Introduction to Mount Dora, Florida
Mount Dora, Florida, in Lake county, is 24 miles W of Deltona, Florida and 77 miles NE of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Orlando metropolitan statistical area. About 9,418 people live in Mount Dora.
Mount Dora History
The first family to settle in Central Florida was David M. Simpson and his family. Postmaster Ross Tremain originally named the area Royellou after the names of his three children, Roy, Ella and Louis. The name Mount Dora was derived from the name of the Lake Dora, located in the vicinity. Mount Dora became a popular winter tourist retreat after a railroad arrived in the area. This stimulated the economy and the city was incorporated in 1910.
Mount Dora and nearby Attractions
- Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens
- Blue Spring State Park
- Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site
- Mennello Museum of American Folk Art
- Disney World
Things To Do In Mount Dora
Local historical sites include the Old Mount Dora Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, Lakeside Inn, the John P. Donnelly House, the Royellou Museum and the Antique Boat Museum. Local parks include the Blue Spring State Park, the Lake Eola Park and many others. Local celebrations include the Annual Bicycle Festival and the Annual Craft Fair.
Mount Dora Transportation
Air transportation is available from Orlando International Airport.
Mount Dora Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Bethune-Cookman College, Central Florida Community College and Daytona Beach Community College.