Destination guide

Dive into central Florida's land o' lakes

Surrounded by an endless landscape of glittering lakes about 30 miles northwest of Orlando in central Florida, Mount Dora exudes a healthy dose of small-town charm. A historic preserved downtown hosts a regular farmer's market and offers some of the best antiquing for miles around. A Mount Dora vacation rental is a water lover's dream, and will treat you to some top-notch fishing, as well some of the prettiest sunsets you've ever seen. Whether you're a culture vulture or more of the outdoorsy type, there's something for you in charming Mount Dora.

Things to do

There's a marvelous museum to suit every taste

A Mount Dora vacation rental is heaven for museum buffs. There are too many to list, but a couple of the most intriguing include the Mount Dora Museum Of Speed, showcasing muscle cars, automobile memorabilia, and classic Americana in a replica art deco building, and the Mount Dora History Museum, set in a former jail. Art lovers will want to check out the Modernism Museum Mount Dora and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. Be sure to glimpse the iconic red-and-white-striped Mount Dora Lighthouse, one of only three freshwater lighthouses in the state.

Activities

Thing are always festive in Festival City

There's no shortage of ways to get your fresh-air fix at the countless lakes and parks in the area. The boating and bass fishing are sublime, and there are plenty of courses to keep the golfers in the group happy. Pack a picnic and try your hand at shuffleboard in the local green spaces. Hit the bike paths and take in the famous sunset views. You'll quickly discover why Mount Dora is nicknamed "Festival City" – there's nearly always an art, music, or food festival going on. Snag a one-of-a-kind vintage souvenir at Renninger's Antique Center, a long-time local favorite.

Weather

Things are heating up in central Florida

Leave the winter coats behind when you head to your Mount Dora vacation rental. Be prepared for temperatures in the 90s or even higher in the summer months of June to September (sunscreen is a must). That time of year you'll also see daily rainstorms passing through, so take advantage of the time to sneak in a quick nap. In the coldest months of December and January, highs are still in the upper 60s, while lows can drop into the 40s overnight. Hurricanes are most prominent in September and October, so check the forecast in advance.

Natural features

Spoler alert: There's no mount in Mount Dora

You may assume that the town takes its name from a mountain, but there are no peaks to be found here. What the area lacks in elevation it makes up for in lakes, with more bodies of water than you can count. Set in the Harris Chain of Lakes, you'll find numerous conservation areas nearby, which are home to otters, bobcats, and several species of birds, as well as plenty of thriving local plants. Just keep your eyes peeled for alligators – it wouldn't be Florida without them.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Mount Dora

Fly into Leesburg, FL (LEE-Leesburg Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.8 mi (17.4 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Orlando, FL (SFB-Orlando Sanford Intl.), which is 23.6 mi (38 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Mt Dora?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 261 vacation rentals near Mt Dora. From 109 Houses to 35 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mt Dora for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mt Dora?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mt Dora:

  • Florida Center: 136 vacation rentals
  • Orange Tree: 232 vacation rentals
  • Southeast Orlando: 41,811 vacation rentals
  • Central Business District: 33 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 45 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mt Dora?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mt Dora. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Donnelly Park: 362 vacation rentals
  • Country Club of Mount Dora: 343 vacation rentals
  • Mount Dora History Museum: 378 vacation rentals
  • Trimble Park: 413 vacation rentals
  • Mount Dora Museum Of Speed: 364 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mt Dora listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mt Dora?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 109 Houses in Mt Dora. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mt Dora include:

  • Cottages: 35 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 35 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 19 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mt Dora?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 69 vacation rentals with pool available in Mt Dora. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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