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LAKELAND WINTER HAVEN

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 2022.

Jan

26

We like coffee a latte!☕⁠.⁠Today is #NationalCoffeeDay, and there are several places to get your caffeine fix in Central Florida.⁠~~~⁠@blackandbrew - Coffee house & bistro where coffee is roasted locally in small batches. They also serve up sandwiches, salads, flat breads and artisan toasts.⁠@cafezuppina - The Market at Cafe Zuppina serves up gourmet pastries, creamy gelato and Turkish coffee, from a Lakeland-based roaster.⁠@concordcoffee - Coffee is grown by direct-trade farmers worldwide and is roasted in-house. Stop by to pair your brew with fresh pastries.⁠@hillcrestcoffeefl - Coffee shop housed inside a converted 1925 bungalow. You will find classic board games, books, local art and live music during the evenings.⁠@mitchellscoffeehouse - This coffee shop has been a part of the downtown Lakeland community for twenty years.⁠@nplus1coffee - N+1 Coffee proudly brews espresso and coffee from Lakeland based @ethosroasters. This coffee shop is located right next to the next to @thebikeshopwh.⁠@unfiltered_bartow - This eclectic coffee house is also home to a vintage/artisan retail store, book store, pottery/photography play space, classroom and artist studio.⁠.⁠Click the link in our bio for a staff picks for local coffee and beer.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠#Coffee #CoffeeDay #LocalCoffee #LocallyRoastedCoffee #PolkEats #PolkFoodie #CentralFlorida #LoveFL #VisitCentralFL

Winter Haven Coffee, Tea and Treats Tour

Where do the locals get a roasted coffee, or have tea for two? Come join…

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Jan

27

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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Jan

29

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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Jan

29

Family taking selfie at the lagoon during LEGOLAND Piratefest Weekend

PirateFest Weekends at LEGOLAND Florida

See LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s Brickbeard’s Watersports Stunt Show during PirateFest Weekends.

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Feb

05

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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Feb

23

Tiger BBQ

Tiger BBQ

Join us in welcoming back our Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium with…

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Feb

25

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

Catch at Detroit Tigers Spring Training game in Lakeland this March.

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LEARN & DISCOVER

father and son on Great LEGO Race roller coaster at LEGOLAND in Winter Haven, FL

5 Ways to Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day

If January sometimes feels like it lasts for five months, here’s a ray of hope: January 25 is National Plan...

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Detroit Tigers Spring Training

Top 5 Things To Do Before & After A Tigers Spring Training Game

The Detroit Tigers annual trip to Lakeland, Florida for Spring Training is a great reason to plan a weekend getaway...

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Father and son at putting green

Camp Margaritaville Opens in Central Florida

Time to break out your flipflops and watch out for those pop tops as you cruise around the pool –...

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Family walking on a dock at Canopy Oaks

More Reasons to Visit Central Florida in 2022

Known for its year-round sunshine, lakes, citrus fruits, unequalled outdoor activities, unique attractions and the best in hospitality, its no...

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2 couples eating beignets at The Poor Porker in Lakeland, FL

Spend a Weekend in Lakeland

See how much fun you’ll have when you plan a weekend in Lakeland, FL. Tour the world’s largest collection of...

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Kid wakeboarding at ECP

Things To Do On The Water in Central Florida

If you’re looking for water activities in Central Florida, consider visiting Winter Haven and its surrounding cities. This “Chain of...

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