Aubrey's Guidebook

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Aubrey's Guidebook

Sightseeing

Rainbow is about an hour from the farm and a great place to kayak, tube or just take a break from the Florida heat.
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Rainbow Springs
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Rainbow is about an hour from the farm and a great place to kayak, tube or just take a break from the Florida heat.
Great spot to swim, play, kayak or just walk and enjoy Florida’s natural beauty.
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Rock Springs Kelly Park
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Great spot to swim, play, kayak or just walk and enjoy Florida’s natural beauty.
We recommend booking in advance as they’re sometimes booked out for several days. Zip lines, horseback riding, only 45 minutes from the farm.
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The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park
8045 Northwest Gainesville Road
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We recommend booking in advance as they’re sometimes booked out for several days. Zip lines, horseback riding, only 45 minutes from the farm.
An amazing spring and river to see the beauty of natural Florida and possibly a monkey or two accidentally introduced years ago. We love kayaking the river and the glass bottom boat ride. It’s about 40 minutes from the farm.
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Silver Springs State Park
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd
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An amazing spring and river to see the beauty of natural Florida and possibly a monkey or two accidentally introduced years ago. We love kayaking the river and the glass bottom boat ride. It’s about 40 minutes from the farm.
Beautiful springs and trails to enjoy at Juniper Springs.
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Juniper Springs Recreation Area
26701 FL-40
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Beautiful springs and trails to enjoy at Juniper Springs.
Great swimming spot to cool off, if you’d like to picnic, get there early for a table or just throw a blanket down in the shade.
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Alexander Springs Recreation Area
49525 County Rd 445
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Great swimming spot to cool off, if you’d like to picnic, get there early for a table or just throw a blanket down in the shade.
Just over an hour away is Weeki Wachee. We have a family vacation home here our grandparents purchased in the seventies. We were actually married on Pine Island on the Gulf, where there is also swimming and a beautiful sunset spot. The Park, Mermaid show, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming are all there to enjoy.
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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
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Just over an hour away is Weeki Wachee. We have a family vacation home here our grandparents purchased in the seventies. We were actually married on Pine Island on the Gulf, where there is also swimming and a beautiful sunset spot. The Park, Mermaid show, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming are all there to enjoy.
Although KSC is a whole day event, it’s awe inspiring for kids of all ages. Purchase tickets in advance to save time at entry.
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
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Although KSC is a whole day event, it’s awe inspiring for kids of all ages. Purchase tickets in advance to save time at entry.
Call ahead Nov-April to book. Fly over the Harris chain of lakes.
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Jones Brothers Air & Seaplane Adventures
150 E Ruby St
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Call ahead Nov-April to book. Fly over the Harris chain of lakes.
Mount Dora is a local favorite for craft shows, downtown events, shopping and a great mix of food choices. Copacabana is our favorite for authentic Cuban cuisine. PizzAmoré for the obvious.
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Gilbert Park
310 S Tremain St
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Mount Dora is a local favorite for craft shows, downtown events, shopping and a great mix of food choices. Copacabana is our favorite for authentic Cuban cuisine. PizzAmoré for the obvious.
Downtown Mt Dora is a great little Historic District that has several locally owned restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, shopping and more. Only 20 minutes away.
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Mount Dora
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Downtown Mt Dora is a great little Historic District that has several locally owned restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, shopping and more. Only 20 minutes away.
Daytona Beach is about 1.5 hours from the farm
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Daytona Beach
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Daytona Beach is about 1.5 hours from the farm
Crystal River is about 1.5 hours away from the farm. There are a few marinas that offer boat and jet ski rentals
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Crystal River
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Crystal River is about 1.5 hours away from the farm. There are a few marinas that offer boat and jet ski rentals
Lakefront park and new playground with splash park open in the summer. Picnic areas available under shade trees or covered pavilion
Venetian Gardens Park
109 East Dixie Avenue
Lakefront park and new playground with splash park open in the summer. Picnic areas available under shade trees or covered pavilion
Lake Harris offers great fishing with boat rentals available near Venetian Gardens at Lake Harris Boat Rentals located at the marina.
Lake Harris
Lake Harris offers great fishing with boat rentals available near Venetian Gardens at Lake Harris Boat Rentals located at the marina.

