Visit Central Florida to experience family-friendly attractions such as LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, Safari Wilderness Ranch, pick an oranges, peaches and blueberries, see performances at our award winning theatres, or enjoy our wonderful weather while hiking, cycling or on an airboat ride.
Whether you are visiting Central Florida's Polk County or have lived here for more than a decade, discover the 50 places and activities that we think everyone should experience in Central Florida!
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. Café and gift shop onsite. Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark.
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.
Learn about all that Central Florida has to offer at Central Florida’s Visitor Center in Davenport, and allow our family-friendly staff to assist with lodging, attractions, tee times, restaurants, shopping and discounted attraction tickets.
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.
The Florida Southern College campus located in Lakeland contains the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.
Horseback riding, Saturday night rodeos, a trap and skeet shooting range, airboat rides, lodging – everything the family needs for some good old-fashioned cowboy fun at an authentic dude ranch located east of Lake Wales.
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 in Streamsong as well as The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Highlands Reserve in Davenport and Southern Dunes in Haines City.
Feast on slow-roasted barbecue at a restaurant decorated with antique farm tools, head to a rustic fish camp for an old-fashioned fish fry, indulge in a six-course meal served in a historic dining room or check out a local favorite.
Discover one of Florida’s top ten art museums featuring a diverse exhibition schedule, dynamic event calendar, and comprehensive educational programming in Lakeland.
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.
The Florida State Park in Lakeland offers over 12 miles of beautiful, multi-use trails which make for great horse-back riding, hiking and biking opportunities.
Safari Wilderness in Lakeland offers a stunning 260 acres of pristine wilderness filled with wetland exotic species.
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.
Make a day out of your visit to The Barn in Lake Alfred, with shops that include The Barn Antiques, The Stable, The Seasons Gift Shop and The Back Yard Garden Shop, and enjoy a quaint lunch at The Back Porch Restaurant.
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.
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.
LEGOLAND® Water Park in Winter Haven features more than four million LEGO bricks while offering interactive water play fun for the entire family.
Located inside Bartow’s historic Old Polk County Courthouse, the 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.
19. Airboat Tour
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.
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.
Davidson of Dundee makes 4,000 pounds of marmalade and 3,600 pounds of candies daily during the season. This candy shop/factory that has been featured on the Food Network as well as other national shows and offers free factory tours.
Primarily a blueberry farm with more than 26,000 blueberry bushes, Shady Oak Farm in Lakeland offers U-Pick and We-Pick blueberries June-March and grows vegetables of various types throughout year.
See all of the beauty, art, and culture that Lakeland has to offer when you rent a bicycle from Swan City Cycles.
Stop by a farmers market taking place throughout the county daily, weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly to stock up on the freshest fruits and vegetables.
25. Action Paintball
Play the nation’s fastest-growing extreme sport with open games, private groups or parties at Action Paintball in Winter Haven.
A family business that first began as a Florida Grove retail shop and shipper in 1951 expanded to include a café 53 years later that values family traditions and is known for its award-winning grapefruit pie.
For a relaxing, educational and fun option, check out the Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House visitor center in Lake Wales October through May for a wonderful array of citrus-related gifts, food, books and more.
PicassoZ in Lakeland includes PicassoZ Art Café, Breakables Mosaics, Party Loft and Tea Largo. This one-stop-shop for all things creative allows you express your artistic side by painting pottery, making mosaics or creating a candle.
Back Trail Adventures of Florida allows you to experience, first hand, a Segway x2 Personal Transporter, as you glide through the pristine Florida landscape of Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales.
Florida Skydiving Center offers tandem jump or freefall training – a great way to experience Central Florida from the air.
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.
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.
Rent a boat and explore Polk County’s waterways or hop aboard a nature cruise and let the captain do the work for you.
34. Hollis Garden
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.
35. Spook Hill
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.
The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was reestablished in 2012 by former theme park employees and has returned with a new home on Winter Haven’s Lake Silver and free shows monthly on the third Saturday.
From their famous goat's milk fudge to their unique citrus candies and factory tours, Webb's Candy Shop in Davenport is a fascinating experience for children and adults alike.
Dixieland is a historic district in Lakeland filled with a community of retail establishments such as Dixieland Relics, 360 Unlimited, Hattie’s Branches, and Raven’s Relics as well as restaurants like Fat Maggie’s, Butterfly Bistro, Patio850 and Reececliff Family Diner.
39. Lakeside Village
Lakeland’s open-air shopping center featuring shops such as Belk, Kohl's, Coldwater Creek, Loft, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutiques, as well as a Cobb Theatre and many dining options.
40. Posner Park
Shop at Northeast Polk County’s open-air shopping center featuring stores such as Target, JCPenney, Dick’s Sports Goods, Michael’s, PetSmart and more located in Davenport.
The Lakeland 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.
The Museum of the Water Ski Hall of Fame contains a wealth of sports memorabilia for water ski and boating enthusiasts of all ages and is located in Polk City along Interstate 4.
This sprawling athletic complex in Lakeland includes a heated swimming pool, paintball field, batting cages, and opportunities for scuba diving, kayaking and fishing excursions.
44. Shooting Ranges
Polk houses shooting and archery ranges throughout the county including one of the top training facilities in the U.S., the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof. Public shooting ranges include Shoot Straight, Saddle Creek Gun Range (863-499-2613), Tenoroc Public Shooting Range in Lakeland, and Imperial Polk Gun Club and LeadFeather Guns and Archery in Winter Haven.
Paddleboard Winter Haven offers private paddleboard parties, corporate “board” meetings, paddleboard adventure trips, and Paddlefit workouts.
46. Food Trucks
Stop by a food truck rally recurring monthly in Polk County for a fun opportunity to try a wide variety of gourmet food such as the Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally and the Main Street Winter Haven Food Truck Rally.
The home of Publix's corporate headquarters, Lakeland's central location offers easy access on all sides to world-famous chefs and out-of-this-world cuisine making it a perfect location for an Apron's Cooking School to showcase great food. Classes include Pairing Topics, Cooking Techniques, Couples Classes, Regional Cuisines, Kids and Teens Topics and more.
Whether you want to rocket 45 feet out of the water, swim like a dolphin, or surf the sky, riding a Flyboard, the hottest new extreme watersport, is an experience like none other.
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.
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 Lakeland Center and Florida Southern College.
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. Don’t have an ATV? No problem. Park staff can hook you up with a rental company.
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.