Eustis is a city in Florida that is known for its George Fest. George Fest is the second longest annual festival honoring George Washington, the first US President. George Fest originated in 1876, at the Ocklawaha House, where it is still held. The Ocklawaha House is the oldest remaining hotel in the Eustis area. Before the railways were built, Eustis was a busy port for steam boats. Now, this quiet town is home to approximately 25,000 people and it is the perfect place for a quiet getaway. Read on to hear about the best things to do in Eustis, Florida.
1. Lake Eustis Museum of Art
Lake Eustice Museum of Art (LEMA) is not only a place to visit to view art, it is also home to the Community Arts Center. This museum is often the center of many activities and has a sophisticated collection of fine art that will pique any art lover’s interest.
Lake Eustice Museum of Art
Address: 1 W Orange Ave, Eustis, FL 32726, USA
Website: Lake Eustice Musem of Art
2. Trout Lake Nature Center
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Trout Lake Nature Center is a fun place to bring your whole family. There are educational programs that can give you more information on the history of the center and the wildlife in the surrounding area. Bring your own lunch and take a hike on the nature trails. Come visit Trout Lake Nature Center and enjoy the weather in the wetlands of Eustis.
Trout Lake Nature Center
Address: 520 E County Road 44, Eustis, FL 32736-2518
Website: Trout Lake Nature Center
3. Eustis Historical Museum
If you’re interested in local American history, come down to the Eustis Historical Museum, for a guided tour. This museum is focused on the history of citrus. Eustis was once known as the “Orange Capital of the World”, so, if you’re in Eustis, come down to the Eustis Historical Museum to learn all about its history of citrus cultivation.
Eustis Historical Museum
Address: 536 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726, USA
Website: Eustis Historical Museum
4. Ferran Park
If you’re in Eustis with your children, Ferran Park is a great place to bring them. The park is located beside a public pool and has incorporated a splash pad, for children to run around and cool off. Ferran Park is right beside Lake Eustis and is a great location to feed birds, turtles, and even squirrels.
Address: Eustis, FL 32726, USA
Website: Ferran Park
5. Sunset Island Park
Sunset Island Park is a family-friendly park, which got its name from the beautiful sunsets that are visible over Lake Eustis. This park is a great place to spend a few hours but it is not equipped with washrooms. This means that the best time to visit this park is towards sunset, so you can see the view, over the lake. The park also features four tennis courts.
Sunset Island Park
Address: W Ward Ave, Eustis, Florida
6. Lake Eustis Walk
Lake Eustis covers approximately 7,000 acres (2,832.8 hectares). On the lake is a boardwalk, where you can view the beauty of the lake, cast a line to fish, as well as take a closer look at gators. If you are in Eustis, you must take the Lake Eustis Walk and see the sunset over the lake.
Lake Eustis Walk
Website: Lake Eustis Walk
7. Central Florida Nature Adventures
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If you’re adventurous and would like to explore nature in Central Florida by kayak, check out Central Florida Nature Adventures. Take your family on a guided tour of the Dora Canal and learn about the history of the waterway, as well as the nature surrounding the water. If you’re adventurous, take the Blackwater Lake Kayak Tour, to venture through the swamp.
Central Florida Nature Adventures
Address: Eustis, FL 32736
Website: Central Florida Nature Adventures
8. Historic State Theater
The Historic State Theater, in Eustis, used to be a movie house and music hall. This theater now is home to live theatrical performances and hosts musical acts from all over the country. They also have in-house talent, that performs year round. The actors at this theater perform five Broadway shows per year and various off Broadway shows, throughout the year. These very popular shows are almost always nearly sold out and are a must see if you’re a fan of theater.
Historic State Theater
Address: 109 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726, USA
Website: Historic State Theater
9. Hidden Waters Preserve Hiking Trail
If you’re looking for a great place to hike, come down to Eustis to the Hidden Waters Preserve Hiking Trail. Eustis has various sinkholes and the local water authority decided to funnel water through these holes, to preserve the area. This beautiful area is equipped with steep hills. If you’re descending to the lake via the Alfred Trail, be aware that this area is extremely steep, but it is a great place if you’re looking for an extreme hiking workout.
Hidden Waters Preserve Hiking Trail
Address: Eustis, FL 32726
Website: Hidden Waters Preserve Hiking Trail
Come visit Eustis!
Central Florida is a great place if you love adventure, nature and history. Eustis is a small city, that is rich in culture and historical landmarks. If you are visiting this local gem, you’re about an hour away from tourist areas, like Kissimmee and the Disney area. This means that peace and quiet are only a car ride away from the attractions. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway from the city to fish, enjoy nature or to just relax and watch the sunset, Eustis is the place for you.
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