Welcome to “Real Florida. Real Close.” We can’t wait to see you in Lake County when you are ready to visit. Check out our website and use the Trip Planner to create your next “Real Florida” adventure or read some of our recent travel blog posts for ideas of things to do “Real Close.”
For the latest news and updates from businesses throughout Lake County, FL follow @VisitLakeFL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also recommend that visitors also check directly with hotels, attractions and other local businesses for specific updates regarding any change in operating status.
Latest Information Regarding COVID-19
Visit the Lake County, FL COVID-19 Resource Page for current news and information regarding the Coronavirus Disease response in Lake County, FL.
Visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Resource Page for the latest information and guidance regarding the Coronavirus Disease. Also, review the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Travelers Resouce Page for the latest updates and any actions regarding travel from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
All persons in Florida over age 65 are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Click here for more information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges all Americans to stay home and avoid non-essential travel. When outside, keep a safe social distance of at least six feet from other persons.
Refer to the following links for updates from area travel partners, attractions and other local businesses:
Accommodations: Hotels, Vacation Rentals, Campgrounds and More
Many Lake County, FL accommodations are currently open. Please visit our website for a listing of accommodations and we recommend to contact the properties directly regarding operating status.
Effective March 27, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87 suspending new vacation rental reservations. Anyone currently in a vacation rental can finish their stay.
Airports & Florida’s Turnpike
Visit the specific websites for each of the area airports for current travel information; Orlando International Airport COVID-19 Website, Orlando Sanford International Airport Website, Leesburg International Airport Website
Florida’s Turnpike is collecting tolls electronically only. When you come to a toll plaza, please drive through – do not stop. If you don’t have a SunPass or interoperable transponder, you’ll be billed through TOLL-BY-PLATE. For more information, check here.
For current status for the major attractions in Central Florida, please visit their specific websites or contact the attraction directly; Walt Disney World’s Travel Information page, Universal Orlando’s operations update page, SeaWorld Orlando’s blog.
Many Lake County attractions have changed their operating hours or are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. We encourage you to contact each business directly to confirm status. Revolution Adventures, the Citrus Tower and the Presidents Hall of Fame are currently closed until further notice.
Click here to see the Florida Attractions Association website that is tracking operating status of attractions around the state of Florida. For more information on attractions in Lake County, please visit our website.
A majority of the boat ramps in Lake County are currently open for you to access the waterways. However, some ramps are currently closed due to COVID-19. All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board.
We encourage you to contact the local authorities and to visit the Florida FWC Boat Ramp Finder for current status before you visit.
Parks & Trails
As of May 4, 2020, Florida state parks have reopened. However, Lake Louisa State Park (Clermont) and Lake Griffin State Park (Fruitland Park) remain CLOSED at this time.
Lake County maintained parks and trails are currently open for you to get outside and enjoy. Use the Lake County Park Finder App to locate a park or recreation area to explore. However, some parks that are maintained by municipalities may not be open. We encourage you to confirm the status of the park before visiting.
As of April 21st all Lake County Water Authority preserves (excluding Hickory Point Park and Scrub Point) have been reopened to the public. This includes Hidden Waters, Flat Island Preserve, Sabal Bluff, Bourlay Historic Nature Preserve, Sawgrass Island Preserve, Crooked River Preserve and Lake Norris.
While exploring the outdoors, visitors should remember the CDC guidelines for social distancing.
Restaurants & Bars
Effective May 4, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91 allowing for restaurants to re-open with full outdoor seating. Indoor seating will be allowed at 25 percent of building capacity as well as provide delivery and take-out services. Check out the local area Chamber’s of Commerce listing to find local restaurants and businesses that are open and the services they offer. We also recommend to check with your favorite local restaurants directly to confirm their status. Bars and clubs are closed.
Lake County Cities
For current information from the many unique cities within Lake County we encourage you to visit their website and COVID-19 resource pages for updates for parks, businesses, operations and more.
From the Florida Department of Health: What You Should Know
COVID-19 can spread from person to person, like the flu, through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. People may contract COVID-19 by contaminating their hands with the virus and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, among other ways.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Florida Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home when you are sick;
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty, and;
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Florida’s residents and visitors should continue to refer to the DOH and CDC for the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19.