By Nathan Wertheimer
Recently, I visited the Florida Citrus Tower in Clermont. This is one of the first roadside attractions in Central Florida. Over the years, there have been less citrus trees being grown in the area. This has not stopped growth with people moving into new housing developments. People can see miles and miles from the tower observation deck. What a sight to see! All ages are welcome. Rain or shine this attraction is open Monday thru Saturday 7am – 7pm. Attraction hours are subject to change. What are you waiting for?
It is a short drive from Downtown Orlando to the Florida Citrus Tower in Clermont. Check your GPS for the best route there. Most visitors will travel from Orlando to Clermont take State Highway 50 going west to north on State Highway 27. There is plenty of free parking at this attraction. They are located at 141 South Highway 27, Clermont, Florida 34711. One can’t miss this landmark.
Before heading to this attractions here are some things to bring with you such as a pair of binoculars and or digital camera with long and medium sizes lenses. Also, check the weather forecast for clear sunny day for the best time to see from miles around.
Here is what the Citrus Tower posted on their website about COVID-19 safety information. [We are implementing increased health and cleanliness measures for you, our community, and tourists. Please adhere to all posted instructions.]
[As we strive to do our best to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to our staff and guests, be aware that there is a continual risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. The CDC advises that older adults and those with underlying conditions are especially vulnerable. Any interaction in public spaces creates an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.]
Everyone is required to wear and facemask and do social distancing when walking through the door. Time on the observations deck maybe restricted to thirty minutes if people are waiting down on the 1st floor. A limited amount of people will take in the views on the top deck at a time.
Admission to this attraction is $10 for adults and $6 for children. There is a group rate of 20% off for groups of 20 or more people. Ask about a discount if you are a senior, AAA member, first responder, nurse, and military. Get your tickets online and or at the door.
When visitors walk into the build they will notice a coffee shop on the 1st floor. Everyone is greeted by a friendly barista. Grab your favorite drink and a pastry and bring it with you to the observation deck. Before heading to the deck watch short fifteen-minute video on the history of the Citrus Tower.
Here is some brief history about the Citrus Tower. This tower has been a landmark since 1956. Over the years, this attraction has been renovated with different color schemes. The current color scheme is white with an orange vertical stripe.
All visitors will take an antique Otis elevator to 20th floor of the tower. Sorry, I was not able to take the stairways up there. The stairways are for emergency use only.
The observation deck is air-conditioning controlled along with ceiling fans. Plus, there are bar tools and counter tops to place your food and drinks on it and enjoy the view. Some visitors have even conducted business on their computer laptop up there.
Here are some of the highlights visitors will see from the tower. They are the skyline of Downtown Orlando, Lake Apopka, Clermont, and much more. See if you can spot some orange groves in the area?
Finally, this attraction is great for couples, families, and even singles as well. For more information on this attraction please visit www.citrustower.com .
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