Staycation Ideas in Central Florida

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Forget faraway summer vacations — let’s talk about staying home! In your brand new Medallion home at Lakes of Mount Dora, featuring great amenities and an unbelievably convenient location, you don’t have to endure hours of travel or break your wallet to experience the fun and freedom of a vacation. Take a look at a few of our favorite non-Disney-related ways to enjoy a summer staycation (and entertain the family when they visit) in Lake County.

Lake Dora | Mount Dora, FL 

4,500-acre Lake Dora is one of the seven lakes of the Harris Chain of Lakes. It is a favorite spot for fishing and recreational boating. The Dora Canal connects Lake Dora to Lake Eustis to the north. https://www.whattodoinmtdora.com/lake-dora-the-dora-canal/

 

Ocala National Forest | Umatilla, FL 

This breathtaking national park consists of 300,000+ acres of diverse environs, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes, and rivers that are ideal for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, and boating. https://www.fs.usda.gov/florida 

 

Alexander Springs | Altoona, FL 

This stunning, clear-blue spring and creek in Ocala National Forest is a great place to swim, snorkel or just relax. Take a kayak or a canoe down Alexander Run to get close to the wilder side of Florida. https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/arts-history-native-american-heritage-alexander-springs/

 

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards | Clermont, FL

Located on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside 25 miles west of downtown Orlando, Lakeridge is an award-winning pioneer in winemaking. Daily tours & tastings. https://www.lakeridgewinery.com/

 

Yalaha Bootlegging Company | Yalaha, FL 

The award-winning moonshine and brandy distillery located in heart of Lake County. Featuring organic blueberries from Blue Bayou Farms. Free tastings daily. BBQ Thursday-Sunday. https://www.yalahabootleggingco.com/

 

Modernism Museum | Mount Dora, FL 

Located in downtown Mount Dora, the Modernism Museum offers visitors a lesson in art history dating back to the start of modernism, a movement that featured functional sculptures. https://www.modernismmuseum.org/ 

 

The Showcase of Citrus | Clermont, FL 

Known as Florida’s Fresh Air Attraction®, this family-owned 2,500-acre estate cultivates over 50 varieties of citrus. Visitors enjoy unique, outdoor adventures, from U-pick citrus to monster truck tours. There is something for all ages. https://showcaseofcitrus.com/

 

Uncle Donald’s Farm | Lady Lake, FL

Enjoy hands-on fun at this family-owned farm, which is home to several rescued barn animals: cows, horses, chickens, and more. Families can milk goats, feed cows, and cruise on a hayride. https://uncledonaldsfarm.com/

 

Renninger's Flea and Farmer’s Markets | Mount Dora, FL

Explore an extensive array of produce stands, clothing shops, antiques, and collectibles, located on 117 acres of spreading oaks with garlands of Spanish moss. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday. https://renningers.net/mt-dora/explore-the-market-3/

 

Local Specialty Shops & Boutiques | Mount Dora, FL

Historic Mount Dora boasts a wide variety of retail, gift & specialty shops, and boutiques. Stroll through town and discover all sorts of treasures. Don’t forget to visit the open-air farmers market, too! https://www.whattodoinmtdora.com/shopping/