Food scene

Best coffee in town and some of our favorite people. We carry their fresh roasted coffee beans in our store for good reason, the family, the coffee and baked goods are amazing! Only a few minutes drive from the farm…. We love the medium roast Colombian, the Lumberjack and the cookies are so good.
The Coffee Snob Roaster
1101 West North Boulevard
Best coffee in town and some of our favorite people. We carry their fresh roasted coffee beans in our store for good reason, the family, the coffee and baked goods are amazing! Only a few minutes drive from the farm…. We love the medium roast Colombian, the Lumberjack and the cookies are so good.
Gourmet food, waterfront dining, quaint southern restaurant that’s one of our favorites. Reservations required.
The Rose Plantation
200 Rose Avenue
Gourmet food, waterfront dining, quaint southern restaurant that’s one of our favorites. Reservations required.
We grew up swimming at Eatons Beach. They now have an amazing restaurant, boat and jet ski rentals. Less than 30 minutes from the farm
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Eaton's Beach Sandbar & Grill
15790 Southeast 134th Avenue
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We grew up swimming at Eatons Beach. They now have an amazing restaurant, boat and jet ski rentals. Less than 30 minutes from the farm
Stavros is a great local spot for pizza and Greek salad. It’s usually difficult to get a table so we recommend order for pickup and eat under the pergola.
Stavro's And Sons Fruitland Park
3223 U.S. 441
Stavros is a great local spot for pizza and Greek salad. It’s usually difficult to get a table so we recommend order for pickup and eat under the pergola.
Chicken n waffles, cakes, pies, gourmet southern cuisine. Reservations are required.
Miz Kathi's Cotillion Southern Cafe
101 North Main Street
Chicken n waffles, cakes, pies, gourmet southern cuisine. Reservations are required.
Although it isn’t our scene, we’ve heard Brick & Barrel is a good place for a meal and/or cocktails
The Brick & Barrel Public House
209 West Main Street
Although it isn’t our scene, we’ve heard Brick & Barrel is a good place for a meal and/or cocktails
If you feel like BBQ, this is the place!
iBarbque Express
3170 U.S. 441
If you feel like BBQ, this is the place!
Turners is owned and operated by Jack and Allison, friends of the farm. Jack is a gourmet chef with amazing creations. Reservations are recommended.
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Turners Kitchen + Bar
114 S 5th St
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Turners is owned and operated by Jack and Allison, friends of the farm. Jack is a gourmet chef with amazing creations. Reservations are recommended.
Delicious fresh baked goods and plenty of outdoor seating.
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Yalaha Bakery
8210 Florida 48
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Delicious fresh baked goods and plenty of outdoor seating.
Great pizza, small intimate seating. Build your own pizza online, pickup and eat at Gilbert Park or Palm Island Park.
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PizzAmoré
722 East 5th Avenue
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Great pizza, small intimate seating. Build your own pizza online, pickup and eat at Gilbert Park or Palm Island Park.
Mount Dora is a special place, well organized with true Mom and Pop restaurants. Copacabana is the spot for authentic Cuban cuisine. Weekend visit may require a reservation.
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Copacabana Cuban Cafe
320 Dora Drawdy Way
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Mount Dora is a special place, well organized with true Mom and Pop restaurants. Copacabana is the spot for authentic Cuban cuisine. Weekend visit may require a reservation.
Friends of the farm, Goblin Market has been a local staple for fine dining for decades. They require reservations and possible dress code depending upon special events or time of year.
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Goblin Market
330 Dora Drawdy Way
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Friends of the farm, Goblin Market has been a local staple for fine dining for decades. They require reservations and possible dress code depending upon special events or time of year.
Always fresh, Always friendly, family operated shellfish bar… scrumptious!
Magnolia's Oyster Bar
201 West Magnolia Street
Always fresh, Always friendly, family operated shellfish bar… scrumptious!

Farm Friends

Our fellow farmers who open their farms to agri-tourism and appreciate your support
Farm friends are the best and Atwood Family Farms are tremendously generous to our community with events throughout the year.
Atwood Family Farms U-Pick
36111 N CR 44A
Farm friends are the best and Atwood Family Farms are tremendously generous to our community with events throughout the year.
Bountiful Farms is one of our partners with a farm stand and bistro with beautiful outdoor seating.
Bountiful Farms Inc
27314 County Road 33
Bountiful Farms is one of our partners with a farm stand and bistro with beautiful outdoor seating.
Great dog park, people and lakefront
Leesburg Dog Park
9745 Silver Lake Drive
Great dog park, people and lakefront
Certified Organic Blueberries, blackberries, moonshine and other goodies… that’s right moonshine from the sunshine!
Blue Bayou Farm
26921 Bloomfield Ave
Certified Organic Blueberries, blackberries, moonshine and other goodies… that’s right moonshine from the sunshine!

Entertainment

Movie theater, restaurants and live entertainment nightly.
Only a few minutes away is Brownwood Square, which has Barnstorm Theater and many restaurants to choose from. They have live music on the square every night. We actually don’t vIsit there much since Covid but we used to grab a meal from McAllisters and catch a movie at Barnstorm occasionally.
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Brownwood Paddock Square
2705 Brownwood Boulevard
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Only a few minutes away is Brownwood Square, which has Barnstorm Theater and many restaurants to choose from. They have live music on the square every night. We actually don’t vIsit there much since Covid but we used to grab a meal from McAllisters and catch a movie at Barnstorm occasionally.
Lake Sumter Landing has the lake with tour boat rides, movie theater, restaurants and live entertainment nightly.
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Lake Sumter Landing
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Lake Sumter Landing has the lake with tour boat rides, movie theater, restaurants and live entertainment nightly.
Movie theaters and shopping
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Lake Square Mall
10401 U.S. 441
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Movie theaters and shopping
Disney is just under an hour away from the farm. Easy ride down Hwy 27
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Walt Disney World Resort
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Disney is just under an hour away from the farm. Easy ride down Hwy 27
Sea World is just under an hour away.
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SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Dr
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Sea World is just under an hour away.
Universal Studios is less than an hour away from the farm.
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Universal Studios Florida
6000 Universal Blvd
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Universal Studios is less than an hour away from the farm.
Less than an hour from the farm.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Less than an hour from the farm.
Busch Gardens is just under 1.5 hours drive
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
10165 McKinley Dr
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Busch Gardens is just under 1.5 hours drive
Daytona Int Speedway is less than 1.5 hour away from the farm.
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Daytona International Speedway
1801 West International Speedway Boulevard
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Daytona Int Speedway is less than 1.5 hour away from the farm.
Be sure to get there early & explore the original gardens from the Cypress Gardens days.
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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
1 Legoland Way
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Be sure to get there early & explore the original gardens from the Cypress Gardens days.
Fun park for the kiddos to burn off some energy. The new 2021 Leesburg Aquatic Center is just a couple minutes away.
Venetian Gardens Park
109 East Dixie Avenue
Fun park for the kiddos to burn off some energy. The new 2021 Leesburg Aquatic Center is just a couple minutes away.
Small, local theater with playful shows. Check their website for shoes while in town.
Melon Patch Players Inc
311 North 13th Street
Small, local theater with playful shows. Check their website for shoes while in town.
Kimberly MIller Studios
8200 Treasure Island Road