Citrus Tower Clermont, Orlando,
atop Florida's highest ridge section, the Citrus
Tower of Clermont, at the height of 226 feet (or
22 stories), is also the highest attraction of
the State, with the tip of its antenna placed
500 feet above sea level. This structure was
built in 1956 and has been considered as the
first among Florida's attractions and the most
famous landmark of Orlando. This tower serves as
a tribute to Central Florida's citrus industry
and it has been a perfect point that offers a
spectacular view of the lakes, hills and the
city. The tower is currently owned by couple
Greg and Suzie Holman.
According to original plans, the Citrus Tower
was projected to be built at 75 feet, only to be
completed with its staggering height to date.
The observation deck was then supposed as a
viewing location of citrus groves over hills,
but since the freezes have destroyed the
plantations, the view was much transformed into
houses in subdivisions with lesser of the
orangey former background.
This doesn't minimize the tower's role;
nonetheless it still pictures a very
interesting perspective of Orlando.
Onlookers would normally describe the Citrus
Tower as a relaxed, slow-paced attraction.
To enjoy more of the surroundings from the
top, it is advisable to bring a pair of
binoculars to make a more graphic and
Citrus Tower offers a lot of keepsakes and
souvenirs for visitors. The base of the
tower has cute gift stores and a restaurant.
The entrance ticket to the elevation costs
only a few dollars at the counter, wherein
on its left is the one-door elevator. At the
top, there are painted signs that explain
what you are looking in which direction it
is pointed. There is also this slot (that
may be described as a wishing well on air)
that asks you drop a coin and listen to it
falling down on the ground (and make a
The coins that visitors dropped
are to be donated to charity.
On December 2, 2006, the Circus Tower had held
its 50th anniversary. Described as a celebration
day wrapped in fun and excitement for men and
women of different ages, it garnered a crowd of
more than 20,000 people. Iconic characters, Johnny
Thunder, Joey Dee and the Start lighters and
Dabby and the juniors came back to life as fifty
years of history came rolling back to the
present. Parents and their children were also
seen enjoying the Winter Wonderland Forests that
are filled over 40 tons of authentic snow. The
Citrus Tower have been the official house of Mr.
and Mrs. Santa Claus where children of all ages
have paid a visit. The celebration ended with
fireworks choreographically exploding in midair,
illuminating the Clermont skies as the Vision
Symphony Orchestra performed an original score
directed by Don Marsh.