Whether you are visiting Central Florida's Polk County or have lived here for more than a decade, discover the more than 50 places and activities that we think everyone should experience in Central Florida!
Visit Central Florida to experience family-friendly attractions such as LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, Safari Wilderness, pick oranges, peaches and blueberries, see performances at our award winning theatres, or enjoy our wonderful weather while hiking, cycling or during an airboat ride.
Our MUST-SEE Attractions
Bok Tower Gardens
Inspiring visitors with Olmsted gardens, a majestic bell tower, carillon concerts and the Pinewood Mansion, Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales features daily concerts, nature walks and special events. The Gardens' Outdoor Kitchen and Children's Garden are just two of the many reasons locals should revisit this historic attraction. Plan to enjoy lunch at the Café and stop in the gift shop. Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Dedicated to families with children ages 2 to 12, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including spectacular LEGO® models and other interactive elements.
Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland includes freshwater marshes, hardwood swamps, oak hammocks, creeks and lakes are found on this property, which is home to waterfowl, ospreys, eagles and alligators.
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College
The campus of Florida Southern College, located in Lakeland, contains the world’s largest collection (13 structures!) of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Tours begin at the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center.
Lake Wales’ Spook Hill has gained worldwide notoriety as one of the most potentially haunted locations in existence, and visitors come from around the world to park their cars at the bottom and experience the mysterious force that seems to defy gravity as it pushes their car to the top of the hill.
Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College
Discover one of Florida’s top ten art museums, Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, featuring a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming in Lakeland.
Ridge Island Groves
Enjoy fresh juice, oranges, marmalades, orange ice cream, and a grove tour with "You Pick" citrus at the family-owned and operated Ridge Island Groves in Haines City.
Safari Wilderness in Lakeland offers a stunning 260 acres of pristine wilderness filled with wetland exotic species.
LEGOLAND® Water Park
LEGOLAND® Water Park in Winter Haven features more than four million LEGO bricks while offering interactive water play fun for the entire family.
Explorations V Children’s Museum
Lakeland’s Explorations V Children’s Museum offers a fun-filled museum experience for the young with hands-on art and science exhibits and programs.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
Horseback riding, Saturday night rodeo, trap and skeet shooting, airboat rides and luxe teepees are just a few of the ways Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers a unique vacation experience. On property, you'll find everything the family needs for some good old-fashioned cowboy fun at this authentic dude ranch located east of Lake Wales.
SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo
If you're visiting Lakeland in early April, make plans to attend SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, the 2nd largest aviation event in the United States.
Golfers of all abilities will have no problem finding course options to suit their game, as Polk County features 34 public-access courses offering a total of 648 holes of golf surrounded by natural scenery including the critically-acclaimed Streamsong Resort as well as The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Highlands Reserve in Davenport and Southern Dunes in Haines City.
Detroit Tigers Spring Training and Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakeland’s Minor League Baseball team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, play their home games at Joker Marchant Stadium April-August, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers’ spring training home and have been the High-A affiliate of the Tigers since 1967, one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing
The Living Water Pontoon Boat Cruises
Book at scenic tour of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes with The Living Water Pontoon Boat Cruises. Watch LEGOLAND Florida Resort's water ski show from a boat, take a sunset cruise and enjoy a lakeside dinner at Harborside, or create your itinerary.
If you're here in January or February, be sure to check out one of our many BBQ festivals taking place throughout the county. The three biggest festivals are Lakeland Pigfest, Smoke on the Water and Ribs on the Ridge.
Paddleboard Winter Haven
Paddleboard Winter Haven offers private paddleboard parties, corporate “board” meetings, paddleboard adventure trips, and Paddlefit workouts.
Colt Creek State Park
Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland offers over 12 miles of beautiful, multi-use trails which make for great horse-back riding, hiking and biking opportunities.
Visit a U-Pick Farm
Of course you know about our vast amounts of citrus groves, but our farmers grow blueberries and peaches too. U-Pick season usually runs from mid to late-March and ends in May.
Winter Haven Watersports
Get on the water with Winter Haven Watersports. Guests can learn to waterski or wakeboard, go paddleboarding or flyboarding, and rent a jetski or kayak. You'll have lots of options when you book.
Preston Aviation, Biplane Rides and Instruction
Established in 1994, Preston Aviation offers Biplane Rides and Tailwheel Instruction located at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport features biplane rides and instruction in a Boeing Stearman and Piper J3 Cub.
Hollis Garden is home to more than 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs, shade trees, a Grand Staircase and Barnett Family Park, a kid-friendly play area, on the shores of Lake Mirror in Lakeland.
Mark'em All Paintball
Play the nation’s fastest-growing extreme sport with open games, private groups or parties at Mark'em All Paintball in Winter Haven.
Abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures allow for fishing in Polk County year-round on the region’s more than 550 lakes that occupy over 135 square miles including Lake Kissimmee, the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Lake Walk-in-Water (Weohyakapka) and many more.
Airboat rides are an excellent way to stay cool while experiencing nature in Polk County with a number of different companies that offer airboat rides.
Kayak and Boat Rentals
Bone Valley ATV Park
Polk County’s only ATV Park, Bone Valley, is a 200-acre tract of land with 15 trails ranging in difficulty from leisurely to advanced.
Florida Skydiving Center
Florida Skydiving Center offers tandem jump or freefall training – a great way to experience Central Florida from the air.
Waldo Wright’s Flying Service
Waldo Wright’s Flying Service offers a variety of vintage biplane experiences. Passengers can travel back to the 1930s to enjoy an authentic barnstorming ride in a New Standard D-25, or the 1940s for a more hands-on WWII adventure at the controls of a Boeing Stearman N2S-3. Seasonal.
Explore our Arts Scene
For great theatrical performances try Polk County community theatres such as the Ramon Theater in Frostproof, Lakeland Community Theatre in Lakeland, Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Lake Wales Little Theatre, Haines City Community Theatre and Theatre Winter Haven.
Silver Moon Drive-In
Lakeland's first drive-in theatre, and Polk County’s only remaining drive-in theatre, offers two screens with a double feature viewing seven nights a week.
Polk County History Center
Located inside Bartow’s historic Old Polk County Courthouse, Polk Country History Center features the latest artifacts and historical information about Polk County as well as ever-growing collections, unique showcases, special events, educational opportunities, and volunteer programs.
RP Funding Center Events
The RP Funding Center is Central Florida’s premier entertainment, sports and convention complex with over 100,000 square feet of flexible space and hosts events of all kinds throughout the year.
Lake Wales History Museum
Lake Wales History Museum will give you the inside track on this area’s history and heritage through exhibits set inside a building built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928.
Mulberry Phosphate Museum
Dig for sharks teeth at Mulberry Phosphate Museum. Mulberry has long been known as the phosphate capitol of the world and this museum houses an outstanding collection of fossilized remains, area memorabilia and educational exhibits.
Imperial Symphony Orchestra Concert
This community orchestra is comprised of 80 volunteer musicians, who have made it their mission to entertain, educate and inspire audiences through enlightening performances of symphonic music held primarily at the RP Funding Center and Florida Southern College.
Florida Air Museum
Step back in time with an extensive collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia including rare artifacts such as models of the “Spruce Goose” and some of Hughes’ personal flight suits, medals and trophies at the Florida Air Museum located at the Aerospace Center for Excellence in Lakeland.