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, and a large reason for that is its 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 and within walking distance of downtown: 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. And the nearby 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.
A visit to Trout Lake Nature Center
A quick visit to Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis opened up a new world of things to do close to home.