Built in 1956, the Citrus Tower stands as Central Florida's answer to the Empire State Building, and as an example of "Old Florida" tourism. Situated on one of the highest hills in the state of Florida, the 226-foot tower's glass-enclosed, 360-degree observation deck offers unobstructed views of Lake, Orange, Polk and Sumter counties.
Once the tower's visitors looked out over acres of citrus trees. Today, more rooftops than treetops circle the area's plentiful lakes. On especially clear days, visitors can see the tall buildings of downtown Orlando, the towers of the Kennedy Space Center launch pad and catch glimpses of a few Disney landmarks such as the Expedition Everest attraction at Animal Kingdom.
The Citrus Tower's lobby houses a modest gift shop and banquet facility. Just outside the building sits the Presidents Hall of Fame, a museum featuring wax figures, historic dioramas and an array of Presidential memorabilia.