Exploring Mount Dora
Mount Dora has a well-deserved reputation as a destination for antique shoppers and for visitors looking for a romantic getaway.
It has always had a high concentration of bed and breakfasts compared to any other community in Central Florida.
It has many historic homes, all tucked under a dense canopy of live oaks. It is also home to a vintage Florida railroad hotel, the Lakeside Inn, right on the water.
With a parade of special events focused on the arts, Mount Dora is frequently busy on weekends. There is one quiet park with nature trails right on the lakeshore: Palm Island Park.
Several smaller parks provide playground equipment and places to sit and picnic in the shade.
It’s not far from Mount Dora to a variety of Lake County natural areas, some of them along Lake Dora, so it makes a good base camp for hiking.
The Dora Canal is a must-do for paddlers, as long ago it was dredged through a picturesque cypress strand connecting Lake Dora with Lake Harris.
Tour boats depart Mount Dora for a run through the canal on a regular basis.