R U I T L A N D PA R K • L E E S B U R G

The communities in Northwest Lake feature appealing small-town charm. Boating, golf, art festivals, parades, dining, music concerts and activities in the area’s beautiful lakes and parklands draw visitors and residents alike.

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LEESBURG Population: 24,539 Size: 42 square miles

A world of beauty awaits those who visit Leesburg, also known as the “Lakefront City.” Leesburg’s charming downtown features historical buildings, quaint restaurants, gift shops and antique stores. The downtown area is also home to some of the county’s largest events, including Leesburg Mardi Gras and Leesburg Bikefest, which draws 250,000 visitors. Venture a few blocks from downtown and explore Venetian Gardens, a hub of activity because of its lush landscape, picturesque wooden bridges and stunning lakeside views. Don’t forget your camera! The park on the shores of Lake Harris features a splash pad and playground for children. Visitors can also immerse themselves in Lake County’s unspoiled nature by visiting several parks and preserves located in Leesburg, including Flat Island Preserve, P.E.A.R. Park, and Bourlay Historic Nature Park. History comes alive in Leesburg with the Mote-Morris House, which was built in 1892 by developer E.H. Mote. Known for its Victorian Revival architecture, the home features a clawfoot tub made of cast iron and a four-story turret (small tower). Leesburg is also home to the Leesburg Lightning, a Florida Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) team that plays in historic Pat Thomas Baseball Stadium, where Pete Rose, Rollie Fingers and other Hall-ofFamers played minor league baseball.

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LADY LAKE Population: 15,754 Size: 8.5 square miles

Lady Lake’s picturesque streets are lined with mossdraped oak trees planted in 1986-’87, and the cathedral arch formed by massive oaks on Lady Lake Boulevard remain a beautiful sight today just as when it appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1929. Visitors driving into Lady Lake on U.S. Hwy. 441 will see the historic log cabin town hall, which was built in 1935 and is now the site of the Tuesday farmers market. Nearby, the old train depot is home to the Lady Lake Historical Society Museum, which contains artifacts and educational exhibits related to the town’s early Native American inhabitants and pioneer families. The museum also has a train display that depicts how Lady Lake looked in the 1940s and ‘50s. Uncle Donald’s Farm is one of the most popular attractions in Lady Lake. Here, you’ll be treated to a wonderful chorus of turkey gobbles, duck quacks, geese honks and rooster crows. The 50-acre property is a working farm where the owners sell fresh eggs and produce products such as goat milk soap. The farm doubles as an attraction with more than 250 animals that include both livestock and wildlife. If you’re into golf, be sure to visit Harbor Hills Country Club. The 18-hole golf course features scenic elevations and fairways lined with oak trees.

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FRUITLAND PARK Population: 10,206 Size: 6.8 square miles

Fruitland Park is a peaceful town known for nice neighborhoods featuring older houses and a sprinkling of more modern dwellings. It’s also home to Florida’s second oldest oak tree – estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old – at Lake Griffin State Park. The tree is home to several species of birds, and historians speculate it may have been a landmark for Timucua Native Americans who frequented the area before white settlers. Two of the state park’s trails provide an up-close view of Florida’s natural habitats, including swamp and

sandhill terrain. Visitors may see raccoons, bobcats, squirrels, opossum and hawks. Don’t worry about the sizzling summer heat–Spanish moss-draped oak trees provide adequate shade. Those looking for a unique dining experience will find it at The Rose Plantation, located inside a historic mansion built in 1917 by a wealthy Massachusetts newspaper publisher. The restaurant, which overlooks Fountain Lake, serves up everything from grilled salmon and crab cakes to rack of lamb and hand-cut prime filet. LAKE GRIFFIN STATE PARK WELCOME TO LAKE COUNTY •

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SOUTH LAKE

CLERMONT • GROVELAND • MA S COTTE • MINNEOLA • MONTVERDE • FOUR CORNER S

South Lake County features lush rolling hills–a rare sight in Florida– that contributes to the area’s matchless beauty and outstanding topography. Add in the City of Clermont, pristine lakes and inviting small towns and you have an ideal destination for great fun. CHOICE OF CHAMPIONS ARTS AND RECREATION CENTER


CLERMONT Population: 44,301 Size: 19.1 square miles

Clermont is known as the “Choice of Champions” because of its international reputation as a training ground for elite athletes, but the city is also committed to recognizing the championship spirit in every one of its residents. Lake County’s largest city has ample sports facilities and outdoor activity venues, with 14 lakes and 23 parks inside the city limits, including Waterfront Park, home to Champions Splash Park, freshwater beaches and stunning sunset views.   Events that promote family and community are part of Clermont’s charm, including a weekly farmer’s market, monthly food truck events and popular annual celebrations like Pig on the Pond, Light Up Clermont and Red, White and Boom. Clermont has also become a hotbed for investment opportunities, thanks to ongoing implementation of its awardwinning Downtown-Waterfront Master Plan. Brick-paved streets, the Art Walk, Legacy Loop Trail, Victory Pointe Park, and the Clermont Boat Ramp are among the latest public upgrades downtown that have enticed private investors to open breweries, trendy shops, indoor food markets and sit-down restaurants nearby. Clermont is a Florida Trail Town and the center point of Florida’s Coast-toCoast Trail. The city, in partnership with Lake County, is developing 15,000 acres for Wellness Way in a master-planned community featuring training venues for multi-sport competition. Also noteworthy are: the Clermont Performing Arts Center, the largest performance hall in the county; the 220acre Lake Hiawatha Preserve’s Champions Pointe Disc Golf Course, which has recently ranked among the Top 100 in the world; the Clermont Historic Village museums; the Florida Citrus Tower; Lakeridge Winery; the Presidents Hall of Fame; Southern Hill Farms; and Lake Louisa State Park.

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MINNEOLA Population: 13,175 Size: 10.34 square miles

Minneola proudly hails the Native American interpretation of its name, which means “much water.” Minneola is home to a growing number of restaurants, shops, businesses, post office, historic schoolhouse, and library patrons can visit for books and to learn about local history. A large city hall hosts many community activities, classes, and WXW wrestling shows. U.S. Highway 27 intersects the city, providing a major corridor for convenient access to nearby attractions. The city is undertaking a major project in the Hills of Minneola development near the new Hills Crossing Shopping Center, a 1/4 mile from Turnpike exit 278. Plans call for 4,000 residential units, a charter school and significant space for commercial, medical, industrial and hospitality endeavors. Additionally, the city proudly boasts popular outdoor venues, including the Minneola Athletic Complex, complete with a variety of sports fields, playground, sand volleyball court, concessions and more. The 17acre Minneola Trailhead Park is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with a playground, basketball court, ball field, dog park, exercise pavilion, and soon, a skate park. Annual community events include Kids’ Safe Night Out on Halloween, and a Christmas celebration featuring a light-up Christmas parade, many children’s activities and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

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FOUR CORNERS Population: 26,116 Size: 50.1 square miles

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GROVELAND Population: 21,596 Size: 14.98 square miles

Groveland located in the southwestern corner of Lake County and known as the “City with Natural Charm,” is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Florida. Over the years, it has welcomed a variety of new restaurants and other businesses and completed projects and partnerships long in the making, like construction of an aquaponic farm to promote agriculture and a brand new 33,000-square-foot public safety complex home to the city’s police and fire departments that celebrated its grand opening in March 2021. Also new to town are the high-tech Kroger Co. and Amazon fulfillment centers, projects town officials expect to provide huge boosts to the city’s economy, create hundreds of local jobs and attract other private investors and businesses to town. Growth has not dampened Groveland’s communitybased mindset evidenced in upgraded amenities to Lake David Park, a popular venue for birdwatching, fishing and water skiing. The venue also features a stage and pavilion for outdoor concerts and events honoring its Founder’s Day and holiday season, a skate park, extended playground and a future splash pad. Lake Catherine Blueberries, off State Road 19, hosts Groveland’s popular Fourth of July celebration, one of the biggest events of the year. Downtown, people can visit the Groveland Historical Museum to learn all about the city’s roots and rich history. Veterans Park, used by Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 188, features a monument to Korean War veterans. Local seniors can also frequent the David Wyche senior center for food, fun, care and company during the week.

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Four Corners was so named because it is the only community in Florida located in four counties—right at the quadripoint of Lake, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. It’s certainly a unique place to visit. Also known as Citrus Ridge, the area’s boundaries are north along U.S. Highway 27 to Lake Louisa State Park, south along the same highway to Heart of Florida Hospital, west to State Road 33 and east to Walt Disney World. It’s home to Showcase of Citrus where you can ride on a monster truck to tour a 2,500-acre working citrus and cattle ranch in the “world’s largest 4x4 outdoor adventure.” Showcase of Citrus is open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. every day. There’s also a gem mine and a chance to pick Florida citrus in season. The nearby Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve is a place where visitors can enjoy natural Florida. It’s a favorite of master birders and those who enjoy exploring the rich plants and trees native to Florida. Also nearby is Lake Louisa State Park, a 4,372-acre venue where visitors can enjoy walking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, swimming, bird-watching, hiking nature trails and more. 


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MONTVERDE

Celebrating culture and community, Mascotte, located west of Groveland on State Road 50, offers plenty to do and see. For recreation, the Park Road Complex has four lighted softball fields, a basketball court, soccer field and playground equipment. The Tedder/Thomas Civic Center playground and the Palmetto Drive Park also offer outdoor activities. Light Up Mascotte is an annual Christmas holiday event that features Santa Claus and free hot chocolate, popcorn and candy. City officials, in partnership with the local police department and Friends of Mascotte group, are committed to keeping a sense of community alive by hosting other fun events during the year that serve to bring the entire town together. One of Mascotte’s most-popular mainstays is the Rainbow Family Restaurant. Opened in 1964, the restaurant provides a home-style buffet that includes fried chicken, vegetables, and mashed potatoes and gravy.

Montverde shines like a rare gem on the west shore of picturesque Lake Apopka, 17 miles south of Tavares and 30 miles from Leesburg. The town takes pride in its rural character and easy-going lifestyle. There’s no shortage of celebrated athletes in South Lake County, and Montverde Academy, a private college prep school, is home to its share, including Francisco Lindor, who played shortstop CARL E. DUNCAN TOWER for the Cleveland Indians and now the NY Mets. Montverde Academy recently opened “Lindor Hall,” its new Middle School building that was funded by the former graduate . The girls varsity soccer team won the 2019 state championship, and the boys basketball program has won several national championships. The school, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2012, is also home to the Soccer Institute of Montverde Academy. Nestled on the shores of Lake Apopka is Bella Collina, a golfing community situated among the rolling hills and best known for its luxurious, award-winning lakefront homes. It offers peaceful living just 30 minutes from Walt Disney World. Popular sites to see include Harper House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Truskett Park is an excellent venue for enjoying a family picnic and stunning views of Lake Apopka.  Montverde is also known for its long-running annual Montverde Day Carnival and Music Festival which takes place in November, and features live music, food, dancing, vendors and many other traditional community activities like a cake walk, chili cook-off and children’s games.

