Mount Dora's students are under the auspices of the Lake County Schools system which includes 20 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 9 high schools. Students also have the option of attending any number of local private and charter schools located within the community.
For higher education, students may attend the Mount Dora campus of Southern Technical College; Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg; Seminole State College of Florida in Sanford; Rollins College or Full Sail University, both which are in Winter Park; Stetson University in DeLand; or Everest University-South Orlando and Valencia College in Orlando.
Mount Dora is affectionately known as "Festival City" given the many monthly events hosted in the city. Many events are sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department though there are a number of events that are also sponsored by the City of Mount Dora, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora Lions Club, and other organizations.
A few of Mount Dora's festivals include the nationally juried and largest event, the Annual Craft Fair (October); Mount Dora Annual Arts Festival (first weekend in February); Mount Dora Music Festival (third weekend in February); Annual Sailboat Regatta (April); Independence Day Celebrations (July); Mount Dora Seafood Festival (August); Mount Dora Scottish Highland Festival (November); and the Annual Christmas Parade (December), and much, much more!
Nine community parks along with the Frank Brown Sports Complex, the Mount Dora Community Building (a large venue for private events, concerts, movie screenings, and weddings), Grantham Point (also known as "Lighthouse Park" and a popular spot for fishing), the Martin Luther King Center, and the Lincoln Avenue Community Park & Pool can be found in Mount Dora providing residents with plenty of recreational options. Each park includes its own set of amenities from concession stands and sports fields, to restrooms, playground equipment, and picnic areas. Additionally, several nature preserves can be found in the area and are under the jurisdiction of the Lake County Water Authority.
If you are looking to book a tee time, the Mount Dora Golf Club is the best place to do it. Open to the public and member-owned, the golf club is a popular destination for golfers and is billed as "The Longest 5,700 yards in Florida." The course has a par of 70 with varied elevation making it a challenging play for even the most experienced player.