Fun things to do are all around you in Leesburg, Florida. Explore the natural beauty of Florida's Harris Chain of Lakes and Lake Griffin State Park. Shop for treasures at Renninger's Antiques Market, one of the largest in Florida. Get up close and personal with artists and their works at the Mount Dora Art Festival. Golf and dine at The Villages. Get in the game at Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex. See rare vintage boats at the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival.
Go bird watching in Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area. Take the kids for a fun day at Wooten Park. From outdoor recreation to the arts, shopping and dining - Leesburg, Florida is home to amazing things to do. Centrally located near top Florida attractions, the best place to experience it all is the Hampton Inn Leesburg - Tavares. Check out a few of our favorite things to do in the neighborhood.
Upcoming Leesburg / Tavares Events
- January 18th & 19th, 2013 - Renningers Antique Extravaganza
- February 2nd & 3rd, 2013 - 38th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival
- February 14th-17th, 2013 - Mount Dora Music Festival
- February 15th & 16th, 2013 - Renningers Antique Extravaganza
- March 8th & 9th, 2013 - Eustis Swap Meet and Car Show
- March 22nd-23rd, 2013 - Sunnyland Antique Boat Show
- March 23rd-25th, 2013 - Mount Dora craft and Antique Festival
- April 5th & 6th, 2013 - Tavares Dragon Boat Festival
- April 26-29, 2013 - Leesburg Bikefest
- October 11-13th, 2013 - 39th Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival
- October 26 & 27th, 2013 - Fall Mount Dora Craft Festival
Renninger's Antiques & Farmers Market -
Renninger's antiques markets and regional farmer's markets offer some of the largest fairs and markets in Florida. Shop for unique antiques and quality locally grown fresh produce at Renninger's markets, which is held in Mount Dora. To learn more information about Renningers antiques and farmers markets, visit www.renningers.com/index.html.
Lake Harris -
Lake Harris is the largest of Lake County, Florida's Chain of Lakes, which are sometimes known as the "Harris Chain of Lakes." Lake Harris is actually divided into Lake Harris and Little Lake Harris, which together cover more than 15,000 square feet and offer water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. For more information about visiting the Harris Chain of Lakes and fun things to do, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Harris_(Florida).
The Mount Dora Art Festival -
The Mount Dora Art Festival is one of Florida's largest and attracts artists from around the world, as well as more than 300,000 visitors during its two-day span. Ranked among America's Top 100 art shows, the Mount Dora Art Festival offers a unique opportunity to interact directly with artists and their work as well as enjoying special events and activities surrounding the arts show, which is typically held in February. To learn more about all the fun things to see and do at the Mount Dora Art Festival, visit www.mountdoracenterforthearts.org/event_artfestival.html.
Lake Griffin State Park -
Lake Griffin State Park is 3 miles north of Leesburg and offers hiking, canoeing, boating and fishing for bluegill, speckled perch, catfish and largemouth bass. Florida's eighth-largest lake, Lake Griffin is home to picnic facilities, campgrounds and a delightful half-mile nature trail. To learn more about fun things to do at Lake Griffin State Park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/lakegriffin/default.cfm.
The Villages -
The Villages is an upscale retirement community in Sumter County, Florida, which is 45 miles north of Orlando. Home to more than 30 golf courses, The Villages offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, including a polo stadium and softball fields, plus the Lake Sumter Landing's Market Square, an enchanting waterfront shopping and dining area. To learn more about fun things to see and do at The Villages, visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Villages,_Florida.
Wooten Park -
Wooten Park in Tavares, Florida offers one of the area's top parks for events like farmers markets as well as exciting recreation, especially for kids. Covering three lovely acres, Wooten Park offers a Children's Splash Park, gazebos, a pavilion, two boat ramps, two playgrounds, sea-plane base, and a fishing pier. To learn more about all the fun things to do at Wooten Park in Lake County, FL and upcoming events, visit www.tavares.org/facilities.aspx?RID=13&Page=detail.
Go bird watching in Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area -
Part of the Great Florida birding trail Emeralda Marsh is perfect for the advanced to the novice bird watcher, Emeralda Marsh presents unlimited opportunities. Known for its varying habitats, plant and animal life and sheer size, what separates the conservation area from other preserves is its 4.3-mile wildlife drive. Built atop the dikes in the treatment marsh, the drive provides unbelievable access to the interior of wetland habitats. Perfect for biking, hiking, fishing and more. To learn more about fun things to see and do at Emeralda Marsh, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/bird_watching/emeralda_marsh.aspx
Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex -
The Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex is an award-winning sports complex that offers one of Leesburg, Florida's finest local sporting and recreational areas. The Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex facilities include two Babe Ruth Baseball fields, two multi-use soccer and football fields, four adult softball fields and two fields for youth girl's softball. To learn more about the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov/recreation/index.aspx.
Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival -
The Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival has been held on Lake Dora located in Tavares, Florida for more than 20 years and offers one of the most one of the most exciting events of the year for antique boat enthusiasts. The event includes sea plane rides, sales of vintage boats and "Speeders," which are converted railroad maintenance inspections cars made into boats. To learn more about the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, visit www.acbs-sunnyland.org/.