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CONTENTS Want to be drenched in happiness? How about soaked in satisfaction? Then visit Lake County, which lives up to its name with more than 1,000 lakes—many that are connected by canals. From waterskiing and fishing to paddleboarding and kayaking, our county is a water lover’s paradise of fun-filled adventures. We promise, our water activities will float your boat.

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Lake County cities and towns may not receive as much attention as Orlando and Tampa, but they offer countless unique and memorable experiences. From quaint downtown districts to historic buildings to diverse activities, our communities provide something for every type of traveler and are ideal for both weekend getaways and relaxing vacations.

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Soar high above the Harris Chain of Lakes in a seaplane or take an enjoyable cat boat ride through the Clermont Chain of Lakes. Whatever fun-filled water adventure you’re seeking, Lake County has you covered.

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Welcome to Lake Enjoy endless outdoor adventures and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.

Vacation offers a much-needed reprieve from the stress of everyday life, a time to rest and recharge. At least that’s how it’s supposed to go. Taking a break from your job can sometimes be as taxing and stressful as work itself. Tourists who flock to Florida’s theme parks know all about short tempers, the frustration of jostling through crowds, waiting in long lines, and feet aching while enduring a two-hour wait for a twominute rollercoaster ride, all while braving sizzling summer heat. That’s not the case for vacationers in Lake County. The only signs you’ll find here point to our crystal-clear springs,

picturesque lakes, subtropical hiking trails and quaint, charming towns. Here, there’s no need to worry about packed beaches, yet you can still soak up the sun while boating or fishing in our vast system of waterways. Here, you don’t have to fret about crowded theme parks. But you can hike our preserves and woodlands and immerse yourself among a variety of wildlife in its natural habitat. Simply put, Lake County has established itself as one of Florida’s top family-friendly ecotourism destinations. There are so many things to see and do. See 200-year-old towering cypress trees draped with Spanish moss while taking guided boat tour through the Dora Canal, described by sportswriter Grantland Rice as “the most beautiful mile of water in the world.” Fish the Harris Chain of Lakes and the Clermont Chain of Lakes, which host some of the country’s most prestigious bass tournaments. Witness a topographical feature that’s rare in Florida—rolling

hills—while navigating your way to Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida at 312 feet above sea level. Hike in one of Lake County’s state parks or preserves, where you’ll be awed by forests dotted with colorful butterflies and subtropical wilderness teeming with wildlife. Venture to Tavares, “America’s Seaplane City,” and receive a birdseye view of our quaint towns while experiencing the excitement of landing on a lake. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Whether you’re here for a daytrip or a weekend retreat, please take full advantage of our natural beauty, recreational amenities, one-of-a-kind attractions, and quaint towns with rich histories. We graciously welcome you to our little slice of heaven right here in Central Florida. Sincerely,

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

*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

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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

Mount Dora’s skies will be lit up as fireworks are launched over Lake Dora. Elizabeth Evans Park 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora

LEESBURG’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Large crowds gather at picturesque Venetian Gardens to watch fireworks over Lake Harris. Venetian Gardens 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg

This event sponsored by the Caribbean American Association of Lake County features great cultural food and entertainment.

Enjoy traditional American-style activities for all ages with the evening ending in fireworks above Lake Minneola.

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JUN. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

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HOMETOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

CLERMONT CARIBBEAN JERK FESTIVAL

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

RED, WHITE AND BOOM

Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

SEP. MOUNT DORA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

More than 100 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


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OCT. 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

This event, which draws 400 exhibitors, is ranked as one of the best classic/contemporary craft festivals in the U.S. 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, a barbecue competition, and thrilling carnival rides to extravagant fireworks, a kids zone, and homemade crafts. Waterfront Park 100 3rd St., Clermont

FLORIDA WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

The festival increases awareness and promotes the safe coexistence of humans and wildlife by fostering community appreciation of the Florida black bear and other native wildlife species. Cadwell Park 1 Cassady St., Umatilla

DOWNTOWN LEESBURG BOO BASH

Children and families will enjoy fun Halloween traditions including showing off their costumes, painting pumpkins, and enjoying safe trick or treating.

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KIDS’ SAFE NIGHT OUT

Come together with the community and enjoy a night out at Minneola’s Trailhead Park. Activities for kids, food, music and trick or treating are the highlights. 315 Madison St., Minneola

DOWNTOWN CLERMONT HARVEST FESTIVAL

The annual event features over 150 crafters and vendors, food trucks, a parade and kids’ costume contest with prizes, trick or treating, and a kids zone that includes train rides, face painting and more. 685 W. Montrose. St. Downtown Clermont

NOV. LADY OF THE LAKES RENAISSANCE FAIRE

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

CITRUS TOWER LIGHT UP

12835 County Landfill Rd., Tavares

A celebration and countdown as thousands of lights bring The Citrus Tower to life with a mesmerizing light show synchronized to music. Kids will also enjoy crafts, peppermint cotton candy and falling snow.

CRAFT BEER, WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

MOUNT DORA PLANT AND GARDEN FAIR

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.

Attendess travel from station to station in Towne Square sampling over 25 different craft beers, wines from around the world, and a variety of food from the region’s best restaurants. 510 W. Main Street, Leesburg

141 North Hwy 27, Clermont

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

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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

LIGHT UP CLERMONT/ HOMETOWN HOLIDAY PARADE

A live Christmas tree at City Hall will be the focus of the lighting ceremony. The evening event also includes carolers, live music, food trucks, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by a parade with dozens of participants, including local bands, dancers and others acts the following morning. Downtown Clermont

GROVELAND CHRISTMAS PARADE AND STROLL

Parade made up of schools, churches and community organizations takes place through mid town, followed by light up festivities, and a stroll featuring music and churches celebrating “The Reason for the Season.” Downtown Groveland

MINNEOLA MOONLIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE

Illuminated participants delight attendees as they walk down Main Street towards Minneola City Hall, where activities, crafts, food, and Santa and Mrs. Claus await local families 800 U.S. Hwy 27, Minneola

LIGHT UP VENETIAN GARDENS AND BOAT PARADE

City leaders and residents will be treated to the season’s first glance of the spectacular lights and festive decorations people admire each year, followed by a fun boat parade on the water. 109 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION AND PARADE

A community celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event includes a parade leading to Waterfront Park where food, live entertainment, fun and games await guests.

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. Leesburg Town Square

Waterfront Park 330 3rd St., Clermont

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE/MARCH

A multicultural parade/march of walkers, floats, cars, motorcycles, bands, choirs, armed services, animals, etc. to commemorate Dr. King’s memory and teachings. Main Street at 9th, Leesburg

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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 Road, Leesburg

GEORGEFEST

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

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 and local artists and crafters add more fun. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards 19239 U.S. Hwy. 441, Clermont

APR. LAKE COUNTY FAIR

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

LEESBURG PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL SPRING FISH FRY Guests will enjoy great seafood and all the fixings, drinks and entertainment. Downtown Leesburg

LEESBURG BIKEFEST

Each year, more than 250,000 bikers and spectators pack the streets of downtown Leesburg to watch motorcycle stunt shows, bikini contests, and live concerts. Downtown Leesburg

MOUNT DORA BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

Highlights of this free event include freshly picked berries and blueberry inspired snacks/refreshments for sale, plus crafters, live music, pancake breakfast, blueberry beer, wine and a blueberry pie eating contest. Downtown Mount Dora


WHERE FISH TALES AREN’T EXAGGERATED Lake County, Florida’s Best Bass Fishing

“The Harris Chain of Lakes is a big bass factory. I know I have is thea big bass “The Harris Chain of Lakes opportunity to catch a 10-pounder factory. knowFishing I haveinthe opportunity to on everyI cast. Lake catch a 10-pounder on every County is a must for every bass cast. Fishing inangler’s Lake County is a must for every bass bucket list!”

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You’ll find fun, food and adventure from one end of Lake County to the other. With more than 1,000 lakes, the water activities are endless, from kayaking, fishing, boating and canal tours to taking a leisurely cruise on a rented pontoon boat. Prefer a land-loving adventure? Enjoy a visit to one of the many quaint downtowns, featuring unique shops, historic museums, art galleries, local theaters and picturesque waterfront dining.

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A trip to the quaint towns of Altoona, Astor, and Umatilla allows visitors to enjoy the tranquil countryside at a leisurely pace while taking in both the solitude and the views. These towns are in or near the 387,000-acre Ocala National Forest, an outdoorsman’s paradise teeming with wildlife and jaw-droppingly beautiful natural springs.

