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Spend a relaxing weekend in Mount Dora, Florida

Mount Dora City Hall, in Mount Dora, Florida
Mount Dora City Hall, in Mount Dora, Florida
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The next time you plan a vacation trip to Florida, consider spending some time in Mount Dora. This beautiful historic lakeside town is situated between rolling hills and orange groves on the edge of Lake Dora.

To experience the real Florida, be sure to visit Palm Island Park and the Mt. Dora Lighthouse. If you have the time, take a guided tour on a Segway and see what the town is about. Enjoy a picnic or a game of tennis and shuffleboard at Donnelly Park, a beautiful tree shaded-park.

Plan to attend the Mount Dora Arts Festival and the Fall Craft Fair, two of the country's best known festivals. There are also many other festivals held throughout the year that are fun for any age group. Another event that draws people from across the country is the Antique Extravaganza, one of the largest antique shows in the south.

If you're planning a weekend stay, consider reserving a room at the 86-room Lakeside Inn. Built in 1883, the inn is the oldest remaining structure in town. For some interesting architecture, be sure to visit the Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce situated inside the historic 1915 rail depot.

If you're into antiques, don't miss out on visiting the world-renowned Renninger's Florida Twin Markets. The twin market combines a flea market and antique market and is held every Saturday and Sunday in town.