Several years ago, the central Florida city of Tavares (Tuh-VAIR-ees) re-branded itself as “America’s Seaplane City,” rolling out the red carpet for seaplanes of every stripe. It’s easy to see why—winters are mild and the town is surrounded by lakes. But you don’t need a seaplane to fly to Tavares—Leesburg International Airport is just a few miles away. Fly in for a pontoon boat lake cruise or a train ride and then enjoy live music and a delicious meal along the waterfront. Venture a bit further to play golf or fly a glider. Tavares has two fun seaplane splash-ins each year, in spring and fall. You can even tour the Searey seaplane factory. Who knows, you may catch the seaplane bug if you haven’t already.