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ALTOONA Population: 85 Size: .5 square miles

You don’t have to visit the Cayman Islands, Cozumel, or the Great Barrier Reef to enjoy an underwater adrenaline rush. Altoona is home to Alexander Springs, which is located in the Ocala National Forest and attracts divers from far away as Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Novice and experienced divers alike receive an up-close view of bluegill, catfish, turtles, kelp-like vegetation, and rock outcroppings in 72-degree water year-round. Alexander Springs is one of only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida, meaning it gushes 100 gallons of water per cubic second from under the ground. In addition to diving, visitors can canoe down Alexander Creek or enjoy a nature walk on a hiking trail. If you’re looking for a great place to camp, consider Fiddlers Green RV Ranch, which borders the Ocala National Forest. The company offers RV sites and two-bedroom, two-bath villas. Learn about the area’s fascinating history by visiting the McTureous Homestead and Museum, located in a 19th-century Cracker house. It’s the childhood home of Robert M. McTureous, Jr., a U.S. Marine and World War II Medal of Honor recipient.


ASTOR

Population: 1,595 Size: 2.3 square miles Astor is located on the St. Johns River, one of the few rivers in the U.S. that flows north. There’s no better way to experience Florida’s largest river (310 miles!) than on a boat so step aboard a covered pontoon at Captain Ernie’s St. Johns River Tours and see an abundance of wildlife in its natural habitat: alligators quietly sinking under the water, turtles sunbathing on logs, and herons standing statuelike along the riverbank. Equally fascinating sights can be enjoyed when paddling Blue Creek Run, a four-mile scenic trip that leads 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. With a half-dozen boat ramps, Astor also appeals to avid fishermen, and Powell’s Campground welcomes 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, particularly for catfish and trophy largemouth bass. A memorable hiking and birdwatching adventure is available at Bluffton Recreation Area’s .75-mile nature trail. Visitors can also enjoy a multi-day experience at Castaways on the River, which offers cozy cottages and boat rentals, and is known for its frog legs, grouper filet, snow crab legs and popcorn shrimp.

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UMATILLA Population: 4,005 Size: 3 square miles

Umatilla is teeming with small-town Southern charm that makes isitors feel right at home in no time. It’s the ideal location for traveling families looking for a laid-back vacation with an old Florida ambiance – no high-rise buildings or big-chain hotels, just open spaces, small pristine lakes, and interesting mom and pop shops. 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 plentiful wildlife, including gopher tortoises, Florida pine snakes, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and migratory wildfowl. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the prickly pear cactuses along the preserve’s numerous hiking trails. For a fun-filled family adventure, take the kids to Graham Farms, which boasts peach groves, as well as fields of sunflower, lavender, and other varieties of beautiful flowers. Visitors will enjoy picking flowers and fruit. Another “sweet” place to visit is Sunsational Citrus, which takes visitors to a place in time when citrus production drove Lake County’s economic engine. Fiddlers Green, one of the few citrus packing houses remaining in the county, sells fresh-squeezed orange juice, local honey, jelly, chocolate treats, candy, Florida wines, and candles. Visitors to Umatilla should also visit North Lake Community Park, which features a 1.4-mile loop trail and .75-mile nature trail. ATWOOD FARMS


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MOUNT DORA Population: 16,688 Size: 9.3 square miles

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. RENNINGER’S ANTIQUE CENTER

Possibly the most well-known city 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 small, one-of-a-kind shops invite visitors to support small businesses and pick up unique souvenirs. Mount Dora is a year-round hotspot for upwards of 250,000 visitors a year who choose to attend one or more of 30-plus festivals throughout the year. 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, and Mount Dora Seafood Festival are just a few of many experiences you can immerse yourself in. 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 Live hosts touring singers and musicians, dueling pianos, Broadway 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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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS Population: 1,,680 Size: 3.7 squae 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 1920s mansion built by the town’s founder William John Howey has been restored to its former glory. Today, owner Brad Cowherd hosts tours and weddings. 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.

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JONES BROTHERS AIR AND SEAPLANE ADVENTURES


TAVARES

Population: 19,600 Size: Over 14 square miles Tavares continues to capitalize on its branding as “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 three hotels, several restaurants, 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 trails. Seaplane-a-Palooza is a fly-in event hosted each spring, and the annual Planes, Trains & BBQ festival is typically hosted in February or March. Wooton Park and the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake, a beautiful events venue, is the site of many special occasions, weddings, barbecues, dragon boat races and professional personal 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 retention ponds were designed to attract visitors to the park, the first of its kind in Florida.


EUSTIS

Population: 23,407 Size: 12.4 square miles Eustis may be best known for celebrating Georgefest, a 120-yearold annual weekend-long event honoring President George Washington. Georgefest is a timehonored 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 features musical acts, bass tournament, parade and dog jog, carnival, chili cook-off, 5K, and more. Local history also has a prominent place in the city. 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 along Lake Eustis. The Eustis Historical Museum details the stories of the Clifford House, the Citrus Museum, and the Unity Bell Pavilion, all related to the city’s earliest homesteaders. The African American Heritage Festival has been staged annually in February for 29 years. The Lake County Fair, which began as the Florida Sportsman Exposition, is 101 years old this year. Eustis hosts the April event that includes entertainment, carnival games, food vendors, educational activities, and competitions in baking, cooking, crafts, and livestock. Music festivals and fairs, such as the Eustis Busker Festival, which features street performers each spring, are also popular attractions. The historic downtown area is home to the Bay Street Players Theatre, and unique shops and restaurants. Works of art are sprinkled throughout downtown and Ferran Park.


ASTATULA Population: 1,945 Size: 3.2 square miles

Astatula, touted as the geographic center of Central Florida, 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 family-friendly activities on weekends, including airboat rides, a jumping pillow, slides, horse rides, Halloween and Christmas celebrations, and u-pick sunflowers and zinnias.

YALAHA BAKERY

YALAHA BOOTLEGGING CO.

YALAHA

Population: 1,129 Size: 14.5 square miles

EUSTIS HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Two namesake businesses synonymous with Yalaha are known throughout Lake County: Yalaha Bakery and Yalaha Bootlegging Co., adjacent to each other on County Road 48. Yalaha Bakery has a German motif and serves Germanstyle 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.

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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: 28,234 Size: 45.05 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 Bikefest, which draws 250,000 visitors, and Leesburg Mardi Gras. Venture a few blocks from downtown and explore Venetian Gardens, a hub of activity with lush landscape, picturesque wooden bridges, nature trails and stunning lakeside views. The park on the shores of Lake Harris is home to many city amenities. Here you will find the “Kid’s Korner” playground along with a splash pad and pavilion. Venetian Gardens is also the location of a full-service marina and the City’s new 15,000 square foot Venetian Center - a multi-purpose facility which can host any event. Coming to the lakefront in 2022 is the Ski Beach Bar & Grill restaurant – accessible by car and boat! For sports enthusiasts historic Pat Thomas Stadium where baseball greats like Pete Rose, Rollie Fingers and other Hallof-Famers played minor league baseball is currently home to the Leesburg Lightning, a Florida

Collegiate Summer League (FCSL) baseball team. The Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex hosts year-round softball tournaments, including The Spring Games featuring college teams from across the country. Several professional bass fishing organizations stage tournaments from Ski Beach and welcome spectators to their events. One of the city’s newest facilities is the H.O. Dabney Aquatic Center. This state-of-the-art complex includes an eight-lane competition pool and a zero entry multipurpose pool featuring a 2-story slide and play area. Opening soon will be the Teen Enrichment Center that was developed in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. 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 period furnishings and a four-story turret (small tower). The home is available for tours and events. Nearby, 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.

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LADY LAKE Population: 16,042 Size: 9 square miles

THE ROSE PLANTATION

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 ones. 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 trails 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.

