Umatilla, a smaller town than neighboring Eustis and Mount Dora, is just a few miles south of the Ocala National Forest. The town was named after an Oregon town with the same name.
A popular destination in Umatilla is Sunsational Farms. The farm holds many festivals throughout the year and is easily recognizable by the Big Orange that sits out front. The farm has a large country store that sells everything from local handmade soaps, to local wine, and cute tchotchkes. They also have milkshakes and snow cones available for purchase.
The Florida Wildlife Festival (formerly known as the Black Bear Festival) occurs every year in Umatilla. The family-friendly event features nature tours, vendors, food trucks, hands-on education and wildlife experts. The festival helps to educate people about safely co-existing with the black bear and other native species.
While you are exploring outdoors, be sure to visit the Ocala National Forest. With a multitude of springs like Alexander Springs and Juniper Springs, you can rent a canoe and go boating, go for a quick swim or just pack a picnic and eat beside the beautiful blue waters.
And if you’re looking for some yummy eats, there are a few great options. Fish ‘N Chix is a Umatilla staple that serves (you guessed it) fish and chicken. While they focus on those items, they do also have other specials like cheesesteak subs and burgers. If you are feeling like barbecue, Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q is just the place. It’s a tiny building that churns out some of the best barbecue in the county.
For more information, check out Umatilla Chamber of Commerce’s website by clicking the image below!