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Address: 100 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778-3823
Phone Number: +1 352-742-7200
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All Aboard America’s Favorite Movie Train - "The Orange Blossom...

All Aboard America’s Favorite Movie Train - "The Orange Blossom Cannonball" on the Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad.

Your journey begins from our centrally located depots in either Mount Dora or Tavares. Take the train, stay to eat & shop, and catch a later train back to your starting point. Your excursion is a 1 hour and 45-minute roundtrip between depots. You will travel in vintage coaches pulled by our 1907 wood-fired steam locomotive (most Saturdays) or our 1941 GE 45 ton center cab locomotive (Wednesday – Friday & Sunday). Ride in the actual train cars that stared in over 20 movies, including: “True Grit”, “Appaloosa”, “3:10 to Yuma”, and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.” Ride in the actual coaches where famous stars such as Robert Redford, Johnny Cash, and George Clooney once performed.

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This UK visitor was bored

We are in no way a family of geeks, but we have done steam train in the U.K. Before, so I think we had very high standards and this one one really let us down. You get your ticket... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tracey J
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are in no way a family of geeks, but we have done steam train in the U.K. Before, so I think we had very high standards and this one one really let us down. You get your ticket from an office that looks like it is run out of a near derelict pre-fab. The staff are pleasant enough, but... More 

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Thank Tracey J
Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am a bit confused however about the comment that the ticket office looks like a pre-fab. If you purchased your tickets in Mount Dora, then you should have been in our 1930's era train car and if you purchased them in Tavares then the Depot is only a few years old and is a... More 

Tampa, Florida, United States
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72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a ride on the Orange Blossom Cannonball after finding it online and reading several reviews on Tripadvisor. I don't understand any of the negative reviews. The train was amazing. It was definitely the highlight of our trip! It was so cool seeing the old steam-powered engine pull into the train station. After taking several photos, we loaded on... More 

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Blackpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chose this trip as part of a sea, air and land package and really enjoyed it. The weather was excellent which added to the experience but it was a great treat. Love steam trains but have never ridden a US one being from the UK so very pleased to have done so. Tavares station is easy to find and has... More 

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Thank you friends from the UK. We always enjoy showing off the 1907 Steam Locomotive to our guests and the guests from the UK really seem to enjoy it. Since our rails are used for us and freight trains, the ride is not as smooth as it would be if it was only passenger trains. That and the 100-year old... More 

FV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Experience the ride on the movie train....Orange Blossom Cannonball. The ride was awesome and would highly recommend taking the round trip from Mount Dora to Tavares. We wished we had taken the next return trip to Mount Dora because there is so much more to do in beautiful Mt. Dora. The lakefront and park in Tavares is beautiful and there... More 

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2 Thank KS L
Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. Tavares is the County seat for Lake County so a lot of what it is about, goes back to government. Near our depot we do have a few restaurants, a couple bars and an ice cream store. The main draw in our area is beautiful Wooten Park right on Lake Dora. The park is... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I hate writing a negative review on such a unique, small town attraction-- especially one preserving railroad history. But the Great Pumpkin Limited special excursion for Halloween was quite disappointing for the price we paid. The website advertises it as a "45-50 minute trip". What the website fails to mention is that 30 minutes of that are spent loitering outside... More 

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review and comments. While we always prefer positive comments, we feel we can grow from ones not so positive. The lengthy stops at crossings is actually where our conductor has to get off the train and throw the switch so that the train is headed in the correct direction. Since we share the tracks with... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We took the harvest train ride which entailed being three cars being pulled by a diesel switcher tug about a mile up the track to a small clearing where there was the front of a cut out barn with people handing out cheap store bought cookies and punch made from a mix and the kids could select one small pumpkin... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

The adventure boasts a scenic lake ride. This is hardly the case. Junk yards, back yards of some broken down house, view of highway 441 is all you get. You do see the lake for about thirty seconds. The train stops in Tavares for 30 minutes, hardly enough time to do or see anything. The train is vintage I will... More 

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Hello, Trains, unlike other forms of transportation, have no choice of their means of getting from place to place. While you are correct in saying that some of the scenery is not so scenic, we do begin and end our journey within sight of beautiful Lake Dora with enough time to stretch your legs, grab a snack and look at... More 

Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We bought our ticket for the train ride from Mt. Dora to Taveras in a train car that was built in the early 1900's. The locomotive and cars are historic and have been used in John Wayne movies and other westerns. There are two locomotives. One is wood burning and only runs on the weekends and the other is diesel... More 

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Greetings! Thank you for your review. You got the details correct. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip on the Orange Blossom Cannonball and the Lake Dora Limited and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

If you want something different to do then go to mount Dora and ride the train we all had a great time

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We agree that taking the train on an excursion is really a lot of fun! It's a throwback to a slower way of life where getting there was half the fun of travel. With fresh air and being able to walk around, train travel lets you enjoy the trip with your family and friends. We're... More 

Apopka, Florida
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I took my first train ride and had fun. Even though it rained some, I had a good time and plan to do this again.

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Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this review

Welcome and thank you for choosing us for your first train ride! Train travel is a wonderful way to travel. You can get up, stretch your legs, grab a snack, and watch the world go by all while remaining on the ground. We hope to see you again! More 

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