Tavares Travel Guide

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Tavares Things to Do

  • historic homes

    there are several historic homes and buildings in downtown tavares. downtown tavares is a very nice place to explore on foot.

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  • union congregational church

    the union congregational church was founded in 1885 and the church was built in 1888. the union congregational church is the oldest church in tavares. it is one a several historic buildings in downtown tavares.

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  • dora canal

    the dora canal was once called the elfin river. the elfin river was dredged in the 1830's. and became known as the dora canal. this one mile river connects lake dora to lake eustis. on this beautiful waterway you can see florida wildlife and 2,000 year old cypress trees. parts of the famous movie "african queen" was filmed on the dora canal. there...

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  • dead river

    the dead river is actually an extention of lake eustis and not a river at all. it gets it's name from the fact there is no current. a beautiful body of water to take a cruise or fish. the dora chain of lakes is one of florida's best bass fishing spots.

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  • inland lakes railway

    a fun thing to do in tavares is to take the inland lakes train to mount dora and eustis. on weekends you can take the orange blossom dinner train on a tour of the country side of lake county. see their website for more information.

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  • Lake Square Mall

    Lake Square Directory Cards / Books Books-A-Million/Joe Muggs Victoria's Hallmark Department Stores Belk JCPenney Sears Target Entertainment AMC 12-Plex Theatres Health and Beauty Bath & Body Works Crown Specialties GNC Hair Plus JCPenney Salon MasterCuts Regis Hairstylists Star Nails Ultimate Massage Therapy Vitamin World Jewelry Friedman's...

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  • Great old church

    THIS IS a picture of Union Congregational Church This church was founded in 1885 by W.W. Winchester of Mount Dora. It housed both Methodist and Baptist congregations until the early 1900s. Its first sanctuary was constructed in 1886-88 of lumber donated by Maj. Abrams, on land which he also donated. It was designed by J.B. Sears, who intended it to...

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  • Masonic Bldg

    Masonic Building - 201 W. Main Street This lodge building was constructed in 1916, with the Masons meeting upstairs and a number of businesses downstairs.

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  • Tavares new City Hall

    City Hall - 201 E. Main Street On this site in 1888, a business building was nearly completed construction,when the great fire of April 1888 destroyed most of downtown. The plans were changed and what was salvaged was completed as Biltavern, which was later renamed the Osceola Hotel. The hotel rooms were upstairs, while the first floor was used by...

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  • Old City Hall

    City Hall - 201 E. Main Street On this site in 1888, a business building was nearly completed construction,when the great fire of April 1888 destroyed most of downtown. The plans were changed and what was salvaged was completed as Biltavern, which was later renamed the Osceola Hotel. The hotel rooms were upstairs, while the first floor was used by...

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  • ACE Hardware

    This used to be a feed store, now it houses ACE Hardware. Locals grab a coke`cola and sit on the feed bags and just jaw a spell. Y`all come back now...hear?

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  • Old Railroad Station

    Railroad Station (Intersection of Alfred St. and the railroad tracks) Most of Americas railroads have been dismantled. Dont even get me started on Amcrash,,err Amtrak. In the mid 1880`s the emphasis was switched from making Tavares a resort town, to becoming a railroad and industrial center. The Texas and Gulf Railroad was completed in 1885 and the...

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  • Wooten Park

    There is a great lakeside park called Wooten Park that has a childrens area funded and built by local volunteers in 1993. There are also picnic pavillions, boat docks and restroom facilities. In 1948, this land was given as a park by Floyd Fletcher and Amanda Wooton.

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  • Old Courthouse

    Old Courthouse - 317 W. Main Street There isnt much nightlife but there is an historical museum on the 1st floor of this grand building;-) In 1924, this courthouse was built for a cost of $250,000, with the county jail located on the top floor. The flagpole base was built in 1937 with 58 pieces of rock from many US states and foreign countries,...

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  • Lake Building

    Lake Building -formerly the Opera Building 230 E. Main Street Maj. Abrams built this structure, and for a time lived in it and it also served as the town`s opera house. In the rear during the 1890s was a tomato packing house. The Tavares Improvement Association met here, and this became the town hall up untill 1904. In 1917, the two top floors...

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Tavares Restaurants

  • formerly dead river vic's

    the harbor side restaurant and bar is located on the dead river in tavares. a great place to have lunch or sit on the deck and drink with a view of the dead river. the food is typical american fare, seafood, burgers, sandwiches etc. a fun place to eat and drink on the dead river. a update, the harbor side restaurant is currently closed. because of...

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  • Gator Ribs and Great grill-your-own...

    A local legend with really, really good food. Situated on the shore of Lake Eustis, there's a small, screened-in porch with a few tables which is especially nice in the evening. Much character and old Florida atmosphere. Gator ribs! Perfectly cooked. If you've never had them, you must try them here. If you've had them before, this is the place...

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  • italian

    angelo's is located just off US441 about a mile east of downtown tavares. angelo's is one of the better restaurants in the tavares area. good italian food moderately priced.

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Tavares Nightlife

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    by doug48 Updated Nov 10, 2007

    o'keefe's irish pub is located across the street from wooton park in downtown tavares. o'keefe's is a great place to down a pint or two in downtown tavares. a fun place to eat and drink.

    Dress Code: casual

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Tavares Off The Beaten Path

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    by doug48 Written Oct 17, 2011

    yalaha bakery is a wonderful bakery and german restaurant located in the unincorporated village of yalaha near the town of okahumpka florida. yalaha bakery is known for their bread that is baked on old world slab stone ovens. they also offer excellent german fare and european cakes and tarts. the yalaha bakery has live entertainment on saturdays. a very popular spot for lake county locals and tourists that can find it. from tavares take SR 19 south to CR 48. take CR 48 west about three miles in the direction of okahumka.

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