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Tavares, Florida, USA

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Jet Skis on the Dora Canal in Tavares, Florida

 Tavares Florida is the county seat of Lake County in Central Florida. Tavares Floria was founded by Alexander St. Clair-Abrams in 1880 and was named for a Portuguese ancestor. The word Tavares is Spanish for "Hub".

  Since the 1880's Tavares has been a center of government, the citrus industry, as well as a destination for tourists who enjoyed the beautiful view of Lake Dora from the old lakeside pavilion. Although the pavilion is long since gone, tourists still enjoy the lake front park, the historic sites, beautiful waterways and parks. Tavares is fast becoming a great place to conduct business, with its proximity to the metro-Orlando area; all while retaining is small town charm.

  Tavares offers a great opportunity to explore natural Florida through active and passive activities. These include birdwatching, kayaking, fishing, boating, wildlife photography and simply enjoying a great sunrise or sunset.

  There's a lot to see and do in Tavares, with 18 major community events each year, downtown at Wooton Park. Many fine restaurants, scenic boat tours, seaplane rides and a vintage steam train offering rides and entertainment. Check us out!


America’s Seaplane City
Tavares, Florida

  The City of Tavares Seaplane Base & Marina at Wootan Park is a multi-nodal transporation system that will connect Tavares to other cities, railways, public transit, water taxis, downtown business, events, festivals, parks and other areas of interest. The Seaplane Base & Marina was opened as an FAA certified airport and marina providing free itinerant boat docking and offering aviation and marina fuel sales for its many visitors.

  Whether you travel by car, plane, bike, boat or train; your journey will always start in Tavares.

Central Florida is a Wildlife Treasure.

Big Gator in Tavares, Florida near Orlando
Alligator in Tavares, Florida near Orlando

Central Florida is a Wildlife Treasure.
  Because Florida is home to the 2nd largest population of alligators in the United States with approximately 1,000,000 of the prehistoric reptiles roaming the state, visitors and residents of Central Florida need not travel far to see a gator. The picture of the alligator (pictured above) was taken in a retirement neighborhood in Tavares, Florida in 2006. 

For more information on Tavares, Florida click on the following links:

City of Tavares, Florida

Lake County, Florida Government Home

Property Appraiser's Office~Lake County, Florida

Lake County Clerk of Circuit & County Court


(located in Central Florida)


Cities in Orlando Area: Altamonte Springs | Apopka | Howey-In-The-Hills | Kissimmee | Mount Dora | Tavares

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