Lake County is located in Central Florida bordering Orange, Polk, Sumter, Marion, Seminole and Volusia Counties.
Lake County was named for it's large number of lakes and is part of the Central Highlands with rolling hills and an elevation of approximately 50 to 190 feet above sea level. Lake County is a step away from the big city and features small towns, relaxing atmosphere, and nature at it's best. The southeastern tip is part of the growing 4 corners area minutes away from Disney and Central Florida Attractions while the northwest borders the Ocala National Forest.
Lake County School District is the 19th largest public school district in the state of Florida. There are approximately 41,000 students across 50 different public schools that including traditional schools, charter schools, alternatives schools, and adult learning centers.
Lake Griffin State Park is home to Florida's second oldest Live Oak Tree, which is approximately 400 years old. It is a great place to sightsee and enjoy nature. The park offers 40 campsites, each with water and electricity, and some even include a sewer. Activities offered at Lake Griffin State Park include kayak and canoe tours, boat tours, and hiking. Various wildlife such as raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and bears are all commonly found in the park's trails.
Only 30 minutes away from Orlando, Lake Louisa State Park is a perfect spot for Orlando locals to come to and relax. This state park is full of wildlife and activities; Lake Louisa State Park provides opportunities for biking, boating, camping, kayaking, and many more activities that nature lovers could enjoy.
Rock Springs Run State Park is one of the many valuable sand pine scrub and flatwood pine habitat reserves that many endemic and endangered species call home. With over 17 miles of trails available for exploration, visitors can enjoy bicycling, hiking, or even horseback riding through this unique ecosystem. The park offers guided trail rides as well as horse rentals for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. Campsites are available throughout the park, some of which are only accessible via canoe or horseback. The park does allow hunting during the months of September through January, during which times some trails will be closed to ensure the safety of visitors. There are also several springs and rivers that cut through the park, offering guests the chance to cool off and go swimming. Canoeing and tubing are also offered at the park, creating countless opportunities to explore and have fun for families, friends, and individual visitors alike.
Bay Street Players is a community theater in downtown Eustis. They perform a variety of shows at the historic State Theatre built in 1922. In addition to their main stage showings, they also offer a youth theatre program, an avant-garde series, and other special events.
Beacon College is a Leesburg college for students who learn differently. Students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and other conditions can earn associates and bachelors degrees in programs that work for them.
What better way to experience the scenic views of gorgeous Lake Dora and the Dora Canal than an incredible day exploring the waters on a CatBoat Adventures tour. The two hour tour requires no prior boating experience, comes with everything from the boat to life jackets, and takes riders along the “Old Florida” paths along the canal to provide an unforgettable look into the history of Florida’s natural preserves. CatBoat also offers catamaran rentals for riders to navigate themselves along guided tours for two along the lake and neighboring waters. Don’t waste another beautiful day indoors! Visit CatBoat Adventures and add Mount Dora to your list of must-see places this summer.
Clermont Brewing Company is located just south of Lake Minneola and is the second microbrewery to open its doors in Clermont. With ten craft brews of many styles making the opening day lineup and an artisanal menu with Neapolitan pizzas and gourmet salad, Clermont Brewing has much to offer. It also offers live music and a substantial outdoor dining space.
The Clermont Performing Arts Center is a venue with a 1,200 seat performance hall and a 250 seat black box theater. They host an impressive mainstage theater season in the performance hall and a wide variety of additional performances in the black box.
Flippers Pizzeria is a pizza and Italian restaurant that prides itself on bringing you an elevated pizza experience. Every pizza is made with fresh dough, all-natural meats, and hand-picked spices, all baked at 600 degrees in a brick oven. The all-natural ingredients can be found throughout the Flippers menu. In addition to pizza, Flippers offers an assortment of pasta dishes, calzones, sandwiches, breadsticks, and salads. Dine-in, carry-out, and delivery are available options at all Flippers locations.
Growler USA is a franchise that specializes in the proper preservation of craft beers brought to consumers from some of the best breweries around the world. There are two locations in Florida, Clermont and Miami. The Clermont location features over 100 craft beers and a full food menu.
The IceHouse Theater is a community theater in Mount Dora that has been putting on shows since 1949. The current theater they perform in was completed in 1958. They preform many shows on their main stage including both shows and musicals. They also have a youth theater program for kids and teens of all ages.
The Lake Concert Band is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. The band started with 12 members and has grown to its current size of over 70 volunteer musicians, performing at numerous concerts, events, and parades since its founding. Musicians range in age from high school to senior citizens and the band is open to anyone who is able to read music, owns their own instrument, and passes an informal evaluation by the band's director.
The Lake Concert Band has a mission of providing a quality musical experience to the community and performs throughout the year, including holidays. The band performs all over Central Florida and plays a variety of music including Latin, classical, big band, Broadway, and more. To see where they're playing next follow their Facebook page. To learn more about the band or how to join, visit their website.
