With its Victorian architecture, boutique shopping, and lovely lakefront, Mount Dora is one of the most genuine small towns in Central Florida. You can even see some of the few remaining citrus groves on the outskirts of this well-preserved hamlet.
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Mount Dora is a city of parks. Tree-shaded Donnelly Park occupies a full block in the center of town, and welcomes picnickers, tennis and shuffleboard players to enjoy its lush environs. Within walking distance of downtown is Palm Island Park, adjacent to Gilbert Park, and home to one of the most beautiful nature walks in the state. Also available are a playground, lighthouse, fishing dock, boat ramp and picnic pavilions.
Mount Dora is a romantic little town just north of Orlando, filled with large Oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, Flowers and the States highest elevation at 131 ft. above sea level. The entire town is steeped in Historical tradition with architecture primarily from the 30's-40's and 50's. For those that want that special romantic weekend, Mount Dora offers that, and so much more, just a short distance from Orlando. To start planning that special trip... imagine a relaxing facial or couples massage at one of the local Day Spas; golf at several nearby golf courses including The Country Club of Mount Dora, Black Bear, and Eagle Dunes... shopping at several local specialty shops in a quaint downtown area... stop for a relaxing glass of wine at the Wine Den to become friends with the locals and then dinner at several great restaurants. Then join the crowd on the deck at Pisces Rising for a beautiful sunset over the lake and live music. Leaving Pisces Rising, a horse drawn carriage ride around town completes your day, and you head to a wonderful B&B.
There are several nice B&Bs in town, including the newly renovated Grandview Bed &Breakfast which has a swimming pool and one cabin with its own windmill or try the Mount Dora Historic Inn downtown on Fourth Avenue, or enjoy your own cottage at Tremain Street Cottages
For your second day to explore the Old Florida atmosphere, you an also enjoy a trip down the Dora Canal by catching a boat ride at the end of the dock near the Mt. Dora Yacht Club in the Downtown area. That will give you a peek inside Old Florida and a chance to see alligators, raccoons and other wildlife. There's even a slow train ride to Eustis or Horse & Carriage Rides offered nearby.
For the Guys, there's a Classic Car Museum - The Mount Dora Museum of Speed. Featuring Automobiles and Automobilia (auto antiques) from the 30's-40's-50's and 60's including over 20 classic cars. Built within, it features an entire 1944 Texaco Gas Station complete with a 50 year collection of Jukeboxes, Gas Pumps, Air Towers, over 200 Tin / Porcelain Signs, Pedal Cars, Neon Signs, Cola Machines and more. It also features a Gift Shop for the guys or gals featuring Handmade Teddy Bears & Purses, Models, Embroidered Clothing and Rare Car Parts. Now located nearby to the Museum of Speed is a Sports Eatery called "Sidelines" so you can enjoy the cars and then walk down the street and have a beer, enjoying sports broadcast while sampling some delicious homemade pizza.