Lake County

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Things to do in Lake County

Lake County has something for everyone. Nature-lovers will find an abundance of options – like hiking through endless acres of preserves, viewing rare birds or paddling pristine Blueways. Anglers will be lured by the prospect of catching a trophy bass on one of over 1,000 freshwater lakes, while treasure hunters will enjoy finding that rare antique at the area's many unique downtown districts.

Did You Know?

Interesting & useful facts


Agriculture was the main industry in Lake County, reaching $101 million, until the freezes of 1983,1985 and 1989.


Named for its approximately 1,400 lakes, the county was created in 1887 from portions of Sumter and Orange counties


The scenic Dora Canal connects Lake Dora with lakes leading to the St. John’s River and Jacksonville on the Atlantic coast.

News About Lake County

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Lake County boasts several pontoon boat excursion opportunities. It is quite a unique experience to glide along cypress tree shaded canals for an up close and personal look at cranes, gators, otters and more as you relax on our beautiful waterways.

Arts & Culture

Be sure to take in some diverse cultural experiences, from excellent art galleries and museums to a one-of-a-kind historic village.

Outdoor Adventures

You’ll find lots of opportunities to enjoy the real Florida as you explore some great trails for hiking, and pristine areas for bird watching. For even more excitement, take an unforgettable flight on a sea-plane, a Segway tour, or ride a giant truck through a critter-filled swamp.

Pristine Waterways

Home to over 1,000 pristine lakes and rivers, it’s very obvious how Lake County got its name. Discover cool refreshing springs for swimming, peaceful blueways for kayaking and of course some of the top lakes in the USA for bass fishing.

Orlando’s Hill Country

Beyond the bountiful lakes swimming with fish and wading birds is a landscape found nowhere else in Florida. Rolling hills and stunning vistas comprise Lake County’s unique terrain, leading up to the highest point in peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain.

Friendly Downtowns

Lake County boasts 14 distinct municipalities, each with its own small-town personality and unique historic downtown district. Dotted with art galleries, antique shops, boutique stores and intimate lakeside dining, Lake County’s downtown districts are a refreshing reminder of the way life should be.

Dining & Entertainment

Live music streams nightly from downtown Mount Dora’s many eclectic restaurants, pubs and wine bars. For a romantic meal, visitors can meander down the brick alley of Dora Drawdy Way, where hidden-away restaurants offer some of the best meals in town.


Mount Dora is also a shopper’s heaven, between the massive Renninger’s antique mall and dozens of locally-owned antique shops lining the downtown streets.

Mount Dora

Known as the “Festival City,” Mount Dora hosts dozens of popular annual events including the Fall Craft Fair, to be held Oct. 24 – 25 and featuring more than 400 exhibitors.

Events & Festivals

For families, lively festivals, heritage museums, and nostalgic train ride on the Orange Blossom Cannonball, all add to the allure of this historic town.
Whether exploring the area on foot, via seaplane, Segway, or steam engine, it’s easy to see why Mount Dora is “Someplace Special.” For details about planning your trip to Mount Dora, visit

Where To Stay

When traveling to Lake County for a weekend getaway, a fall festival or a special event, visitors will find an array of accommodations, from rustic lakefront cabins to quaint bed and breakfast inns, but centrally located in the county is the only full-service destination resort in the area.

The Mission Inn Resort & Club is located amid 1,000 acres of mature trees in the quaint town of Howey-in-the-Hills and features 187 deluxe guest rooms, four on-site restaurants, a lakeside pavilion and two golf courses, including the centerpiece, El Campeon.

The resort caters to the whole family, offering amenities such as tennis, the Spa Marbella, a marina for fishing and boating, and nature trails for bicycling. From its Spanish architecture to its barrel tiled roofs and numerous fountain courtyards, the resort is a distinctive destination for the most scrupulous traveler.
Mission Inn is located 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport near the intersections of Interstate 75 and The Florida Turnpike, easily accessible from the Central Florida attractions and close to Mount Dora’s shopping and dining district. For more information about Mission Inn Resort & Club, visit

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