16 Best Things To Do in and Around Mount Dora, Florida

Sunset cruises, a trendy downtown, lake views, and a historic inn make Mount Dora, Florida, the perfect place to plan a weekend getaway. Full of authentic Florida Southern hospitality, visitors to this unique destination can experience the charm and magic that makes the area so appealing. 

I had been dreaming of visiting Central Florida, so when Discover Lake County, Florida, invited me to visit for a hosted stay, I jumped at the chance to experience three days in Mount Dora and the surrounding area. All opinions are my own. Here are the best things to do in Mount Dora, Florida! 

Best Things To Do in Mount Dora, Florida

How does touring the cobblestone streets in a horseless golden carriage at sunset sound? It sounds dreamy, right? Visitors can book an electric carriage ride to cruise the quaint streets along the lake and to the iconic Mount Dora Lighthouse.  

1. Go on a Golden Carriage Ride

The fun doesn’t stop with golden carriage rides. Sunset is the best time of day to be outdoors in Lake County, Florida, and there are options to book a sunset cruise on Lake Dora.  

2. Take a Sunset Boat Ride

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Head over to the famous Lakeside Inn and docks to catch a cruise you’ll never forget. 

3. Stay at the Oldest Hotel in Florida

Speaking of the Lakeside Inn, it is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Florida. It opened in 1883 – over 140 years ago and has a captivating history.  

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Even President Calvin Coolidge and the First Lady stayed here in 1930. And yes, you can book a stay in the presidential suite. 

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