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Location, location, location is the business cliché and Leesburg has been the center of commerce in the heart of Florida for more than a century. The city is ideally located immediately northwest of Orlando and within easy proximity to Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville. Leesburg is a diverse business and residential community with 23,000 residents nestled among the Harris Chain of Lakes with a pleasant average annual temperature of 71 degrees. The area attracts 50,000 people to work each weekday with a large hospital and medical office community, a regional shopping mall, growing industrial development and aviation-related businesses at the city airport. Workforce training is provided through Lake-Sumter State College and the University of Central Florida in Leesburg as well as Lake Technical Center in nearby Eustis. The area is intersected by major highways including U.S. Highways 27 and 441 and Florida’s Turnpike, which connects locally to Interstate 75. Florida Central Railroad is a few miles away. Leesburg International Airport features an office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, which allows for international flights to be inspected and cleared here in the city. Leesburg offers fast and efficient, singlepoint access to government services – a big benefit to get your project started quickly and smoothly. A full complement of utilities includes electric, water, wastewater, treated re-use for irrigation and natural gas. The city also provides solid waste and recycling

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collection. Economic development and tax incentives are available to businesses that create high-paying jobs. Florida has no state tax and tax advantages are available to make your business dollars go further. Leesburg’s leadership is looking toward the future with additions to the local budget, capital improvements and an emphasis on economic development that includes grants

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to encourage businesses to update their façade, signage, and landscaping. These are small changes that can be big for business and money is available to help business owners make the changes. Quality of life for residents is also an integral of planning for the City’s future. The renaissance of Venetian Gardens, the “Gem of the City” offers a splash pad, state-of-the-art Kids Korner playground, covered pavilions and enhancements to the Ski Beach area including a walking trail and boat ramp. Venetian Gardens is also home to the beautiful Venetian Center, a nearly 15,000 multi-purpose facility on the shores of Lake Harris. Construction of a new Aquatic Facility is underway, with a planned opening for September 2021 will provide a competition 8-lane swimming pool and a zero-entry pool with play features and slides. And as we return to normalcy following the COVID Pandemic, don’t miss out on Leesburg’s marque events such as Mardi Gras Party in the Street, Fine Art Festival, Leesburg Bikefest, 4th of July celebration, Food Truckn-Flick Nights and fishing tournaments draw thousands of visitors to the City each year. With residents, city leadership, and progressive plans well underway, Leesburg is headed to a great future filled with partnerships, performance and progress.


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LAKE DORA

ith over 1,000 named freshwater lakes, water is our niche. It’s what draws visitors to enjoy water-related activities year-round. Lake County’s gorgeous waterways invite you to explore by pontoon, airboat, canoe, and kayak. Anglers are lured by the idea of catching a trophy bass in Lake County and water skiers come from all over the world to hone their skills. Water also plays a vital role for the 387,914 residents who proudly make their home in Lake County, now the 19th largest county in Florida. The county experienced a growth rate of 2.75% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. We are “Real Florida. Real Close.” Just 35 minutes outside of Orlando, we are the perfect distance away to enjoy nature and wildlife on serene and relaxing waterway trails that offer canoeists and kayakers easy access to more than 130 miles of scenery from city waterfronts to remote wilderness. “If you want to experience ‘Real Florida. Real Close’ from one place that has everything, consider Tavares downtown waterfront,” says John Drury, city administrator for Tavares, which is also the county seat for Lake County. John is proud his city’s waterfront features three hotels, several restaurants, wine bars, entertainment district and live music, seaplane rides, boat and kayak rentals, old-time New Orleans-style luxury paddlewheel boat excursions on the “Dora Queen,” along with the Dora Canal, which offers a natural boating experience. Branded as “America’s Seaplane City,” Tavares rolls out the welcoming mat to more than 3,000 seaplanes a year, and John was pleased that a Federal Department of Transportation’s statewide economic impact study reveals Tavares has benefitted from a seaplane economic output of $39,349,000.  The thrill of seeing and flying in an airplane never gets old for John, and he knows many visitors feel the same way. “The experience of splashing in and out of Lake Dora is exhilarating,” says John, who especially enjoys seeing panoramic views of Lake County from the air. “The flight will remain in your memory forever as a bucket list item worth doing again and again.” Eager to experience a seaplane ride? Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures, located at 150 E. Ruby St., Tavares, offers several seaplane tours, including a 15-minute flight around several area lakes, a Splash-and-Dash (touch and go on the water), and aerial views of Mount Dora and Tavares. A longer, 35-minute ride over the Harris Chain and River Run allows visitors to see Lake Eustis and the wilderness of Lake Griffin and Ocklawaha River. The pilot will do a THE DORA QUEEN

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splash-and-dash on the river while looking for alligators and then head back to Lake Dora and fly low over Lake Harris. A 30-minute Sunset Celebration flight allows guests to enjoy breathtaking sunset views across vast areas of Lakes Harris and Griffin on the way to the wilderness of the Ocklawaha River and Ocala National Forest. Then, the seaplane turns back across Lakes Yale and Eustis in time to fly straight into the sunset across Lake Dora. “Lake County is home to some of the most beautiful sunsets; it’s simply breathtaking to see from the air,” says Peter Closi, president of Jones Brothers Air and Seaplane Adventures. “More than anything else, people really love the water take-offs and landings,” says Peter, adding they also enjoy that seaplanes are able to fly lower than most planes, giving passengers a better birds-eye view of Lake County’s beauty. “At some point during each tour, the pilot will gently land on the water, skim along the water for a bit and then take off again,” he says. “It’s something most people have never experienced in their life and

cannot be compared to any other sort of conventional flying.” Another fun seaplane/water offering for outdoor enthusiasts is a 15- to 20-minute seaplane flight from Lake Dora over Harris Chain of Lakes. After landing on Lake Eustis, the adventure continues with a one-hour guided kayak tour from Adventure Paddle back to Tavares through the beautiful Dora Canal. This activity runs about 1.5 hours. Tavares established its seaplane base in 2010. Jones Brothers, which began at the same time, has grown into an iconic attraction in the heart of “America’s Seaplane City. “ “We are looking forward to the completion of the newly refurbished Tavares Seaplane Base and Marina along our waterfront, which we hope will help attract more visitors and seaplane fly-in events to the downtown Tavares area,” says Peter. John adds that the refurbishing will also include a complete remake of Wooton Wonderland Playground and the children’s Splash Park to make both seaplane and flight themed. To learn more about seaplane adventures, visit jonesairandsea.com.

SPRING One of Lake County’s most unique natural wonders can be found at Wekiva Falls RV Resort, located at State Road 46 in Sorrento. The resort features Wekiva Falls, a sulphur spring that is capped, channelling water up through a conduit that “falls” into a manicured lagoon for swimming. The resort has 800 RV sites and 100 tent sites. Guests can also enjoy picnicking and canoeing down the Wekiva River.

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CRUISIN’ “Welcome to the Dora Canal,” Captain Nate Jordan says to visitors aboard Premier Boat Tours’ pontoon as the vessel enters the picturesque waterway that links Lake Dora to Lake Eustis. Nate’s partner for the tour, Captain Bob Bartlett, steers the vessel slowly under a thick canopy of jungle-type greenery in the wetland swamp nestled with giant Cypress trees draped with Spanish moss along both sides of the canal.  Nate points to one of the largest Cypress trees and says a research study found it to be 2,250 years old, the oldest tree in the Dora Canal. Passengers also see a wide array of wildlife on the two-hour tour: sunbathing alligators along with a few baby alligators, water snakes, turtles, bald eagles, white egrets and anhinga.   This “Real Florida. Real Close” view is one way to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  Passengers have included visitors from all over the world, including China and Australia. “You hear it in the accents,” says Tudor Barratt-Scands, who moved to Lake County from England 10 years ago with his wife Laura and bought the business.  “We have a lot of people here from England. At the moment, a lot of people visiting are from other parts of Florida,” says Tudor, adding that some return three or four times with different visitors. To enjoy your own guided boat tour of the Dora Canal, contact one of the following companies:

Premier Boat Tours 352.434.8040 doracanaltour.com

Rusty Anchor

352.383.3933 rustyanchormountdora.com


DIVE You don’t have to visit the Cayman Islands, Cozumel or the Great Barrier Reef to enjoy an underwater adrenaline rush. Alexander Springs Recreational Area, located in the Ocala National Forest between Astor and Altoona, attracts international divers from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and in the United States from as far away as California. Novice and experienced divers alike receive an up close and personal view of bluegill, catfish, turtles, kelp-like vegetation and rock outcroppings. The facility also has canoes, kayaks, camping and picnic areas that are available for all-day rentals. “We have a beautiful spring here that allows scuba dives, and people love it because the visibility is unlimited and it’s comfortable and relaxing,” says Emily Sheffield, gatehouse lead at Alexander Springs, adding the recreational area is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Alexander Springs is touted as a great place for beginning divers to earn their certification because it’s not a dangerous dive, and some senior citizens visit three to four times a week to dive recreationally. Alexander Springs is one of only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, meaning that it gushes water from the ground at a rate of 100 cubic feet per second. In addition to diving, families can also swim in the large spring pool, canoe down Alexander Creek, walk along a hiking trail and enjoy an afternoon picnic. The spring remains 72 degrees year-round.

Alexander Springs

49525 County Rd. 445, Altoona 352.669.3522

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Adventure Outdoor Paddle

210 E Ruby St. Tavares 352.217.5012

Bartholomew’s Yesteryear Cruises

1050 W. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares 352.343.7047

Cat Boat Tours of Mount Dora 148 Charles Ave. Mount Dora 352.235.1442

Kayaking Florida’s Waters

1910 Lewis Rd. Leesburg 352.504.2481

Lake Griffin State Park Kayak Tours 3089 US Highway 441 Fruitland Park 352.360.6760

Lake Griffin State Park Pontoon Tours

3089 US Highway 41 Fruitland Park 352.360.6760

Lazy Daze Boat Rentals

25131 Blackwater Ln. Astor 352.759.2515

Native Boat Tours

1661 Palm Garden St. Tavares 352.223.1806

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JACK TRAVERS WATERSKI SCHOOL

RIDING Some of the most talented watersport athletes come to Lake County from all over the globe to hone their skills. “About 70% of our clientelle is from outside the country,” says Lelani Travers of Jack Travers Waterski School, located at 20225 County Road 33, Groveland, which opened in 1973. Lelani says the school has welcomed Japanese, Ukrainian, French and Swedish students. “We get people from all over the world,” she says, adding that the school also attracts local youths and people throughout Florida, Mexico, Canada and South America. She’s pleased Jack Travers Waterski School will be the site of the 2021 International Wakeboard Waterski Federation (IWWS) Waterski World Championship in October, with some 250 contestants (and their coaches, managers, etc.) traveling here to compete. “It’s a really huge event and it has only been held in the states twice in 75 years, and we’re excited it will be held here on our property,” she says. The property is home to three man-made lakes and a housing development. “We have families who have bought property, built homes here, and most are second homes, and they come with their kids and their families to enjoy water skiing,” says Lelani. “Some of them are state, regional or national competitors. And in the summer, we run a summer camp and that’s when we get a lot of kids locally and from all over the country that come here just like they would go to any other sports camps.” Lelani says the youngest students are 7 and the oldest skier is 79. To learn more about watersports, visit:

Jack Travers Waterski School 352.429.9027 jacktravers.com

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FUN IN THE

OUTDOORS

Hike, camp and relax while immersing yourself in Lake County’s natural beauty. STORY: JAMES COMBS

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Sometimes, visitors to the Sunshine State desire to see the REAL Florida—the one without screaming rollercoasters and crowded, commercialized beaches. With an abundance of hiking trails, Lake County provides tourists with an opportunity to see Real Florida. Real Close. Visitors will be awed by our forests dotted with colorful butterflies, our pristine and untouched lakes, and our subtropical wilderness filled with wildlife. So, what are you waiting for? Put your best foot forward and immerse yourself in Lake County’s naturally invigorating outdoors. Here are some trails you should strongly consider.

