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Enjoying the Great Outdoors in Lake County, FL

December 17, 2019

Named for the roughly 250 lakes and bodies of water within its borders, Lake County is one of the most exciting places to live in Central Florida. Here, residents never have a shortage of things to do or sights to see, as the region has an abundance of both natural splendor and local charm. Below are just a few ways to get out and enjoy the Florida sunshine in Lake County.

Aquatic Fun

Whether you’re more into the thrill of jet skis and speed boats or the tranquility of a relaxing fishing trip, the many lakes and waterways of Lake County provide countless ways to enjoy a day out on the water.

Boat ramps can be found along almost all of the lakes, while opportunities for rentals or guided boat tours are abundant throughout the county. Want more? Seaplane tours are available at Lake Dora and Lake Eustis.

More of an angler? Try your luck on any of the nine lakes in the Harris chain and you might come home with a sizable bass, blue gill or catfish.

And don’t forget, beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are only an hour and half drive away, giving you easy access to ocean fun!    

Parks and Wildlife

The natural beauty of the Florida wetlands is a sight to behold, and you can enjoy it by simply taking a stroll through some of Lake County’s exquisite parks and hiking trails.

Pear Park

Home to the Palatlakaha Environmental and Agricultural Reserve, this park in Leesburg offers miles of hiking trails along the Palatlakaha River and through restored wetlands. It also features a butterfly garden pavilion and a “Wildlife Watchpost,” the perfect place to spot some of the local birds and reptiles.

Wooton Park

Right on the shores of Lake Dora, this sprawling park features picnic areas, playgrounds, a children’s splash park, fishing pier and so much more! It’s also the ideal place to watch seaplanes as they take off and land from the lake.

Lake Louisa State Park

This state park is home to 4,500 acres of beautiful Florida scenery. Take full advantage by going on a guided horseback ride, kayak tour or settle in at one of the park’s 60 campsites. With 20 miles of trails and seven lakes, there are endless ways to enjoy this treasured gem.

Tee Time All the Time

What better way to enjoy the sunny Florida weather than to play 18 holes with friends or family? Lake County is home to over 20 golf courses; here are just a few to check out:

Mission Inn Golf Resort

The prestigious Mission Inn Golf Resort is home to two of Florida’s oldest and most celebrated courses, El Campeón and Las Colinas. These 18-hole championship courses are consistently ranked as some of the best in Florida and have played host to countless tournaments over the years.

Deer Island Country Club

Located in beautiful Tavares between Lake Dora and Lake Beauclair, this exceptional club features an 18-hole course designed by renowned golf architect Joe Lee. This course is made for golfers of any skill level, so feel free to bring the whole family!

Kings Ridge Golf Club

Set amongst the rolling hills of Clermont, this course is as scenic as it is well designed. Be sure to take advantage of the club’s many instructional programs and stop by the snack bar for some food and drinks.

If living in Lake County sounds appealing to you, check out some of our beautiful communities in the area, Seasons at Hillside and Seasons at The Preserve at Sunrise. Both of these neighborhoods offer inspired floor plans from our popular Seasons™ Collection.

More about Seasons at Hillside

  • Ranch and two-story homes from the low $200s
  • 3 to 6 bedrooms, approx. 1,610 to 2,800 sq. ft.
  • Natural gas access

More about Seasons at The Preserve at Sunrise

  • Ranch and two-story homes from the low $200s
  • 2 to 5 bedrooms, approx. 1,610 to 2,530 sq. ft.
  • Community pool and cabana

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