Mission is to improve our quality of life in Lake County by providing coordination and funding for prevention and intervention programs for children, youth and families through collaborative, community-based services.
The Lake County Library System has 15 branches in Astor, Fruitland Park, Lady Lake, Howey-in-the-Hills, Minneola, Tavares, Mount Dora, Sorrento, Montverde, Leesburg, Groveland, Paisley, Umatilla, and 2 in Clermont.
Since 1995, the Lake County Museum of Art has served as an art center, community center, and nonprofit organization. It offers rotating exhibits, art classes for all ages, and membership programs in an effort to enrich the community. Current classes offered are a kid's class, watercolor painting, and a summer camp. The LCMA also has a membership program and relies on donations and sponsorships to continue to raise awareness and provide artistic experiences for the community.
To see what exhibits they're currently showing or to register for a class, be sure to visit their website for information. To stay informed and up-to-date on upcoming events or changes, follow their Facebook page.
Lake County welcomes outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy bird watching, sporting events, aquatic trails, and historical architecture from the seat of their bike. Let’s get a closer look at some of Lake County Parks and recreational service’s most alluring features.
Lake Square Mall is a large shopping center with lots of stores to choose from. It is also home to many dining and entertainment options including an AMC movie theater, indoor go-kart racing, and Via Entertainment, an arcade and bowling alley.
The Leesburg Center for the Arts, established in 2000, was founded as an artistic hub for artists and those interested in the arts in Leesburg, Florida. It provides educational and awareness opportunities and hopes to inspire the community through the use of art and culture. Not only does it offer a gallery of exhibitions, but the Center also offers events like the Night Market and Boho Fest and programs for both children and adults. They offer summer camps for kids, and various drawing, painting, and art nights for the adults.
Leesburg Center for the Arts also offers unpaid internship positions and volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping the Center directly. They also have groups and clubs that meet regularly throughout the year. For information on classes, work opportunities, clubs, or exhibitions, visit their website or Facebook page for the latest up-to-date info.
The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony offers six orchestral groups for all levels of students throughout the Central Florida area. They have one location in Orlando and one in Lake County so their orchestras are accessible to students all over the area.
Michael Ali's is a pizzeria located at "790 West" in Clermont. It offers a variety of Italian food options ranging from strombolis to meatballs as well as their signature "Peter's Buffalo Wings" made from a 35-year-old family recipe. It shares its patio with Suncreek Brewery and Savoree. They have a second location in Winter Garden under the same roof as Crooked Can.
Curating a stimulating and imaginative collection of provocative modern art, the Modernism Museum of Mount Dora is an innovative art experience for visitors of all ages. The museum displays everything from Exhibitionist installments to Cubism, and Abstraction to furniture art. Inspired by thriving ingenuity and bold design concepts, the museum is a visual voyeur of the simplicity of design meeting the craftsmanship of functional art.
Built on a foundation of family tradition and an inspired love for a good glass of beer, The Rocking Rabbit Brewery is the experimental project of local favorite Mount Dora Brewing. Having earned its place as a community staple after 30 years of furniture restoration, the location has been transformed into a welcoming lounge filled with music by local musicians, crave-worthy food, and high-quality, organic craft home brews showcasing the owner’s German heritage. Stop by for a brew and leave with a little piece of Mount Dora.
A combination community and art center, Mount Dora Center for the Arts works to encourage an understanding and appreciation of art and culture through various art exhibits of original art, educational programs, outreach programs, and an arts festival. The Center offers classes in photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and various kid's summer camps. You can also volunteer for several different positions throughout the year in order to help support the classes, camps, and exhibitions.
One of the big things the Center puts on each year is the Mount Dora Arts Festival. Held on the first weekend of February each year, the festival brings in artists from across America to exhibit and sell their art while offering visitors entertainment, food, and shopping. Going strong for over 45 years, the Arts Festival is a must-do for Mount Dora natives and tourists alike!
For information on classes, upcoming exhibits, volunteering, membership, or general, go to their website or Facebook page. To learn more about Mount Dora Center for the Arts and its history, check out their website.
Since 2010, the Mount Dora Confectionary has been serving up the most delectable candies, fine chocolates, and ice cream in Central Florida. The sweets shop displays an expansive offering of everything from jelly beans to gelato, and even offers sugar-free treats for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a gift or just ready to treat yourself, you’ll be amazed at the delicious variety at Mount Dora Confectionary.
A coffee shop located in Clermont's Citrus Tower that offers coffee roasted fresh, daily. They have several other locations on the west coast of Florida, and they also deliver their beans at an affordable price.
A traditional Vietnamese restaurant that offers pho, spring rolls, rice dishes, seafood and grilled meats, a lengthy vegan menu, tapioca drinks, and much more. This is their second location in Central Florida.
