At the Port of Mount Dora in Grantham Point Park next to the Mount Dora Marina and the public boat ramps you will discover the Mount Dora Lighthouse, a short walk from beautiful downtown Mount Dora, Florida.
Though considered by many to be a faux lighthouse, it is registered as an inland aid to navigation, the only one in Florida. The lighthouse was created from road rubble and fill to create one of Mount Dora’s famous landmarks.
Enjoy our video highlighting the Mount Dora Lighthouse
from an aerial perspective.
The 35 foot lighthouse was dedicated on March 25, 1988. Built of bricks covered with stucco, the lighthouse stands sentry over the Port of Mount Dora. It’s 750-watt photocell powers a blue pulsator sending out a guiding light to all boaters navigating Lake Dora after dusk. Civic clubs and citizens raised the $3,000 needed and the lighthouse was a reality.
The short walk to the Mount Dora Lighthouse is well worth the time and effort. Along the way you will see the gorgeous lakefront along the shore at Elizabeth Evans park and the Mount Dora Marina. The pathway guides you to the public boat ramps at Gilbert Park and Simpson’s Cove. From there you will walk out to Grantham Point otherwise referred to as “Lighthouse Park.”
While you are in the area it is well worth the time to take the newly renovated boardwalk into Palm Island Nature Preserve to view the lighthouse from the perspective of the boaters on Lake Dora. The entrance to the Palm Island Board Walk is just south of the Grantham Point and the lighthouse. Take the time to check it out, you will be glad you did.
A unique way to see the lighthouse is from a Segway.
Central Florida Glides offers tours daily that will take you to Grantham Point which is a photo stop on the Historic Mount Dora Segway Tour.
Or you can enjoy the aerial view of the lighthouse as in the video.
Jones Bros. Seaplane Adventures offers hourly flights every day of the week that will take you by air over the lighthouse offering stunning views you won’t experience any other way.