While many Lake County attractions, shops and restaurants have paused operations during this difficult time, they will re-open to feed, engage, and entertain your family when it is safe to do so. In the meantime enjoy this look at some of the highlights from the comfort of your couch, until the next time you get to visit in person!
Lake County has something for everyone! Lakes, blueberry farms, antique centers, even (GASP) HILLS! Yes, the rolling hills of Lake County are a sight to behold. It is a beautiful and thriving area of Central Florida that will give you more than just a breath of fresh air. It will revive you and relax you on your vacation. Here are 10 must-do activities in Lake County that you need to add to your bucket list.
1. Fishing on the Harris Chain of Lakes
Professional bass fisherman Tim Frederick says “there is no better place to live and practice than in Lake County, Florida. With well over 1,000 named lakes and countless miles of rivers and canals, Lake County is an ideal location to hone my skills and test new equipment.”
2. Blueberry Picking at Southern Hill Farms
Locally owned U-Pick farms offer an interactive experience that captures Lake County’s agricultural history. Southern Hill Farms Blueberry U-Pick is the perfect location to bring your family and friends for a day of outdoor activity and fun. Check their website for fun events and seasonal activities like a pumpkin patch in the fall!
3. Touring the Historic Howey Mansion
Lake County is home to several historic sites, including William J. Howey’s prized mansion. Learn the background behind the mansion as it has been restored to its original grandeur, and loose yourself in another time.
4. Swamp Buggy Tours at the Showcase of Citrus
Take an adventurous eco-tour on “the biggest Monster Truck in the world” at the Showcase of Citrus. A portion of the area is a natural habitat for alligators, birds, snakes, turtles, as well as extensive vegetation.
5. Nature Viewing at the Scrub-Jay Trail
With vivid shrubbery and fresh landscapes, Lake County fosters rich wildlife and bustling nature systems that many can learn from. The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail capitalizes this by providing a calm, yet adventurous habitat that’s open for exploration and bird watching.
6. Paddle Boating and Jet Surf
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 or get an adrenaline-packed thrill as you learn the art of Jet Surfing on Lake Sawgrass!
7. All-Terrain Vehicle Riding at Revolution Off Road
Splashing an ATV through Florida mud on a rainy day is a classic, southern pastime. Revolution Adventures is an adventure park that offers exhilarating experiences from ATV’s and Jeeps to fishing and archery.
8. Wine Tasting at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Discover the art of winemaking through an audiovisual presentation, a guided tour, and a complimentary wine tasting! Lakeridge Winery offers tours and wine tasting seven days a week while hosting several festivals and events throughout the year.
9. Antiquing at Renninger’s Vintage Antique Center & Flea Market
Many residents in Lake County appreciate vintage antiquing for building personal collections and experiencing a sense of nostalgia. Renninger’s Vintage Antique Center is home to twin buildings and a number of open-air shopping areas with a variety of dealers from produce stands, clothing shops, and oddity vendors, to high-quality antiques and collectibles.
10. Snorkeling at Alexander Springs
Alexander Springs is one of only 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida. The spring has a gently sloping beach into the spring basin, and is perfect for adventure seekers looking to get their feet wet in snorkeling and scuba diving!
With a plethora of adventurous family-friendly activities available in the area, we’re excited to show you why Lake County is Real Florida, Real Close!