The City of Tavares, located on the north shore of Lake Dora,
is the County Seat of Lake County. The Courthouse, police
department, jail, departmental offices and courts are all
located in the center of downtown.
Historic Courthouse, built in 1924, contains the
Lake County Historical Museum,
brimming with artifacts tracing the areas past. A pamphlet
outlines a walking tour
is provided at City Hall.
It leads visitors to
other historic buildings
found in Tavares.
This waterfront City has gone through a major renaissance in
recent years. As "Americas Seaplane City", downtown Tavares
has been transformed from the seat of government business to
an attraction of major interest. For more information about
the Tavares waterfront,
number of popular restaurants are worth a visit. From Al's
Landing on the waterfront, you can watch Seaplanes arriving
and departing while you enjoy your meal. O'Keefe's Irish Pub
is a short walk across the street along with a number of
smaller waterfront themed eateries. Nearer to the government
center, you will find the outstanding Casa Mia Italian
The City of Tavares 4th of July fireworks display on Lake Dora
is especially noteworthy. The fireworks are launched across
the lake and the reflections off the water and the echoes from
the surrounding hills make the show a unique experience.
Another popular Tavares activity is a boat tour on the Dora
Canal. The canal, which connects Lake Dora and Lake Eustis,
runs through a protected wildlife area with towering cypress
trees and abundant wildlife. Alligators are a common site,
along with beautiful wood ducks, cranes, egrets and blue
herons. In mid winter, you can occasionally observe a family
of otters swimming and fishing in the canal.