Looking for things to do in Clermont, FL?
Although only a short 30-mile drive to some of the southeastern United States’ most popular and loved attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, International Drive, etc., the city of Clermont has plenty of its own attractions for residents and visitors. From the Florida Citrus Tower, to the Presidents Hall of Fame, and ATV/Off Road Tours, families can enjoy a weekend surrounded by activities that represent the authentic “Old Florida” town that Clermont is. In this article, we will dig into some of Clermont’s most beloved attractions:
Florida Citrus Tower:
Not only the signature landmark of Clermont but also one of Florida’s first landmarks sits the 226 foot tall Florida Citrus Tower on US-27. In 1955, A.W. Thacker and Jack Toole conceived the idea of the monument to showcase “Florida’s thriving citrus industry.” 13 months and 5 million tons of concrete later, the Florida Citrus Tower’s construction was completed and visitors from all over Florida came to see the amazing sight. The Florida Citrus Tower remains the highest observation point in Florida, although most of the views contain suburban neighborhoods and shopping centers, rather than citrus groves. The tower is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9am-5pm. For $4-6, guests can board the elevator that brings them to the 226 feet high, 360-degree walk-around observation deck. Visitors can also visit Lilly’s Gifts, the gift shop at the Citrus Tower. Here, you can purchase unique and authentic Florida gifts and home décor.
The Presidents Hall of Fame:
Want to get up close and personal with some of America’s favorite presidents, national monuments, and patriotic symbols? Well, forget plane tickets and waiting lists. The Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont, FL off of US-27 gives visitors the opportunity to experience and learn some of America’s most patriotic symbols, up close and personal. Exhibits include a miniature, to-scale, White House replica that gives guests an up-close look at the into the rooms and the layout of one of the most famous houses in the world. The Presidents Hall of Fame also includes a diorama of “Building the White House”, First Ladies Inaugural Gowns, Mount Rushmore, a Franklin D Roosevelt Animatronic, The Lincoln Memorial, the “Taft Oval Office” and much more! The Presidents Hall of Fame is open Monday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors are advised to call the number on the website for pricing.
Showcase of Citrus:
One of the best-kept secrets in all of central Florida is the Showcase of Citrus, located in Clermont off of US-27. There isn’t a more authentic representation of Clermont’s citrus-based history. The coolest part? Guests get to adventure through 2500 acres of citrus groves and swamps on GIANT monster truck-busses. The Showcase of Citrus is known as the “World’s Largest Monster Truck Safari.” Adventurers not only get to experience thousands of acres of citrus groves and wetlands on this one-hour tour, but a very likely chance to see some wildlife as well, including alligators, snakes, zebra, and even water buffalo. But, there’s more! Guests who visit during the months of November-May can pick their own 17 varieties of citrus Showcase of Citrus has to offer and also visit the Old Time Country Store with local goodies to buy. Showcase of Citrus is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.