Birdwatchers flock to Lake County with logbooks in hand and binoculars at the ready. The many wildlife preserves and parks in Lake County make this a birder's paradise with lots to see and lots to catalog. Emeralda Marsh top most birdwatchers' lists as the place to go for sightings of brilliant yellow prairie warblers. No trip to Central Florida is complete without seeing the Florida Scrub-Jay, a species found nowhere else.
The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail provides an opportunity to experience the jays in close proximity, making for great photo opportunities and binocular viewing.
This more than 7,000-acre preserve is the crown jewel of bird watching in Lake County is also one of the most prized conservation areas in all of Central Florida. Environmentalists rave about its large and diverse wildlife population.
The Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead is the western gateway to the 16-mile Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area Trail. It includes a 130-foot elevated boardwalk leading to a 20x20 foot overlook offering exceptional views of Lake Apopka and the Orlando skyline, and offers unparalleled bird-watching opportunities.
Lake Apopka is Florida's fourth largest lake, and one of the county's premier birding destinations. With more than 370 species recorded along the lake's northern shore, birders travel from all over the world to see spectacular birds including swallow-tailed kites, herons, egrets, sparrows, and warblers, among a number of rarities.
PEAR Park's 320-square-foot steel bird-watching and wildlife viewing blind is one of Lake County's premier birding and butterfly locations. The use of native landscaping and environmentally-balanced architecture harmonize with nature and provide a wildlife habitat while acting as a functional structure for nature lovers.
acres of active and passive recreational parks
species found year-round in Lake County
total species documented in Lake County
The species is found only in Florida and is limited to a number of small areas in the state that have dry, sandy soil with oak scrub trees. Largest Populations occur in Ocala NF, Merritt Island NWR, Lake Whales Ridge, and Coastal Scrub along the central Gulf Coast.
A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the Purple Gallinule can be see walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs. Its extremely long toes help it walk on lily pads without sinking.
The brilliant Prothonotary Warbler bounces along branches like a golden flashlight in the dim understory of swampy woodlands.
A gastro-pub specializing in authentic British cuisine and offering a full English Breakfast and British beer on tap.
Get a romantic look at the waterways that give Lake County its name from inside a pontoon, airboat or kayak. It's also a great way to spot more birds!
This museum, located in Mount Dora, features some of America's finest classic muscle, pro cars, and foreign cars. It is by appointment only so call ahead!
This craft distillery makes its own recipes of moonshine, brandy and whiskey made from certified organic blueberries grown right on the same property.