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Lady Lake’s picturesque streets are lined with moss-draped 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 was in a photo in the Saturday Evening Post in 1929. Visitors driving into Lady Lake on U.S. Hwy. 441 will see the historic log cabin built in 1935 as the original town hall and now site of the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays. Nearby, the old train depot houses the Lady Lake Historical Society Museum, which displays artifacts and educational exhibits related from 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. The town focuses on good-looking developments with shopping, restaurants and new housing to benefit citizens and neighbors alike. Uncle Donald’s Farm, which opened 41 years ago, is one of the oldest and most memorable

attractions in Lady Lake. The farm, situated on a 50-acre property, serves as a working farm where the owners sell fresh eggs and produce products such as goat milk soap. However, the farm doubles as an attraction, giving visitors an up-close and personal encounter with more than 250 animals. You’ll see Jersey Giants, the largest chicken breed in the U.S. that can weigh up to 15 pounds. A 200-pound African tortoise, a Florida panther, a Nubian goat, miniature horses, and red-tailed hawks are among other animals that live on the farm. Children can milk a goat and ride a pony. If you’re into golf, be sure to visit Harbor Hills Country Club. The 18-hole golf course features scenic elevations and oak tree-lined fairways. Water Oak Country Club and Golf will take you away from city-life and into a glimpse of your dream lifestyle. There’s Corkscrew Winery for all those wine connoisseurs out there. Unwind for an evening and even craft your own beer or wine.


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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 contribute to the area’s matchless beauty and outstanding topography. Add pristine lakes and inviting small towns, great people and a hub of activities and events, and you have an ideal destination for great fun.

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CLERMONT Population: 44,687 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 resident. Lake County’s largest city has ample sport facilities and outdoor venues, with 14 lakes and 24 parks inside 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 the ongoing implementation of its award-winning Downtown-Waterfront Master Plan. Brickpaved streets, the Art Walk, Legacy Loop Trail, 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 sitdown restaurants. Clermont is a Florida Trail Town, and the center point of Florida’s Coast-to-Coast Trail. Additionally, 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 competitions. Also noteworthy are: Clermont Performing Arts Center (CPAC), the largest performance hall in the county; the 220-acre Lake Hiawatha Preserve; Champions Pointe Disc Golf Course (recently ranked among the Top 100 in the world); the Clermont Historic Village Museum; the Florida Citrus Tower; Lakeridge Winery; the President’s Hall of Fame museum; Southern Hill Farms, and Lake Louisa State Park, a 4,372-acre venue popular for walking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping, swimming, birdwatching, hiking nature trails, and more.

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

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 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 8am-7pm every day. There’s also a gem mine and you can pick Florida citrus in season. The nearby Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve is the epitome of natural Florida. It’s a favorite of master birders and those who enjoy exploring the rich plants and trees native to the Sunshine State.

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MASCOTTE Population: 6,800 Size: 11.38 square miles GROVELAND KROGER DISTRIBUTION CENTER

GROVELAND Population: 21,596 Size: 14.98 square miles

The City of Groveland is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of South Lake County, an area well known for beautiful lakes and thriving community. Known as the “City with Natural Charm,” it is regarded as one of the safest and fastest-growing cities in Central Florida. The city has recently celebrated a variety of community additions, such as a new Public Safety Complex, an aquaponics farm, a wildflower rain garden, a splash pad, enhancements to the South Lake Trail, and a community gymnasium. Incorporated in 1922, Groveland recently celebrated its centennial anniversary in March with a series of weekend festivities for the community to enjoy. Groveland recently welcomed high-tech Kroger and Amazon fulfillment centers. Town officials predict these companies will provide huge boosts to the city’s economy and create hundreds of employment opportunities for locals while attracting other businesses and investors.

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Despite its rapid expansion, Groveland continues to maintain its charming close-knit family feel. Groveland remains focused on prioritizing its natural topography, conserving natural resources, and adding low-impact development community-based objectivities, as evidenced in its recent adoption of a new Future Land Use Element – signifying its commitment to the protection of wildlife habitats through strategic growth practices. This adoption will conserve more than 50% of natural land within approximately 53 square miles by clustering development into walkable, mixed-use towns, villages, and hamlets. Groveland’s newly renovated downtown Lake David Park is the place to be on the second Friday of each month, as local farmers, businesses, and vendors participate in a farmer’s market that’s free and open to the public with live music from 5-9pm.

A town located west of Groveland on State Road 50, Mascotte is dedicated to celebrating community and culture. For recreation, the Mascotte Park Road Complex has four lighted softball fields, a basketball court, soccer field, playground equipment and a small park with two pavilions overlooking a small lake. It’s a great spot to watch the morning sunrise and the evening sunset. 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. Town officials, in partnership with the local police department, business owners, and residents, foster a sense of community by hosting other fun events throughout the year 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 homestyle buffet that includes fried chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy.

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MONTVERDE Population: 1,901 Size: 1.8 square miles

GREEN MOUNTAIN SCENIC OVERLOOK

MINNEOLA Population: 13,843 Size: 10.34 square miles

Minneola proudly displays its motto “Central Florida’s High Point”, a reference to Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the highest peaks in Florida. Here you can visit Lake County’s Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, which offers an overlook to enjoy a memorable view of abundant treetops and wildlife. Minneola is home to a post office and a growing number of restaurants, shops, and businesses. The city is in the design stages of constructing a new library on Main Avenue across from the existing Schoolhouse Library. And there are plans to convert the historic Schoolhouse Library to a museum to showcase the city’s history. Located on U.S. Highway 27 is Minneola’s city hall, which hosts many community activities, classes, and WXW wrestling shows. This will also be home to Minneola’s new Public Safety Complex. U.S. Highway 27 intersects the city, providing a major corridor for convenient access to nearby attractions. Currently, the city is in the process of a game-changing project located within the limits of the Hills of Minneola development of regional impact at the signalized intersection of N. Hancock Road and Citrus Grove Road. The Hills of Minneola is planned for 4,000 residential units and will feature

commercial, medical, and industrial space, hospitality options and a charter school, all to be served by the new Hills Crossing Shopping Center anchored by Publix. Hills Crossing is just 1/4 mile south of the recently completed Exit 278 off the Florida Turnpike. Additionally, the city proudly boasts popular outdoor venues, including the Minneola Athletic Complex, which has a variety of sports fields, playground, sand volleyball court, concessions, and more. The 17-acre Minneola Trailhead Park is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with a playground, basketball court, ballfield, dog park, exercise pavilion, skate park, and a course for BMX style biking. A community garden on Chester Street is available for residents to come together to grow and harvest their own organic food. Annual community events include Kids’ Safe Night Out on Halloween, which is a great opportunity for families to enjoy free games, food, and an old-fashioned hayride. The city also hosts a Christmas Moonlight Parade on Main Avenue, which features floats and costumes decorated with lights. The event continues at City Hall with various children’s activities and photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

On the west shore of Lake Apopka, 17 miles south of Tavares and 30 miles from Leesburg is Montverde, a unique town that 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, has produced its share, including a handful of current NBA players. 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. 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 longrunning annual Montverde Day Carnival and Music Festival. The November event features live music, food, dancing, vendors, and many other traditional community activities like a cakewalk, chili cook-off and children’s games. Also nestled on the shores of Lake Apopka is Bella Collina, a golf community among rolling hills best known for luxurious, award-winning lakefront homes that offers peaceful living just 30 minutes from Walt Disney World.

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In the center of it all Business and tourism go hand in hand in Florida, and Leesburg offers the perfect place to grow your business. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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 27,000 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, single-point 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

For more information about the City of Leesburg, call the City Manager’s Office at

352.728.9786 ext. 1100 or visit leesburgflorida.gov

to encourage businesses to update their facade, 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 part 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 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility on the shores of Lake Harris. The new H.O. Dabney Aquatic Center which includes an 8-lane competition swimming pool and a zero-entry pool with play features and slides is set to open in spring 2022. And as we return to normalcy following the COVID Pandemic, don’t miss out on Leesburg’s marquee events such as Mardi Gras Party in the Street, Fine Art Festival, Leesburg Bikefest, 4th of July celebration, Food Truck-n-Flick Nights and fishing tournaments that draw thousands of visitors to the City each year. With residents, businesses and city leadership working together and innovative plans well underway, Leesburg is headed to a great future filled with partnerships, performance and progress.


