Mount Dora is about 40 – 45mins drive from Orlando but it is million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Mount Dora has become a favourite day out with all our family – grandparents, parents and children. It has a more ‘villagey’ feel and has lots of shops, places to dine, a lovely Aveda spa and plenty to do – with a huge lake where you can kayak, take a boat ride or fish. Much to my Dad’s delight there is also a railway with an Engine called Herbie and a perfectly preserved signal box.
There are even lots of options on how you can view the village – a trolley bus, segway tours, bicycles and on foot. There is free parking.
A few of our favourite things to do in Mount Dora – no. 1 for me is a visit to the cupcake shop – Cupcake Delights, after that I love to visit the Aveda spa, walk around the little gift/card/souvenir shops. Hubby loves to go to the cycle shop – Mount Dora Cycles. We love to have lunch or tea (watching the sunset) at Pisces Rising. Pisces Rising overlooks Lake Dora and the setting sun. It’s focus is fresh seafood and hand-cut Certified Black Angus Beef served with fresh seasonal vegetables and flair. Watch out if you are in the restrooms when Herbie trundles past – the building does shake!! My favourite is the crab cakes with mango salsa.
On the way to Mount Dora we have also called in at a small hamlet/village called Tangerine – where the houses are orange and where there is a quaint little post office to send you postcards home.
Mount Dora is also well known for it’s annual festivals and events. One of the best that we have experienced is the Christmas lights – absolutely magical.
All in all, in our view a worthy day trip out, a different view of Florida.
We take the toll road 429 to Mount Dora – its a lovely straight and generally quiet road, when you turn off Mount Dora is easy to find as it is very well sign posted.