Orange Blossom Cannonball

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300-398 E Main St, Tavares, FL 32778 300-398 E Main St, Tavares Directions
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Fun for kids!
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Report | 14 days ago
No air conditioning. If you don't like the heat, don't go in the dead of summer. I don't mind summer, so it was a very nice ride.
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If you want some great pictures of the locomotive when you start at Tavares & arrive at My Dora, you will want to stay on the train while they switch the locomotive!! Scenery isn't much but the ride & crew make up for that!!
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The steam engine only runs on specific days so you need to verify if it will be used the day you want to ride. Tavares and Mt. Dora are both nice small towns. Glad we rode when weather wasn't too hot to enjoy being outside.
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Make sure the conductor knows which train you should be riding.
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The train is a great adjunct to a day in Mt. Dora, while the ride into the past is short, it is a piece of Americana. Mt Dora is a very neat place with lots to do, it was a great day
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Report | 15 days ago
Be early. They will leave without you.
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It's not a commuter train.... relax and enjoy the experience. Imagine how much different life was when this magnificent train was built.
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If you go to the Mt Dora station and there is a festival, be prepared to spend time looking for parking.
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If you have smaller children, I would board at mount dora and get off in Tavares. Much more for kids in Tavares.
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Tavares is home to one of cinema's longest-enduring performers. In 1964, this star debuted alongside Robert Redford in This Property Is Condemned, and more and more films would follow that initial role, including True Grit and Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? An impressive resume for any actor, but even more so considering this star is over 100 years old. The Orange Blossom Cannonball, appropriately nicknamed "America's movie train," has hurtled down the tracks in classic westerns and other films for half a century, though its roots stretch back much further. The 1907 steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches and a caboose, complete with a potbelly stove made in 1873.

When not sharing screen time with George Clooney or his five identical siblings, the train carries the general public along the banks of Lake Dora. Hours aboard the locomotive seemed ripped from another time—conductors and staff don period costumes, and they spin tales of the train's past as well as the history of the area.

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