WONDERFUL

WATER Make a splash by exploring Lake County’s unique waterways. STORY: GARY CORSAIR


ith 1,000+ lakes and waterways spanning 202 square miles, finding fun and relaxation on Lake County’s water is as easy as A, B, C. “Fishing is going bonkers, of course. There’s so much fishing,” says Visit Lake Interim Director Kathy Pagan. “And kayaking and paddleboarding have become more popular.” Ditto for boating, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, hydro biking, canoeing, jet skiing and swimming. The county’s lakes, canals, streams, springs, rivers, and ponds have never been more popular. And experiencing all that wonderful water is a breeze. Lake County has 43 boat launch ramps, 20 fishing charter services, 15 marinas, 10 companies offering water tours, and eight places that rent canoes. The largest body of connected water is the Harris Chain of Lakes, which consists of navigable waterways linking Big Lake Harris (the largest, at 15,321 acres), Lake Eustis, Lake Griffin, Lake Dora, Little Lake Harris, Lake Beauclair, and Lake Carlton (the smallest, at 384 acres). An eighth body, Lake Yale, is not connected. Accessing the Harris Chain can be accomplished from Leesburg, Fruitland Park, Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, Howey-in-the-Hills and Yalaha. The Clermont Chain of Lakes in southern Lake County is even more voluminous than the Harris Chain (51,012 acres, compared to 42,320). Lake Louisa, the largest of 11 lakes in the Clermont/Groveland area (3,634 acres, Cook Lake is smallest at 21 acres), offer abundant recreational opportunities. To the north, just north of Umatilla, the three-lake Holly Chain draws anglers. Here’s an overview of the alphabet soup of water-related activities that beckon:

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ADVENTURE OUTDOOR PADDLE LLC Wooten Park, 210 E. Ruby St., Tavares 352.217.5012

AOP offers a variety of tours of Dora Canal, which has a well-deserved reputation as “the most beautiful mile of waterway in the world.” Adventurers can choose a single kayak, tandem kayak, or paddleboard for a variety of tours along the enchanting canal populated by herons, osprey, egrets, cormorants, fish, otters, and turtles living among century-old cypress trees majestically draped in Spanish moss. Most paddle tours are 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Some include lunch or a visit to a tap house. AOP also offers flyout paddle tours comprised of a 15-minute Jones Brothers Air and Sea seaplane flight over the Harris Chain followed by landing on Lake Eustis and a guided paddle back to Tavares through the Dora Canal.

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CATBOAT ADVENTURE TOURS 148 Charles Ave., Mount Dora 352.325.1442

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An abundance of connected lakes makes it easy to cruise from one town or hotspot to the next. “We have a pontoon boat we bought in 2016. We love to just take it out and cruise with our dog, who just loves it too,” says former County Commissioner Jimmy Conner. “The seaplanes flying over in Tavares is a nice touch to see as well. Boat owners are very happy, friendly people. They wave and say hello regularly. It’s just a fun, friendly, relaxing time and the enjoyment our dog has is the icing on the cake.” It’s easy to experience the joy of boating. Lake County abounds with public boat ramps (Hickory Point Recreational Facility has 12) and marinas. And eight Lake County companies rent crafts.

TripAdvisor and Yelp are filled with raves about Catboat Adventure Tours’ catamarans with recorded narration by knowledgeable guides for a pilot/driver and a guest. Two-hour tours begin at Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina a block from downtown Mount Dora. Traverse beautiful Lake Dora into the Dora Canal, which allows an up-close encounter with nature at its finest, and entry into Lake Eustis. Tours to Lake Beauclair and Lake Carlton, combined with a magnificent view of the sunset over Lake Dora, are also available. Recommended: Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, 2021

CATBOAT ESCAPES 10354 Cypress Cove Ln., Clermont 321.234.2875

Locals are raving on social media, plus TripAdvisor and Yelp boast great reviews about CatBoat Escapes, which provides guided twohour tours of the Clermont Chain of Lakes. Guests captain easy-to-steer catamarans at speeds up to 25mph, while a guide, riding alongside, narrates/points out landmarks and beautiful sights of nature. Recommendation: “What a wonderful way to spend a morning! I saw parts of South Lake I didn’t even know existed and the commentary was informative but not intrusive.” – Donna Digennaro, Clermont Historical Society board member.


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It’s easy to be on the water from sunrise to sunset. And you don’t need your own boat. A 20’ pontoon can be rented for eight hours for as little as $250. Venetian Cove Marina in Leesburg rents kayaks and canoes for $5 per paddler (and $2 charge for use of a lifejacket). Recommendation: “One of my favorites is taking the boat all the way to Silver Springs to see the crystal-clear waters and spot wildlife. It’s a full day!” – LifeStream Behavioral Center Associate Vice President BE Thompson.

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Lake County is home to numerous desirable lakefront dining options. Visitlakefl.com lists seven “great waterside restaurants”: Pisces Rising, a mainstay along Lake Dora since 2003; Puddle Jumpers, a perfect spot to watch seaplanes; J.B. Boondocks, in Howey-in-the-Hills; Fish Camp on Lake Eustis, famous for margaritas; The Tiki Bar and Grill, a casual eatery in Minneola known for its wings, outside dining, and spectacular sunset views; The Crazy Gator, a Eustis institution since 2001; and Lake Harris Hideaway, in Tavares. One of the oldest and best-known waterfront restaurants is the Blackwater Inn on the St. John’s River in Astor. Recommended: “Used to be Palm Gardens, then Fish Camp. I do like Kahlua Beach Bar and Hideaway too.” – Umatilla Fire Dept. Fire Support Capt. John Sokol. Recommended: Fish Camp on Lake Eustis is the No. 1 rated waterfront restaurant on Yelp.

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F ISHING

Lake County’s reputation for fabulous fishing is worldwide. In fact, nationally televised fishing tournaments have been held on the Harris Chain. In 2005, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) listed Lake Harris as one of the top 10 sunfish fishing sites. FWC also listed Lake George and the St. John’s River among the best places to fish in the state. Lake Saunders, the Butler chain and Haynes Creek are among popular spots favored by local anglers. While boaters hunt for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, stripers, panfish, and catfish, anglers who prefer casting from the shore often catch their limit in Ferran Park in Downtown Eustis, Hickory Point, the pier at Clermont’s Lakefront Park, the park on Little Lake Harris in Howey-inthe-Hills, and the floating dock at the lower Wekiva preserve of State Road 46. The long fishing pier at Lake Minneola in Clermont is also popular.

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G ROUP ON

Floatin’ on a Boat Charters’ 42’ long, 14’ wide Dream Won pontoon boat is perfect for entertaining groups of six to 16. Private boat charters on the fully covered vessel originate from Hurricane Dockside Grill in Tavares. Most private cruises are two hours. Some offer catered brunch, others food and beverages. One of the most popular excursions is the 90-minute sunset lover cruise.

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HIKING …. ON WATER

Lake County’s seven Blueways Runs are similar to hiking trails, with water replacing land. And most are beginner-friendly. Geo-positioned and physical markers guide explorers as they kayak, canoe and paddleboard thru beautiful waterways filled with memorable scenery and abundant wildlife. There’s even a chance you’ll see manatees. Blueways vary from tame (the 8.63-mile Stagger Mud Lake Run in Astor and the 36.81-mile Lake Harris Run from Leesburg and Tavares, are rated 0 for difficulty), to downright challenging (the 4.1-mile Blue Creek Runs in Astor are rated 4 for difficulty). Most blueways are available for powered and non-powered watercraft. Visit paddlelake.com for more information.

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I SLANDS IN THE SUN

Paved trails and wooden bridges connecting sun-splashed islands provide relaxing pastimes in Leesburg’s Venetian Gardens. This beautiful, well-maintained jewel a few blocks south of downtown is filled with wildlife, water lilies, ducks, and numerous species of birds, including ibis, osprey, and heron. The park, which wraps around a large lake with boat ramp access, is perfect for picnics and has ample parking and public restrooms on both sides. Recommended: Named the No. 1 thing to do in Leesburg by Tripadvisor.

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J ET SKIING

Premier Get Wet Watersports rents twoperson jet skis on Lake Eustis for $75 per hour.

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LAKE LOUISA STATE PARK


M L K LOVELY LOUISA

KAYAKING

“Kayaking is a growing sport and experienced huge growth over the last two years in people wanting to get outside and do recreational activities like paddling,” says Katrina Aho of Adventure Outdoor Paddle. “Lake County is a beautiful place for paddling with the many bodies of freshwater lakes around.” And kayaking can be enjoyed year-round.

Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 Hwy. 27, Clermont, is 4,500 acres of real Florida. The popular park hosts kayak ecotours, canoe rentals, fishing, and swimming. With 20+ miles of trails, a beach, playground, fishing pier, and seven lakes, you’ll probably want to stay for a few days – and you can – there are 20 cabins and 60 campsites. Recommended: TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, 2021, also ranked the No. 1 thing to do in Clermont.