Hidden Waters Preserve 2010 Abrams Rd., Eustis

Hidden Waters offers two distinct features you’ll seldom see on any other trails in Florida—a small waterfall and elevation changes. Located on a 90-acre site, Hidden Waters Preserve features a series of short trails that lead past a lake, crystalclear trickling streams and prickly pear cactuses. Though the preserve has two parking lots, consider parking at the trailhead off Country Club Road. You’ll immediately be on Lake Alfred Trail, which has a 105-foot drop over a quarter mile. In Florida, that could be considered a cliff. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll be greeted with a spectacular view of Lake Alfred. This lake is very dynamic, rising during the rainy season and lowering during periods of drought. From the Lake Alfred Trail, you can connect to the Ravine Trail. Follow the soothing sound of running water to one of Florida’s rare natural hidden treasures–a small but spectacular waterfall. Continue ascending the Ravine Trail and stop at one of several overlooks that provide a fantastic view of a sinkhole where groundwater flows down the creek into Lake Alfred. On any given day, hikers may see hawks, gopher tortoises, herons, egrets, raccoons and ducks.

Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead 20700 County Rd, 455, Minneola

Mountaintop views in Florida seem as rare as oceanfront properties in Arizona. However, Green Mountain Scenic Overlook offers a spectacular view of the gentle, rolling hills in South Lake County. The overlook, situated west of Lake Apopka, features a three-story observation tower with a 130-foot-long boardwalk and picnic pavilion. The

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tower overlooks the lake’s North Shore Restoration Area from 132 above sea level. From the overlook, hikers can take the switchback trails and begin navigating the trail system that goes along the entire north shore of Lake Apopka. Parts of the trail are shaded by red maples and sweetgum trees. While you’re in the area, you might as well drive to Sugarloaf Mountain Road to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida at 312 feet above sea level. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the wooded landscape and Lake Apopka.

Lake Griffin State Park

3089 U.S. Hwy. 441, Fruitland Park

Lake Griffin State Park offers a real treat for visitors. It’s an opportunity to see Florida’s second-oldest oak tree, estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old. The tree is home to several species of birds, and historians speculate the oak may have been a landmark for Timucua Native Americans who frequented the area. Two trails give hikers an up-close view of Florida’s natural wildlife and swamp and sandhill terrain. Along the way, visitors may see raccoons, bobcats, squirrels, opossum and hawks. Spanish moss-draped oak trees provide adequate shade. Guided pontoon boat tours of Dead River Marsh, a tributary of Lake Griffin, are another popular attraction at this park. The rides present an opportunity to learn about Lake County’s flora and fauna.

Flat Island Preserve

2301 Owens Rd., Leesburg

Florida is home to the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Perhaps no trail encapsulates a subtropical, deep-woods experience like Flat Island Preserve, home to more than 110 species of plants. The 2,300-acre conservation area known for its lush wilderness is comprised of two upland islands—Flat Island and Magnolia Island. Hikers are immersed into a beautiful world filled with forested wetlands dominated by cypress trees and hardwood forests with oak, magnolia, maple and swaying palm trees. Gaze skyward and you can envision Tarzan swinging wildly overhead. One of the highlights is a 440-foot-long boardwalk that takes hikers to a canal that enters into nearby Lake Denham. The boardwalk is lined by majestic cypress trees and swampland on both sides. The preserve’s wildlife includes wood ducks, ospreys, raccoons and armadillos.

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CROOKED RIVER PRESERVE


LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK

SAWGRASS ISLAND PRESERVE

HIDDEN WATERS PRESERVE

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Flat Island Preserve offers three primitive campsites. Visitors may also rent canoes or reserve campsites by making prior arrangements with the Lake County Water Authority.

Crooked River Preserve

11121 Lake Louisa Rd., Clermont

Lake County lives up to its name with a system of waterways unlike anywhere else in the state. Thus, a trip to the 63.4-acre Crooked River Preserve provides hikers with the best of both worlds: an opportunity to explore beautiful terrain and also receive an up-close and personal view of Lake Louisa and Crooked River. The hike begins under a canopy of laurel oaks and eventually leads to the edge of Lake Louisa, where hikers experience Lake County in all its natural beauty. Waves crash against the shoreline. Herons stand statue-like on the bank. Spanish moss hanging off cypress trees blows gently in the breeze as birds chirp in the background. A picnic bench allows you to sit, relax and take it all in. Keep following the trail to the Crooked River, where boaters can be seen navigating the winding waterway. Wildlife here includes woodpeckers, blue jays and warblers. Tourists may also see alligators in their natural habitat. Just be sure to stay a safe distance from Florida’s most popular reptile. Visitors may rent canoes by making prior arrangements with the Lake County Water Authority, 352.324.6141.

Sawgrass Island Preserve

12501 Sawgrass Island Rd., Umatilla

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One of the highlights of Sawgrass Island Preserve is the diversity of habitat encountered throughout the trails. Visitors will see a 600-acre sawgrass marsh, a deeply forested area where live oak and magnolia trees provide an overhead canopy, and multiple ponds that attract ring-necked ducks and blue-winged teal. The sawgrass marsh is the largest source of surface water for nearby Lake Yale. In addition, parts of this 1,137-acre preserve border private farmland and pastureland, providing views of grazing cows and horses. Sawgrass Island Preserve is also a popular spot for horseback riders. The preserve contains trails of varying lengths. There are three primitive campsites with a fire pit, picnic table and a post to hang lanterns. They can be reserved through the Lake County Water Authority. Wildlife spotted at Sawgrass Island Preserve include sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, hawks and deer.


The night sky twinkles with bright stars. The air pulses with the steady rhythm of chirping crickets and croaking bullfrogs. Golden flames leap from the fire. Indeed, few activities help us escape the everyday hustle and bustle like camping. Swapping stories and roasting marshmallows over a campfire is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. Fortunately, Lake County offers some wonderful camping opportunities. So unplug your computer, unplug your cell phone … and just … unplug. Consider visiting these campgrounds.

Alexander Springs Recreation Area 49525 County Rd. 445, Altoona

Beautiful scenery and abundant water await campers at Alexander Springs. A shaded campground with 67 units can accommodate recreation vehicles up to 35 feet long, as well as tents. Bathhouses provide nice warm showers. Crystal-clear Alexander Springs is one of only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, that gushes 100 gallons of water per cubic second from under the ground. Water temperature remains 72 degrees year-round. This is a popular destination for swimmers, snorkelers and scuba divers.

Wekiva Falls RV Resort

30700 Wekiva River Rd., Sorrento

Wekiva Falls RV Resort offers 800 RV sites, as well as 100 tent sites, including primitive camping along the water and on a nature trail. Tent sites come with a picnic table. Campers will enjoy the resort’s lagoonstyle swimming area. It features both a 40-foot cement waterfall—standing directly under it is an excellent way to beat the summer heat—and dual tube slides for children. The swimming area is also a great place to float lazily on a tube or play catch with a waterproof ball. The slightly hilly shoreline gives guests an opportunity to catch some rays and improve their tans.

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LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK


Clearwater Lake Recreation Area 24511 County Rd. 42, Paisley

LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK

Nestled on the southeastern edge of the picturesque Ocala National Forest, Clearwater Lake Recreation Area is a wonderful getaway for those who appreciate nature’s abundance of beautiful scenery. The facility offers a 42-space campground with lakefront sites and accommodates both trailers and tents. In addition to camping, Clearwater Lake Recreation Area is a wonderful place for swimming, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Powells Campground 25716 Powell Dr., Astor

Powells Campground is nestled on the St. Johns River, the longest river in Florida, spanning 310 miles and 12 counties. The campground offers hookups for recreational vehicles and also accommodates tent camping. A waterfront cabin is also available for rental. Powells Campground offers several luxuries, including a recreation room, a laundromat and showers. You don’t have to own a boat to explore the St. Johns River, since narrated tours are also offered. Visit stjohnsrivertours.com for more information.

Lake Louisa State Park

7305 U.S. Hwy. 27, Clermont

Lake Louisa State Park has long been known for its serene beauty and abundance of wildlife. Throughout the year, visitors come to the 4,500-acre park to camp, fish, hike, mountain bike, canoe, picnic and swim. The park offers 60 full-facility campsites, each with 30- and 50-amp hookups, as well as two primitive campsites. If you don’t feel like roughing it, no worries. Large glamping tents and 20 cabins are available, providing all the luxuries of home.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY. Real Florida. Real Close.

Visit Lake County, Florida and get your fill of ripe strawberries, blueberries, and citrus from our U-pick farms. Or take a day-trip to the vineyards, where wine is always in season. Get to know the real Florida, just outside Orlando. VisitLakeFL.com


SHOP. SLEEP DANCE EXPLOR JUMP SWIM PLAY DINE LET’S STAY Accommodations of all kinds are Real Close for Lake County visitors who want to see Real Florida. With a range of places to stay that include high-end resorts, family-friendly inns, bed-andbreakfasts, vacation rentals, RV parks and cabins in the great outdoors, Lake County welcomes tourists to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.

