Locomotives revolutionized transportation, allowing people to travel across the country without having to convince a horse that the route is "mostly downhill." Travel back to this groundbreaking era with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $35 for two adult tickets to ride a steam or diesel train (up to $65.44 value)
- $69 for four adult tickets to ride a steam or diesel train (up to $130.88 value)
Hop aboard the vintage steam engine or a diesel alternative, both of which alternate round trips between Mount Dora and Tavares. Click here to view upcoming trips.
Orange Blossom Cannonball
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.