This past weekend we went on a little adventure over to Mount Dora and had a great time. It’s a pretty little town about an hour northwest of Orlando that’s known for its antiques. We’ve been several times and always enjoy ourselves, sometimes even finding some treasures we decide to bring home! It’s a great place to go for a relaxing stroll and explore, especially since it’s so close to Orlando.
Donnelly Street is the center of town and branching off of it for a few blocks on either side is the core downtown area. There are tons of antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops. If you can make it for the annual Arts Festival you’ll get to see some of the best area artists, but know that it gets PACKED, so go early!
Whenever we go to Mount Dora we always end up at Renninger’s Antique Center and Flea Market. It’s actually two separate areas on the same property. The antiques side has indoor and outdoor stalls where you can find every imaginable type of antique and at every price point.
Jon and I like to play a game when we visit: find the coolest antique under a certain price point (usually $50 or less). Of course, we’re our own judges so it’s hard to tell who really wins, but we’ve ended up buying some of our favorite finds in the past! This could be fun to do with kids who are old enough to understand the concept. You could even find some willing locals to determine which piece “wins”!
The flea market side has numerous stalls that also offer antiques, as well as the more traditional flea market wares.
My favorite flea market stall is this one with rusty signs and other sculptures. The prices are incredible (we got this giant 3 foot tall metal “G” for Graham’s room for under $40!) and they have all sorts of fun pieces to decorate with. And, apparently, a giant Shrek and Fiona statue set if you’re in the market…
Cost: Gas money and spending money. You could easily go and spend nothing, or stock up with enough antiques to fill your car. Set a budget beforehand!
Ages: All ages! I do recommend leaving the stroller in the car and opting for a baby carrier if possible, because it will make navigating the shops and antique stalls much easier.
Tips from the pros: If you’re headed to Renninger’s, have an idea of something you might want to look for to help focus your search. Otherwise it can be very overwhelming.
To see more tips on great things to do around town, check out my list of 100+ Adventures in Central Florida!
Tell me about your favorite place to hunt for antiques and other treasures in the comments!