Tavares Florida

For those who are looking at moving into beautiful Central Florida, you need go no further than Bob Podell, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty who knows and understands this part of Florida better than anyone else. One of the smaller cities they recommend is the bustling town of Tavares, Florida which offers comfortable living conditions, plenty of attractions and events along with its proximity to nearby major cities.

Known as America’s Seaplane City, Tavares, Florida is the County Seat of Lake County which is located in the central part of the state in the Orlando-Sanford-Kissimmee area. The city itself is also one of the fastest growing in the region with a current population estimated at being over 14,000. Tavares still enjoys the small-town feel of a typical community in Florida while being near larger cities that provide many of the conveniences.

Founded by Alexander St. Clair-Abrams in 1880, the town was named after one of Alexander’s ancestors. By 1887, Tavares was named the county seat of Lake County and a short railroad line was built between the town and Orlando. Over the next century, Tavares grew modestly as with most of the cities and towns in Central Florida until the past two decades when the current boom in population really took hold.


Located near Lake Dora, Lake Eustis and Lake Harris, the Harris Chain of Lakes means that Tavares has many wonderful outdoor attractions that are perfect for year round activities. In addition, there is the famous Tavares Seaplane Base and the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake which recently opened.

In addition, there are a number of places that tourists and residents can visit in the community which provide plenty of entertainment and physical activity as well.

-        Wooton Park

-        Woodlea Sports Complex

-        Prop Shop at Woodlea

-        The Big House Sports Complex

-        Lake County Historical Museum

-        Dora Canal and More!

Another interesting attraction is the Orange Blossom Cannonball, a steam train that attracts many tourists in the area.


There are a number of singular and annual events that take place in Tavares each year. Many of the events revolve around the lakes include, but are not limited to the following;

-        Classic Raceboat Regatta

-        Crappie Masters Tournament

-        Hydro Drag Jet Ski Nationals

-        Dragon Boat Races

-        Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Show

-        Tavares Spring Sea Plane Fly In and More!

For many of the residents, the emphasis on outdoor events adds to the flavor and setting of the town nestled in the Central Florida countryside. In addition, there are three golf courses, Deer Island, Baytree and the Mission Inn Resort & Golf Club in nearby Howey in the Hills.

There are also plenty of great activities to do at night which help enliven the town of Tavares for many of the residents. From the clubs, pubs and bars to the excellent restaurants like O’Keefe’s Irish Pub and Ruby Street Grill to name just two, Tavares is a place for everyone to enjoy the rich, warm culture of this remarkable area.

Let Bob Podell, Realtor at Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty who knows Tavares and many other communities in Central Florida be your guide to finding your new place to live. 

Bob and Mollie Podell
Bob and Mollie Podell
1898 N. Donnelly Street Mount Dora FL 32757