Dora, voted by Money Magazine as one of the "Best Places in
America to Retire" is the crown jewel of the Golden Triangle.
Founded in 1883, the area known as Mount Dora was first named
Royellou after one of the City's pioneers. The town later
renamed after the lake that is a short walk from downtown.
The "mount" refers to the fact that the city sits 266 feet
above sea level, which is a high elevation in Florida.
Incorporated as a town in 1910 with 370 residents, the town
now has a population of around 15,000 people.
Today, the town retains its small town feel with rolling
hills, huge oaks, beautiful lakes and historic buildings. The
town is especially know for its spectacular Christmas
decorations centered around the downtown park where every tree
is covered with thousands of sparkling lights.
Mount Dora is known as having the best antique shopping in the
state. The historic downtown area has a wide variety of
antique specialty shops and restaurants most of which are open
everyday. Lake Dora, with it's beautiful waterfront Gilbert
Park, is just a short walk from downtown.
The City hosts many annual events such as the popular "Mount
Dora Arts Festival". This event attracts over 150,000 people
each year and has been ranked among the top art shows in the
country. Other events include the Antique Boat Show, Antique
Car Show, Golf Tournament, Bicycle Festival, Crafts Fair and
Plant and Garden Fair.
Throughout the year, Mount Dora hosts many arts and cultural
activities. You can enjoy plays at the
IceHouse Theatre or concerts
and recitals at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.
For fun and relaxation,
fish off the dock next to the
famous Mount Dora lighthouse, take a scenic cruise of the Dora
Canal, enjoy a nature walk on Palm Island or just enjoy the
sunsets on beautiful Lake Dora.