Cooler weather means Floridians head outdoors, and Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) in Eustis has extended its hours one day a week for visitors to take in its gorgeous sunsets. The park stays open later on Thursdays for nature lovers to walk the trails and enjoy the lake’s scenic beauty. On this day, visitors can be admitted until 5:30 p.m. and are asked to depart by dusk.
Visitors can stop in to the Education building to view a photography exhibit and see the new bull alligator mount in the diorama. This 13’7” specimen weighed 680 pounds when taken in Alachua County. Dogs are welcome on leashes, but not in buildings. Restrooms and hand sanitizer are available and masks are required indoors.
Regular TLNC hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed for maintenance on Mondays. The center’s natural history museum is not open to visitors at this time, but will reopen soon.
Trout Lake Nature Center is located at 520 E. County Road 44 in Eustis. Admission to the 230-acre nature center complex is donation-based. Proceeds fund programs, new exhibits and staff costs. More information can be found on its website, www.troutlakenaturecenter.com For more news and events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here. For local things to do, click here and for the area's free mobile app, click here.