7 Central Florida Experiences You Don’t Want To Miss

By: Jessica Roberts

Ready to take your Florida vacation to the next level? Florida is one of the most extraordinary states in the U.S., and Central Florida alone offers one of a kind experiences that make Florida the hottest destination vacation. Whether it’s your entire family or a couple’s getaway, you’ll make fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. Check out these top :

7 Central Florida Experiences You Don’t Want To Miss

young girl in pink dress and pink sunglasses outside LEGOLAND Hotel in Winter Haven, FL, a Central Florida experience you don’t want to miss

1. LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Awesome awaits every member of the family at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort located in Winter Haven. LEGOLAND® offers over 50 rides and attractions built for kids but excites even the most adventurous theme park fanatic. From DUPLO® Tot Spot to LEGO® MOVIE™ World, every inch of LEGOLAND® is inspired by your favorite childhood toy. Beat the heat and make a splash at LEGOLAND® Water Park, open almost year-round with seasonally heated waters.

Singing Carillon at Bok Tower Gardens, a Central Florida experience you don’t want to miss

2. Bok Tower Gardens

Experience one of Florida’s most beautiful open spaces by touring the scenic views of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. This awe inspiring landscape offers the beauty of Florida’s plants and wildlife accompanied with the melodious sounds of one of the world’s few carillons, a musical instrument with 23 cast bronze cup-shaped bells. Kids will be inspired to create, climb, and explore at Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden. Take your time and soak in Mother Nature’s most coveted performance.

3. Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Boating, Water Sports, and Fishing

Explore the paradise of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes. Navigate through the 6,000-acre chain via canals and capture picturesque views of Polk County. Take a relaxing tour on the smooth, clear chain by paddleboard, kayak or pontoon boat cruise. Looking for more speed? The Chain of Lakes is the perfect spot for tubing, waterskiing, or wakeboarding. Also, whether you’re a novice or a pro, “The Chain of Lakes City” is the prime location to tout your latest largemouth bass catch. Bring your own boat or book a fishing, boating, or water sport experience and make the most of your Central Florida adventure.

4. Unique Eats & Drinks

From fine dining to eclectic bakeries, coffeehouses, and breweries, Central Florida brings you an array of restaurant options to satisfy all food connoisseurs. Make your special occasion complete with dinner at The Terrace Grille, Nineteen61, Bay Street Bistro, or Arabellas Ristorante. These 4 restaurants will allow you to spend an evening taking in the classic ambience of Downtown Lakeland or Winter Haven while enjoying epicurean dishes crafted by Central Florida’s finest chefs. Looking to paint the town red? Check out local favorites such as Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Cob & Pen, or Grove Roots Brewing Co. and let the good times roll. Don’t miss out on local haunts like Peeble’s Bar-B-Q, Mister Fish, Cafe Zuppina, The Joinery, Born & Bread Bakehouse, or Concord Coffee to get a taste of Central’s Florida’s most popular eateries.

2 people on green at Streamsong Resort, a Central Florida experience you don’t want to miss

Streamsong Resort

5. Birdies or Bogeys?

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or need a mulligan or two, Central Florida offers beautiful courses to enjoy Florida’s favorite pastime. Take advantage of the lush greens and fairways with courses like Southern Dunes. Discover the hidden gem of The Club at Eaglebrooke, a Ron Garl course, and find the exact challenge for your skill level. Lastly, choose from 3 top 100 courses at Streamsong Resort and take on a course that rivals some of the greatest golf venues in the world.

cyclist riding Niner bike at Loyce Harpe Park mountain bike trail system in Mulberry, FL

Loyce E. Harpe Park

6. Adventure & Explore

Get out and explore Central Florida’s abundant natural beauty and wildlife. Mountain bike over 13 miles on the rugged terrain of former phosphate mines at Loyce E. Harpe Park, or play a round of disc golf. The Hidden Oaks course offers 18 holes and 22 tee pads to challenge players of all levels. Adventure through Circle B Bar Reserve with its 1,267 acres of distinct ecosystems. Enjoy various trails, wetlands, and marshes boasting Florida’s remarkable wildlife such as alligators, osprey, eagles, and so much more.

Polk Theatre in Downtown Lakeland

7. Polk Theatre

Capture the charm of Lakeland at the iconic Polk Theatre. Here you can experience classic films, live concerts and events in the recreated setting of the Italian Renaissance. Spend an evening under the stars and watch the sunset in this “atmospheric” theatre, while experiencing the magic and wonder of history.


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Newest Ways to Stay in Central Florida

Central Florida offers unique and traditional ways to experience the Florida lifestyle. We are always growing and adding more long and short term getaway options. Check out our 2 newest and exciting stay options: Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Cabana Cabins, and Resort at Canopy Oaks.

Be at the center of it all while staying at Camp Margaritaville in Auburndale, an exclusive RV and cabins resort. From a splash pad and arcade, to the putting course and community fire pits, Camp Margaritaville offers amenities that will excite the whole family. Even your furry friends are welcome to explore the grounds and take a splash in the dog wash station.

Stay in beautiful and historic Lake Wales by renting an RV site or cottage at Resort at Canopy Oaks. This luxury RV Resort features oversized sites, tiki bar, pickleball courts, onsite restaurants, spa, and pet exercise area.

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