Tavares sits midway on the Florida peninsula and has served as the County Seat for Lake County, Florida since 1888. The downtown, which lies on the shores of Lake Dora, has the small town charm lacking in most cities. Picturesque Wooton Park sits only one block from Main Street and offers families everything from picnic pavilions to boat ramps. Tavares is also home to the Dora Canal known as one of the most beautiful waterways in the world.
The City of Tavares has a rich history of establishing passenger flights as a means of public transportation. It’s known as America’s Seaplane City. Visitors can watch seaplanes take off and land while dining at Al’s Landing in Tavares, or take a ride for themselves with the Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures.
The Pavilion on the Lake is a striking, 3-story wedding and event venue looking out over Lake Dora. Guests can watch seaplanes land and take off right outside its tall glass windows, as well as on the rooftop and its many balconies. The City of Tavares’ Pavilion on the Lake is the only building built over water in Florida in the last 50 years.
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