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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Tavares, Florida

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Where to Retire in Tavares and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value was $321,386, in early 2023, and up over 16% over the past year. There are several housing options which include 55+ communities, all-ages subdivisions and mobile home communities, see link on left.

What Is Special about Tavares

Tavares is a lakefront town with a marina and seaplane airport.  It offers boat tours, fishing, and a walkable downtown. The town also has an award-winning hospital, a library, and is a golf cart friendly community.

What Is Not Special about Tavares

Boaters, fishermen, seaplane and steam engine train buffs would enjoy living here, but culturally the town does not have much to offer.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 60 degrees, with July's average at 81. 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a lakefront town, Tavares offers parks, boating, and seaplane rides. It is also home to the popular Orange Blossom Cannonball Express, (seen in several Hollywood movies), which travels to Mount Dora and offers special excursions using steam engines, including The Cannonball Christmas Express Train. The town has historic sites, and the Old Courthouse houses the Lake County Historical Museum, there is also a self-guided walking tour of other historic building throughout the town. Tavares hosts community events including a popular 4th of July fireworks display over the lake. There are some restaurants along the waterfront for watching seaplane activity, and the Tavares Pavilion on the Lake is a 8,000 sq ft event facility positioned over Lake Dora. The charming town of Mount Dora located nearby, via a scenic 5 mile drive along the lake, offers more restaurants and quaint shops, and the fun of Orlando is just 40 miles south.


The crime rate here is high, but mainly involves theft.

Medical Facilities

Florida Hospital Waterman is located in Tavares.


 The closest airport is in Orlando, about 35 miles away.

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