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Truly a”MAZE”ing

We had visited Mount Dora on a couple of previous occasions and the lure of its charming tree lined streets, together with its craft shops and waterfront cafes was just too great to keep us away on this visit.

At different times we had sampled the thrills of the train journey, which takes visitors along Lake Dora to the county seat of Tavares to the west, and also a lake cruise, which included the ecological delights of the Dora Canal, so on this trip we were looking for something new to experience.

We had remembered that the Tourist Information Bureau, in the centre of town, had always been extremely helpful to us on our past visits and had come up with a number of really good ideas for spending a day in Mount Dora, so we made that our first port of call.

After explaining that we had visited before and what we had previously done, the representative on duty suggested we try the Cornfield Maze, which was located just on the edge of town. We had seen these mazes advertised back in England but had never actually been to one, so here was an ideal opportunity.

We were told that the owners, Long and Scott, commissioned the maze to heighten the awareness that their farm is one of only a few remaining in the area that is still producing sweet corn.

On site there is a large maze, which is based on a space exploration theme, and a smaller one just for toddlers. Dependent on your luck and sense of direction it can take between one and two hours to complete but you do have the option of taking in a flag to wave should you get lost, which will alert a member of staff to provide assistance and help you find the exit!

It is really good fun as you keep passing the same people and come across numerous dead-ends. Your frustrations need to be well controlled though, because strict rules apply to swearing and bad language!

When you do eventually emerge triumphant from the maze, the market shop sells a range of farm produce including, jams and preserves, honey, cold drinks, and, of course, Zellwood Sweet Corn.

As well as the maze there is a play area for children and also a short nature trail.

If you are in the Mount Dora area during October and November this is a great way to spend an afternoon

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