Florida Citrus Tower

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Florida Citrus Tower
3.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The Citrus Tower stands unrivaled as a majestic and monumental tribute to Central Florida’s famed citrus industry and its lush subtropical groves. With the area’s changing economic climate, the Tower serves as a beacon guiding a burgeoning new business and population base to the scenic South Lake County region. The original plans specified a tower of 75 feet, but when completed the Citrus Tower rose to a lofty height of 226 feet ( equivalent to 22 stories), the tip of the highest antenna pierces the sky at a point of 500 feet above sea level. The glass enclosed observation deck allows visitors to observe the panoramic view of the rolling hills of Florida’s ridge section and hundreds of spring-fed lakes in the surrounding 8 county area.
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Tracy R
Lady Lake, FL304 contributions
We had never heard of the Florida Citrus Tower before but visited Clermont yesterday for the first time and saw it from afar, asked the staff at lunch about it and decided to go visit.

It's $10 per person (too much) and then you go wait for the elevator that can only hold 3 people at a time. We arrived at the top observation floor and you can see quite far. It's actually amazing when you think that the tower was originally built in 1956 so sightseers could go to the top and look at 17 million (I think that's what the sign stated) citrus trees throughout the area. The view sure is different now. We took some photos from all directions. We were up there for about 20 minutes but you can stay as long or short as you wish.
Written February 23, 2020
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SneakinDeacon
Christiansburg, VA1,426 contributions
I first stopped here about 40 years ago when the Citrus Tower was surrounded by citrus groves and the elevator ride to the observation deck cost $1.00. So when I was passing through the area recently, I decided to stop again. A lot has changed in the 40-years, gone are the citrus groves, replace by homes, urban concrete. You can still take a ride to the observation deck in the original elevator for $8 to $10. Once at the top you still get a commanding view of the surrounding area and on a clear day you can see the skyline of Orlando some 30-miles away. The observation deck is completely glass enclosed and getting a clear photo is some times difficult due to the reflections. There is a small snack bar and gift shop on the lower level, and the tower is surrounded by a small strip mall. Parking is free. My total visit to the Citrus Tower lasted about 45 minutes including the trip to the observation deck. If you are in the area it is worth a visit especially on a clear day.
Written January 21, 2020
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OBX717
Florida1,286 contributions
Couples
We enjoyed our visit and were glad we had a Groupon. There is a short film you can watch (no sound) in the lobby which houses a small coffee shop and gift shop. You ride the elevator up to the observation deck to get a panoramic view. Unfortunately urban sprawl has encroach so I am guessing the view is not as spectacular as when it was built. We plan to go back to take pictures of a sun set. Of course we will be using a Groupon if we do it. Without a Groupon IMHO it is not worth the cost of admission.
Written January 14, 2022
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MLShopper
Minneola116 contributions
This is Clermont's tourist attraction and landmark. The elevator ride is really fun for kids under 15. This is what tourist attractions were like when I was a kid. You have to make reservations on their website to ride the tower it seems. Not sure if you can purchase a ticket at the coffee shop. Best time to go to the tower is a half an hour before sunset and stay until dark. You will see the surrounding city and the lights at night. I would especially recommend doing this two weeks before Christmas to see those lights and July 4th evening if they are open to see the fireworks from the theme park area.
During the past two or more years they have changed the lobby to a very nice coffee shop atmosphere. Still smells musty but with a coffee cut to it. The gift shop has been replaced with a very small coffee shop. For a non-coffee drinker, bring your own water as they don't even sell bottled water. They have a very small selection of beverages, coffee and citrus varieties. Nothing I would be willing to try. The seating and atmosphere is great for a group of friends to get together and chat inside. No outside seating. Bathrooms are still strange, toilets don't flush etc. Age of the building issues. But it's still a landmark and open. There are very few offerings for souvenirs. Some local artists artwork and postcards. Sadly, the best Florida Souvenir gift shop in Clermont is gone.
Written February 19, 2022
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Gaslamp9
Gainesville, FL477 contributions
We had a blast at this attraction (even though we didn't use the arcade or other amenities). Even on an overcast day, you can still see quite far.

We were fortunate to have the observation deck to ourselves for about 40 minutes. However, it's spacious enough that even with a large group you'd be comfortable.

There's a short video on the ground floor that gives history of the tower. The only way to access is via elevator (no public stairs), so keep that in mind if you don't care for elevators. There are restrooms on the ground floor.

We did have refreshments at the café. The staff members were kind and informative. We will visit again.

The tower is right next to the Presidents Hall of Fame, and there's a small access driveway connecting that attraction with the Tower Plaza, which is where the tower is located.
Written November 12, 2020
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Brian M
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It is exactly what is advertised: You go up 22 stories and view the surrounding area. The first floor was clean and well maintained. The elevator was in good working condition. It was partly cloudy (high clouds) the day we were there. I could see the high rises of Downtown Orlando in the distance. We used a Groupon.
Written April 15, 2022
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Shirley M
Daytona Beach, FL80 contributions
Couples
This place has been on my list for awhile, glad to finally see it. The ride up the inside elevator 226 feet was very fast and quiet .everyone should visit at least once. It's been part of Clermont since 1956
Written October 11, 2020
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dougb269
Winter Garden, FL175 contributions
The Citrus Tower has been a Florida attraction for many years and we are glad we visited yesterday. It was a Florida tourist "hotspot" before Disney World was even on the drawing board. Although most of the citrus trees are gone now, there is even more to see now in Clermont. We also enjoyed a couple of orange beverages in the coffee shop and watched a short video about the tower's construction and history. Lots of fun!
Written July 12, 2021
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Clifton H
Clermont, FL49 contributions
Built in the 1950’s this tribute to the citrus industry and the people involved is an interesting stop.Ride the elevator up to the top and see for miles. Built well before Disneyworld was even remotely considered by Walt...
A throwback to the mid 20th century.
Written February 24, 2020
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N9eav
Cornwall, UK677 contributions
Family
Seen the tower on many visits, but never been to the top. Found a deal on Groupon for 2 adults only $11.90. Thought it was worth that much. It was only just.... I guess you get to see the stores, houses and lakes from 245 feet up. Nothing much up the top, so 10-15 mins should do it. I would think full price a bit much really. The coin drop was a bit of a joke as you have to press your ear to an old pipe to hear your coin go ting as it hits the bottom supposedly. It was an average thing to do, could have been better with a bit more history or exhibits
Written March 6, 2020
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