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About TavaresWith a number of small planes buzzing around Lake Dora, this small community exemplifies "America's Seaplane City," but there's also a hint of the past with a walkable downtown and quaint Tavares Union Station (305 E. Ruby St.).

Alexander St. Clair-Abrams, a New Orleans businessman with ties to newspapers and the railroad, founded and named this small community after a Portuguesee ancestor in 1880. His goal of it becoming the state capital was not realized, but Tavares did become the county seat of Lake County in 1887.

Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St., is along the shores of Lake Dora and the site of many community events. Open daily dawn-dusk, it features docks, a fishing pier, the Seaplane Base and Marina, a playground and seaplane-themed splash pad (April through September); phone (352) 742-6267.

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Tavares, FL

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