Just an hour's drive from Black Bear Reserve you can be at the many theme parks, beaches and attractions located in Central Florida, including OrlandoDaytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and the Nation's Spaceport USA.

Minutes away from Black Bear Reserve is beautiful Mount Dora.  Acclaimed as the "Festival City" Mount Dora host many arts, crafts, bicycle, and music festivals year-round.  Filled with quaint shops, art galleries, antique shops, great restaurants, and beautiful parks, Mount Dora has become a premier destination for day-trippers across Florida and a resort for "Snow Birds" that wish to escape the cold but still feel comfortable in the quaint little city with "A Touch of New England."  As a mecca for antique collectors, Mount Dora can boast that there are probably more antique dealers per square foot than anywhere. You can end your day by setting sail on a sunset cruise.

Eustis is an exceptionally beautiful community is nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Eustis; the 7,000 acre lake provides a picturesque background for the diversified community. Eustis offers its citizens and visitors and a variety of recreational and educational opportunities.  Here you will find several updated parks and recreation areas, new restaurants, and many other exciting improvements ongoing in Eustis and the surrounding area. Eustis offers attractive year-round living, an excellent hospital and quality health care providers.

Known as America’s Seaplane City, Tavares is the site of thousands of seaplane landings each year. Seaplane pilots arrive daily from all over North America, as well as from overseas. They are known to be an adventurous group; the ability to land in out-of-the way spots, or to fly independently of airports, towers and runways make for some amazing experiences. Tavares is also the county seat of Lake County.  Tavares offers Splash Park, the Classic Race Boat Regattas, boutiques, restaurants and live music along the water and board walk, as well as an array of ethnic and health food eateries.


Leesburg is no stranger to exciting year-round events, with an annual Mardi Gras Celebration and parade, the Leesburg BikeFest, Holiday festivities and a Fine Art Festival.  Many area retirement communities offer restaurant, recreation, entertainment, shopping, and medical facilities on-site for the convenience of their residents and those living in Lake County. Leesburg residents of all ages find a complete range of housing, businesses and shopping centers, a premier hospital and health care providers.  A visit to the newly renovated and revitalized downtown Leesburg, a Florida Main Street City, is just the ticket for relaxing and awe-inspiring measures of Florida living at its finest.

The Harris Chain of Lakes (Lake Harris, Little Lake Harris, Eustis, Dora and Griffin) provides a spectacular backdrop for small town living at its finest. The natural resources so prevalent in the area make for the most pristine environmental benchmarks in the entire state. Yet, it is to the community’s credit that Lake County has refused to sacrifice the natural beauty of lakes and wooded areas – home to snowy egrets, herons, cranes and other wildlife, a picturesque backdrop for this wonderful community.

A little-known gem located just behind Black Bear Reserve is the Lake Norris Conservation Area - a beautiful nature preserve with Lake Norris at it's center.  Lake Norris is a wonderful lake for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.


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