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Mount Dora town

Orlando, FL
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Mount Dora town, Orlando FL

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Mount Dora is adorbs! The main street is hilly Donnelly Street, packed with cute cafes and shops. Check out the side streets too, and you will keep finding more nice things, such as a on 4th Ave, Checkered Moon, a colorful home goods store, The Windsor Rose, a British tea room, Barrel of Books and Gmaes, a bookstore, and Goblin Market, a cafe. There is a Cuban restaurant called Las Palmas with lively staff. European Breads and Allyson A Bake Shop are two bakeries to check out. Le Petit Sweet is a dessert shop with things like eclairs. Under the Cherry Blossoms is a gift shop with a positive vibe. Village Coffee Pot is a cozy coffee shop that also sells gelato. 
If you continue to walk uphill on Donnelly Street you will come to Donnelly Park, with a pretty fountain, colorful tennis courts, and an attractive recreation center. What an appealing place! The trees are full of lights and must look lovely at night. On the other side of the park, across Baker Street is the Mount Dora Community Building, which has pretty architecture, and is a venue for theater productions and concerts. Continue uphill and you can see Congregational Church Mount Dora, a beautiful white church with a steeple and red doors. Another sight to see is the Masonic Temple, built in the old yellow Victorian Donnelly house, at 535 N. Donnelly Street. It is so charming lit up at Christmastime.
Walk or drive down Charles Ave, past the marina, to get to the lighthouse walk at Grantham Pointe. It's a pretty walk once you complete a short barren stretch on Charles Ave. A walking path runs along the water, with benches, and hammocks beckoning you to relax a while. Once you come to the point, you will see the land juts out into the lake and there is a lighthouse at the end! People gather here to chat, and boats zoom by. In spring, the abundant flowers at the water's edge are a delight. 
Continue your walk south to Palm Island Park where there is a long boardwalk on the lake. This is a secluded area so bring a friend. Or instead, cross Tremain Street and check out Gilbert Park. Here you wil find a stream lined with flowers and tropical plants, a sloped lawn with lots of trees, and best of all, a huge imaginative ship playground and a rope climbey that big kids love.
For a more peaceful park with almost no one there, check out Trimble Park on Lake Beauclair, an eight minute drive away.

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Colorful buildings on Donnelly Street.
Colorful buildings on Donnelly Street.
Lots of choices for treats!
Lots of choices for treats!
Wolf Branch Brewing Co.
Wolf Branch Brewing Co.
Lee Fusion Art Glass Studio.
Lee Fusion Art Glass Studio.
1921, a cool restaurant with rotating art.
1921, a cool restaurant with rotating art.
Modernism Museum Gift Shop.
Modernism Museum Gift Shop.
City Hall.
City Hall.
Community Building, built in 1922, with an 800 seat theater.
Community Building, built in 1922, with an 800 seat theater.
Cute house on Donnelly Street.
Cute house on Donnelly Street.
The Heirloom Inn.
The Heirloom Inn.
Congregational Church of Mount Dora.
Congregational Church of Mount Dora.
Congregational Church has lovely red doors and a Norfolk pine.
Congregational Church has lovely red doors and a Norfolk pine.
Red doors of Congregational Church.
Red doors of Congregational Church.
Fountain at Donnelly Park.
Fountain at Donnelly Park.
Donnelly House, a Queen Anne style house built in 1893.
Donnelly House, a Queen Anne style house built in 1893.
Details of Donnelly House.
Details of Donnelly House.
Under the Cherry Blossoms gift shop in the distance.
Under the Cherry Blossoms gift shop in the distance.
Spice and Tea Exchange.
Spice and Tea Exchange.
Spice and Tea Exchange sign.
Spice and Tea Exchange sign.
Village Coffeepot.
Village Coffeepot.
History reminder along the street.
History reminder along the street.
Las Palmas Cuban Cafe.
Las Palmas Cuban Cafe.
Checkered Moon decor shop.
Checkered Moon decor shop.
A little courtyard on 4th Ave.
A little courtyard on 4th Ave.
Barrel of Books and Games bookstore.
Barrel of Books and Games bookstore.
Hotel and springtime trees.
Hotel and springtime trees.
Windsor Rose Tea Room.
Windsor Rose Tea Room.
Modernism Museum.
Modernism Museum.
   

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The main street in Mount Dora is hilly Donnelly Street, where it meets 4th Ave. There is free parking along the road. Come early on weekends as it gets crowded.

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