Mount Dora is a city in Lake County, Florida. The city can best be described as a charming, one-hundred plus year old historic village at the heart of Central Florida. Located near the shores of Lake Dora in the Harris Chain of Lakes, Mount Dora throws many nationally known annual fishing tournaments and seafood festivals. These events along with the abundance of bass located in nearby lakes have lent credence to Mount Dora becoming known as the “Bass Capital of the World.” As an old-fashioned, small town that doesn’t shy away from a good celebration, Mount Dora is highly appealing to those looking for a good time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.