MAGNIFICENT MILE

Take a cruise, pilot a catamaran, or paddle a kayak or canoe. You won’t be disappointed. “There’s simply too many [things to do on the water] to list, but my favorite would be cruising the Dora Canal, especially when taking out-oftown guests,” says BE Thompson. “They say it’s ‘the most beautiful mile of water in the world’, and it’s true! I love to watch the fireworks on the water and usually you can find fireworks several nights in a row around the 4th of July. Eustis, Leesburg, Tavares, and Mount Dora all plan their events so you can cruise the chain of lakes and watch fireworks for days.” Recommended: “We especially love the Dora Canal. Going through the Dora Canal, which was dug by man, not machine, never gets old,” says Jimmy Conner.

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Trimble Park / 5802 Trimble Park Rd., Mount Dora

Trimble Park is filled with flora and fauna and lots of birds and other animals. It’s not a long hike, but you’ll be enthralled. Bring a picnic lunch, rent a pavilion for a get together, bring the kids to the playground, or camp overnight. Recommended: “Trimble Park is interesting because it’s located on a peninsula between Lake Beauclaire and Lake Carlton. Beautiful trails.” –Dave DeJohn content creation specialist.

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O CALA NATIONAL FOREST 40929 State Rd. 19, Umatilla

This huge forest has several first magnitude, crystal-clear springs. Recommended: TripAdvisor No. 1 thing to do in Umatilla.

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ALEXANDER SPRINGS


P PARADISAIC PADDLING

Lake Norris Conservation Area East Trailhead head, 24542 Blackwater Creek Road, Eustis. Those who have kayaked to Lake Norris describe the journey as “exquisite,” “pristine,” “fantastic place to photograph.” Floridarambler.com calls it “a Disneyland for nature lovers.” This gorgeous kayak trail hidden within a 3,660-acre preserve in eastern Lake County, has two sections of Blackwater Creek you can paddle – one leading to Lake Norris. The dark water trail from the launch site to Lake Norris is less than a mile, but what a magical mile! The shore is lined with cypress trees and thick vegetation. Birds are plentiful, especially osprey. As the river opens into Lake Norris, there is a fantastic forest of uniquely twisted dwarf cypress trees. A landing site features a group campsite, picnic tables, hiking trail, and several canoes and paddles (about a mile away from the landing) you can use for free by calling the Lake County Water Authority at 352.343.3777. That’s also the number to call to make a camping reservation.

Q QUEEN FOR A DAY

A two-hour cruise on the Dora Queen, an 80-foot New Orleans style paddlewheel boat based in Tavares, is a perfect way to enjoy majestic views of beautiful Lake Dora. The Queen’s lounge-style seating on two decks and music and cocktails makes her ideal for private events. Cruises are Wednesday through Sunday.

R ROW, ROW, ROW

Lake County Rowing Association (LCRA) instills endurance, discipline and teamwork in school-age children. Visit rowlcra.org for more information.

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S EAPLANES

Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures has provided thousands of tours and charters and trained more than 18,000 pilots since opening in 2010. A fleet of well-maintained Cessna airplanes (a 172, 185, and 206) and a Searey aircraft offer unforgettable aerial adventures. Recommended: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence nine consecutive years. Visit jonesairandsea.com for additional information.

SWIMMING

Alexander Springs Recreation Area 49525 County Rd. 445, Altoona

Alexanders Springs’ 72-degree water is the most pristine liquid refreshment you’ll ever swim in. “Swimming in the pristine and cool waters of Alexander Springs. I love it there because it brings back childhood memories of picnics, canoeing and camping trips,” says Lake County Commissioner Leslie Campione Canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving (divers must be certified) are also popular pursuits. Recommended: TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, 2021 and ranked No. 1 thing to do in Altoona

SWISS WATERSKI RESORT

13114 Skiing Paradise Blvd., Clermont 352.429.2178

JONES BROTHERS & CO.

Swiss promises the “perfect ski set up which hosted the World Championships.” Longtime pro skier and coach Clint Stadlbaur oversees instruction in wakeboarding, wakeskating or wakesurfing. Visit swisswaterskiresort.com.


WET ZONE

UMATILLA

The Holly Chain, which locks together three lakes, is a gem of Umatilla. This area, including various other parts of Lake County, also has several smaller lakes dotted throughout.

W WAKEBOARDING/ WATERSKIING Jack Travers Water Ski School 20225 County Rd. 33, Groveland 352.429.9021

What’s in a name? Everything when the moniker belongs to Jack Travers, who has operated ski schools in Florida since 1973. Numerous packages provide individualized instruction for as little as a half day, or two weeks plus. Visit jacktravers.com for more information.

The Children’s Splash Pad in Wooten Park in Tavares, a popular spot for kids to beat the heat, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 7-Aug. 6, and open weekends only April 17-June 5 and Aug. 7-Sept. 26. FYI: $2 fee. Proper bathing suit attire required. The splash pad is closed briefly for cleaning at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Call 352.742.6267 for more information. (Splash pads can also be found in Eustis, Clermont, Leesburg, Astatula, and Groveland, so visit those city sites for more information about pricing, hours, locations, etc.)

Y YOUTH SAILING Lake Eustis Sailing Club 1310 County Rd. 452, Eustis 352.612.0216

Lake Eustis Youth Sailing Foundation encourages children to experience the joy of sailing, seamanship and water safety in a safe fun environment. Classes for beginners, intermediates, pre-race/advanced, and advanced/race team. Clermont Sailing Center 1050 Victory Way, Clermont 352.388.1786

Children learn to sail, race competitively, and socialize with other sailors at the Clermont Sailing Center.

WORLD WAKEBOARD CENTER 19022 Orange Ave., Groveland 352.429.3574

The world-acclaimed instruction facility sustains a friendly environment suitable for students of all skill levels. In addition to full-time wakeboard, wakeskate, and wakesurf programs, World Wakeboard Center has weekly sessions that operate year-round.

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FARM FRESH.

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 Let’s JUMP SWIM STAY DINE LET’S PLAY ALEXANDER SPRINGS RECREATION AREA

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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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.


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

MISSION INN RESORT & CLUB - EL CAMPEÓN

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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

Mount Dora Golf Club

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. 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 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

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 Apshawa Farm

18030 W. Apshawa Rd., Clermont 352.394.3313

Lake Catherine Blueberries

5849 Lake Catherine Rd., Groveland 352.551.4110

Lake Jem Nursery

27205 CR 448A, Mount Dora 352.223.4445

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

Oak Haven Farms

32418 Avington Rd., Sorrento 352.735.1996

Promise Farms

36111 CR 44A, Eustis 352.589.5557

EQUESTRIAN AT T R AC T I O N S Al-Marah Arabian Horses 11105 Autumn Ln., Clermont 352.536.1502

Black Horse Resort Ranch 22651 S.E. CR 42, Umatilla 352.434.1204

DreamCatcher Horse Ranch 10639 Toad Rd., Clermont 407.702.8332

Rock Spring Run Trail Rides 31700 CR 433, Sorrento 352.266.9326

EQUESTRIAN TRAILS Lake Louisa State Park 7305 US Hwy 27, Clermont 352.394.3969

Lake Norris Conservation Area 22437 Orange Blossom Ln., Eustis 352.343.3777

Lower Wekiva River Preserve 38015 Fechtel Rd., Eustis 352.884.2009

Ocala National Forest, Seminole Ranger District 40929 SR 19, Umatilla 352.669.3153

Rock Springs Run State Reserve 30601 CR 433, Sorrento 352.383.3311

Sawgrass Island Preserve 12050 Sawgrass Island Rd., Umatilla 352.343.3777

Seminole State Forest 9610 CR 44, Leesburg 352.360.6675

Seminole Springs Herb Farm 39435 Huff Rd., Eustis 352.357.2643

Southern Hill Farms

16651 Schofield Rd., Clermont 407.986.5806 southernhillfarms.com

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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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CLERMONT 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. 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 call 352.319.1116 for ticket information.

MOUNT DORA 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. 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.

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.

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

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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PLAY 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 Highway, 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

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

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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 and 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

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

IH PAQUETTE’S HISTORICAL FARMALL TRACTOR MUSEUM

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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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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PLAY 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 blueways 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. 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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THE GREEN MOUNTAIN

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

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

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

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

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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.


