City of Mount Dora – "Someplace Special"

City of Mount Dora

With a thriving downtown district and weekly events, the City of Mount Dora plays host to many unique shops, restaurants and festivals. Three of the city’s major festivals include the Art Festival, Light Up Mount Dora and the Craft Fair which bring thousands of residents and visitors to the downtown area. The season kicks off in the fall, with the Craft Fair which is a top-ranked event featuring a mix of arts and crafts, from sculptures to paintings to woodworking. It’s the perfect adventure for finding unique holiday gifts and shop at our local stores. At Christmas time, the streets come alive with over two million lights that decorate downtown. Festivities include a parade, music, performances of the Nutcracker, wine walks and a festive New Year’s Eve celebration. In February, the Mount Dora Art Festival brings local and national artists to the spotlight that celebrates a weekend of art. Vendors include artists of all mediums and plenty of local food to tempt the palate.


M t Dora Light House


During the summer, visitors can spend time shopping and dining in our downtown district or enjoying a quiet day in one of 21 parks in the city. Our parks offer quiet serenity where visitors can enjoy breezes under the canopy of shady oak trees. The city sits on the edge of Lake Dora, one of the largest lakes in Lake County and water lovers can enjoy boat rentals, fishing or sunbathing.

After the city had become an established town in 1883, one of the oldest establishments, The Lakeside Inn, remains in business today. It was a popular winter retreat for hunters, fishermen, and boaters. The Alexander House opened in 1883 – a two-story hotel with 10 rooms.

Visitors included Presidents Coolidge and Eisenhower, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

The City of Mount Dora is also a progressive city as the welcoming of our new Wolf Branch Innovation District. A major thoroughfare, the Wekiva Parkway, is anticipated to be completed in 2021 and will connect Lake and Seminole Counties with easy access for commuters. Road and utility improvements will continue along with growth in the city. “Maintaining the quaintness and charm the founders of Mount Dora envisioned is not debatable. Without a flourishing downtown and a solid business foundation, our city would become just another place with a major highway running through its boundaries,” said Mayor Nick Girone at his annual State-of-the-City address.

City of Mount Dora

The City of Mount Dora has several popular festivals coming up over the next few months, starting with our grand Freedom on the Waterfront, 4th of July celebration. The celebration will be on July 3rd along the beautiful shores of Lake Dora. The festivities include live music, kids activities, vendors and a huge fireworks show dubbed “Lake County’s most creative fireworks display.”

City of Mount Dora


In August we have a weekend Seafood Festival on August 26 to August 27 which draws more than 25,000 visitors to Evans Park. It’s the third year for the festival at Elizabeth Evans park and includes a huge variety of seafood and family fun Pirate Village. In November, we proudly promote out existing Scottish Culture with the Mount Dora Highlands Festival the weekend of November 17 and 18. We have a relationship with our sister city of Forres, Scotland which connects the Scottish culture between cities. Pipers, fiddlers, harpists, and dancers gather for the event and the weekend include must-see Highland Games.

There is a reason people come to visit the City of Mount Dora as our slogan, “Someplace Special” resonates through the quaint southern charm and progressive ideas that integrate into our community.

For more information, please go to

Our Top Ten Most Popular Brands


Alegria Shoe brand is a line of stylish boots and sandals made in china. The Company was founded on Oct 8, 2001, with the headquarters region on East Coast, Southern US. Alegria Shoe brand is a famous brand for Footwear in the United States. They have over 200 employees from diverse backgrounds representing all areas of expertise in the U.S. and China. Alegria by PG Lite® has been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and earned the Seal of Acceptance on selected styles in recognition of the Company's commitment to health and comfort. The shoe brand offers a wide variety of solutions specially designed for men, women and children. They provide you with a great choice of boots, mules and slip-on shoes. Alegria has high quality materials that make every product durable and comfortable. Mount Dora's Store is proud to offer Alegria Footwear that will protect your feet while allowing the proper movement and support they need.

Dansko is a footwear brand located in Pennsylvania, USA. The Company was founded in 1990 by a family of Norwegian immigrants from Norway. Their shoes are designed to endure long work hours and then be worn regularly. Dansko focuses on providing their customers with quality, comfort shoes in both wayfarer and classic designs. The Company prides itself in creating accessories that help its customers look and feel great without sacrificing comfort, whether at the office or at home for leisure activities. They are well known for their women's shoes and mules. Dansko shoes are worn by people all around the world because of their great supportive designs as well as their comfort and durability. Dansko is also known for offering stylish, high-quality women's sandals that you can wear throughout the year. They are available at our store in many different types of designer styles.

Skechers is a multinational footwear brand headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California. The brand was founded in 1992 and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange. Skechers designs, develop and markets a range of lifestyle footwear and apparel products for women, men, and kids. Skechers is known for its innovative designs and styles that attract many customers. They offer Footwear to fit different needs, such as hiking and casual shoes. Skechers makes an excellent choice for people who want to take their appearance to the next level with stylish, fashionable Footwear for all occasions. You will love wearing the shoes from this brand because of their durability and comfort features. Another reason you should consider shopping at Mount Dora's Store is that they offer many shoes suitable for men and women alike, including many pairs from Skechers' collection of products.

Founded in the Black Forest region of Southern Germany in 1874, Rieker originally produced shoes for the affluent citizens of Northern Italy. The company soon gained a reputation for quality and has built itself into a household name in Central Europe. The company has been family owned for 5 generations and its commitment to quality and style has ensured continuous growth for 30 years. At the beginning of the 1970's new headquarters were set up in Switzerland and production moved away from Europe. Today Rieker employs approximately 20,000 people, especially in Morocco, Slovakia, Tunisia and Vietnam, where the company's own production facilities are located. We provide Rieker shoes and accessories to around 9,000 independent retailers, mainly in Europe. Rieker antistress footwear is unique. To maintain the integrity of its special constructions, together with the flexibility to respond quickly to fashion trends, virtually everything Rieker sells is made by Rieker.