Tours

Local Tour Information Links

What to Do in Mount Dora:  whattodoinmtdora.com
Visit Lake County:  visitlakefl.com
Winter Garden Experience:  wintergardenexperience.com
Orange County, Florida:  orangecountyfl.net/Visitors

Kids Tour

Oakland Nature Preserve

Oakland Nature PreserveAfter School Science Club is held every Tuesday from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm for 12 weeks. The Fall session will begin on Sept 15, 2015 and run through December 8, 2015 (12 weeks).  There will be no Science Club on Tuesday, November 24th.

Registration is $50 for a members and $110 for non-members.  (Family membership is $50.)

Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machete Trail
Oakland, FL 34787
(407) 905-0054

Florida Scrub-jay Trail

Florida_Scrub_JayThe Florida Scrub-Jay Trail is dedicated to increase awareness of the need to restore habitat for scrub-jays, gopher tortoises, and native plant species. A free orientation is offered on the 1st Saturday of each month from 8am-11am, and many other events are schedule there. Check the website above for more information.

Florida Scrub-jay Trail
11490 Montevista Road
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 429-5566
Email: info@scrubjaytrail.org

Scott’s Maze Adventures at Long & Scott Farms

Corn Maze & Adventure Area are ONLY open to the General Public in the Fall on weekends, two special weekdays, and for a few special events or Private Parties throughout the year. The Corn Maze is 7 acres with lots of paths and plenty of room. There are employees inside the maze and on the bridge to monitor and help guests. Everyone is shown a short video about the maze and the rules before entering the Adventure area.

We ask you to divide into groups of 4 to 6, with an adult in every group. Each group enters the maze with a flag and a game sheet. We encourage team work in finding your way through the maze and completing the game sheet. It is a fun way to learn about our yearly theme.

Scott’s Maze Adventures
26216 County Road 448A
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 383-6900
Email: sales@longandscottfarms.com

Showcase of Citrus

Comfortably ride on the world’s largest 4×4 for about an hour through the 2500 acre Estate and learn about Native Florida trees, plants, and animals, as well as the history of the Citrus Estate. Guests may also have the opportunity to interact and feed the wildlife.

Winter months are known for higher foot traffic, less rain, and earlier sunsets. Summer months are known for lower foot traffic, a higher probability for afternoon rain showers, and a later sunset, (this allows for the 6 pm tour).

Reservations recommended for the tour, but visiting the farm is free.

Showcase of Citrus
5010 S. U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714
(352) 394-4377
Email: showcaseofcitrus@earthlink.net
Video: https://youtu.be/oaDDy4TOk_E

H&H Berry Farms

Bring the whole family to pick some fresh blueberries! Prices for blueberries: U-pick is $4/lb or $20 for a 1 gallon bucket. We-pick (when available) is $5/lb. We also have local honey and homemade jam available for purchase. Watermelons and blueberry plants coming soon! Cash only.

H&H Berry Farms
15217 County Road 455
Montverde, FL 34756
(321) 436-5830

Citrus Tower

360 Degree View of 8 Counties
Visit The Citrus Tower for a majestic view of the surrounding rolling hilltops of Central Florida

Citrus Tower
141 N. U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 394-4061

Mark’s U-Pick Blueberries

blueberriesBlueberries are in season here at Mark’s Blueberries from April till mid July.  We are a specialized grower and plant over 25 varieties. Mark’s Blueberries ripen as early as April and as late as July each year.   Because of our unique selection of varieties of blueberries, our picking season runs 12 weeks instead of the usual 4 week season of most Central Florida blueberry growers. On any given day there will be several varieties available for you to pick.

Mark’s U-Pick Blueberries
18900 County Road 561
Clermont, FL 34715
(352) 394-2135

Charm Tour

Shopping, Eating, Sight-seeing

Get a Start in Historic Downtown Winter Garden

Downtown Winter Garden has some great restaurants and cafes of all levels, and some charming shops.  A great place to start a days’s leisurely ride along the byway. It would be a relaxing day of shopping and good food to start in Winter Garden for breakfast, brunch or lunch, then head towards Mount Dora for lunch or dinner. Both towns are pedestrian-friendly. You could park your car and stroll to many little eateries, shops and museums. Watch out for cyclists in either town, because the multiuse trails in Green Mountain Scenic Byway are getting better all the time!

More info: wintergardenexperience.com
City website: cwgdn.com

Shopping in Mount Dora

Mt_DoraOnce famous as “the Antiques Capital,” Mount Dora now boasts a wide variety of retail, gift & specialty shops, stores and boutiques. Many local Floridians like to plan a relaxing day of browsing museums, shopping and dining in Mount Dora.

Website: What to do in Mt. Dora

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in February 1989 in Clermont, Florida and sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside some 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. This area was once the center of the State’s grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes.

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
19239 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34715
(800) 768-WINE
Email: kjohnson@lakeridgewinery.com

Hot Air Balloon Tour

The oldest balloon tour company in Lake County is family operated and owned. It specializes in personalized adventure of a lifetime. Traditional rides and celebration are available for all types of occasions, including birthdays, engagements, weddings and anniversaries. Tethered rides at picnics and parties are also available.