MOUNT DORA

EUSTIS

Mount Dora’s downtown is bustling with a variety of shops and boutiques. Papilio features nature-inspired art, gifts, and plants. The Cozy Nest has a mix of vintage, shabby chic, inspirational signs, and baby gifts. Other fun shops with specialty items include the Checkered Moon, The Salty Mare, Temptations, Em’z on Fifth, Noni at the Olive Branch, Under the Cherry Blossoms, Julianne’s Coastal Cottage, The Spice and Tea Exchange, Artisans of Mount Dora, and Piglet’s Pantry to name a few. 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.

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. Lemonade Lifestyle Boutique also offers gifts, décor and more. Merry Jewelers has been a popular Eustis store since 1946, and My Favorite Things features craft supplies, rubber stamps, and coordinating card stock, inks, ribbons, and buttons.

CLERMONT The Broom Tree is one of a few quaint shops in downtown Clermont 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. Encore carries a great selection of home decor items, and Hometown Accents by Gabriella also features a nice array of handmade items and home decor.

LEESBURG

DOWNTOWN MOUNT DORA

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, Damee, 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, The Lacy Ladybug inside Southern Gardens, and Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe.

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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 includes high-end resorts, family-friendly inns, bed-and-breakfasts, 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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HOTELS AND RESORTS

Whether visitors are looking for economical familyfriendly 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


LAKESIDE INN

Angelina Lakeside Inn

Hampton Inn

Best Western Plus Chain of Lakes Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn

21726 US Hwy. 27, Leesburg 352.787.8876

1321 N. 14th St., Leesburg 352.460.0118

Budget Lodge

18730 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora 352.383.2181

19700 US Hwy. 441, Mount Dora 352.383.4267

Holiday Inn Express

1810 US Hwy. 27, Clermont 352.243.7878

Budget Inn

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Candlelight Motel

Home 2 Suites by Hilton, Clermont

926 N. Bay St., Eustis 352.357.3433 1306 S. 14th St., Leesburg 352.787.6588

The Castaways on the River

25131 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

Exploria Express Orlando 105 Summer Bay Blvd., Clermont 855.849.2205

Fairfield Inn & Suites

1750 Hunt Trace Blvd., Clermont 352.394.6585

Groveland Motel

896 E. Myers Blvd., Mascotte 352.429.2655

Hampton Inn & Suites Clermont MISSION INN RESORT & CLUB

9630 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg 352.315.1053

2200 E. SR 50, Clermont 352.536.6600

3601 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.742.1600

1450 Champions Way, Clermont 352.227.2900

Inn on the Green

700 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.343.6373

Key West Resort on Lake Dora

199 W. Ruby St., Tavares 352.508.5344

La Bella Inn

101 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.343.4666

Lakeside Inn

100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora 800.556.5016

Mission Inn Resort & Club 10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.268.9574

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

17805 US Hwy. 192, Clermont 855.849.2205

Villa Lagoon Inn

1051 Lake Shore Blvd., Tavares 352.343.3377

WoodSpring Suites 16311 SR 50, Clermont 407.877.2634

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lady Lake 850 S. US Hwy 27/441, Lady Lake 352.561.8038

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

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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. 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


B&B S Adora Inn

610 N. Tremain St., Mount Dora 352.735.3110 AdoraInn.com

Farnsworth House

1029 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora 352.735.1894 farnsworthhousebb.com

Grandview Bed & Breakfast 442 E. 3rd Ave., Mount Dora 352.383.4440 grandviewbb.net

The Heirloom Inn

VAC AT I O N R E N TA L S

644 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora 352.408.9667 theheirloominnmountdora.com

Award Vacation Homes

Heron Cay Lakeview B&B Inn

Clermont Cabanas

Lake Minneola Inn

The Ever After Estate

Le Petit Suite

Fox Den Country Inn

Magnolia Inn

Lake Louisa Villa Events & Resort

Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast

Our Florida Concierge

Mount Dora Cottages

Sweet Escape Mansion

Mount Dora Historic Inn

Swiss Vacation Houses

Simpson’s Bed & Breakfast

Tremain Street Cottages

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

HERON CAY LAKEVIEW B&B INN

MOSS GATE

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

1536 Sunrise Plaza Dr., #100, Clermont 407.501.2990 875 W. Osceola St., Clermont 352.978.5856 clermontcabanas.com 9512 Oak Island Ln., Clermont 352.978.8730 everafterestate.com 27 S. Central Ave., Umatilla 352.669.2151 foxdencountryinn.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

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CAMPGROUNDS AND CABINS Lake County is known for its beautiful natural amenities, which is why it is home to numerous parks and campgrounds offering opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of large cities and overcrowded theme parks and beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of its rivers and lakes and Spanish moss dangling from majestic oak trees while viewing birds and a variety of animals in their natural habitat. FOR A COMPLETE LIST, GO TO VISITLAKEFL.COM


CAMPSITES Alexander Springs Recreation Area

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

Astor Landing RV Resort & Marina

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 visitors, including the “Beehive” activities center, recently renovated pool with new patio furniture, and Weza Town Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 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 and bathhouses with warm showers under shady oak trees. 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

LAKE LOUISA

Haines Creek RV Village

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

Holiday RV Village

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 Co. Rd 146, Wildwood 352.748.2397

Lake Griffin 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

Nelson’s Outdoor Resort

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

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. SR 44, Wildwood 352.748.2774

CABINS AND VILLAS Lake Harris Lodge

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

Lake Louisa State Park

Twenty cabins overlook picturesque Dixie Lake, plus there are 60 fullfacility campsites. Guests may view wildlife, picnic, fish, kayak, and hike nature trails throughout 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

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

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

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EXPLORE JUMP SWIM STAY PLAY LET’S DINE If you believe that memorable meals are essential to a great vacation, you won’t be disappointed in Lake County, home to a plethora of great restaurants serving a wide array of cuisines to please any palate.

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


1921 Mount Dora

142 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora 352.385.1921

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

Chesapeake Bay Grille at Arlington Ridge

4467 Arlington Ridge Blvd., Leesburg 352.765.8001

Chris’ Place

106 E. Magnolia Ave., Eustis 352.308.8255

El Conquistador Restaurant, Mission Inn Resort 10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.324.3911

Goblin Market & Lounge

330 Dora Drawdy Way, Mount Dora 352.735.0059

Guru Restaurant

2400 US Hwy 27, Suite 101, Clermont 352.241.9884

Nicker’s Clubhouse Restaurant

10400 CR 48, Howey-in-the-Hills 352.324.2718

Olive Branch Grille & Bar 115 W. 3rd Ave., Mount Dora 352.729.6734

Pisces Rising

239 W. 4th Ave., Mount Dora 352.385.2669

Prime 3

610 W. Main St., Leesburg 352.314.0005

Root & Branch Bistro and Bar

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr., Unit 102, Clermont 352.708.4529

The Rose Plantation

200 Rose Ave., Fruitland Park 352.805.4340

The Southern on 8th

801 W. Montrose St., Clermont 352.394.7777

Turners Kitchen + Bar PISCES RISING

114 S. 5th St., Leesburg 352.530.2274

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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.


A S TAT U L A 25641 Monroe St. 352.253.6940

(featuring coffee/spirits/ multiple restaurants) 639 8th St. 407.575.7616

ASTOR

El Cerro

Race Car Diner

Drifters Riverfront Bar & Grill 55716 Front St. 352.759.2802

Castaways Restaurant 23525 SR 40 352.759.2494

Sparky’s Place Restaurant

811 W. Hwy 50 352.242.4669

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

El Tarasco de Clermont 470 Hwy 50 352.404.7632

24646 SR 40 352.759.3551

Flippers Pizzeria

CLERMONT

The Friar Tuck

Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro 4300 S. Hwy 27, Ste. 101 352.243.8988

Ay Jalisco

580 E. Hwy 50 352.243.1360

Calabria Ristorante & NY Style Pizza 13900 CR 455, Ste. 101 407.656.5144

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

Clean Eatz

2612 S. Hwy 27, Ste. 800 352.708.6187

Clermont Cafe

824 W. Montrose St. 352.536.9935

Clermont Fish House 110 W. Hwy 50 352.708.5563

Corelli’s Pantry

732 W. Montrose St. 352.708.4085

The Crooked Spoon Gastropub LA PALMA

The Downtown Exchange

200 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.404.7808

2523 S. US Hwy 27 352.242.2214

16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd. Ste. 401 352.404.6818

G’s NY Pizza

12346 Roper Blvd. 352.243.8900

Montrose Street Market (featuring coffee/spirits/ multiple restaurants) 793 W. Montrose St.

