Getting lost has never been so fun. The annual corn maze at rural Long & Scott Farm opens October. 1. The popular seasonal attraction brings in an estimated 1500-2000 weekend visitors to the Mount Dora area.
Designs are cut into pathways in the 7-acre corn maze to convey this year's theme, "Florida Grown." Visitors that dare can enter the maze and attempt to find their way out of the tall and twisting corn field (see image of previous year). No need to panic--it’s a friendly day of fun, and before an anxiety attack kicks in, participants can raise a flag to surrender and be promptly rescued.
There is also a 1-acre corn maze for smaller guests, plus a 3-acre live tree maze. The popular attraction also includes an oversized jumping pillow, a 60-foot super slide, a kids' zip line, a picnic area, fishing, a new playground, hayrides, a country market, an obstacle course and a tot lot play area for younger kids.
Scott's Maze Adventure is open on Saturdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sundays (1 to 5 p.m.) between Oct. 1 and Dec. 11. It is recommended to get there early to avoid long lines. The farm is located at 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora.
Large groups can make reservations for admission on Tuesdays through Fridays. Admission is $12 for ages 4 and up. Children under 4 are free.
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Craft beer lovers are finally getting some foodie cred. A new event, Mount Dora Brew & Chew, will feature 5 tapas-style courses paired with complementing small-batch beers. The pop-up gastro pub experience is expected to appeal to a cross-section of foodies and beer aficionados.
The dinner event on September 28 is hosted by PIzzAmore and deviates from their Italian fare by offering a more sophisticated menu.
Mount Dora Brew and Chew is a natural progression of the city’s growing recognition as a destination for craft beer lovers. This seeds of this reputation were sown six years ago with the opening of Mount Dora Brewing, a popular local micro-brewery and restaurant. The brewery's opening was followed by the unorthodox craft beer bar, Mermaid Juice, which quickly earned a big following and reputation among craft beer enthusiasts throughout the state.
The area further cemented its place as a craft beer destination when Bru Tap House hosted the first Craft Beer Festival in downtown Tavares. Mount Dora Brew & Chew is the first dinner event to feature food pairings with its beers and is expected to be a quarterly event.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40 and seating is limited. Call 352-383-0092 for more info. For the best local places for craft beer, click here.
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