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5 Hidden-Gem Kid Attractions Near LEGOLAND Florida

By: Jessica Roberts

LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven is one of the best Florida attractions for kids ages 2-12. The 145-acre theme park features roller coasters, interactive adventures, a water park and two on-site hotels. LEGOLAND is one of many things for kids to do in Central Florida and below you will find more kid-friendly things to do in Lakeland, Winter Haven and the surrounding communities.

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Bok Tower Gardens

After LEGOLAND Florida opened in Winter Haven, Bok Tower Gardens saw an opportunity to expand its attraction to welcome visitors of all ages. Bok Tower Gardens is the closest kid-friendly attraction and features Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden. Young explorers can play in water features, climb through a spider web inspired play area, build and dig their way through sand circles, perform impromptu theatre and create beautiful works of art in Doodle Bug Art Place. Overall, Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden has 18 sections for kids to play.

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Safari Wilderness

Did you know you can experience an animal safari right here in Central Florida? Safari Wilderness is one of the top things to do with kids in Lakeland, FL. Your family will hop into a custom safari vehicle and a knowledgeable tour guide will lead you through 260-acres of wetlands. You will see huge herds of exotic species usually found on the continents of Africa and Asia. Safari Wilderness is not a zoo! Access to the grounds is in very small groups and tours are offered by reservation only. Safari Wilderness is an experience your kids won’t soon forget.

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Explorations V Children's Museum

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Our award winning, 3-story children’s museum is near the top of TripAdvisor’s Things to Do in Lakeland with Kids‎ list. The Museum provides kid-powered, hands-on permanent and temporary exhibits as well as mind-stretching programs in the art and sciences to celebrate all five senses. Located downtown, The Museum is near many restaurants, parks and coffee shops.

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Elite Cable Park

What kid doesn’t want to learn how to wakeboard during their next visit to Central Florida? Elite Cable Park is a unique attraction that allows both beginner and expert watersports enthusiasts to practice at the same time. Elite Cable Park features eight cable lines for wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and waterskiing. Visitors can buy a passes based on how long they want to ride – 2-hours, 4-hours or all day. If this is your first time on the water, coaching and gear are available. Elite Cable Park offers specials all week long, including a Kid’s Day and Family Day.

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Mulberry Phosphate Museum

This small museum on Hwy 60 in Mulberry is one more way for your kids to get a STEM lesson while on vacation. Through exhibits and programming, the Mulberry Phosphate Museum examines the impact of the phosphate industry on local history, from prehistoric to contemporary. Admission is free.

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