Tavares, Florida and The Train That I Didn’t Take


Tavares Train Station

That same Sunday, after we saw the train arriving to Mount Dora, we went to visit the other side of the train trip. If you don’t know of what train trip I am talking about check this link The Train I Didn’t Take. Leaving Mount Dora we took Lakeshore Dr.coasting along Lake Dora. We couldn’t help drooling innocent envy because of the enormous houses by the lake, each with their own little pier and boat. Ahhh they have their own little paradise in their own home.

Well our destiny, Tavares! Tavares is the other side of the train trip.



At the moment we got there the heat was a little bit nicer to us than earlier when we were at Mount Dora. Clouds started to get together for their usual afternoon party, that brings rain and loud thunderstorms, but at the moment it was just calming down the heat.


We parked at Wooton Park in front of Lake Dora. Tavares didn’t look as elegant and fancy as Mount Dora. It was more sporty, outdoor, casual look, and family oriented than Mount Dora…



Children Splash Park

Tavares is definitely kids friendly! With this heat anybody will like to play here! The seasonal splash park is only $2 dollars. Any Sunday afternoon with a book in hand you can sit and relax while the kids have fun splashing some water. For more information check the link! TAVARES CHILDREN’S SPLASH PARK


COMMENT: (Tavares and Mount Dora two small cities that have so much to offer. You can ride in trains, seaplanes, boat tours even Segway tours! They have a little bit of everything.) 

City of Tavares, America’s Seaplane City! Thats the way it’s called, and I could see they represent their name very well. Continuing with our exploration of Tavares, the Wooton Park face the Lake Dora, where some of the seaplane tours departure.



Jorge thinking if he should…


It is so nice to enjoy the outdoors. With so many options that you have here, you need to make good planning and budgeting. But always be careful in Florida when close to lakes, never forget that we have some residents that are always in the look out of their property…

Yes! I am talking about alligators, this guy was close to the shore and the seaplane. They are always looking a new snack on the menu 😉
Taking about menu, that means food! There are few locals restaurants. Jorge was into Irish, so we ended up eating at O’Keefe’s Irish Pup and Restaurant, a local restaurant with an interesting history, check to the link. I ate something that I never tried before, and ended up been pretty good. It was an English Muffin topped with tuna and cheddar cheese. Yummy! I highly recommended.

Other views of Tavares…


After we finished eating the thunderstorm start bullying at us. Its full power force us to leave town. Seriously when we were walking to the car we felt one thunder so strong, so close to us that we ran like little kids to the car. It was pretty scary. That’s another thing that you have to be careful with Florida summers. Almost every afternoon we have storms full of powerful thunders and plenty of people die around here for that. Please take seriously a thunderstorm and take refuge.

Well, that all for Tavares and the train I didn’t take.

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂



















The Train Ride That I didn´t Take


Excited for the plans of the day, I was finishing something at work and then we were off to Mount Dora. Sometimes I have to go to my lab on the weekends, and this was one of those days. I planned during the week that after work on Sunday we were going to explore Mount Dora, one of the things I had my eyes on, was on the train ride. Orange Blossom Cannonball is a 90 minute scenic journey on a steam powered or diesel powered train between Tavares and Mount Dora and vise-versa.

All week-long I keep checking the website for the hours of departure of the train. I wasn’t sure at what time I was going to finish at work and that was the key for me to know at what time we were going to be in Mount Dora or Tavares.I had to confess I was confused on how the hours and tickets worked. Let me explain, they sale the ticket as a round trip but you have to buy the tickets individually. I thought that you buy one ticket for a roundtrip, but in reality you have to buy two tickets for a round trip . Looking at the hours, I realize that the best time for us taking the train was at 3pm. Unfortunately we got there a little after 3pm and the next train was from Tavares to Mount Dora at 4pm. At that moment we were in Mount Dora, we had to drive to Tavares to take the next train but then that is when I notice that even that it said roundtrip,that last trip is only one way. In other words… NO TRAIN RIDE FOR ME 😦

Oh well!! We were there already, so of course we stayed and explore the classy town of Mount Dora. We parked and immediately I felt an invitation to explore and walk around. At the same time, “Mr. Heat” slap me on the face! Thanks God I had a summer dress and sandals, I can’t imagine nobody walking on jeans on such a warm day. Oh Florida summers!


One of the first things that took our attention was the Lakeside Inn, which is located in a dead end street. To be more specific in Alexander St. At first we didn’t know what it was… a house, restaurant, a shop… None of that, it was a hotel with history! Was built in 1883! Can you believe that is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Florida?


Everything around this place looks antique, elegant, cozy and inviting.





Even though we miss the train ride I wanted to see the train coming in to Mount Dora. While walking around my eyes keep looking at the rail road and the time…I didn’t want to miss the train coming in. There were not that many people in town, it was kind of quite. I wonder if is like that every Sunday or it just happens to be quite that day. I wonder if the heat was keeping everybody indoors. It was hot to the point of feeling the air kind of suffocating my lungs. In top of it, my hair was a mess I had to put it all up because the heat and humid environment was not cooperating with me. I guess that could be a good explanation of the emptiness of this elegant town.









Suddenly while sitting on a bench there it was,the diesel engine train arriving from its last trip. When I heard the announcing sound I jump from the bench we were sitting. With enthusiastic face I welcome the train and like a paparazzi I took as many pictures as I could. 🙂






Well here it is the train ride that I didn’t take arriving from Tavares to Mount Dora.


After watching the train, Jorge and me drive to Tavares, but that’s another is another story. I will be posting pictures from Tavares too. About the train I definitely want to take a ride on it. I am very interested to see the scenic route. The only thing that bothers me is the price, I think is a little bit expensive, one way ticket is $11.68 which make the roundtrip $23.36 if you are going with somebody makes the whole thing at $51.99 with taxes. Now I recently discover a groupon for $35 for two people! You can search for train ride and is the only one that will come up, supposedly have only 13 days left… If you are in the Orlando area or Mount Dora, or Central Florida take advantage of this groupon and ride a train in a vintage way. I definitely going to try to do it soon! You will know about it. One last thing, I encourage you to check their website, they offer other kind of fun and different rides, this special occasion rides are exclusive and the groupons can’t be use on this special events. Actually, some of the special event rides looked really interesting for me too… 0____o

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