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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.

Sep

24

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

Wawa Summer Fun Day at Bok Tower

Enjoy FREE admission to Bok Tower Gardens on this day. Guests must pre-register to attend!

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Sep

25

Chicken and waffles brunch at Tempo 1930 in Winter Haven

Winter Haven Brunch Food Tour

Get ready to enjoy mimosas, waffles, and coffee while learning about the history of Winter…

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Oct

02

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

14

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The Gallery Concert Series at Polk Museum of Art

The Polk Museum of Art is hosting a unique series of concerts by the Lakeland…

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Oct

16

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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Oct

29

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SUN ‘n FUN Spooktacular

Trick or Treat is coming to SUN 'n FUN, so why not camp Halloween-style? Camp…

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LEARN & DISCOVER

Girl at Peppa Pig Hard Hat tour

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

Starting in early 2022, all little piggies and parents of little piggies can squeal in delight as the World’s first...

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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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Give your mummy dearest a hug!🤗🖤⁠.⁠Spooky season is alive (or at least undead) and well at @LEGOLANDFlorida! Brick or Treat 2020 is a safe and fun event happening every weekend in October through Halloween. Plus, did we mention it's included with General Admission?!?!⁠.⁠DATES⁠October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & 31⁠.⁠🍬 - Safe trick-or-treating⁠🧛 - Exclusive Character Meet-and-Greets⁠🎃 - Specialty Treats⁠AND SO MUCH MORE!!!⁠.⁠Click the link in our bio to get your tickets.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠#Halloween #BrickOrTreat #SpookySeason #TrickOrTreat #October #LEGO #LEGOLAND #LEGOLANDFL #LEGOLANDFlorida #CentralFlorida #VisitCentralFL #LoveFL

Halloween Events and Fall Festivals in Polk County

Happy Fall, y’all! Summer has passed and cooler temperatures have arrived so get outside and enjoy some popular fall festivals...

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I can see the weekend from here!👀⁠• • •⁠📸: @emily.ruthann⁠.⁠Having trouble finding the perfect gift for that thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie in you life? Well, @JumpFloridaSkydiving might just be the answer!⁠.⁠Jump Florida Skydiving welcomes first-timers and experienced jumpers at their Lake Wales location. Right now, they are offering numerous Holiday Gift Card Packages, perfect for beginners!⁠.⁠What they offer:⁠- Tandem (First Time) Skydiving⁠- Skydive License Training (AFF)⁠- Experienced Jumpers⁠.⁠Click the link in our bio to learn more.⁠.⁠.⁠.⁠#skydiving #skydive #adrenalinejunkie #JumpFloridaSkydiving #FloridaSkydiving #TandemSkydiving #CentralFlorida #VisitCentralFL #LoveFL

Top 10 Adrenaline-Rush Activities in Central Florida

Central Florida’s Polk County is the ultimate outdoor destination in Florida, and is packed with thrilling adrenaline pumping activities and...

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Lina Greco's weekend getaway with a stop to Bok Tower Gardens

Weekend Getaway in Central Florida

Lina Greco worked in partnership with Visit Central Florida to create this Weekend Getaway Travel Recap. Weekend Getaway to Central...

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Kids walking outside of Beach Retreat Bungalows at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL

Alternative Places to Stay in Central Florida

If you’re looking for cheaper places to stay near Disney World or any of the great attractions of Central Florida...

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