Over The Top Pita

240 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite B 352.708.6588

Papa’s Diner 626 SR 50 352.394.4474

Pepe’s Cantina

794 W. Minneola Ave. 352.989.4921

Piesano’s

1754 W. Hwy 50 352.717.5300

Pizzano’s Pizza & Grinders 1120 SR 50 352.708.8000

The Roasted Spirit 756 W. Montrose St. 321.376.5004

Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant

Robata Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Green Garden

San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant

1020 E. Hwy 50 352.708.5515 1790 E. Hwy 50 352.243.2077

Green Mountain Pizza 303 W. Hwy 50 352.432.3380

Goomba’s PIzzeria 2395 S. Hwy 27 352.989.4403

Lilly’s on the Lake 846 W. Osceola 352.708.6565

Los Reyes Mexican Grill 658 West Ave. 352.432.5784

1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688

4315 S. Hwy 27 352.536.2006

Sarah’s Greek Cuisine & More

16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd., Ste. 305 352.404.8031

Troy’s Cuban Deli

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295

Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 157 Hwy 27 352.394.1225

Michael’s Ali Coal Fired Pizza 790 W. Minneola Ave. 352.227.3512

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The Crazy Gator 402 N. Bay St. 352.589.5885

The Great Pizza Company 23 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.7377

Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 15211 US Hwy 441 352.483.8288

La Perla Tapatia 2060 S. Bay St. 352.602.4460

Night Owl Caribbean Cuisine 929 S. Bay St. 352.589.0256

Stavros & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. CR 44 352.589.9100

Taki’s Pizza House II 1600 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022

iBar-b-que Express 3170 US Hwy 27 352.315.4227

Legends Café

3430 US Hwy 441 352.728.0006

Rae Rae’s Restaurant 2468 US Hwy 441 352.323.1595

Stavro’s Pizza

Papi Pincho

133 E. Orange St. 352.232.0293

PeruRican Ceviche

1504 Max Hooks Rd., Ste. I 407.556.5143

Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. SR 33 352.429.2997

Tacos De Don Ramon

Butcher Block Kitchen

JB Boondocks Bar & Grill

262 W. Orange St. 352.557.5003

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

Coyote Rojo 2 214 W. Broad St. 352.557.8999

704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600

Restaurants at Mission Inn Resort & Club 10400 CR 48 El Conquistador 352.324.3911 Nicker’s Clubhouse 352.324.2718 La Hacienda 352.324.3910 La Margarita 352.324.3911

L A DY L A K E

Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant 7965 US Hwy 50 352.557.8988

Krispy’s Fried Chicken

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Mahon’s Real BBQ 351 E. Broad St. 352.250.8521

Mamma Rita’s Pizzeria & Italian Grill

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

7965 SR 50 352.429.7499

Fruitland Park Café

Organicaworld

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911 W. N. Blvd. 352.314.9339

Fire Rock Pizza

El Ranchito

3180 US Hwy 441 352.435.4575

El Ranchito Restaurant

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS

13752 N. U.S. 441 352.259.8988

2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001

110 S. 3rd St. 352.630.1313

G R OV E L A N D

Billy’s Cafe

Tony’s Pizza and Subs

Ellen’s Cafe on 3rd

The Florida Porch Café

936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939

12 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.602.7929

10700 US Hwy 441 352.253.2442

7048 SR 50 352.348.9433

3223 US Hwy 441 352.315.0028

The Troff

Tillie’s Tavern and Grill

Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant

3145 Austin Merritt Rd. 352.435.4570

1 Lagrande Blvd. 352.750.3335

Harbor Hills Country Club

6538 Lake Griffin Rd. 352.753.7000

Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant 304 S. US Hwy 441 352.753.2722

LEESBURG

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

706 W. Main St. 352.365.1717

712 W. Main St., Ste. 5 352.605.6123

Five Star Seafood 7609 US Hwy 441 352.460.0549

Gator Bay Bar and Grill 10320 CR 44 352.365.2177

God Café

300 W. Main St. 352.801.7447

HP Grill

1403 S. 14th St. 352.314.0006

Ichiban Chinese and Japanese Buffet 10301 US Hwy 441 352.728.6669

Kountry Kitchen 1008 W. Dixie Ave. 352.323.0852

La Palma Mexican Grill 1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444

Lilly’s Super Subs 32339 CR 473 352.343.4663

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

Mojo’s Grill

9925 Northwest, US-441 352.787.6656


Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616

Plantations Diner

Rubio’s Mexican Food Store 906 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.4990

25327 US Hwy 27, Ste. 201B 352.805.4054

MINNEOLA

Ramshackle Cafe

205 N. US Hwy 27 352.394.1516

1317 N. 14th St. 352.365.6565

Lil Anthony’s Pizza

Minneola Grill

117 W. Washington St. 352.394.2555

Napoli’s Pizzeria 556 S. US Hwy 27 352.243.7500

Tiki Bar & Grill 508 S. Main St. 352.394.2232

Smokin’ Jack’s Bar-B-Q 100 S. Hwy. 27 352.394.5225

Rodello’s Italian Restaurant 26736 US Hwy 27 352.319.8093

San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant 1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174

Sully’s Smokehouse 10820 CR 44 352.483.7427

Takis Pizza Restaurant 1205 N. 14th St. 352.787.2344

The Highland St. Cafe 185 S. Highland St. 352.383.1446

The Frog and Monkey 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

Let’s Do Lunch

Magical Meat Boutique

Cal’s Kitchen

17415 7th St., Ste. B 407.544.2352

Willie’s Bar-b-que 17436 7th St. 407.469.0060

MOUNT DORA

Anthony’s Pizza 17195 US Hwy 441 352.357.6668

Cafe´ Gianni

MASCOTTE

Cody’s On 4th

856 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.3040

421 N. Baker St. 352.385.3540

17440 7th St. 352.383.2327

Black Bear Kitchen

Wolfy’s

Mi Tierra Mexican Food

Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill

426 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.3702

The Bavarian Haus

918 N. 14th St. 352.787.6777

320 Dora Drawdy Way 352.385.9000

MONTVERDE

Wings Ranch 10601 Hwy. 441 352.901.6193

Copacabana Cuban Cafe´

433 Alexander St. 352.735.8387 425 Alexander St. 352.735.3327 111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426

Rainbow Restaurant 704 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.2093

GATORS OF UMATILLA

322 Alexander St. 352.729.6911

Mount Dora Marketplace (featuring coffee/spirits/ multiple restaurants) 100 E. 4th Ave. & 334 N. Donnelly St. 352.267.3560

Mount Dora Pizza and Subs 2718 W. Old US Hwy 441 352.383.5303

One Flight Up

440 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.1446

PizzAmoré

722 E. 5th Ave. 352.383.0092

The Pizza Shop 925 E. 1st Ave. 352.735.3411

The Salted Fry

342 Dora Drawdy Way 352.720.3755

Shiva Indian Restaurant 140A W. 5th Ave. 352.735.4555

WAVE Asian Bistro & Sushi

301 N. Baker St., Ste. 106 352.383.9283

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


DINE


SORRENTO

China Chef 24430 SR 44 352.357.2242

Del Franco Pizza Place 31436 CR 437 352.383.8882

Lisa’s Kountry Café 23911 SR 46 352.735.3380

Momiji Japanese Restaurant 24400 SR 44 352.357.2285

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

Havana 1959 Cuban Cuisine

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill

HWY 441 Diner

Twisted Biscuit Diner

1080 E. Alfred St. 352.609.5247

381 Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5494

Hurricane Dockside Grill

Kalua Hale Beach Bar

181 S. Joanna Ave. 352.609.5910

Lake Harris Hideaway

11912 Lane Park Rd. 352.343.3585

Eduardo’s Lokos Tacos

226 W. Alfred St. 352.742.1181

Fish Camp Lake Eustis PUDDLE JUMPERS

901 Lake Shore Blvd. 352.742.4400

U M AT I L L A

Combat Cafe

831 S. Central Ave. 352.669.8721

Main Street Diner

Fish & Chix

Mary’s Kountry Kitchen

Gator’s of Umatilla

505 W. Main St. 352.253.4663

15945 CR 448 352.343.6823

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

11801 US Hwy 441 352.343.2024

2002 SR 19 352.742.9010

4101 CR 561 352.508.5331

3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137

Palm Gardens Restaurant and Marina

East Wok

118 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5783

Puddle Jumpers Lakeside Grill

100 N. Central Ave. 352.669.7145 9 N. Central Ave. 352.669.6969

Greg’s Haystax 526 Umatilla Blvd. 352.669.1555

The Mason Jar 37534 SR 19 352.589.2535

Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q 41100 US Hwy 19 352.669.3922

111 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5862

Ruby Street Grille 221 E. Main St. 352.742.7829

Sunrise Grill

462 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.7744

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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 to start the day. Here are some of the popular places in Lake County to enjoy the experience:

Serendipity Brews

CLERMONT

LEESBURG

Citrus Coffee Co.

