Welcome to the
Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival!

The fifth Annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival will be held Oct. 14-16, 2016 at Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, Florida. The festival will offer more than 100 activities and programs over the course of three days and feature more than 25 birding, wildflower and nature experts. On behalf of the County and the City of Leesburg, we invite you to participate in this year's festival!

The festival is holding a Wings and Wildflowers Photo Contest this year with a cash prize of $250 for the top photo! Entry deadline is August 1, 2016. Click here for photo contest details.

Birds flock to Lake County, which is home to thousands of acres of preserves and passive parklands, including the Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Ferndale Preserve, Emeralda Marsh and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area.

With Lake County’s reputation as a premier birding location, it’s the goal of this festival to enhance awareness and appreciation of Lake County’s quality of life and support environmental initiatives on behalf of citizens and visitors alike.

For additional information about the Wings and Wildflowers Festival please contact Yvonne Powers at 352-742-3925 / ypowers@lakecountyfl.gov.

Where to Stay

Make your reservations at least three weeks in advance as these 'early bird' rates are subject change as the festival draws near.

Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora

Lakeside Inn

The Festival is proud to have the historic Lakeside Inn returning as a host hotel for the 2016 Wings and Wildflowers Festival. The Lakeside Inn is centrally located in the heart of the lakefront community of Mount Dora. Founded in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest, continuously operated hotel in the State of Florida, featuring 87 guest rooms and suites, beautifully landscaped grounds and a 200 foot viewing veranda lined with rocking chairs.

The Lakeside Inn is offering participants special rates starting at just $109* per night. For reservations, visit www.lakeside-inn.com, and use booking code "bird", or call 800-556-5016.

Holdiay Inn Express & Suites, Tavares

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The Festival is honored to have the Holiday Inn Express as a host hotel for the 2016 Wings and Wildflowers Festival. Experience superior customer service and find comfortable, well-appointed accommodations for an affordable rate. Situated in central Florida's "Golden Triangle" of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares, this full-service Tavares hotel offers spaciously-appointed guest rooms and suites.

Holiday Inn Express, Tavares is offering festival participants a special rate of $99*. For reservations, please call 352-742-1600 and mention code WWF.

Accommodations in Lake County can be found at www.visitlakefl.com/Stay.

* Rates subject to change closer to the Festival weekend.

The festival was presented in close partnership with the City of Leesburg, the Florida Scrub-jay Consortium, Lake County Parks & Trails Division, the Lake County Water Authority, and St. John’s River Water Management District .