Local highlights: Pig on the Pond, Citrus Tower, Florida Scrub-Jay Trail, Cabins at Lake Louisa, The Crooked Spoon

Considered the “World Triathlon Destination,” Clermont’s distinct elevation changes and gently rolling hills lends itself to exceptional triathlon courses.

The National Training Center in Clermont is the county’s premier venue for triathlon training. The state-of-the-art facility attracts Olympians and world-class athletes from all over the country to train year-round on Clermont’s runner-friendly terrain. South Lake has also been the location for numerous state and national sports championships such as Softball State Championships.

But South Lake is not only for the serious athlete. Casual hikers, bird watchers and romantic vacationers are drawn to Lake Louisa State Park, where cabin rentals overlooking Lake Dixie are available for a weekend getaway. Equestrian, camping, canoeing and kayaking are just come of the many activities available for those needing to escape and become one with nature.

This area also is home to Sugarloaf Mountain, the highest point in peninsular Florida, and the nearby Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead in Ferndale, which boasts a boardwalk with views from the 130-foot above sea level.

For another unique view, families can take a trip to the top of the Citrus Tower, an observation deck offering a 360 degree view of eight counties. At the base lies the Presidents Hall of Fame, featuring a White House replica and an expansive John F. Kennedy, Jr. collection.

Bird watchers can enjoy wildlife viewing at its best while learning about Florida's only endemic bird, the Florida Scrub-Jay at The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail.

Looking to unwind? Take a trip to Lakeridge Winery and sample wines made from locally grown Muscadine grapes, or head over to Showcase of Citrus and take an eco-tour on the back of the world’s largest ATV.

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