Orange Blossom Cannonball

300-398 E Main St, Tavares, FL 32778 Directions
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Report | 3 months ago
The trip is short, but great for kids!
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Report | 4 months ago
Not a very long train ride. Good for kids.
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Report | 4 months ago
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 | 4 months ago
Be early. They will leave without you.
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Report | 4 months ago
We sat in the upper level of the caboose for the first half of the trip. Great view and very fun.
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Report | 5 months ago
Got on at Mount Dora. You can get off the train when it stops at Tavares. Nice drinks and snacks available on the train. Beautiful park and very nice train station there. Had a great lunch a Pisces Landing near the caboose after we arrive back in Mount Dora.
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Report | 5 months ago
WE HAD TAKEN OUR GRANDSON ON A TRAIN RIDE OUT OF MOUNT DORA WHEN HE WAS YOUNG BUT IT WAS NOT THE ORANGE BLOSSOM CANNONBALL AND NOT A STEAM ENGINE TYPE TRAIN. MY HUSBAND AND I ENJOYED THIS ONE. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL DAY AND MOUNT DORA IS A GREAT CITY. WE HAD FUN!
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Report | 5 months ago
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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Report | 5 months ago
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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Get parking info before you go. NO where close to the train and if you can't walk well you will be in trouble. Expect expensive food if you plan to eat there. The ride was ok, but the speakers weren't connected in our car so we had no idea what the tour person was saying. Some things they could do to make it better and more interesting and enjoyable.
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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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