Introduction to Leesburg, Florida
Leesburg, Florida, in Lake county, is 35 miles NW of Orlando, Florida (center to center) and 69 miles NE of Tampa, Florida.
Evander Mclver Lee, the first permanent settler in Leesburg, came to this area in 1857. He was followed by his brothers. Calvin Lee, is said to have given this city its present name. The city was incorporated in 1875. Leesburg was a major area of watermelon production in the early years of the twentieth century. Its inhabitants began the tradition of organizing an annual watermelon festival in the year 1930. The festival continued to be organized until the production of watermelons came down significantly. At present, Leesburg is a popular retirement destination.
Leesburg and Nearby Attractions
- Berry Park.
- Canal Street Trail.
- Canal Street Field.
- Corrine Williams Park.
- Herlong Park.
- Fountain Lake Park.
- Leesburg Historic Museum.
- Monkey Island.
- Magnolia Trail.
- Palmetto Street Complex.
- Mate-Morris House.
- Town Square Park.
- Sleepy hollow Recreation Complex.
The city is dotted with a number of parks which offer a variety of leisure activities. Residents and tourists enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, golf, tennis, camping and other relaxing activities throughout the year.
Air travel services can be found at Orlando International Airport and Leesburg Regional Airport.
Leesburg Higher Education
The city is served by Lake-Sumter Community College.