Hot Air Balloon Tours
21423 County Road 455
Clermont, FL 34715
(352) 243-7865

Mount Dora Center for the Arts

138 E. Fifth Ave.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 383-0880
Email: nancy@mountdoracenterforthearts.org
mountdoracenterforthearts.org

Mount Dora Trolley Company

100 N. Alexander St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 385-4473

Eco-Tour

Adventure Sports Management

Kayak and paddle board tours will take you on an adventure where you will experience the natural beauty of Florida. You’ll get an up close look at the local ecosystems and abundant wildlife in our lakes. Our adventure tours take place in Tavares, Mount Dora and Eustis.

Adventure Sports Management
100 E Ruby St.
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 989-6141

Beaver Air Tours

Sightseeing by air in Mt. Dora, FL (near Orlando) include great scenic views of the Harris Chain of Lakes, mansions, ranches, canals, wildlife, Mt. Dora, Tavares, crystal blue spring lakes, and much more.

Beaver Air Tours
100 N. Alexander Street – Lakeside Inn Dock
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(612) 812-1123

Central Florida Nature Adventures

This company offers guided eco-tours on some of Central Florida’s most pristine waterways including the Dora Canal, Wekiva River and many more. It provides all of the equipment necessary for a relaxing kayaking trip.

Central Florida Nature Adventures
Eustis, FL 32736
(352) 589-7899
Email: jenny@kayakcentralflorida.com

Bill Van Tassell Fishing Guide Services

Captain Bill Van Tassell is a guide for freshwater bass and saltwater flats fishing. Bill Van Tassel Fishing Guide Service is U.S. Coast Guard Certified and specializes in Guiding for Bass & Saltwater Flats Fishing in the Central Florida Area.

Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-725-1569
Email: wvantassell@cfl.rr.com

Cat Boat Tours of Mount Dora

Let the experts at Cat Boat Tours guide you on a fun-filled tour across Lake Dora and through 2,000 year-old cypress tree lined jungle waterway. The Dora Canal has been called “The Most Beautiful Mile in the World.” Scenes from the movie ’The African Queen’ with Humphrey Bogart, were filmed in the Dora Canal.
Our tour is fully narrated and guided. We start at Gilbert Park just two blocks from downtown Mt. Dora, see the sights of the Mt. Dora shoreline and then cruise at high speed across Lake Dora to the Dora Canal.

Cat Boat Tours of Mount Dora
311 S. Tremain St.
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 816-9339
Email: catboattours@gmail.com

Historic Tour

We are listing some established spots, but many may also be interested in Historic Houses in the area, some of which are listed in the Historic Highlights section of the site.

Historic Downtown Winter Garden

Downtown_winter_garden

Photo courtesy of Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.

The City of Winter Garden was established by Henry Harrel of Alachua in 1857. Formerly known as Beulah, the name Winter Garden was selected in 1908 because of the perennial blossoms and mild winters. Its downtown area has recently benefited from successful redevelopment efforts while maintaining that quaint feel with local stores, restaurants, and a train museum. While in Winter Garden, the West Orange Trail is a wonderful place for a bike ride or a leisurely stroll. The city also has two large parks, a public boat ramp on Lake Apopka, along with playground and picnic areas.

More info: wintergardenexperience.com
City website: cwgdn.com

Historic Downtown Mount Dora

The City of Mount Dora, originally and briefly known as Royellou, was renamed Mount Dora in 1883. Ross C. Tremain was the town’s first official postmaster and derived the name Royellou from his three children: Roy, Ella and Louis. Ms Dora Ann Drawdy homesteaded the area in the mid-1800s. Federal surveyors named Lake Dora for her. The name Mount Dora was selected because the settlement rests on a plateau 184 feet above sea level.

More info: visitmountdora.com
City website: ci.mount-dora.fl.us

The Central Florida Railroad Museum

Central FL RR museum101 South Boyd Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
cfrhs.org

Winter Garden Heritage Museum

winter garden Heritage Museum1 N Main St
Winter Garden, FL 34787
wghf.org

Mount Dora History Museum

The Mount Dora History Museum is the signature project of the Mount Dora Historical Society.  The museum is housed in the first fire station and city jail which was opened in 1923.  The exhibits highlight activities in Mount Dora from the 1880s to the 1930s.

The Historical Society offers speakers and events throughout the year to highlight the history of our area and enhance people’s awareness of our region.

Mount Dora History Museum
450 Royellou Lane
Mount Dora, FL 32757
(352) 383-0006

Citrus Tower

360 Degree View of 8 Counties
Visit The Citrus Tower for a majestic view of the surrounding rolling hilltops of Central Florida

Citrus Tower
141 N. U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 394-4061

Clermont Historic Village Museum

480 West Ave.
Clermont, FL 34711
(352) 593-8496
clermontvillage.org