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STAY

HOTELS AND RESORTS Whether visitors are looking for economical family-friendly accommodations or luxury pampering, the hotels and resorts in gorgeous Lake County are part of a landscape of lakefront views and watersports, golf courses and spas, popular attractions and fine dining. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO VISITLAKEFL.COM

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Angelina Lakeside Inn 21726 US Hwy. 27, Leesburg 352.787.8876

Best Western Plus Chain of Lakes Inn & Suites 1321 N. 14th St., Leesburg 352.460.0118

Budget Lodge

18730 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora 352.383.2181

Budget Inn

926 N. Bay St., Eustis 352.357.3433

Candlelight Motel

1306 S. 14th St., Leesburg 352.787.6588

The Castaways on the River

25130 Blackwater Ln., Astor 352.759.3422

Colonial Inn Motel 1000 S. Bay St., Eustis 352.357.4874

Comfort Inn & Suites

1380 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.253.2378

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham

20390 N. US Hwy. 27, Clermont 352.429.0483

Exploria Express Orlando 105 Summer Bay Blvd., Clermont 855.849.2205

Fairfield Inn & Suites

1750 Hunt Trace Blvd., Clermont 352.394.6585

Groveland Motel LAKESIDE INN

896 E. Myers Blvd., Mascotte 352.429.2655

Hampton Inn & Suites Clermont

2200 E. SR 50, Clermont 352.536.6600

Hampton Inn

9630 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg 352.315.1053

Hampton Inn

19700 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora 352.383.4267

Holiday Inn Express

1810 US Hwy. 27, Clermont 352.243.7878

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

3601 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.742.1600

Home 2 Suites, Clermont 1450 Champions Way, Clermont 352.227.2900

Inn on the Green

700 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 877.220.2687

Key West Resort on Lake Dora

199 W. Ruby St., Tavares 352.508.5344

La Bella Inn

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Leesburg 9700 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg 352.315.1234

Mission Inn Resort & Club 10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 800.874.9053

Orange Motel

800 S. Hwy 27, Minneola 352.394.3595

Quality Inn

1392 W. North Blvd., Leesburg 352.787.6363

Quality Inn & Suites 16630 U.S. Hwy 44, Mount Dora 352.383.3400

Siena at Bella Collina 16300 CR 455, Montverde 407.469.4992

Sleep Inn

2476 N. Citrus Blvd., Leesburg 352.326.9002

Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts

101 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.343.4666

17805 US Hwy. 192, Clermont 855.849.2205

Lakeside Inn

Villa Lagoon Inn

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lady Lake

Woodsprings Suites

100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora 800.556.5016

850 S. US Hwy 27/441, Lady Lake 352.561.8038

1051 Lake Shore Blvd., Tavares 352.343.3377 16311 SR 50, Clermont 407.877.2352

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STAY

B&BS AND VACATION HOMES For a home away from home, Lake County offers cozy stays in quaint bed-and-breakfasts, or spacious rental houses for the perfect vacation site. Visitors can enjoy all the wonderful sights and activities in the area, then come “home” at the end of a long day of fun. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO VISITLAKEFL.COM

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B & BS

VAC AT I O N R E N TA L S

Adora Inn

Award Vacation Homes

Farnsworth House

Clermont Cabanas

Grandview Bed & Breakfast

The Ever After Estate

The Heirloom Inn

Fox Den Country Inn

Heron Cay Lakeview B&B Inn

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Lake Minneola Inn

Lake Louisa Chateau

Le Petit Suite

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Magnolia Inn

Sweet Escape Mansion

Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast

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Mount Dora Cottages

Tremain Street Cottages

610 N. Tremain St., Mount Dora 352.735.3110 adorainn.com 1029 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora 352.409.0330 farnsworthhousebb.com 442 E. 3rd Ave., Mount Dora 352.383.4440 grandviewbb.net

644 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora 352.402.9667 theheirloominnmountdora.com 495 W. Old US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora 352.383.4050 heroncay.com 508 S. Main Ave., Minneola 352.394.0134 lakeminneolainn.com 1174 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora 305.338.9931 lepetitsuite.com 347 E. 3rd Ave., Mount Dora 352.735.3800 magnoliainn.net 210 Rose St., Umatilla 352.669.3557 umatillachamber.org/mossgate 615 N Tremain St., Mount Dora 352.638.0257 mountdoracottages.com

1536 Sunrise Plaza Dr., #100, Clermont 800.338.0835 contempovacationhomes.com 875 W. Osceola St., Clermont 352.978.5856 clermontcabanas.com 9512 Oak Island Ln., Clermont 352.978.8730 theverafterestate.com 27 S. Central Ave., Umatilla 352.669.2151 foxdencountryinn.com 9550 US Hwy. 192, Clermont 863.547.1050 ipgflorida.com

11450 Nellie Oaks Bend, Clermont 407.625.4655 lakelouisaeventsresort.com PO Box 120749, Clermont 863.420.4092 ourfloridaconcierge.com

11207 Guilford Rd., Clermont 352.250.4220 sweetescapehouse.com 13114 Skiing Paradise Blvd., Clermont 352.429.2178 swissvacationhouses.com 615 N. Tremain St., Mount Dora 352.638.0257 tremainstreetcottages.com

Mount Dora Historic Inn 221 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora 352.735.1212 mountdorahistoricinn.com

Simpson’s Bed & Breakfast ADORA INN

441 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora 352.383.2087 simpsonsbnb.com

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STAY

CAMPGROUNDS AND CABINS Lake County is known for beautiful natural amenities and numerous parks and campgrounds that offer the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities and overcrowded theme parks and beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of its rivers and lakes, and see Spanish moss dangling from majestic oak trees and birds and wildlife in their natural habitat. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO VISITLAKEFL.COM

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CAMPSITES

Haines Creek RV Village

In addition to a 67-unit trailer campground and sites for tents, campers can swim or canoe in the crystal-clear spring. Restroom and shower facilities available. 49525 CR 445, Altoona 352.669.3522

“Leave your stress behind and immerse yourself in unparalleled relaxation at Haines Creek RV Village.” Enjoy a drink while listening to the sounds of bullfrogs and insects in the evenings in the country park just three miles from city shopping and restaurants. 10121 CR 44, Leesburg 352.728.5939

Astor Landing

Holiday RV Village

Alexander Springs Recreation Area

This campground, RV resort, and marina is on the banks of the St. Johns River and surrounded by the Ocala National Forest. Accommodations include a campground with full hook-ups, boat docks with water, sewer, and electric, a boat ramp on the river, a boat and RV storage yard, and a bathhouse with hot showers. 25934 Holmar Dr., Astor 352.759.2121

Bee’s RV Resort

Bee’s offers a range of amenities for their visitors, including the “Beehive” activities center, recently renovated pool with new patio furniture, and the HoneyPot Eatery, known for its all-you-can-eat chicken, and seasonal all-you-can eat fish. 20260 US 27, Clermont 352.429.2116

Black Horse Resort Ranch

The resort has accommodations for RVs and horses. Enjoy horseback riding in a scenic location. The ranch also offers riding and shooting clinics. 22651 S.E. CR 42, Umatilla 352.434.1204

Clearwater Lake Campground This relaxing campground offers 42 tent spaces under shady oak trees and bathhouses with warm showers. Guests can hike nature trails, rent canoes, enjoy a kayak ride across the lake, or go mountain biking. 24511 CR 42, Paisley 1.877.444.6777

Doe Lake Campground

A beautiful campground provides a large dining hall with full kitchen, shaded tent sites, and a bathhouse with hot showers. Ocala National Forest, Umatilla 1.877.444.6777

Offering 935 oversized pull-thru sites with full-service hookups, this is the perfect location for an RV visit long or short. 28229 CR 33, Leesburg 352.787.5151

Lake Deaton RV Park

Surrounded by natural beauty, this 81-site park offers a friendly atmosphere, private docks for fishing or boating, and proximity to Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs Town Square, and Brownwood, in The Villages. 4855 CR 146, Wildwood 352.748.2397

Southern Palms RV Resort

Family-friendly fun for residents and guests alike. Activities will keep you busy, from evening dances to daytime bocce games. 1 Avocado Lane, Eustis 352.357.8882

Wekiva Falls RV Resort

More than 800 RV sites and 40 tent sites are available. Enjoy canoeing, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and a water park at the beautiful river locale. 30700 Wekiva River Rd., Sorrento 352.269.6615

Wildwood RV Village Campground

This pet-friendly location has free Wi-Fi, a heated pool, and friendly, helpful staff 24/7. This campground feels like home, sweet home. 882 E. FL Hwy. 44, Wildwood 352.748.2774

CABINS AND VILLAS

Lake Griffin State Park

Lake Harris Lodge

Nelson’s Outdoor Resort

Lake Louisa State Park

This 40-site campground allows visitors to canoe and kayak, hike nature trails, fish, and see one of the state’s largest and oldest live oak trees. 3089 US Hwy 441/27, Fruitland Park 352.360.6760 Spacious campsites are available for both RV and tent camping. Enjoy some of the best freshwater fishing in Florida on the Ocklawaha River and nearby Lake Griffin. 19400 SR 42, Umatilla 352.821.3474

Ocala Forest Campground This family-friendly campground nestled in the picturesque Ocala National Forest offers excellent opportunities for fishing, hiking, and horseshoes. 26301 S.E. CR 42, Umatilla 352.669.3888

The family-owned lodge features 10 one- and two-bedroom cottages and a 27-space RV park. Visitors can rent a boat for a day to fish or explore the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes. 11924 Lane Park Rd., Tavares 352.343.4111 Twenty cabins overlook picturesque Dixie Lake, plus there are 60 full-facility campsites. Guests may view wildlife, picnic, fish, kayak, and hike nature trails through the park’s 11 natural communities. 7305 US Hwy 27, Clermont 352.394.3969

St. Johns River Campground

Enjoy bass fishing on the St. Johns River, as well as shuffleboard, horseshoes, and a recreation hall for cookouts and bingo parties. Cabins that sleep four to nine guests are available, along with RV sites. 1520 SR 40, Astor 386.749.3995

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SLEEP DANCE EXPLOR JUMP SWIM Let’s STAY DINE LET’S PLAY Kayaking down a river. Shopping for hard-tofind antiques. Playing a challenging game of golf. Exploring art galleries brimming with creativity. Lake County is home to all of these fun-filled activities and many more.

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PLAY

IN FULL SWING

Do you have the “drive” to get out and experience Lake County’s 99 miles of fairways and greens? The county boasts 26 golf courses that are popular with both residents and tourists. The unique layouts—including tree-lined fairways, sweeping vistas, sloped greens and strategically placed bunkers—will excite and challenge novice and experienced golfers alike. Whether you’re looking for some leisure, beauty or spirited competition, be sure to book your tee times to fine-tune your game on some— or all—of Lake County’s most beautiful golf courses.

