Clermont, included in the Orlando–Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area and also known as the gem of the hills, is a small city located west of Orlando in Florida, easily accessible from Orlando via Florida Highway 50. Essentially residential in nature, the City of Clermont’s economy is primarily retail trade complimented by tourism-oriented lodging food and beverage establishments. Going in and around the city is a breeze when riding an Orlando cab. Davenport and Haines City are two of the nearby vacation regions in Clermont.
Towering above everyone else at 226 feet and what’s probably considered one of Clermont’s distinguished landmarks and the first stop tourists usually visit in the city, is the Florida Citrus Tower, which allows tourists and locals alike to observe the endless miles of orange groves around it. The tower, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006, boasts an elevator-served observation deck, a wishing well, where all proceeds go to Green Isle Children Ranch, and a new addition, the Valencia banquet room. Features like an eco-tour aboard a giant swamp buggy and orange-picking activities are also available to the daily visitors.
Embarking on an educational and historical tour at the Presidents Hall of Fame, which was formerly known as the House of Presidents would be another interesting thing to do. For a bit of indoor fun, the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will surely have something to offer as well.
Clermont’s 236 sunny days in a year, coupled with a wide assortment of fun and enjoyable activities make it even more appealing to tourists. The almost all-clear weather makes it ideal to explore numerous trails, visit different parks, as well as check out diverse vineyards and wineries in the area. Some of the must-see destinations include one of its famous fishing piers, the Palatlakaha Boardwalk and Fishing Pier on 12th Street or the Clermont Boat Ramp off Mineola Avenue where anyone can enjoy a fun fishing experience. Tourists adore the 22 different parks the city maintains, starting with Waterfront Park along Lake Minneola, the City Lake Louisiana State Park on Highway 27, and the Montrose Tot Lot down on Montrose Street, which features a picnic area and a playground for the kids. For those who love hiking or strolling, the Clermont/Mineola Trail or the Eight Street Trailhead will be the perfect place to go. Clermont offers a wide range of activities to choose from. With the right accommodation, tourists are sure to have loads of fun here. The best Clermont vacation rentals by Owner Direct are aways available.
Another interesting attraction to visit is the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, where complimentary tours are offered all week round. A wine-tasting activity at the wine counter closes the tour, giving the visitors an opportunity to sample 5 to 6 varieties of award-winning wines. After a tour and wine tasting, visitors can also check out the vineyards gifts at the large retail area and gift shop. Products such as gourmet foods like olive oils, an assortment of cheeses, salsas and salad dressings, as well as souvenir items and wine accessories like printed t-shirts and hats, cookbooks, cork pullers and bottle coolers are on display. Accommodations such as Clermont vacation homes and villa rentals are widely available.