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Our perspective of Tavares

The city of Tavares has its own vision statement: Tavares – the capital Waterfront City of Lake County – building on a historic foundation – creating an authentic, accessible community of neighborhoods, businesses and citizen services – distinguishing itself as the defining vision of where you want to be!”

Tavares is known as the county seat of Lake County, and the downtown area has been refurbished and reinvigorated to reflect the city’s vision. Government buildings include Lake County’s Administration Building (recognized by its unique, circular design) and the Lake County Judicial Center. The original Lake County Court house was added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1998. In addition, it is home to the prestigious Advanta Heealth Hospital on Highway 441 North.

However, Tavares isn’t all about business! It’s a great place for kids of all ages to play. Tavares is known for its fabulous Lake Dora waterfront. Tavares has its famous waterfront seaplane base, and residents and visitors can take water taxis to dine at their favorite restaurants. Sea plane tours are available to take adventurers on exciting tours through the chain of lakes and out to the St. Johns River. For folks that prefer to keep their feet on the ground, an old-time train tour might just be the perfect adventure to enjoy a scenic excursion through nearby areas.

Wooten Park is a fun place for children to play and splash around as they cool off from the summer heat. It sits on the picturesque waterfront and Lake Dora is front and center for all to enjoy. Besides the stunning pavilion sitting at the edge of a long dock extending into the lake (perfect for weddings and other special events), Wooten Park features the Tac-Lee jogging trail and kayak tours to explore the chain of lakes.

Tavares is known for its restaurants and resorts as well as its own brand of festivals. The annual Dragon Boat Festival, the Antique Boat Show (featuring amphibian cars), and the Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Society Show are some of the most exciting events on tap throughout the year.

Love entertainment? Tavares is the place to be, because most of the restaurants feature live entertainment. Waterfront dining and entertainment create the perfect mix of relaxation and fun in the warm Florida climate.

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