In close proximity of Orlando, Lake County has plenty to offer on its own merits as it stakes it claim as a premier athletic destination.
Located just 35 minutes outside of Orlando, Lake County offers an authentic Florida experience with something for everyone in a fantastic area with everything you could need. Hiking opportunities and an exploration of the great outdoors are readily available and are a must for tourists coming through the county, either on their way to Orlando’s theme parks or from a great tournament or event.
With so much sunshine and opportunities to play outside year-round, it’s no surprise Lake County offers a thriving sports scene that houses major events like THE Spring Games from February to March in 2020, which will be held at a number of softball complexes throughout the region. Lake County is also home to the Great Floridian Triathlon Multisport Festival which is the nation’s longest-running independent full distance triathlon. If you’re in town for a tournament or an event, consider a stay at any of the fine lodging accommodations found throughout the region, including Summer Bay Orlando by Exploria Resorts, the Mission Inn Resort & Club or the Lakeside Inn – Mount Dora.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Pro Circuit; February 20-23, 2020 @ Venetian Gardens, Leesburg
- The 30th Annual Great Floridian Triathlon Multisport Festival & USA Triathlon 2020 Ultra-Distance National Championship; October 24, 2020
- AVCA Small College Beach Championships; April 17-19, 2020 @ Hickory Point Beach
- THE Spring Games; February-March, 2020, Various softball complexes
- NCAA DII Women’s Golf Regional Championship; May 4-6, 2020
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- Hickory Point Park/Hickory Point Beach
- Victory Pointe
- Mission Inn Resort & Club
- The National Training Center
- Harris Chain of Lakes
- Legends Way Ballfields
- The Big House
Hickory Point Park/Hickory Point Beach
Hickory Point is home to the 6-field Mike Stone Soccer Complex and Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex, Florida’s largest permanent sand volleyball complex with 21 lighted sand volleyball courts as well as a 4,000-square-foot athletics center that includes locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training facilities and more. Hickory Point Beach hosts international, national, collegiate and amateur competitions year-round.
Sports: Sand volleyball, soccer, fishing
Victory Pointe, located on Lake Minneola in Clermont, is a world-class venue designed for multi-sport athletes, event organizers and visitors. For over 35 years, Clermont has been a global destination for multi-sport training and competitive events including numerous regional and national championships. Nearby, the Clermont Boathouse and Clermont Waterfront Park, include a 1,000-meter and 2,000-meter course for rowing and other watersports and an oak-tree covered shoreline which provides spectators a great viewing area.
Sports: Triathlon, rowing, watersports, endurance
Mission Inn Resort & Club
Spectacular vistas, sparkling water hazards and a stunning—yet challenging—course layout separate tournament play at the Mission Inn Resort & Club, which has a particular expertise when it comes to hosting golf tournaments which includes 24 consecutive years of hosting an HCAA regional or national championship event. The club boasts two championship-caliber golf courses in the El Campeón and Las Colinas courses, which blend right in with the surrounding Florida landscape.
The National Training Center
This state-of-the-art training center located in Clermont is nationally recognized as a USA Triathlon Certified Performance Center, thanks to the available services in running, swimming, cycling, wellness and nutrition that maximizes sports performance through great coaching. Professional and amateur athletes from all around the world compete and train at the NTC including many preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The NTC campus includes a Track & Field Complex, Aquatic Center, 5-multipurpose athletic fields and the Legends Way Ballfields softball complex. The Track & Field Complex features a 400-meter Eurotan Premier Sandwich (an impermeable synthetic surface) track and grass infield that supports multiple events. The Aquatic Center includes an outdoor heated, 70-meter x 25-yard pool with a moveable bulkhead and zero-depth entry.
Sports: Swimming, soccer, softball, track and field
Harris Chain of Lakes
The Harris Chain of Lakes a.k.a. “Lake Big Bass,” has been named “Top 100 Best Bass Lakes” and “Top 25 Best Bass Lakes in the Southeast” by Bassmaster Magazine and “The 50 Best New Fishing Spots in America” by Field & Stream. The historic fishery welcomes professional and recreational anglers from around the world and hosts some of the top national bass fishing events including the Big Bass Tour, FLW Pro Circuit, Major League Fishing and Bassmaster. The 2020 calendar of events include numerous championships such as the FLW YETI College Fishing Championship, the Fishers of Men Team Series Championship and the Bassmaster Team Championship, all held at the picturesque Venetian Gardens in Leesburg.
Sports: Boating, Fishing
Legends Way Ballfields
Located at the National Training Center in Clermont, Legends Way Ballfields feature five regulation-sized, permanently fenced college softball fields, along with five batting tunnels for warm-ups. One field features stadium seating, while the complex has a shaded gazebo on another, as well as on-site restrooms and food service.
The Big House
This state-of-the-art 162,000 square-foot indoor facility features nine basketball courts on NBA hardwood, 16 volleyball courts and more. The flexibility of the venue allows it to host a variety of events and its proximity to accommodations lends itself to a great visitor experience.
Sports: Baseball, basketball, volleyball
What is There to Do in Lake County, Florida?
Set in the Florida countryside just west of Orlando, Revolution Adventures enables guests to cruise around this 230-acre property, where miles of guided trail for ATV driving provide plenty of fun. Families will love the Mucky Duck, an eight-wheeled amphibious vehicle that travels over land and sea, while guests can also try their hand at Archery Tag, Target Archery or Clay-Shooting.
Take a sightseeing tour you won’t forget when you climb onboard at the Jones Brothers Seaplane Adventures, open year-round and based out of Tavares and Mount Dora. Guests can view Lake Dora, the Harris Chain of Lakes, Orlando’s theme park attractions and much more from the unique vantage points found high in the sky.
Hop in the “world’s largest 4×4 monster truck adventure” to take a ride through a working citrus and cattle ranch with the Showcase of Citrus tour. Visitors can pick citrus directly from the tree during the season (November through May) or enjoy the local goods found at the Old Time Country Store, open year-round.
Shoppers will love the comprehensive list of options available when searching downtown Mount Dora, where fine art mixes with fine dining and custom jewelry pieces are sure to make your wardrobe stand out.
Indulge in the gently rolling countryside at the 127-acre Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Premium vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon can be found here, where the atmosphere enhances the experience.
How to Get to Lake County, Florida?
Just northwest of Orlando, Lake County is accessible by road via Florida’s Turnpike, US Highway 27 and US Highway 441, as well as state route 44 from the northeast after exiting Interstate 4. If flying into the area, Orlando International Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport are both less than an hour away.