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CENTRAL Arlington Ridge Golf Club

4,877 yards from front tees, 6,610 from back tees Rating: 71.2 with slope of 117 $$ Designed by pro Gary Koch. Lots of nuances on course featuring winding river and centuries-old oaks. 4463 Arlington Ridge Blvd., Leesburg 352.728.4660 arlingtonridgegolfclub.com

The Club at Pennbrooke Fairways

$$ Two executive nines and one regulation nine. 32900 Countryside Blvd., Leesburg 352.728.3200 pennbrookefairwaysgolf.com

Mission Inn Resort & Club – El Campeón

6,923 yards, par 72 Rating: 74.2 with slope of 135 $$$ One of the oldest courses in Florida (1917), 85 feet of elevation change breaks the mold of traditional flat Florida courses. Signature hole is No. 17, a par-5 double dogleg full of obstacles. 10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.324.3885 missioninnresort.com

Mission Inn Resort & Club – Las Colinas

6,867 yards, par 72 Rating: 73.3 with slope of 132 $$$ Nominated as Best New Resort Course and rated four stars by Golf Digest. Recognized as Top Fairways by Golf for Women. Plenty of water hazards. Signature hole is No. 12, a 493-yard, par-5 along a tree-lined fairway. 10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.324.3101 missioninnresort.com

Monarch at Royal Highlands

6,018 yards, par 72 Rating: 68.9 with slope of 119 $$ Member owned, semi-private course. Striking elevation changes and beautiful views. 5325 Saint Andrews, Leesburg 352.314.9000 monarchgolfclub.com

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Plantation at Leesburg – Cranes Roost

6,005 yards, par 71 Rating: 68.0 with slope of 118 $$ Four tees challenge all skill levels. 4720 Plantation Blvd., Leesburg 352.365.0526 plantationleesburggolf.com

Plantation at Leesburg – Otter Creek

6,264 yards, par 72 Rating: 70.0 with slope of 127 $$ Five tees challenge all skill levels. 4720 Plantation Blvd., Leesburg 352.365.0526 plantationleesburggolf.com

NORTHWEST Harbor Hills Country Club

6,910 yards, par 72 Rating: 72.5 with slope of 126 $$ Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest. Spacious layout. Hilly terrain is challenging but not overly difficult. Harbor Hills has hosted numerous high school state playoff tournaments and National Golf Association tour events. 6583 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake 352.753.7000 harborhills.com

Lakes of Lady Lake Golf Course

4,174 yards, par 63 Rating: 59.3 with slope of 96 $ Good putting touch required on a course featuring elevation changes and water. 503 Canopy Ln., Lady Lake 352.750.4474 golf-fla.com

Water Oak Country Club Estates

5,944 yards, par 72 Rating: 68.4 with slope of 117 $$ Situated among 300 acres of unique terrain and large oak trees with 14 tree-lined holes and emphasis on accuracy. 106 Evergreen Ln., Lady Lake 352.753.3905 wateoakgolf.net

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EAST Black Bear Golf Club

7,002 yards, par 72 Rating: 74.7 with slope of 134 $$ One of the premier championship layouts in Central Florida. P.B. Dye design worthy of seven U.S. Amateur Public Links tournaments. Practice facility boasts complete double-ended driving range and 40,000-squarefoot short-game area. 24505 Caluso Blvd., Eustis 352.357.4732 blackbeargolfclub.com

Country Club of Mount Dora

6,571 yards, par 72 Rating: 72.1 with slope of 125 $$ Water comes into play on 16 holes. Raised greens present challenges. 1900 Country Club Blvd., Mount Dora 352.735.2263 ccofmtdora.com

Deer Island Country Club 6,852 yards, par 72 Rating: 73.8 with slope of 133 $$ The course designed by renowned architect Joe Lee opened in 1994. In addition to experiencing 18 wonderful holes, golfers enjoy beautiful views of Lake Dora and Lake Beauclair, as well as majestic magnolias and towering oak trees. 18000 Eagles Club House Way, Tavares 352.343.7550 deerislandcc.com

Eagle Dunes Golf Club

7,024 yards, par 72 Rating: 73.7 with slope of 135 $$ 4-star rating by Golf Digest. Elevations and beautiful fairways. 24000 Marbella Dr., Sorrento 352.357.0123 eagledunes.com

5,719 yards, par 70 Rating: 67.9 with slope of 114 $$ Opened in 1945. Mount Dora Golf Club, an 88-acre-course is billed as “the longest 5,700 yards in Florida.” 1100 S. Highland St., Mount Dora 352.383.3954 mountdoragolf.com

Red Tail Golf Club

7,152 yards, par 72 $$ Located in Red Tail Luxury Golf Community. Private, non-equity course. 26026 Member Ln., Sorrento 352.383.2700 redtailgc.com

Wedgewood Golf Course

1,400 yards, par 27 $ Opened in 1989. Not far from Grand Island, Wedgewood Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. 12635 CR 44, Grand Island 352.589.0072

SOUTH Bella Collina Golf Club

7,500 yards, par 72 $$$ Premium course designed by pro Nick Faldo. Valley-style layout features open fairways but provides a true test. 15920 County Rd. 455, Montverde 407.469.4691 bellacollina.com

Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort

5,154 yards, par 67 Rating: 63.4 with slope of 108 $ Opened in 1981. Course features rolling fairways and connecting ponds. 20005 N. US Hwy. 27, Clermont 352.394.3551 clerbrook.com

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Green Valley Country Club

6,645 yards, par 72 Rating: 71.8 with slope of 128 $$ Founded as nine-hole course in 1967, expanded to 18 holes in 1989. Memberowned, semi-private club with full driving range. 14601 Green Valley Blvd., Clermont 352.394.2133 gvcountryclub.com

Kings Ridge Golf Club

6,269 yards, par 71 $$ Course capitalizes on naturally rolling terrain. Greens are a true test of putting skills. 1950 Kings Ridge Blvd., Clermont 352.242.4653 kingsridgegc.com

Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club

7,005 yards, par 71 Rating: 74.2 with a slope of 139 $$ Link-style course with significant elevations and 18 uniquely different holes is nicknamed “Florida’s mountain course” due to an elevation change of 190 feet. Water on seven holes. 2601 Diamond Club Dr., Clermont 352.243.0411 sanctuaryridgecfl.com

Swiss Fairways

6,725 yards, par 70 Rating: 72.3 with slope of 126 $ Unique course has 135 sand traps and 10 water hazards. Large greens. 13114 Skiing Paradise Blvd., Clermont 352.429.9065 swiss-fairways.com


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SOWING THE SEEDS OF AGRICULTURE Pick your own blueberries. Carefully navigate your way through a cornfield maze. Agritourism showcasing the agricultural attractions the county has to offer is blossoming here. Wineries, working farms, citrus groves and u-pick farms are among the county’s diverse agricultural businesses. Thanks to this vast range of activities, visitors to Lake County can immerse themselves in natural surroundings and get a glimpse of rural life. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards

Complimentary tours and wine tasting offered seven days a week. The winery features a wide array of festivals and events throughout the year. 19239 US Hwy. 27, Clermont 800.768.WINE lakeridgewinery.com

Oak Haven Farms and Winery

Visitors can pick their own strawberries, and the winery offers a variety of locally produced fruit and grape wines.

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32418 Avington Rd., Sorrento 352.735.1996 berriesandwines.com

Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest

The farm offers private and seasonal farm field trips along with farm birthday parties and events. 35317 Huff Rd., Eustis 352.357.9863 santaschristmastreeforest.com

Scott’s Maze Adventures at Long and Scott Farms

The corn maze and adventures are open to the public during

weekends in the fall and for special events or private parties throughout the year. 26216 CR 448A, Mount Dora 352.383.6900 longandscottfarms.com

Showcase of Citrus

Citrus park features an old-time store, marketplace and more than 70 varieties of citrus. Visitors can pick citrus from a tree and experience a 4X4 monster truck ride through the spacious property to see wildlife animals, including zebra, Watusi cattle, water

buffalo, alligators, snakes, and exotic and native birds. 5010 S. US Hwy 27, Clermont 352.394.4377 showcaseofcitrus.com

Stanley Pond Adventure Farm

Farm features family-friendly activities of catch-and-release fishing, year-round sunflower and zinnia u-picking, miniairboat ride, jumping pillow, giant sand pile and more. 15426 CR 48, Astatula 321.228.7608 stanleypondfarm.com


Uncle Donald’s Farm

Go on a hayride, pet and feed farm animals, and see wildlife up close. 2713 Griffin Ave., Lady Lake 352.753.2882 uncledonaldsfarm.com

U - P I C K FA R M S Lady Lake Peach

2917 Lake Griffin Rd., Lady Lake 352.217.8853

A Natural Farm and Educational Center

23630 SR 19, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.536.3112

Blue Bayou Farm 8222 CR 48, Yalaha 352.324.4069

Chatterson Farms

4401 CR 561, Clermont 407.342.9512

Green Acres Fernery and Citrus 8635 High St., Yalaha 352.360.5445

H&H Berry Farms

15217 CR 455, Montverde 321.436.5830

Heather Oaks Farm

4240 Christmas Ln., Lady Lake 352.753.1184

King Grove Organic Farm 19714 CR 44A, Eustis 352.589.2469

Lake Catherine Blueberries

5849 Lake Catherine Rd., Groveland 352.551.4110

Mark’s U-Pick Blueberries 18900 CR 561, Clermont 352.394.2135

Southern Hill Farms

EQUESTRIAN AT T R AC T I O N S

Lake Louisa State Park

Al-Marah Arabian Horses

Lake Norris Conservation Area

Black Horse Resort Ranch

Lower Wekiva River Preserve

DreamCatcher Horse Ranch

Ocala National Forest, Seminole Ranger District

11105 Autumn Ln., Clermont 352.536.1502 22651 S.E. CR 42, Umatilla 352.434.1204 10639 Toad Rd., Clermont 407.702.8332

Grand Oaks Resort

3000 Marion County Rd., Weirsdale 352.750.5500

Rock Spring Run Trail Rides 31700 CR 433, Sorrento 352.266.9326

EQUESTRIAN TRAILS Al-Marah Arabian Horses 11105 Autumn Ln., Clermont 352.536.1502

16651 Schofield Rd., Clermont 407.986.5806 southernhillfarms.com

Black Horse Resort Ranch

Valley View Vineyards

DreamCatcher Horse Ranch

22310 CR 455, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.243.4032

22651 S.E. CR 42, Umatilla 352.434.1204

7305 US Hwy 27, Clermont 352.394.3969

22437 Orange Blossom Ln., Eustis 352.343.3777 38015 Fechtel Rd., Eustis 352.884.2009

40929 SR 19, Umatilla 352.669.3153

Rock Springs Run State Reserve 30601 CR 433, Sorrento 352.383.3311

Rock Spring Run Trail Rides 31700 CR 433, Sorrento 352.266.9326

Sawgrass Island Preserve 12050 Sawgrass Island Rd., Umatilla 352.343.3777

Seminole State Forest 9610 CR 44, Leesburg 352.360.6675

10639 Toad Rd., Clermont 407.702.8332

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RAISE THE CURTAIN

Lake County’s entertainment venues host productions of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, popular singers and musicians of every genre and performances by unique comedians and stage acts.

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The Clermont Performing Arts Center has an amazing array of stars and live shows on the schedule. The center is located at 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. Information and map to venue are online at clermontperformingarts.com or call 352.394.4800.

