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Orlando Cat Café

Lose yourself in a day trip to the quaint Clermont 

It’s so close and yet feels so far away. Orlando’s citrus history is large and in charge in Clermont – visit the county next door to find a quaint downtown and some OG roadside attractions.

PLAY

Orlando Cat Café

532 Cagan Park Ave., Clermont, orlandocatcafe.com

If it's floofy cuddles you seek, you have to wait for them to come to you – we promise they will. Grab a coffee and spend time in the kitten tent for cuteness overload. Kid-friendly!

Hall of Presidents

123 N. Highway 27, Clermont, thepresidentshalloffame.com

This place is an oddball walk through history, home of the largest model of the White House ever made. Its gift shop is full of vintage treasures you have to see to believe.

Citrus Tower

41 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, citrustower.com

An original Florida roadside attraction that's still going strong, 22 stories high with views overlooking the eight-county Central Florida region. Kitchy Florida gift shop included, of course.

revival

2400 S. Highway 27, Clermont, revivalclermont.com

can we just all use lower case for everything? funk, soul, '90s hip-hop. this is the place. come and dance your ass off. drinks optional.

REVolution Off Road

4000 FL-33, Clermont, revolutionoffroad.com

An off-roading adventure destination to fulfill your muddiest dreams. Wear a helmet. Practice archery. Wear a helmet. ATVs and off-roading. Wear a helmet.

EAT

Axum Coffee

532 Cagan Park Ave., Clermont, axumcoffee.com

Arguably some of the best fresh-roasted coffee in Central Florida. This is a must-visit for java aficionados, and the freshly baked pastries are mouthwateringly good. Bonus: ORLANDO CAT CAFE is just next door. Allergic? No problem. Watch them play through the glass viewing window.

Jack Benny's BBQ

100 S. Highway 27, Minneola, jacksbarbeque.com

One of Lake County's best-kept secrets. You'll find 60 years of wood-smoked barbecue experience at this local fave – pulled pork and ribs are the move here. BTW, if you went to UF, these are your people.

Uncle Kenny's BBQ

157 N. Highway 27, Clermont, unclekennysbbq.com

Kansas-City-style barbecue is the perfect counterpart to Jack's. Try 'em both to know the best of BBQ in the area.

SHOP

Midcentury Metropolis

603 E. Minnehaha Ave., Clermont

When you go, you'll know. Talk to someone who understands history and prices it right.

The Broom Tree

77 W. Montrose St., Clermont

You will have to dig, and this is not the place for midcentury modern lookie-loos. But we found a set of mother-of-pearl teacups priced too embarrassingly low to publish.

STAY

Lake Louisa cabins

7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, floridastateparks.org

Twenty beautiful cabins with screened porches overlook Lake Dixie, where canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking and natural beauty will help you relax and recharge. Don't miss the horseback trail rides and hosted eco-tours.

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