the mount dora train station was built in 1915 and is now the home of the mount dora tourist center. a good spot to start a visit of this interesting town. the mount dora train station is listed on the national register of historic places.
the donnelly house is the best known landmark in mount dora. this queen anne house was built in 1893 by john p. donnelly then mayor of mount dora. in the 1920's it was bought by the masons and is now a masonic lodge. not open to the public. the donnelly house is listed on the national register of historic places.
Dog and wine lovers will both enjoy this experience. Found in downtown Mt. Dora, this unique winery is home to two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Rosco and Zanta, who are the inspiration for the winery's name and the models for the pictures found on the bottles of all varietals made on-site.
In the year 1591, an exploratory expedition under El Capitan Don Eduardo Juan Pedro Luis Martin Del Guacamole y Zanhoria discovered the area while searching for the Fountain of Youth for Ponce De Leon. Don Eduardo named the town for his fiancée, Dona Maria Teresa Conchita Montalban Y Dorotea (Mt. Dora to her close friends).
OK...you get the idea...none of this is true,,,,but is a fun place. the burgers are great and they have an all-u-can-eat taco bar and plenty of booze.
One of the reasons for coming to Mount Dora was to go on a boat trip of the lake. As the crew of the Captain Doolittle can turn up on an ad hoc basis it is best to make a reservation first. The reservation telephone line is available between 9am to 5pm. You can also make internet enquiries, The pontoon boat departs from the Lakeside Inn and there are various times depending upon the season and who turns up. But when we went there was one at 11am and another at 2pm. We went on the 2pm tour which took 2 hours. The crew who narrate the trip would slow down and point out the various animals including bald eagles and alligators. The crew were very knowledgeable and were happy to answer questions and let you move around the boat to take photographs. The ticket was $20 but you can easily obtain coupons to obtain a reduction.
A Mount Dora doctor who is against the national health-care overhaul posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care elsewhere.
The sign read: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."
And while the sign may - or may not be there when you visit - you can see the office where medical bigotry in the United States took root: Mount Dora's Dr. Jack Cassell.
I went on the Mount Dora Ghost Walk on Halloween weekend and thought the day after Halloween wouldnt be crowed but it was, our tour size was over 20 people but it was a hoot. Our tour guide was extremely funny and informative and created some suspence.
They will supposedly be doing in every month, so when I go back to Mt Dora in Feb I will try to do it again with a different tour guide to get a different experience. Oh, they had a great puppet show also before the tour and a little haunted house
This place is awesome! Huge antique mall full of great stuff- no junk, few repros- nice and clean. We had a ball- and the folks there are great. We love antiquing, and this is the best in Florida! The restaurant across the street, Jeremiahs, is also a winner...
originally called the elfin river the dora canal was dredged in the 1880's. this beautiful one mile waterway connects lake dora with lake eustis. on the banks of the river you will see florida wildlife and 2,000 year old cypress trees. part of the famous movie "the african queen" was filmed on the dora canal. there are boat tours of lake dora and the dora canal departing from the lakeside inn.
the inland lakes railway operates a tourist train from mount dora to nearby tavares and eustis. on weekends they run the orange blossom dinner train. a fun way to see the country side of lake county. see their website for more information.
the mount dora lighthouse is located at palm island park in downtown mount dora. the lighthouse was built in 1888 as a victorian folly. palm island park is a beautiful place to visit on the shoreline of lake dora.
The restaurant which was recommended to me was absolutely everything promised. It is housed in a restored bungalow with decks and sunporch added to the front of the building to accomodate its present use as a restaurant. I sat inside at the upper level where I could view most of the restaurant...the outer decks and the water beyond. I had a superb dinner...extremely fresh tuna and vegetables prepared by a gourmet chef who truly knows what he's doing. My waiter along with the hostess were friendly and enthusiastic to tell me the history of the house and the transformation to eatery while maintaining many original features. I was absolutely delighted with my dinner and visit.
It was worth the drive.
Adorable central building for an information center. Unfortunately I got there late in the day and they were closed, but they have lots of brochures and maps and rest rooms to offer....and they are situated right next to a little park so that you could sit and plan your time.
Though we didn't take this tour, we did go for a boat ride through the DEAD RIVER..
Heritage Nature Tours takes you through Dora Canal and Dead River aboard the "Sea Haven". Their tours depart from the Harbor Side Restaurant. During the tour you will experience " the most beautiful mile of water in the world". The wonderful cyprus-lined Dora Canal waterway is home to otters, turtles, racoons, gators, Herons, Egrets, Osprey, Bald Eagles who live in this magical, unspoiled habitat. I was in awe of all the wonderful nature we saw and I love the look of the cyprus trees with their reflections in the calm waters.
Local real estate mogul M.V. Simpson constructed this building at the end of World War
Just accross the street in SUPERBOY tv series was filmed. The small drugstore was where superboy would emerge from in the opening credits.