Mount Dora Plaza Live, a new venue that opened in 2019, features bands, tribute singers and drag shows at 2728 W. Old Highway 441. Call 352.234.3755 or visit mountdoraplazalive.com for information, including location of events.

The Moonlight Players Theatre is currently looking for a permanent home, but shows can be seen in various venues throughout Lake County. The Moonlight Players is a non-profit community group that presents small-stage play revivals and also works with young people via the Twilight Theatre for Youth. Information about performances and tickets are available at moonlightplayers.com or twilighttheatreforyouth.com. Call 352.319.1116 for ticket information.

Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse is a delightful community theater featuring a program for children and teens with workshops and productions. Information is available at icehousetheater.com. The theatre is at 1100 N. Unser St. Call the box office at 352.383.4616.

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THE CLERMONT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

EXPLORING LOCAL TREASURES Museums and galleries in Lake County provide visitors with opportunities to explore all the culture, history and art the area has to offer. Museums keep our rich and colorful history alive, while galleries help foster an appreciation of beauty, creativity and originality. Spend afternoons or entire weekends exploring these treasures but be sure to check websites or call ahead as hours do change seasonally. HISTORICAL Leesburg Heritage Museum

LEESBURG The Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th St., is celebrating its 70th season. The theater includes Patchwork Productions with classes in drama, dance, comedy and musical theater for children. Ticket and performance information is available at 352.787.3013 or melonpatchplayers.org

EUSTIS The State Theatre of Eustis is home to the Bay Street Players. The troupe offers educational opportunities that include classes in acting, set production, costuming and front house management at 109 N. Bay St. For information, call 352.357.7777 or visit eustisstatetheatre.org.

Conveniently located in the former Lassiter-Ware Insurance Building in downtown Leesburg, this museum is packed with 150 years of history, including such keepsakes as former Leesburg visitor Annie Oakley’s 1886 suitcase. Learn about the first watermelon festival, the origins of Venetian Gardens and much more. 111 S. 6th St., Leesburg leesburgflorida.gov 1 - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Clermont Historic Village

The Clermont Historical Society operates this enclave of historic buildings, which includes the old train depot, a World War II quonset hut and the city’s first library. Go through the seven buildings to learn more about local history and pioneering families of South Lake County while enjoying beautiful views of Lake Minneola and Victory Pointe. 490 West Ave., Clermont clermonthistoricvillage.org 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and by special appointment.

Eustis Historical Museum

The former Clifford House contains memorabilia about the 19th century resort town of Lake Eustis and how it became just Eustis in 1883. 536 N. Bay St., Eustis eustishistoricalmuseum.com 1 - 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday

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Lady Lake Historical Society Museum

The former Lady Lake train depot houses exhibits depicting the area’s history from the earliest Native American inhabitants to present-day events. The model train layout has contributed to the museum’s increased popularity with its depiction of Lady Lake in the 1940s and ’50s. 107 S. Old Dixie Hwy, Lady Lake ladylakemuseum.org 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (closed in August)

Groveland Historical Museum

Many residents have donated memorabilia about this small town, including a miniature replica of the high school circa 1937. 243 S. Lake Ave., Groveland grovelandhistory.org 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday and by special appointment

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IH Paquette’s Historical Farmall Tractor Museum

Everything you ever wanted to know about tractors and International Harvester equipment can be found in the tractor barns. The “dealership” is a replica of an International Harvester store from the 1940s. Many family-friendly events are held throughout the year. 615 S. Whitney Rd., Leesburg stewsihstuff.com 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Mount Dora Historical Museum

Operated by the Mount Dora Historical Society, this museum is housed in the city’s first fire station and city jail, which opened in 1923. The exhibits highlight activities from the 1880s to the 1930s, but the restored jail cells are the most significant feature. One cell contains original artwork from a former prisoner

while another cell contains a painting depicting the one and only jail break, when a prisoner left a note stating he had gone home and would return for his trial. 450 Royellou Ln., Mount Dora 1 - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

Lake County Historical Museum

Located on the first floor of Lake County’s Historical Courthouse, this museum is a treasure trove of Central Florida memorabilia, period antiques, murals and historical artifacts. Discover Walt Disney’s tie to Lake County and how Tavares almost became the state capital. 317 W. Main St., Tavares lakecountyhistoricalmuseum.org 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday


ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES Lake County Museum of Art

LCMA is an art museum, community art center and a 501(3) (c) registered nonprofit institution serving Lake County since 1995. Programs include regularly changing fine art exhibitions, art classes for adults and children. Memberships and volunteer opportunities are available. The museum is free to the public. Donations are accepted in lieu of admission fees. 213 W. Ruby St., Tavares lakeartmuseum.com 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

Leesburg Center for the Arts

The mission of the Leesburg Center for the Arts is to provide a central location where artists, musicians and patrons gather. Located in a historic downtown building, the center hosts numerous activities, exhibitions, classes and the annual Leesburg Arts Festival each March. 429 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg leesburgarts.com 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Modernism Museum Mount Dora

This small, private museum in downtown Mount Dora is devoted to collecting, exhibiting and promoting the work of the American Studio Arts Movement, which combines high art with craftsmanship. Open since 2013, the museum contains a unique and expansive collection of modernist art by iconic and influential American masters of the craft. The artwork marries form and function, and visitors will wonder, “Is it sculpture or furniture?” 145 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora modernismmuseum.org Check for hours

Mount Dora Center for the Arts LADY LAKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM EUSTIS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

The center provides diverse fine art exhibitions, educational programs, an annual auction, art strolls through downtown, and the nationally acclaimed Mount Dora Arts Festival, which brings more than 250,000 visitors annually to the downtown area. A community-based, nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, the center is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of art and culture in the region. 138 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora mountdoracenterforthearts.org Gallery 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Montrose Gallery

The gallery, operated by the South Lake Art League, hosts art and photography shows in the fall and spring each year. Founded in 1966 to encourage and promote all forms of art, the league offers a variety of classes. Check its website for exhibition and class schedules. 776 W. Montrose St., Clermont southlakeartleague.com Hours vary

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Who needs overcrowded theme parks when you can hear the peaceful sounds of birds chirping overhead, bicycle along picturesque trails, or kayak peacefully down a river and see wildlife in its natural habitat? With more than 1,000 lakes and endless miles of hiking trails, Lake County is a natural paradise for avid outdoor enthusiasts. Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of life and bask in nature’s glow.

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K AYA K I N G A N D C A N O E I N G Experience Lake County’s scenic and wildlife areas along the shorelines of nine bluesy trails, which are similar to hiking trails. Physical and geo-positioned markers guide kayakers, canoers, and paddleboarders through the waterways. The following trails are within the areas of the St. Johns River, Golden Triangle, Palatlakaha Basin and Ocklawaha Basin: • • • • • • • • •

Blue Creek Run Golden Triangle Run Helena Run Lake Eustis Run Lake Griffin Run Lake Harris Run Palatlakaha Run Stagger Mud Lake Run St. Francis/Dead River Run

Blueway users can find a trail for different experience levels. The Golden Triangle along Lake Dora’s shorelines in Tavares and Mount Dora is suitable for novices and casual use; the trails along the St. Johns River are considered “wilderness” areas, more appropriate for experienced users. For more information about the Lake County Community Blueways Project, visit paddlelake.com.

ECOTOURISM ADVENTURES Dora Canal – Any visit to Lake County should include a boat ride, especially on the Dora Canal. Lined with cypress trees, the Dora Canal is one of the best waterways for wildlife viewing because it is a safe haven for nesting ospreys, herons and egrets.

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Showcase of Citrus – Tour a 2,500-acre working citrus farm and cattle ranch on the world’s largest ATV. Open since 1961, the Showcase offers 100% “pure Florida fun” with the highly modified giant trucks that are designed for safe rides through native woodlands, pastureland, swamps and groves. The farm is located at 5010 U.S. Hwy. 27 in Clermont. Visit showcaseofcitrus.com.

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SOUTH LAKE TRAIL

BICYCLING Most avid cyclists know about Lake County’s 12.6-mile South Lake Trail, which runs from the West Orange Trail to Silver Eagle Road in Clermont. The picturesque and often-challenging trail will be the heart of the Coast-to-Coast Connector, a 250-mile trail across Florida that is under construction. There are also 25 more miles of bicycle trails around Lake County. Pack some water and sunscreen and find your starting point on these trails: Black Still Lake Trail Distance: 0.5 miles Start and end: Black Still Lake Road., Clermont

Fountain Lake Trail

Distance: 2 miles Start: Canal Sreet., Leesburg End: 13th St., Leesburg

The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead Distance: 1 mile Start: CR 455, Montverde End: Truskett Park

Hancock Trail Extension Connects to South Lake Trail. Distance: 2.4 miles Start: Hancock Road. & CR 50, Clermont End: Cooper Memorial Library & National Training Center

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Lake Apopka Loop Trail Distance: 18 miles Start: Green Mountain Scenic Overlook & Trailhead End: Magnolia Park (Orange County)

Magnolia Trail

Designed for walkers and bikers, lined with benches and outdoor exercise equipment. Distance: 0.7 miles Start: Mote-Morris House, Leesburg End: Palmetto St.

South Lake Trail

Connects to West Orange Trail at Old CR 50 and Lake Blvd. Distance: 12.6 miles Start: Lake Boulevard & Lake County Line End: Silver Eagle Rd. & CR 565A

Tav-Lee Trail

Distance: 3.5 miles Start: Downtown Tavares End: Lake Square Mall

Venetian Gardens Trail

Distance: 0.5 miles Start: Venetian Gardens & Canal St., Leesburg End: Magnolia Trail and Bourley Historic Nature Preserve

Wilson Lake Parkway Trail Distance: 3.0 miles Start and end: Wilson Lake Parkway, Clermont


BIRDING Lake County is one of the top destinations in the nation for birdwatching. The lakes and natural areas have attracted more than 200 different species of birds. Some of the most popular places for spotting multiple bird species include: Alexander Springs Recreation Area has been popular with nature enthusiasts for years. Located in northern Lake County, the springs recreation area is an excellent destination for swimmers, hikers, campers, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. The Timucuan Trail is a 1.1-mile interpretive loop trail that highlights vegetation used by early Native Americans. The Florida National Scenic Trail runs 72 miles through the Ocala National Forest and is a popular location for beginning and advanced birders. Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in Clermont is named for the elusive, rare species whose estimated population is 4,000. Birding enthusiasts come from as far away as England, Germany, Japan and Canada to visit the 15-acre property. The trail is home to 135 other species, including painted buntings, warblers, herons, sandhill cranes, Carolina chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers and purple martins. The trail hosts tours and educational programs. The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead is a 132-foot elevated boardwalk that offers exceptional views of Sugarloaf Mountain, Lake County’s highest point. Popular with bicyclists traversing the Green Mountain Scenic Byway, the overlook is an ideal location for watching dozens of species of birds and butterflies. Located at 20700 County Road 455 near Montverde, the overlook is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Lower Wekiva River Preserve is a system of backwater streams and wetlands that provides habitats for black bears, river otters, alligators, wood storks and sandhill cranes. The Sand Hill Nature Trail offers a self-guided hiking tour. There is no admission fee at the Fechtel Road entrance in Eustis, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset. Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve, also known as PEAR Park, is filled with native plants, wildflowers and migrating birds as well as a Florida scrub-jay restoration area. The 318-acre park offers several miles of hiking trails, a nature center and a new Wildlife Watch Post. Located off U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg, the park is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to dusk.


