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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.

Oct

23

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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Oct

29

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SUN ‘n FUN Spooktacular

Trick or Treat is coming to SUN 'n FUN. Get your costumes, jump in the…

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Oct

29

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Country and Western Music Festival Haines City

Get ready for some good ol' fashioned fun as Balmoral in Haines City hosts the…

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Oct

30

kid wearing a honey bee costume, hula hooping during Brick or Treat at at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Oct 2-31. Celebrate your Halloween the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort way! Visit the Central Florida attraction…

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Oct

30

child holding pumpkin outside of Central Florida Visitor Information Center during Ghosts, Goblins, & Goodies

Ghosts, Goblins, & Goodies

Ghosts, Goblins, & Goodies is a trick-or-treating event at Central Florida's Visitor Information Center in…

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Nov

20

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

Monsters at Legoland Brick or Treat

Halloween Time at LEGOLAND Florida

For all the little ghouls and goblins out there, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, is the perfect location for a slightly less...

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Have the Florida Wedding of Your Dreams

Your happily ever after begins here, with our list of stunning Central Florida wedding venues. Have the Destination Wedding of...

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Road and sign explaining history of Spook Hill in Lake Wales, FL

The Legend of Spook Hill

Lake Wales is known for its citrus groves, charming downtown, and iconic Singing Tower; however, the “Crown Jewel of the...

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Staff Picks – Our Favorite Places for Coffee and Beer

Staff Picks – Our Favorite Places for Coffee and Beer

Local brews, both cold and hot, are what we love and our staff compiled a list of favorite coffee shops,...

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Girl at Peppa Pig Hard Hat tour

The World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park Opening Soon!

All little piggies and parents of little piggies can squeal in delight as the World’s first Peppa Pig theme park...

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New Camp Margaritaville Logo

Camp Margaritaville Coming to Central Florida!

One of the biggest lifestyle brands in the United States is staking a claim in Polk County. Parrotheads rejoice! Margaritaville...

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