Mount Dora is known for its good weather and shopping — some say the best antique shopping in Florida. Its charming downtown not only boasts several antique shops, but gift shops, boutiques, specialty stores and a diverse selection of dining opportunities.
Our favorite shops were Madison Rose featuring quilts and gifts; Timeless Keepsakes chocked full of a little of everything; a home boutique called Piece of Mine; Linda's Country Charm filled with collectibles and gift items; and, Country Cottage Crafts with room after room of local handmade crafts.
Mount Dora Trolley
The Mount Dora Trolley offers narrated 50-minute tours exploring the town's historic neighborhoods. During the tour, learn little-known facts about the towns pioneers and heros. The trolley departs from the Lakeside Inn at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and hourly from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Some tours may be dropped during the off season and some tours are cancelled if not enough people show up, so you will want to plan on taking one of the first couple of tours of the day — either 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 noon.
Inland Lakes Railway
The Inland Lakes Railway offers round-trip narrated tours from Mount Dora to nearby Tavares on a seasonal schedule. The trip takes just over an hour aboard a vintage rail car pulled by an 1942 locomotive. If you are a train fanatic you will undoubtedly enjoy this little jaunt to nowhere because you will find out as much history of the train itself as the surrounding area.
Every Saturday they also offer a Pizza Hut Express where riders enjoy a pizza and soft drink during the tour. This popular Saturday night tour requires reservations and often sells out early.
Donnelly Park in Downtown Mount Dora offer more than just restroom facilities and a shady respite from shopping. Located on 5th Avenue and Baker Street, this over two acre park houses two war monuments and special tributes from the Mount Dora citizens to the heroes of our century.
A lighted tennis court, shuffleboard center and a lighted community performance stage provide community activity and entertainment. This park is the site for many of Mount Dora's annual events and festivals, especially during the holidays.
While there are many lodging choices in Mount Dora, the historic Lakeside Inn is a great choice for both its Southern hospitality and convenience to Mount Dora's downtown.
Even though the waterfront 86-room hotel, built in 1883, has a turn-of-the-century look and feel, including verandas and rocking chairs, it includes all the modern comforts, conveniences and upscale service without the upscale price.
Mount Dora's Bed & Breakfasts
The Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast pictured here is just one of Mount Dora's fine bed and breakfast inns. While the inn reflects Mount Dora's past, it provides guests with the finest comforts of the modern world. It overlooks Lake Dora at 495 W. Old U.S. Highway 441.
Other Mount Dora bed & breakfast inns include:
- Christopher's Inn located at 539 Liberty Avenue, Mount Dora.
- The Coconut Cottage Inn located at 1027 McDonald Street, Mount Dora.
- The Grandview Bed & Breakfast located at 442 East 3rd Avenue, Mount Dora.
- The award-winning Magnolia Inn Bed & Breakfast located at 347 East 3rd Avenue, Mount Dora.
- The Mount Dora Historic Inn Bed and Breakfast located at 221 E. 4th Avenue, Mount Dora.
- The Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast located at 1029 E. 5th Avenue, Mount Dora.