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Are you ready to explore Central Florida?Looking for fun? Central Florida’s Polk County has you covered. A wide array of things to do and see, including attractions, local restaurants, nature parks and hiking trails, boutique shops and museums.

Central Florida’s Polk County is conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa, and an easy drive to Central Florida attractions and the Gulf and Atlantic beaches. Polk County offers something for everyone, including Florida’s newest attractions, LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Safari Wilderness; and some of Florida’s most historic; including Bok Tower Gardens, Westgate River Ranch Resort (the Southeast’s largest dude ranch), and Frank Lloyd Wright’s 13 structures at Florida Southern College. With 554 fresh water lakes, the area offers great fishing, adventurous airboat eco tours and exciting water sports. Wonderful parks, preserves and trails captivate visitors with Polk County’s natural beauty.

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Welcome to Polk County, Florida’s Sweetest Spot for epic outdoor adventures, incredible eats and Sunshine State attractions! Here, you can experience the best that Lakeland and Winter Haven have to offer while escaping the crowds found in larger cities. From wide open spaces to exhilarating thrill rides at nearby theme parks, we have it all. Let us help you plan a Central Florida vacation.

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SEE & DO

From incredible outdoor adventures to legendary attractions, there’s always something fun to explore in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.

  • Arts & Culture

    family walking way from carillon tower at Bok Tower Gardens
  • Attractions

    Kids on the great lego race ride at LEGOLAND florida
  • Family Fun

    two kids walking on narrow logs at Hammock Hollow, a children's play area at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL
  • Gardens & Parks

    Hollis Garden
  • Nature & Hiking

    Hiking Trail, Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL
  • U-Pick, Farm & Food Tours

    Proctor's Goat Farm

EVENTS

Looking for even more fun in Florida’s Sweetest Spot? Check out our upcoming featured events for 2021.

Nov

12

Polk County History Center Festival of Wreaths

Festival of Wreaths at Polk County History Center

Wreaths will be on display from Nov. 12 until Dec. 16 during the 11th Annual…

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Nov

27

Exterior of 3-story Wonder House in Bartow, FL

Wonder House Christmas Tours

Weekend Christmas tours offered at The Wonder House, a 5,700-sqr. ft. historic home in Bartow.…

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Dec

02

couple shopping for produce at Visitor Services flea and farmers market in Davenport, FL

Flea and Farmers Market at the VIC

Every Thursday, Visitor Services hosts a Flea & Farmers Market featuring a variety of vendors offering…

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Dec

04

cowboy on a bull during Saturday Night Rodeo at Westgate River Ranch Resort

Saturday Night Rodeo

Yee-haw! 8 seconds may not seem like a long time, but when you're watching a…

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Dec

04

Holidays at LEGOLAND celebration with Santa

Holidays at LEGOLAND Florida

Weekends, through December 31, Celebrate your holidays the LEGOLAND® way.

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Dec

10

Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Ring the Holidays Concert

Ring in the holidays at Bok Tower Gardens with an evening jazz concert with the…

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Dec

10

pints of beer at Grove Roots Brewing Co. in Winter Haven, FL

Winter Haven Happy Hour Tour

Get ready to enjoy tasty drinks and appetizers from various Winter Haven restaurants and bars…

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Dec

11

The Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker at Polk Theatre

The Russian Ballet Orlando and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra present this seasonal favorite at Polk…

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Dec

18

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Show

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team hosts a free, monthly show-ski event at Lake Silver in…

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LEARN & DISCOVER

Family standing in front of a LEGO Christmas tree at LEGOLAND Florida's holiday light display.

Best Holiday Light Displays in Central Florida

Whether you’re a local or just visiting Central Florida’s Polk County this holiday season, the sweet options for enjoying Christmas...

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Merry Christmas! 🎄 @boktowergardens will be open from 10A-6P today. Visit their website for details..Repost from @boktowergardens•The Gardens are filled with fresh air, holiday music from the Singing Tower, and an abundance of cheer this season. Spend the weekend making new holiday memories here and at home with your friends and family.

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens

Holidays at Bok Tower Gardens is an annual celebration and features over a month of special activities and events for...

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Santa at photo spot during Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holidays at LEGOLAND

Cheerful holiday spirit is on its way to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this season with Holidays at LEGOLAND. Holidays at LEGOLAND...

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2 kids riding the great lego race ride at legoland florida

Discount LEGOLAND Tickets & Black Friday Deals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to save! Check out these great Black Friday deals from LEGOLAND® Florida...

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Santa and 2 kids with Christmas tree in background during Holidays at LEGOLAND

Holiday Happenings in Central Florida

Holiday Happenings in Central Florida is our annual blog post listing local Christmas events and activities happening in Central Florida....

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Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida

Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida

November ushers in the holidays with the anticipation of family, fun, and food! Along with traditional and unique Thanksgiving vacation...

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