A half hour outside of Orlando is one of Florida’s most charming city: Mount Dora! The town is full of historical landmarks, unique shops, lots of good food, and the best places to take pictures!
If you’re in need of some Instagram content or just want pictures with friends to capture the memories, we’ve got you. Keep scrolling for eight of the best photo spots in Mount Dora!
The first of our photo spots in Mount Dora offers a photo op and a history lesson all in one! You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you approach the home, which is a bright yellow Queen Anne-style building. Its sunshine-y feel will look great as the backdrop of any photo!
It was built in 1893 by John P. Donnelly, who went on to become Mount Dora’s first mayor in 1910. This iconic home is also open for tours, so once you’re done snapping photos, step inside and take a look around!
Whatever aesthetic your Instagram has, the Donnelly house can match it. Play into the pastels during the summer, channel those witchy vibes during Halloween, and come back over the holidays when the house is decked out in twinkle lights!
Get directions: 535 N Donnelly St, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
This next spot on our list of best photo spots in Mount Dora is the colorful courtyard of Mount Dora Marketplace! Full of eclectic knick-knacks, lots of seating, and a rainbow accent wall, it’s a perfect place to get some Instagram content.
The inside of the marketplace is home to many unique vendors, which makes it a great place to grab a snack and shop around after your photoshoot—or during! An iced coffee in your hand spices up any picture.
The market opens Tuesdays-Sundays at 10AM, but that rainbow wall is accessible 24/7!
If you want to learn more about the marketplace itself, check out their website.
Get directions: 100 E 4th Ave, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
You don’t have to leave Greater Orlando to feel like you’re on the ocean with the next in our series of photo spots in Mount Dora. Sometimes referred to as “Lighthouse Park,” Grantham Point Park offers a breath of fresh air and lots of space to hang out!
The icon of the park is the Mount Dora Lighthouse, a red and white striped landmark that has existed in the town for many years. It’s located right on the edge of Lake Dora, so come visit on a sunny day!
These photos will give off the “Coastal Grandma” aesthetic in the best way.
Get directions: 357-499 S Tremain St, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
Probably the most controversial photo spot on this list of photo spots in Mount Dora, the Starry Night House is a roadside attraction that has run the risk of being taken down many times due to city regulations. The house was painted as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, with the iconic Starry Night painting displayed on the front of the house and Cafe Terrace at Night on the back.
The only thing better than spending time looking at famous art pieces is posing in front of life-sized versions of them. Come and be the art at the Starry Night House!
Photo by @wonderfulworldofsusan on Instagram.
Get directions: 401 W Old US Hwy 441, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
Painted on the side of “My Peaceful Treasures,” a metaphysical boutique in the heart of the historical district of Mount Dora is a colorful butterfly mural. Covered in pastel flowers, larger-than-life butterflies, and an inspirational quote, this wall has everything for a perfect Instagram post.
Pose in front of one of the butterflies so the wings fit your body or stand in between a few of the flowers! At any angle, this mural looks great on camera and one of the top photo spots in Mount Dora.
Photo by @sabrinajordanjax on Instagram.
Get directions: 120 W 5th Ave, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
You might find yourself questioning if this next photo spot in Mount Dora is really in Florida, but we reassure you: no, you don’t have to catch a flight to Europe to take photos here. Built in 1883 and remodeled in 1903, The Sydonie Mansion is a beautiful piece of history in Mount Dora. The Mediterranean architecture makes for a snapshot so magical you’ll feel like you’re royalty!
Sydonie Mansion can be booked as a venue for weddings and other events, so be sure to check out their website for operating hours.
Get directions: 5538 Sydonie Dr, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
Channeling the “Coastal Grandma” aesthetic once again, Lakeside Inn has some of the cutest photo spots in Mount Dora with Lake Dora right in the background. The sidewalks and courtyards surrounding the inn are perfect for some candids, and the beautiful wrap-around porch is perfect to pose against!
Believe it or not, Lakeside Inn is Florida’s oldest continuously operated hotel. Its Victorian-style architecture combined with the bright yellow exterior give it a unique look with a lot of personality, which sounds like a recipe for a great Instagram post.
Check out their website to see photos (and maybe even book a room)!
Get directions: 100 Alexander St, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
Located inside of the Mount Dora Marketplace, this bar is full of aesthetically pleasing spots to take photos. From pink leather chairs to patterned wallpaper, there’s sure to be a corner that fits your vibe! Even the outside of the bar is photo-worthy, with a balcony that overlooks the small town, makes it one of the best photo spots in Mount Dora.
Wait until the holidays; the bar goes all out with lights and Christmas trees, so be sure to come back for a seasonal update to your socials.
HandleBar is open starting at 4PM Tuesday-Friday and 12PM Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website for more information!
Photo by @mountdoramarketplace on Instagram.
Get directions: 100 E 4th Ave, Mt Dora, FL, 32757
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