The Coffee Snob

Energy Lab Cafe

Water Gypsy Coffee Co.

Village Coffee Pot of Mount Dora

Erika’s Tea Room and Gifts

MINNEOLA

The Windsor Rose Restaurant and British Tea Room

141 Hwy. 27 352.394.4061 citruscoffee.com

528 8th St. 352.432.8985 energylabcafe.com

787 W. Montrose St. 908.670.2305 erikastearoom.com

Flag Coffee Corner

756 W. Montrose St., Ste. 101

Golden Hills Coffee & Espresso Bar 793 W. Montrose St. 352.217.2831 goldenhillscoffee.com

Just Love Coffee Cafe 1615 SR 50, Ste. 400 352.988.5508

Teamont Boba

821 W. Minneola Ave. 352.801.3524 bobateaclermont.com

1101 W. North Blvd. 352.460.4570 thecoffeesnobfl.com 201 W. Main St. 352.435.7937 facebook.com/ watergypsycoffee

Idrink Boba & Sandwiches

556 S. Hwy 27 352.708.5797 facebook.com/ idrinkbobasandwiches

MONTVERDE

Coffee Shop of Horrors 17415 7th St. 321.244.8668 coffeeshopofhorrors.com

MOUNT DORA

Cody’s on 4th 111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426 codyson4th.com

Troy’s Cuban Deli

Le Petit Sweet

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

Magic Tea Market

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295 troyscubandeli.com

Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy 441 352.435.4575 facebook.com/ Fruitland-Park-Café

110 W. 5th Ave 352.729.2453 lepetitsweet.wixsite.com 118 E. 4th Ave. 352.729.6644

One Flight Up

440 Donnelly Ave. 352.735.1446 facebook.com/OneFlightUp

144 W 5th Ave. 352.729.2213 facebook.com/ serendipitybrews

425 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.3334 villagecoffeepot.com

142 W. 4th St. 352.735.2551 windsorrose-tearoom.com

TAVA R E S

Jonesy’s Escape by Coffee Shop of Horrors 508 S. Duncan Dr. 352.609.1157 coffeeshopofhorrors.com

Nautilus Coffee Co. 130 W. Ruby St. 352.609.2870 nautiluscoffee.com

OMG Coffee Excellence 714 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.434.6178 omgcoffeeexcellence.com


ASTOR

Drifters Riverfront Bar & Grill 55716 Front St. 352.759.2802

The Warehouse 312 S. 2nd St. 352.616.1911

Clermont Brewing Co.

MINNEOLA

Crown Lounge 1340 SR 50 352.394.3888

Suncreek Brewery 790 W. Minneola 407.850.8810

Sud’s Saloon

793 W. Montrose St.

The Taphouse Clermont 2507 S. Hwy. 27 352.988.5795

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.

1107 W. North Blvd. 352.326.0100

CLERMONT 750 W. Desoto St. 321.430.2337

LOCAL BARS

Mammoth Oak Brewing Company

Tiki Bar & Grill at Lake Minneola Inn 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

EUSTIS

100 E. 4th Ave. 352.434.9089

Magnolia Wine Garden

McGregor’s Bar

114 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.2424

Wolf Branch Brewing 119 N. Bay St. 407.276.1510

LEESBURG

The Amsterdammer 112 S. 5th St. 352.360.0081

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

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

502½ N. Highland St. 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

Kalua Hale Beach Bar 181 S. Joanna Ave. 352.609.5910

THE AMSTERDAMMER

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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 those sweet cravings.

YALAHA BAKERY


CLERMONT

Bagel Bros Cafe

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

Bagel Bros Cafe

Twistee Treat

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

Twistee Treat 2

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

LEESBURG

Dip-A-Dee Donuts Handmade, fresh doughnuts, bagels, and more. 1376 W. North Blvd. 352.460.4266

Donut King of Leesburg

Mount Dora Confectionary

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

Scoops on 5th

Handmade, fresh doughnuts. 708 S. 14th St. 352.805.4888

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

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

Mystic Ice Cream

TAVA R E S

EUSTIS

MINNEOLA

Wide variety of Hershey’s ice cream, Italian ice, and dairy-free ice cream. 214 E. Main St. 352.508.5342

Ritter’s Frozen Custard

Coney’s Italian Ice and Creamery

Donut King

Twistee Treat

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery/Clermont Boba Tea

LakeSide Skoop-Eustis

MONTVERDE

U M AT I L L A

Orange Blossom Candies and Cream

Sprinkles Scoops & More LLC

Variety of fresh hot bagels baked daily at 6:30 and 9 a.m., sandwiches and more. 1215 Sunrise Plaza Drive, Suite B Clermont, FL 34714

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

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

Custard made fresh daily—higher protein, less fat than ice cream. 2560 E. Hwy 50 352.536.2979

Specialty upscale cupcakes in various flavors, ice cream, boba tea. 2670 SR 50, Ste. G 352.989.4347

Sugar Mama’s Candy Bar

Yummis Frozen Yogurt and Café

Italian ice in various flavors, soft serve and gelati and iced coffee. 24422 Fl-44 352.483.2423

Handmade hard scoop ice cream from Boynton Beach, Florida. 303 N. Grove St. 352.705.2020

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

Mystic Ice Cream Cafe

A wide variety of candies of all kinds. 716 W. Montrose St. 352-533-3157

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

Twisted Sugar

GRAND ISLAND

Custom soft dough cookies in various flavors, sodas and twisters. 756 W. Montrose St., Ste. 102 352.404.8149

A Wish or Two Ago French Bakery and Marketplace

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

Handmade, fresh doughnuts including red velvet and Boston cream. 208 US Hwy 27 352.243.4046

116937 Lakeside Dr. 352.531.1139

MOUNT DORA

Allyson A Bake Shop Cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake bars, muffins, scones, and more. 122 E. 4th Ave. 352.383.2200

Le Petit Sweet

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

Tavares Ice Cream

Shaped like an ice-cream cone, offering variety of frozen treats. 397 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.6177

A family run Hershey ice cream and sweet treat shop. 84 N. Central Ave. 352.999.7095

YA L A H A

Yalaha Bakery

German breads, Old World tortes, and a wide variety of cookies and pastries. 8210 CR 48 352.324.3366

Fresh-baked breads, assorted pastries, and other sweets. 13810 SR 44 352.483.5074

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PEYTON C. GRINNELL, SHERIFF

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Drugs

Weapons

The SpeakOut Hotline is designed to help anyone anonymously report any threatening behavior or situation that endangers a person, their friends, family, community, or school. By guaranteeing a caller’s anonymity, SpeakOut allows the caller to give information without the fear of retribution. Calls are received 24/7/365. No calls are ever recorded, caller ID is not used, and operators never ask for personal information. Tips can even be submitted online or with a free app, P3 Campus. Again, this process is completely secure and anonymous and the submitter can attach photos or videos. SpeakOut works hand in hand with its parent company, Crimeline, so that when immediate action is necessary, information is quickly forwarded to school officials and law enforcement.

Bullying

Suspicious Activity

Other things

LAKE COUNTY STUDENTS ANOMINOUSLY REPORTED: • Drugs • Weapons • Bullying • Suspicious Activity

• Animal Cruelty • Explosives/Bomb Threats • Planned School Threats/Fights • Child Abuse

The catalyst for SpeakOut originated here in Lake County. On September 29, 1995, a fourteen-year-old Tavares Middle School student was shot by another student. It was discovered that several students attending Tavares Middle were aware of trouble between the victim and shooter but never spoke to anyone in authority about it. Several students were also aware that the student had brought the gun to school. Had someone spoken out, perhaps this tragedy could have been averted. Research backs up the theory that in a significant number of violent incidents in U.S. schools, someone knew that an attacker was making plans or made statements and no one reported it.

SPEAKOUT TIPS RECEIVED AT LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS: 2019

2020

2021

148 121 215 TO REPORT A TIP, CALL 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) OR VISIT SPEAKOUTHOTLINE.ORG WELCOME TO LAKE COUNTY •

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