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What is there to do in Clermont, Florida?

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Visitors to Clermont, Florida, can stroll along the historic downtown, hike or jog along the Clay Loop, and explore the many parks. There are several fishing piers and boat ramps where visitors can access Lake Minnehaha and Lake Minneola.

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Located between Lake Minneola and Lake Minnehaha, Clermont offers plenty of water activities such as swimming, boating and fishing. Waterfront park, located along Lake Minneola, offers kayak and paddleboard rentals as well as a swimming area, as of 2015. Visitors can walk along the Palatlakaha boardwalk and fishing pier, which is an 800-foot trail that meanders along natural wetlands. The Lake Hiawatha Preserve offers access to the native wildlife.

Those who want to run, bicycle or hike can try out the 5.2-mile Clermont/Minneola trail that starts along the lake's west beach. The Eighth Street trailhead meanders around Center Lake, and Clay Loop is a 10-mile soft surface trail through citrus groves.

Tourists who want to catch a glimpse of Clermont's history can go to the historic village, a collection of historic buildings including a Quonset hut that doubles as a World War II museum. Other buildings in the village include Townsend House, Kern House, the Depot Building and the Cooper Memorial Library. The Kern House, the oldest building of the village, was originally built in 1885 by a pair of farmers. The 1895-built Townsend House was the home of the first Clermont African-American couple.

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