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LET’S TALK SHOP

Art galleries, clothing stores, home décor shops and antiques are just some of the treasures you’ll find throughout the downtown streets of Mount Dora, Leesburg, Eustis, Clermont and other Lake County communities.

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MOUNT DORA Mount Dora’s downtown is bustling with a variety of shops. Matamo Design is filled with unique tropical home furnishings and accent pieces, and the Cozy Nest has a mix of vintage, shabby chic, inspirational signs and baby gifts. Fun shops with specialty items include the Checkered Moon, Home and Garden Treasures, Noni and the Olive Branch, Under the Cherry Blossoms, Julianne’s Coastal Cottage, the Spice and Tea Exchange, and Piglet’s Pantry. The Rafiki Exchange, in a side strip of the Renaissance Building off Donnelly Street, is filled with one-of-a-kind handcrafted items made by African widows.

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CLERMONT The Broom Tree is one of the newest quaint stores to open in downtown Clermont. It’s filled with collectibles from yesteryear, modern items, jewelry, furniture pieces and more. Erika’s Tea Room and Gifts features an array of special tea sets and more than 80 teas from around the world, and Encore carries a great selection of home decor items.

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LEESBURG

Peddler’s Wagon in downtown Eustis entices the senses with more than 7,000 square feet of home accent pieces, silk floral designs and one of the largest arrays of unique Christmas decor. Terri’s Eustis Flower Shop has specialty items, too, and has been serving Lake County’s floral needs since 1928. Merry Jewelers has been a popular Eustis store for 64 years, and My Favorite Things features craft supplies, rubber stamps, and coordinating card stock, inks, ribbons and buttons.

Downtown Main Street in Leesburg has several specialty shops. Start at Doggibags Boutique, which has the latest fashions designed by Clara S., Joseph Ribkoff, Valentina, Krazy Larry, Dami, Jana, and Rebel Jeans, along with unique handbags and accessories. Everything a University of Florida fan could possibly desire can be found at Grand Gator. Other shops to check out are Linda’s Soapbox, Willowbee’s, Le Attitude, and Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe.

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EXPLORE JUMP SWIM STAY PLAY LET’S DINE Foodies rejoice! There’s a wide variety of great food for you to savor while vacationing here. The county is home to a plethora of great restaurants offering an impressive array of cuisines to please any palate.

TURNERS KITCHEN + BAR

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FINE DINING Lake County offers numerous fine dining establishments. Whether you desire fresh seafood or fine aged steak, you’ll find the perfect meal in any one of these restaurants.

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OLIVE BRANCH MEDITERRANEAN ITALIAN GRILLE

CLERMONT

Guru Restaurant

2400 US Hwy. 27, Suite 101 352.241.9884

The Southern on 8th 801 W. Montrose St. 352.394.7777

F R U I T L A N D PA R K

The Rose Plantation 200 Rose Ave. 352.805.4340

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS

El Conquistador Restaurant, Mission Inn Resort 10400 CR 48 352.324.3911

Nicker’s Restaurant 10400 CR 48 352.324.2718

LEESBURG

Chesapeake Bay Grille at Arlington Ridge EL CONQUISTADOR

4467 Arlington Ridge Blvd. 352.315.0066

SIP Restaurant Jazz and Wine Bar 707 W. Main St. 352.435.7840

Turners Kitchen + Bar 114 S. 5th St. 352.530.2274

MOUNT DORA

1921 Mount Dora 142 E. 4th Ave. 352.385.1921

Goblin Market & Lounge 330 Dora Drawdy Way 352.735.0059

Olive Branch MediterraneanItalian Grille 115 W. 3rd St. 352.729.6734

Pisces Rising 239 W. 4th Ave. 352.385.2669

The Beauclaire Dining Room, Lakeside Inn 100 Alexander St. 352.383.4101

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CASUAL DINING Lake County’s waterfronts and laid-back locales provide plenty of spots where you can wear shorts and flip-flops while you dine.

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Race Car Diner 25641 Monroe St. 352.253.6940

ASTOR

Blackwater Inn 55716 Front St. 352.759.2802

Castaways Restaurant 23525 SR 40 352.759.2494

Sparky’s Place 24646 SR 40 352.759.3551

William’s Landing 55716 Front St. 352.759.2802

CLERMONT

Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro 4300 S. Hwy. 27 352.243.8988

Ay Jalisco

580 E. Hwy. 50 352.243.1360

Calabria Ristorante 13900 CR 455 407.656.5144

Cheeser’s Palace Café 707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431

Clean Eatz

2612 S. Hwy. 27 352.708.6187

Clermont Fish House 110 W. Hwy. 50 352.708.5563

Corelli’s Italian Restaurant 1042 E. Hwy. 50 352.989.5924 TIKI BAR AND GRILL

Corelli’s Pantry

732 W. Montrose St. 352.708.4085

The Crooked Spoon 200 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.404.7808

El Cerro

811 W. Hwy. 50 352.242.4669

Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ 1391 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.708.6095

El Tarasco

2470 Hwy. 50 352.404.7632

Flippers Pizzeria 2523 S. US Hwy. 27 352.242.2214

Friar Tuck

16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd. 352.404.6818

G’s NY Pizza

12346 Roper Blvd. 352.243.8900

Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant

New Century Chinese Buffet 11836 W. Hwy. 50 352.243.9928

Over The Top Pita

240 Citrus Tower Blvd,, Suite B 352.708.6588

Pepe’s Cantina

794 W. Minneola Ave. 352.989.4921

Piesano’s

1754 W. Hwy. 50 352.717.5300

Robata Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688

Root & Branch Bistro + Bar 1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.708.4529

The Ridge Grille

2601 Diamond Club Dr. 352.243.0411

The Rusty Truck Diner 1800 S. Hwy. 27 352.432.3140

1020 E. Hwy. 50 352.708.5515

Goombas Pizzeria 2395 S. Hwy. 27 352.989.4403

Green Garden 1790 E. Hwy. 50 352.243.2077

Green Mountain Pizza 303 W. Hwy. 50 352.432.3380

Lilly’s on the Lake 846 W. Osceola 352.708.6565

Los Reyes Mexican Grill 658 West Ave. 352.432.5784

San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant 4315 S. Hwy. 27 352.536.2006

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16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd., Suite 305 352.404.8031

Troy’s Cuban Deli

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295

Tillie’s Tavern and Grill 31 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.602.7929

Tony’s Pizza and Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS

JB Boondocks Bar & Grill 704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600

Restaurants at Mission Inn Resort & Club

Vida 365

iBar-b-que Express 3170 US Hwy. 27 352.315.4227

10400 CR 48 El Conquistador 352.324.3911 Nicker’s Clubhouse 352.324.2718 La Hacienda 352.324.3910 La Margarita 352.324.3911

EUSTIS

Legends Café

L A DY L A K E

Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 157 Hwy. 27 352.394.1225

16129 Hwy. 50 352.474.8432

The Crazy Gator 402 N. Bay St. 352.589.5885

The Great Pizza Company 23 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.7377

F R U I T L A N D PA R K

Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy. 441 352.435.4575

2468 US Hwy. 441 352.728.0006

Rae Rae’s Restaurant 2468 US Hwy. 441 352.323.1595

Momiji Sushi Bar 24400 State Rd. 44 352.357.2285

Nalan Sultan Mediterranean Grill 1 N. Eustis St. 352.357.4444

Night Owl Caribbean Cuisine 929 S. Bay St. 352.589.0256

The Oyster Troff 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939

Stavros & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. CR 44 352.589.9100

Taki’s Pizza House 2824 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022

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Harbor Hills Country Club

Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant

15211 US Hwy. 441 352.483.8288

2060 Bay St. 352.602.7390

1 La Grande Blvd. 352.750.3335

6538 Lake Griffin Rd. 352.753.7000

Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

La Casa Mexican Bar and Grill

CEl Ranchito

Stavros Pizza 3223 US Hwy. 441 352.315.0028

G R OV E L A N D

Coyote Rojo

214. W. Broad St. 352.557.8999

Chefing It UP Pizza Cafe 115 S. Lake Ave. 352.557.8092

Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant 7965 US Hwy. 50 352.557.8988

Krispy’s Fried Chicken 307 E. Broad St. 352-429-4819

Papi Pincho

133 E. Orange St. 352.557.8033

Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. SR 33 352.429.2997

504 S. US Hwy. 441 352.753.2722

Gator Bay Bar and Grill 10320 CR 44 352.365.2177

God Café

300 W. Main St. 352.801.7447

HP Grill

1008 W. Dixie Ave. 352.323.0852

1403 S. 14th St. 352.314.0006

Ichiban Chinese & Japanese Buffet 10301 US Hwy. 441 352.728.6669

Kountry Kitchen

La Palma Mexican Grill 1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444

Lilly’s Super Subs 2339 CR 473 352.343.4663

Magnolia’s Oyster Bar 201 W. Magnolia St. 352.323.0093

LEESBURG

Bloom’s Baking House & Restaurant 610 W. Main St. 352.787.1004

Brick & Barrel Public House 209 W. Main St. 352.431.3069

Cedar River Seafood 8609 S. US Hwy. 441 352.728.3377

Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant

Main Street Cantina

Ellen’s Cafe on 3rd

Mrs. T’s Place, Southern Restaurant

10700 US Hwy. 441 352.253.2442 110 S. 3rd St. 352.630.1313

The Florida Porch Café 706 W. Main St. 352.365.1717

205 W. Main St. 352.435.7279

305 Pine St. 352.431.3217

Naples Italian Restaurant

1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616


Osaka

1401 Citrus Blvd. 352.728.0788

Plantation Diner 25327 US Hwy. 27 352.805.4054

Ramshackle Cafe 1317 N. 14th St. 352.365.6565

MASCOTTE

Mi Tierra Mexican Food 856 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.3040

Rainbow Restaurant 704 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.2093

