Autumn is upon us, and while most parts of the country are layering up, we’re continuing our active-outdoor adventures in beautiful eighty-five-degree weather. But don’t let the short sleeves fool you, the seasonal joys in Lake County are bountiful and uniquely perfect.
Dig into our fresh fall harvests at any of our U-Pick farms. Grab the kiddos and gather a take-home bundle of delicious produce and beautiful blooms from any of our open-to-the-pubic farms. Here are a few to get you started.
The Showcase of Citrus is a family-operated ranch covering 2,500 acres. Stroll through the groves and pick fresh oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and more. Stick around to feed the animals, enjoy time on the playground, scour the gem mine or take a tour on the monster truck. Before you go, dip into the Old Time Country Store for jams, jellies, sauces, and juices.
Surround yourself with happy — happy flowers, that is. Graham Farms and Far Reach Ranch offer various U-Pick produce throughout the year, but the fall months bring acres of bright and bold sunflowers. Bask in the beauty of these flower-lined farms while you pick the perfect bouquet of sunshine.
Though the family of Southern Hill Farms has been cultivating land for generations, they’ve only recently expanded their fields to include fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Furnish your home this season with fresh pumpkins, squash, and fragrant zinnias. Make an entire day of fun with the family on a tractor-pulled wagon ride, playground, picnic space, and even live music and food trucks on weekends.
Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.
The land of 1,000 lakes gives new meaning to outdoor activities. The pure nature of our environment creates ample opportunities to immerse yourself in adventure everywhere you look. Take a peek at some of our favorite fall activities, but remember, it doesn’t stop here!
Explore the water with help from our local outfitters. Climb into a kayak and glide your way through our countless blueways. You’ll quickly discover the abundance of wildlife, vast greenery, and incredible views you just won’t see from land. Browse through our Paddler’s Paradise for routes, tips, and tricks to start your journey.
Cast a line and reel in a fresh catch from land or water! There’s certainly no shortage of fishing holes in Lake County, so pack up your supplies and sunscreen to head out for a day (or more) of incredible fishing. Check out our guide to boat rentals, marinas, fishing charters, and tackle shops to plan your next fishing escape.
Land excursions go from remarkable to incredible when you do them on horseback. Trot over to our local stables for guided tours covering more than 150 miles of equestrian trails, including options for relaxing lakefront rides and adventurous treks into the forest. Or bring your own horse for personal adventures set at your own pace and preference.
Bring your binoculars and settle in for some of the best birdwatching opportunities in Florida. New to the field? Birding and nature tours are here to get you started. For the novice, we’ve compiled a list of the best birding spots for you to peek-a-boo onto the lives of our feathered friends. Check out our tips & tricks, bird checklist, notable birds, and more with our online birding guide.
What’s a holiday season without the cheer of festivities? Lake County has an array of events for the whole family. Locals and visitors frequent our seasonal events year after year; consider making some of them your new traditions.
Sunsational Farms annual Fall Festival is a pumpkin patch, carnival, and amusement park perfectly packaged into one can’t miss experience. The entire month of October is devoted to the free, outdoor, family-friendly event that kicks off the season in Umatilla. Pick your perfect pumpkin and snag a photo at the famous Big Orange turned jack-o-lantern.
Sliding into December, the holiday cheer abounds. Make a visit to the Christmas Parade and Celebration in Tavares. The live entertainment, snow, “ice” skating, face painting, booths, and a parade so good that even Santa makes an appearance. Event details may change, so check out the lineup and parking information prior to your visit.
Illuminate the season in the cities of Eustis, Mount Dora, and Clermont that each carry out their own celebrations centered around the lighting of trees, parks and surrounding areas.
Light-up Eustis is located downtown and is packed with free entertainment like a 75-foot snow slide, giant toy soldiers, live reindeer, food trucks, vendors, and carolers. Then witness the lighting of 400,000 LEDs upon a 50-foot Christmas tree.
Light-up Mount Dora commemorates the lighting of over 2 million sparkling lights across the downtown streets and Donnelly Park. Dancers, carolers, and plenty of family fun are packed into this city event.
Round out your holiday at the Light-up Clermont & Holiday Enchanted Forest. Stroll through the twinkling forest created with dozens of lighted Christmas trees. Drop your letter off to Santa, indulge in live entertainment and delicious treats, then pose for your Christmas card-worthy photo in this glorious winter wonderland. Stay tuned for more information on Clermont’s Holiday series.