Nina’s Top 3 Hidden Gems of Florida

Blog by: Nina

Edited by: Nina

Things happen, and we can’t always get to the blog, but we didn’t want to leave you hanging with Part 2 of our MUST SEE hidden gems of Florida.
There has been this sudden urge to go and do all of these things lately so I am most excited to be sharing my faves, in hopes that you will want to enjoy them too!

First up to bat is the lovely……

Kelly Park/Rock Springs
Not only can you spend your days floating down the 68 degrees (all year round) clear blue natural springs, but you can also walk the trails, bike ride & check out the stars in the sky at your very own campground from either your tent or RV. We loved coming here as kids! We can still smell the fresh pancakes being made by our grandpa at 7 am! Unfortunately, the waterways are closed at this time, but you can enjoy a nice walk on the trails & camp with your family! There is almost no wait to get in & no crowds, which means any social media you might do will be sans people!

Lake Eola
Lake Eola is one of those MUST SEE landmarks if you are ever in town. It’s basically like the heartbeat of Orlando, Florida. There is almost always something going on & anyone is welcome! Some activities at Lake Eola include but are not limited to: renting a swan-shaped paddle boat, running or walking the .9 loop until you have reached your step goals, yoga on the grass, catching the parade of the beautiful swans crossing the sidewalks, getting a bite to eat at one of the fabulous local restaurants that surround the space, & checking out all the latest farmer market items on Sundays. Crossing fingers the markets open back up to the public soon because we miss the vendors who sell that refreshing freshly made lemonade! Of course, this place is a breeding ground for some amazing shots you will be able to add to the social! This place isn’t so much hidden but more so, under-appreciated & needs to be shared!

Downtown Mt. Dora
There is so much that could be said about Downtown Mt. Dora. From the quaint shopping boutiques to the very diverse dining options, you are always ensured a very memorable experience when visiting! A dining experience we recommend is the Frog & Monkey Restaurant & Pub. With over 30 different kinds of bottled beers from around the world & another 10 on tap, plus a wide array of wine and cocktails, the Frog and Monkey is the perfect place to stop for a little lunch before heading on to your next adventure in Mt. Dora. This place is so homey & relaxing it will make you feel like you never left the comforts of your own home, except, you don’t have to do the dishes when you are done dining! We recommend giving the Blue Max Burger a try! This delicious burger is topped with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing- YUM! However, if you aren’t into burgers, beer, or meat, just remember that downtown Mt. Dora hosts a wide variety of excellent restaurants that cater to all different pallets. So pick a night & go hang with your partner or your friends. You won’t be disappointed!

We hope you enjoyed our 6 favorite Florida must-see places (Part 1 is in the previous blog)! Have you been to any or all?! Drop your comments below!

2 thoughts on “Nina’s Top 3 Hidden Gems of Florida

  1. I love this post! thank you for your beautiful insight into the marvelous places!
    Mt Dora sounds like a blast and I think my brother moved up by rock springs so we will hopefully check it out one day soon.


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