Mount Dora, Florida

Located in Central Florida's Lake County, Mount Dora, Florida is a picturesque village situated on the hills overlooking Lake Dora. Officially named Mount Dora in 1883 after local resident Dora Ann Drawdy, the town is gently perched 184 feet above sea level. Well known and loved for its hometown ambience and historical details, Mount Dora welcomes guests with southern hospitality and an exceptional variety of activities, shops, restaurants and entertainment. In addition to driving, the town is easily navigated by foot, trolley or even a Segway. This engaging town of approximately 12,000 residents captures the epitome of small town charm while being a short drive from numerous attractions available in Orlando.

Lake Dora Light House, Mount Dora, Florida By Nathan SeaburyVisitors to Mount Dora will have ample opportunity to explore the many shops and boutiques that specialize in antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry and fine wine. Art enthusiasts will enjoy discovering the town's inspiring collection of artwork and galleries. Also known for its fine cuisine, Mount Dora features a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and tea rooms that provide the perfect place to relax while enjoying a number of culinary delicacies. With exceptional attention to detail, Mount Dora is home to a variety of historical inns, cottages and bed and breakfasts noted for their comfort, warmth and charm.

Mount Dora offers a wide variety of activities for their guests to experience. With its mild year-round climate, outdoor activities such as fishing for black crappie or largemouth bass, kayaking past the town's historic lighthouse and hiking and biking amongst the region's scenic nature trails are ideal for taking in the picturesque beauty of this stunning location. Weekly and monthly events are held throughout the year as well as numerous annual festivals that include: the Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair, the Mount Dora Spring Show, the Blues and Wine Festival and the Fall Craft Fair. Scenic Boat Tours, Speed Boat Tours and River Boat Cruises provide an extraordinary experience for taking in the grandeur of this scenic region, and the Mount Dora Lunch and Dinner Train offers an exceptional ride throughout Florida's countryside. For an up-close look at nature, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the many state parks and gardens found throughout this exceptional region.


Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida is synonymous with “The Happiest Place On Earth”, Disney World. However, peel back the layers of this incredibly diverse city and many more splendors are reveled.

Nicknamed “The City Beautiful” this third largest metro area in Florida, boasts one of the United States most bustling and vibrant cities. With world-renowned universities, historical relevance, progressive urban development and a commitment to sustainable tourism, Orlando offers travelers a unique visit unparalleled by many other US cities. With a culturally diverse population, Orlando relishes in the cultural and creative impact that can be felt in the city’s wide array of international shops, restaurants, musical performances and vibe of everyday life in the city.

Lake Eola, City Beautiful, Orlando FloridaWith tourism as the backbone for Orlando, the most critical development that couches this city in a strong economic climate is of course the building of Walt Disney World. The main vacation resort opened in 1971, catapulting Orlando as a tourism haven and a spawning the development of various other tourist-based theme parks including Sea World and Universal Studios Florida. Beyond such establishments is Orlando’s drive to make its city friendly to those seeking a destination that offers more than theme park rides. For the ecologically astute, Orlando could easily get overlooked, however with the city’s commitment to sustainable tourism at the forefront of their development goals, travelers will be pleased to find an array of public transportation available in and around the city. Orlando is one of the few locations where Pedicabs are in full service and visitors will find a large number of hotels that have received a “green” certification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Taking the time to explore outside of the traditional Orlando attractions will garner an appreciation for how much this diverse city has to offer. Many visitors are pleased to discover that Orlando is home to a variety of splendid public gardens, deep fishing expeditions, greenway trails and the stunning Wekiwa Springs State Park. Club-goers are drawn to the area for its thriving nightlife, with some of the best clubs, lounges and shows in the entire state.

With a landscape surrounded by lakes, Orlando is considered to house a tropical climate offering two major seasons a year. Those visiting the city should take advantage of the dry, cool season beginning in late October and carrying through mid to late April. For those wanting to escape the snow and ice of traditional North East US winters, traveling to Central Florida and Orlando during the “dry” season provides daytime temperatures in the low 70’s °F (20’s °), with a much lower risk for rain and storms allowing for more time to enjoy Orlando at its best.


Central Florida

Central Florida is one of the United States most popular vacation destinations. Each year, millions of visitors flock from around the world to take advantage of the warm Florida sun and the many attractions that can be found here. Not only does Central Florida appeal to many families that are interested in visiting the many theme parks located here, but singles, couples and retirees can find much to enjoy within in the area. For many, Orlando, Florida is their dream vacation spot. When planning a trip here, consider these highlights that you may not want to miss.
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  • Walt Disney World- The Walt Disney World Resort is located in the heart of Central Florida in an area known as Lake Buena Vista. This theme park is one of the most popular and well-known in the entire world. Children and adults alike will enjoy all of the magic that Disney World offers. Visitors can choose to stay on-site at a Disney resort or can book a stay at one of many hotels located just outside of the theme park. Those staying on-site may be able to take advantage of special promotional vacation package deals that can save you a great deal on your tickets, room rates and dining. There are four main theme parks located at Disney World and two water parks. They are the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, The Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Let your imagination run wild as your soar through the sky with Peter Pan, take on the aliens with Buzz Lightyear, ride the Tower of Terror and so much more. Walt Disney World also offers a downtown area where visitors can go to enjoy a wide range of shopping and dining.

  • Universal Studios- Universal Studios is another one of Central Florida's most popular attraction destinations. Made up of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk, this is a major attraction for both adults and children. Children will enjoy imaginative areas such as Seuss Landing while adults may opt to take on thrill rides and roller coasters. Get up close and personal with Jaws, ride a bicycle with ET and much more. Harry Potter fans will also enjoy the newest addition to the park, where you can visit Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

  • Beaches- A trip to Florida would not be complete without a relaxing day at the beach. Because you will be visiting the central part of the state, guests can make their way to either coast. Popular beaches include Cocoa Beach on Florida's Space Coast and Clearwater Beach on Florida's Sun Coast.