556 S. US Hwy. 27 352.243.7500

Tiki Bar and Grill 508 S. Main St. 352.394.2232

MONTVERDE

Black Bear Kitchen 17440 7th St. 352.383.2327

Sully’s Smokehouse

Cal’s Kitchen

Takis Pizza Restaurant

Willie’s BBQ

Wolfy’s

MOUNT DORA

10820 CR 44 352.483.7427

1205 N. 14th St. 352.787.2344 918 N. 14th St. 352.787.6777

Copacabana Cuban Cafe´

Duke’s Dogs

Napoli’s Pizzeria

1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174

111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426

Lil Anthony’s Pizza

117 W. Washington St. 352.394.2555

San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant

Cody’s On Fourth Cafe´

320 Dora Drawdy Way 352.385.9000

Minneola Grill

26736 US Hwy. 27 352.319.8093

425 N. Alexander St. 352.735.3327

MINNEOLA 205 N. US Hwy. 27 352.394.1516

Rodello’s Italian Restaurant

Cafe´ Gianni

17415 7th St., Suite B 407.544.2352 17440 7th St. 407.469.0060

Anthony’s Pizza 17195 US Hwy. 441 352.357.6668

The Bavarian Haus

237 W. 4th Ave., Suite 4 352.729.6549

Fiesta Grande

Mount Dora Pizza and Subs

2718 W. Old US Hwy. 441 352.383.5303

One Flight Up

440 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.1446

PizzAmore

722 E. 5th Ave. 352.383.0092

The Pizza Shop 925 E. 1st Ave. 352.735.3411

Mexican Grill 421 N. Baker St. 352.385.3540

The Salted Fry

Highland St. Cafe

Shiva Indian Restaurant

The Frog and Monkey

Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi

185 S. Highland St. 352.383.1446

411 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.1936

Jeremiah’s

500 N. Highland St. 352.383.7444

Lake House Bar and Grill 315 N. Highland St. 352.735.7433

342 Dora Drawdy Way 352.720.3755 140A W. 5th Ave. 352.735.4555 301 N. Baker St. Suite 106 352.383.9283

Windsor Rose Tea Room & Restaurant 142 W. 4th Ave. 352.735.2551

SORRENTO

Let’s Do Lunch

China Chef

Magical Meat Boutique

Del Franco Pizza Place

426 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.3702 322 Alexander St. 352.729.6911

24430 SR 44 352.357.2242

31436 CR 437 352.383.8882

Lisa’s Kountry Café 23911 CR 46 352.735.3380

433 Alexander St. 352.735.8387

THE SALTED FRY

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TAVA R E S

Billy’s Cafe

1601 S. Duncan Dr. 352.343.7433

BTW—Burgers Tacos Waffles 115 E. Main St. 352.508.9287

The Deli Llama 124 E. Alfred St. 352.508.5044

East Wok

2002 SR 19 352.742.9010

Ruby Street Grille 220 E. Main St. 352.742.7829

Sunrise Grill

462 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.7744

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill 118 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5783

Twisted Biscuit Diner 4101 CR 561 352.508.5331

U M AT I L L A

Eduardo’s Lokos Tacos

Combat Cafe

Havana 1959 Cuban Cuisine

Fish & Chix

HWY 441 Diner

Gator’s

Hurricane Dockside Grill

Greg’s Haystax

Kalua Beach Bar

The Mason Jar

Lake Harris Hideaway

Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q

Main Street Diner

Shanghai

226 W. Alfred St. 352.742.1181

1080 E. Alfred St. 352.609.5247

381 Burleigh Blvd. 321.204.7587

3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137 181 S. Joanna Ave. 352.609.5910

11912 Lane Park Rd. 352.343.3585 505 W. Main St. 352.253.4663

831 S. Central Ave. 352.669.872 100 N. Central Ave. 352.669.7145 9 N. Central Ave. 352.669.6969 526 Umatilla Blvd. 352.669.1555 37534 SR 19 352.589.2535

41100 US Hwy. 19 352.669.3922

531 N. Central Ave. 352.669.2004

Mary’s Kountry Kitchen 15945 CR 448 352.343.6823

O’Keefe’s Irish Pub 115 S. Rockingham Ave. 352.343.2157

Palm Gardens Restaurant and Marina 11801 US Hwy. 441 352.343.2024

Puddle Jumpers 111 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5862 HURRICANE DOCKSIDE GRILL

RUBY STREET GRILLE

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COFFEE & TEA The aroma and flavor of fresh-brewed coffee is one of the satisfying pleasures of life—a great way to get an energy boost any time of day. Savoring your favorite beverage with friends at a local coffeehouse or tearoom is especially delightful. Here are some popular places in Lake County to enjoy the experience:

CLERMONT

LEESBURG

Citrus Coffee Co.

The Coffee Snob

Energy Lab Cafe

OMG Coffee Excellence

Erika’s Tea Room and Gifts

Water Gypsy Coffee Co.

141 Hwy. 27 352.394.4061 528 8th St. 352.432.8985

787 W. Montrose St. 908.670.2305

Foxtail Coffee Co. 2608 S Hwy. 27 S. 200 352.708.4620

Golden Hills Coffee & Espresso Bar

1101 W. North Blvd. 352.460.4570 10401 Hwy. 441 352.434.6178 201 W. Main St. 352.435.7937

MINNEOLA

Idrink Boba & Sandwiches 556 S. Hwy. 27 352.708.5797

793 W. Montrose St. 352.217.2831

MONTVERDE

Teamont Boba

17415 7th St. 321.244.8668

639 8th St. 352.801.3524

The Outpouring

2560 E. Hwy. 50, Suite 107 352.989.4406

Troy’s Cuban Deli

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295 EUSTIS

Foxtail Coffee Co. 17 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.602.7146

F R U I T L A N D PA R K

Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy. 441 352.435.4575

Coffee Shop of Horrors

MOUNT DORA

Cody’s on 4th 111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426

Le Petit Sweet 110 W. 5th Ave. 352.729.2453

One Flight Up

440 Donnelly Ave. 352.735.1446

Serendipity 144 W 5th Ave. 352.729.2213

Village Coffee Pot of Mount Dora 425 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.3334

The Windsor Rose Restaurant and British Tea Room 142 W. 4th St. 352.735.2551

TAVA R E S

Jonesy’s Escape by Coffee Shop of Horrors THE COFFEE SNOB

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LOCAL BARS They’re the best places to go for great craft beer, draft beer or specialty cocktails—the neighborhood bars. Everybody may not know your name, but you’ll feel like you’re among friends in these local establishments. CLERMONT

MINNEOLA

Clermont Brewing Co.

Tiki Bar Grill at Lake Minneola Inn

750 W. Desoto St. 321.430.2337

The Crooked Spoon Gastropub 200 Citrus Tower Blvd, 352.404.7808

Crown Lounge

1340 SR 50 352.394.3888

Suncreek Brewery 790 W. Minneola Ave., Suite 3 & 4 407.850.8810

EUSTIS

Wolf Branch Brewing

119 N. Bay St. 407.276.1510

LEESBURG

Brick & Barrel Public House

209 W. Main St. 352.431.3069

Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room 311 W. Magnolia St. 352.474.2739

Mammoth Oak Brewing Company

1107 W. North Blvd. 352.326.0100

508 Main Ave. 352.394.2232

MOUNT DORA

Big Dog Saloon 4060 N. Hwy 19A 352.589.2442

Froggers Grill & Bar 4931 Lake Park Ct. 352.385.3555

HandleBar

100 E. 4th Ave. 352.434.9089

McGregor’s Bar

502½ N. Highland Street 352.735.7443

Mermaid Juice

458 N. Highland St. 352.556.1030

Tremain’s Tavern at Lakeside Inn 100 Alexander St. 352.383.4101

TAVA R E S

Brü Tap House 143 E. Main St. 352.508.9321

CLERMONT BREWING CO.

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BAKERIES & SWEETS

Lake County offers an array of places to go for delicious bakery goods, desserts and sugary confections. Here are some places worth visiting to satisfy your cravings for sweets.

YALAHA BAKERY

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CLERMONT

EUSTIS

MINNEOLA

TAVA R E S

Bagel Bros Cafe

YoHoHo Nitro Ice Cream & Tasty Grub

Donut King

Tavares Ice Cream

MONTVERDE

Twistee Treat

Fresh baked bagels in a variety of flavors, sandwiches and more. 1640 E. Hwy. 50 352.988.5051

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Shop features smooth, creamy fresh ice cream in variety of unique flavors. 2450 W. Hwy. 50 352.708.5851

Corelli’s Dolceria Italiana at Corelli’s Pantry

Shop features Italian cupcakes, custom cakes, cookies and more. 736 W. Montrose St. 352.432.5484

Ritter’s Frozen Custard

Custard made fresh daily—higher protein, less fat than ice cream. 2560 E. Hwy. 50, No. 114 352.536.2979

Twistee Treat

Shaped like an ice-cream cone, offering variety of frozen treats. 700 Hwy. 27 352.243.1170 4269 S. Hwy. 27 321.445.9103

Yummi’s Frozen Yogurt and Café

Featuring a variety of frozen yogurt and Chocolate Shoppe ice cream flavors. 650 8th St. 352.243.4529

Liquid nitrogen ice cream and cotton candy concoctions. 23 N. Eustis St. 352.308.8262

F R U I T L A N D PA R K

Mystic Ice Cream Cafe Up to 40 flavors, including adult ice cream with favorite liqueurs. 1217 W. Miller St. 352.801.0411

GRAND ISLAND

A Wish or Two Ago French Bakery and Marketplace Fresh-baked breads, assorted pastries and other sweets. 13810 SR 44 352.483.5074

LEESBURG

Dip-A-Dee Donuts Made on site donuts, bagels and more. 1376 W. North Blvd. 352.460.4266

Donut King of Leesburg

Donuts to die for, Castle burgers, gumbo and more. 708 S. 14th St. 352.805.4888

Mystic Ice Cream

Up to 40 flavors, including adult ice cream made with favorite liqueurs. 314 W. Main St. 352.812.1366

Fresh, handmade donuts, including red velvet and Boston cream. 208 US Hwy. 27 352.243.4046

Orange Blossom Candies and Cream Homemade candy and 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, smoothies, sundaes and more. 16937 Lakeside Dr. 352.531.1139

MOUNT DORA

Allyson A Bake Shop

A variety of baked goodies. 122 East 4th Ave. 352.383.2200

Wide variety of Hershey’s ice cream, Italian ice and dairy-free ice cream. 214 E. Main St. 352.508.5342 Shaped like an ice-cream cone, family-owned since 1986, offers variety of frozen treats. 397 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.6177

YA L A H A

Yalaha Bakery German breads, Old World tortes, pastries. 8210 CR 48 352.324.3366

Aunt Gingibreads Bakery Homemade pastries, cobblers and other baked goods. 160 E. 4th Ave. 352.530.6463

Le Petit Sweet

French macaroons, iced cookies, cake cones and cream puffs. 110 W. 5th St. 352.729.2453

Mount Dora Confectionary

Large array of gourmet treats, fudge, gelato, soft-serve ice cream. 450 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.6555

Scoops on 5th

36 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream, freshbaked cookies, and individual cakes. 130 E. 5th St. 352.536.8655 MYSTIC ICE CREAM

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