Central Florida

We all know central Florida is home to Disney World and lots of other big time tourist attractions.  Staying at an RV park near Clermont we’ve discovered many other attractions that appeal to us.

Mt. Dora is a lovely town with the historic Lakeside Inn on Lake Dora.  We were lucky enough to visit when they had tradional Irish music in the pub and a Florida Highwaymen Art Show.  Mt. Dora is known for a quaint town atmosphere as well as a lively art scene and local theatre.  Sadly the tourist train operating there has closed down.  Thanks to our friends Joe and Diane for a wonderful day.

Friends Joe and Diane

Friends Joe and Diane

Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale

Florida Highwaymen Art Show and Sale

Historic Lakeside Inn

Historic Lakeside Inn

Us, January 2016

Us, January 2016

Sunset on Lake Dora

Sunset on Lake Dora

 

Oakland Nature Preserve is on the south shore of Lake Apopka.  We attended an open house which included a edible Florida hike with an expert edible weed picker.  Great fun learning we can eat Smilax, Spanish Needles, Elderberry, Sorrel, and Beautyberries.  Florida also has wild citrus, blackberries, blueberries and lots more.  The preserve has great hiking too.

Peggy Lantz - Florida's Edible Wild Plants

Peggy Lantz – Florida’s Edible Wild Plants

Edible sorrel

Edible sorrel

Boardwalk to Lake Apopka

Boardwalk to Lake Apopka

Great Egret

Great Egret

Baby alligator

Baby alligator

 

Lakeland has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in the world. During the Great Depression Florida Southern College envisioned a college of tomorrow and invited Wright to design for the school.  He designed 20 buildings of which 10 were built initially and one was just completed in 2013.  Wright described his work at the college  as “out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun!”  It is a under the radar gem of Florida history.  Lakeland also features many lakes filled with birds.

Pfeiffer Chapel- Wright's premier work at FSC

Pfeiffer Chapel- Wright’s premier work at FSC

Interior features thousands of colored glass blocks

Interior features thousands of colored glass blocks

Usonian House was completed in 2013

Usonian House was completed in 2013

Lakeland has brick streets and colorful bungalows

Lakeland has brick streets and colorful bungalows

Lakes and swans

Lakes and swans

Deland is another interesting town in central Florida.  Joe and Diane joined us for a tour of the Stetson Mansion.  The famous hatter, John Stetson built the home in 1886.  It is privately owned and a home yet today.  It is Florida’s oldest grand home and available year round.  Deland is a very walkable town with great restaurants and shops.

The Stetson Mansion

Clermont, Minneola and West Orange County have countless lakes and great hiking/biking trails that go on for miles and miles, one to the next to the next.  While awfully close to horrendous traffic and crowds, central Florida has a lot for us.

R & D on the West Orange Trail

R & D on the West Orange Trail

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3 Responses to Central Florida

  1. lynnsarda says:

    So happy you are poking around these places…so much more to see.
    You are missed, by the way. Love, Lynn

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  2. Looks like you are in a fun area – with many interesting things to see and do.

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  3. Judi says:

    Interesting. I never knew FL had all these other things to explore.

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