The City of Clermont is one of the fastest growing cities in central Florida and is strategically located just west of Orlando and north of Disney World. Clermont was founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1916. It has the amenities and assets that make it an attractive location for families, new business, educational endeavors, office development, and health-fitness opportunities. With over 14.8 square miles, Clermont is Open for Business and offers everything for growing families too. Health, wellness, and fitness are all part of Clermont's culture. The quality of life in and around Clermont makes it a prime destination for those looking to settle in central Florida. Local stores offer a variety of shopping and dining options along with ample sports facilities and waterfront activities. Clermont has housing choices for every income level from gated golf course communities, larger estate homes, to small and mid-sized single-family units on platted lots. As a community of families, Clermont promotes diversity, inclusiveness and civic pride. The City of Orlando is approximately 20 minutes east, professional sports teams such as the Orlando Magic (basketball) and the Orlando Solar Bears (hockey) are available to see, along with the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center for theatre. Local theatre includes the Moonlight Players in downtown Clermont. The Clermont City Center is located downtown and is available to rent through the South Lake Chamber of Commerce. Downtown Clermont: This core area of Clermont is located between State Road 50 and the south shore of Lake Minneola. This area provides a variety of unique retail shops, restaurants and businesses, as well as the Art League, the Clermont City Center and Clermont City Hall. Also located at the west end of downtown is the Historic Village. Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a unique, beautiful place where many of Florida's rare and endangered plants and animals flourish. The forest offers many recreational opportunities for the rugged outdoor enthusiast as well as the occasional visitor. Hiking trails cross a variety of terrains from forest wetlands to ancient, dry scrub communities. The state forest contains four hiking trails that are included in the Florida Forest Service's Trailwalker Hiking Program. Hikers can take advantage of the numerous hiking trails, which include 20 miles of the Florida Trail. Fishing and canoeing are available year round on the lakes as well as the numerous streams and creeks. Bird-watchers might catch a glimpse of a rare or endangered species. Horseback riding is allowed on all roads and firebreaks.