Planning a fun and thoughtful Mother’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank. To help plan the perfect day, here's Mount Dora Buzz’s cheat sheet of the best local Mother's Day outings and restaurants that run the gamut from cheap to a bit pricey.
thoughful outtings with mom
Boat Rides on Lake Dora Choose between a relaxing cruise on the Dora Queen, a New Orleans-style paddlewheel boat with a full bar, or a guided tour of the Dora Canal on the Rusty Anchor or Premier Boat Tours. Cost: Approximately $15-$37 per person depending on the option selected
Horse-drawn Carriage Ride Take mom and up to three other people on a half-hour ride through downtown Mount Dora. Cost: $100
Picnic at Trimble Park This scenic park is draped in a mature oak canopy and straddles Lake Beauclaire and Lake Carlton just south of Mount Dora. The 71-acre natural paradise has shaded picnic tables and benches tucked throughout. Cost: There is no entry fee to the park Location: 5802 Trimble Park Road, Mount Dora (Tangerine)
Noonan Butterfly Garden On your way to lunch or brunch, surprise mom with a stop by this little treasure, located at the W.T. Bland Library. It may be a small garden, but it’s currently abuzz with blooming flowers, and they are sure to bring a smile. Cost: Free Location: 1995 N. Donnelly Street, Mount Dora
Emerald Cut Kayak Adventure This 2-hour guided tour from crystal-clear Emerald Cut at Rock Springs Run is perfect for beginners or advanced paddlers. It’s a great way for mom to enjoy lush nature with a sandy bottom beneath her paddle. Cost: $59 per person, all gear included. Location: King’s Landing, 5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL 32712
U-pick Blueberries This is the perfect activity if Mom loves the outdoors and healthy, local produce, Here’s a list of the best U-pick farms nearby. Some, like Atwood Farms, also provide shaded picnic areas and other activities.
Mount Dora Marc Walking Tours If Mom is new to the area or you have company in town celebrating Mother’s Day, this informative and leisurely walking tour is the perfect activity before taking her to lunch. The tour starts at 10 a.m. Read more Cost: $20 per person
Walking Trails If Mom loves nature, pack a picnic lunch and take her on one of the beautiful nature trails in the area. More info
great dining options for mom
When you’re looking for a slightly indulgent meal for mom, try one of these options:
Goblin Market, downtown Mount Dora
Chris’ Place, downtown Eustis
Mission Inn, Howey-in-the Hills
Pisces Rising, downtown Mount Dora
Olive Branch, downtown Mount Dora
Lakeside Inn, downtown Mount Dora
Cafe Gianni, downtown Mount Dora
If you’re looking for someplace delicious, but more casual, these diverse options offer a wide variety of delicious food and attentive service.
El Mezcal, Mount Dora
Shiva Indian Restaurant, downtown Mount Dora
Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant, downtown Mount Dora
Momiji Sushi & Japanese Restaurant, Eustis (near Sorrento)