Home to Mount Dora’s Yappy Hour for all your furry friends, Piglet’s Pantry is the best dog shop for all your best furry friend’s needs. Open 7 days a week and brimming with gourmet treats, unique pet clothes, and even doggie gift baskets, the shop is a local dog lover’s dream that caters to all breeds and needs. The dog bakery makes cakes, “Pupcakes”, cookies and more that can be customized for your pet. The shop also offers a selection of cat accessories for your feline friends and delivers their fresh treats locally. If you’ve got a special occasion for your four-legged family member, be sure to make it a memorable one with Piglet’s Pantry.
Plaster Cottage is a "family favorite" pottery studio with two locations in Central Florida--Clermont and Cagan Crossings. They offer a variety of pieces at affordable prices and encourage families to bring lunch and paint all day! They allow bridal and birthday parties, group field trips, and other private bookings. They also offer "pottery to-go kits" which allow you to order your piece, paint it at home, and bring it back for the studio to fire and glaze. This is the perfect, local small business for your next family or group outing or a romantic night out!
Each location has its own Facebook page so you can follow and keep up with your local Plaster Cottage for current and upcoming events, ideas and inspiration, and for any information.
Founded in 1966, the South Lake Art League was created "to encourage and promote all forms of art and its appreciation." It offers a wide variety of events and classes throughout the year. They host two photography shows during the year, one in spring and one in summer, as well as a spring and fall art show. Some of the classes they offer include photography, colored pencil, basket weaving, kids art classes, and adult drawing classes. To enroll in the classes, interested participants must be a member of the South Lake Art League. Information on membership fees and class schedules can be found on their website.
The State Theatre is a historic theater in Eustis which first opened in 1916 to show motion pictures. Today it is owned by the Bay Street Players, who turned the old movie theater into a thriving performing arts venue in the 1970s.
Suncreek Brewery is Clermont's first microbrewery, located just south of Lake Minneola. It shares its "790 West" location with two eateries and is host to a substantial outdoor space. Suncreek offers an almost entirely Floridian tap list, including quite a few of their own brews.
The Crooked Spoon is a gastropub in Clermont that proudly promotes traditional fare with a dazzling and inventive new flare. The restaurant's menu has been carefully crafted by Chef Steve Saelg, who believes in the art of the complete dining experience. The Crooked Spoon also sports tremendous depth of knowledge and selection in their associates and craft beer menu.
A taste of England right in Clermont, it's Friar Tuck! With English staples like shepherd's pie and traditional English breakfasts, this authentic spot is a taste of home for those who made the trip across the pond. Hard to find British snacks and sweets can also be purchased at their small gift shop section. Come enjoy great British fare at this unique shop that cooks the Queen's way.
The Windsor Rose Tea Room and Restaurant is a traditional British tea room that was established by Richard and Christine Annis in 1991. After many owners, Paul and Susan Goodale took over and are still in charge today. Their menu includes British and American teas, treats, and meals. Paul and Susan Goodale pride themselves on the friendly and personal atmosphere they have created in their tea room. They also host events from time to time. Check their website or Facebook for more information.
Uncle Kenny's is a Midwest-style, award-winning BBQ restaurant in Clermont started by two friends from Missouri (the self-proclaimed BBQ capital of the world) that are dedicated to the highest quality of food. The restaurant offers a traditional menu, with homemade rubs and barbecue sauces for a one-of-a-kind experience. They also do catering.
The Village Coffee Pot offers the freshest premier cup of coffee to start your day right. The café serves classic hot and iced beverages and Cuban coffee, and pairs them with fresh cakes, cookies, and sweet treats for a flavorful morning kickstart or an indulgent afternoon pick-me-up. If you’re in the mood for a bigger bite to eat, the café also hosts a premium deli that serves gourmet wraps and sandwiches to keep you both caffeinated and satiated. Experience the simplicity of a great cup of coffee at the Village Coffee Pot of Mount Dora.
World of Beer (Clermont) is a franchise located in the Clermont Landing shopping plaza, just east of highway 27. It hosts an extensive tap list with beers from all over the world. It also has a quality bar menu and ample outdoor seating in a convenient location.
For families homeschooling students age 11 to 18 and living in Central Florida, this teen only group includes activities, field trips, etc. will be geared toward the middle to high school level/age group.
We are a support group of homeschoolers in the Golden Triangle area of Lake County, Florida that meets regularly. We offer weekly park days, field trips, mom's night outs, and other events throughout the year. With over 200 families, we have all ages and homeschooling approaches represented in our group, although the highest concentration of students is lower middle school and younger.
If you are an "Unschooler" or a really relaxed homeschooler and you live in or around Lake County Florida then this is the group for you. Lets make this a place where we can come together to talk about the life that we choose, we respect our children and treat them like people, we don't believe in forced learning..."unschooling" affects every part of our live's not just the way our children learn.
A place where all Homeschoolers....(Unschooler, Child lead learning, School at homer, just learning about homeschooling), regardless of faith (or lack of), race, family status, or any other thing that can get into the way of support, can go to and feel as though they belong.
Support group to encourage home educating families in the task of teaching their children at home. We are open to any home schooling family needing support despite race, creed, or religion, though most of our members are Christians.