Home to over 1,000 pristine lakes and rivers, it’s obvious how Lake County got its name. But beyond the bountiful lakes swimming with fish is a landscape found nowhere else in Florida. Rolling hills and stunning vistas comprise Lake County’s unique terrain, leading up to the highest point in peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain.
Acres of preserves, state parks and a national forest full of flora and fauna attract hikers and avid bird watchers to these undisturbed lands where protected species like the Florida Scrub-jay and gopher tortoise peacefully reside. Any of the county’s many waterfront parks, situated beneath a canopy of oak tree hammocks, are a soothing locale for a Sunday afternoon picnic or to stop for a water break while biking one of the area’s many trails.
Lake County boasts 14 distinct municipalities, each with its own small town personality and unique historic downtown district. Dotted with art galleries, antique stores, mom and pop shops and restaurants to please every palate, from home-cooked comfort food at Lake County’s popular diners to fine dining at intimate lakeside retreats, Lake County’s downtown districts are a refreshing reminder of the way life should be.
The county spotlights its love of the outdoors with the annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival, which has secured Lake’s spot on the map as a premier birding destination.
Farmers markets are not just weekend events in Lake County, where acres of farmland line winding roads through the countryside. The markets’ offerings are cultivated locally at U-pick fruit farms, citrus groves and nurseries.
Quaint bed and breakfasts paying stellar attention to service and detail are a draw for travelers from near and far. Whether for a special event or quiet getaway, economical accommodations and a family-friendly atmosphere make Lake County an ideal destination for an extended weekend trip.
For families, heritage museums, lively festivals and nostalgic train rides add to the allure of scenic Lake County, which has a character all its own.
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