Lake County lakes, hotels, downtown shopping bringing in

Boating in Lake County

Looking for the real Florida experience?

You may not need to look further than a town over. 

With 1,000 lakes and rivers, fresh springs, watersports, restaurants, shopping, antiquing, and historic landmarks this quaint, nature-filled Lake County is becoming more of a tourist destination with every passing year. 

Visit Lake, the county’s tourism arm, broke down some of the best activities, lesser-known spots, and overnight stays for Lake County visitors and residents alike. 

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A destination for summer fun 

A boater fishing in Lake County.

What makes Lake County a great summer vacation destination? Every summer activity imaginable.

The county’s lakes, waterways and downtowns “make for perfect getaways outdoors offering a ‘Real Florida’ experience,” said Ryan Ritchie, Director of Visit Lake.

Residents or visitors can dive into water activities like rowing, skiing, wakeboarding, triathlons and paddling. Rentals for these watersports are scattered all throughout Lake County.

These events bring in participants and spectators who not only support local businesses, but also book local lodging, Ritchie said.

Lake County has many other popular attractions including shopping, antiquing, restaurants, entertainment, splash pads, and of course, springs. 

Alexander Springs Recreation Area located between Astor and Altoona.

Alexander Springs Recreation Area is located between Astor and Altoona and is busiest during the summer months. With crystal clear water and a consistent 72-degree temperature, the springs make for a beautiful location for swimming, camping, backpacking, boating, nature viewing, picnicking, scuba diving, and exploring trails. 

 “Alexander Springs is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day with water that stays the same cool temperature year-round,” Ritchie said.