Below you'll find statements from our tourism partners in Polk County. Please check their websites while planning your trip to Central Florida.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will officially reopen on June 1. The Resort’s extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures fully comply with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 2020-123. As the health and safety of guests and employees at the Resort continues to be paramount, the plan includes reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has published information about what guests can expect during their next visit at legoland.com/florida.
Bok Tower Gardens
To provide the community with a beautiful destination for healthy walks and mental well-being, Bok Tower Gardens is reopening to the public on Monday, June 1, with regular gate operations. For limited contact service, visitors may purchase tickets online. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate upon arrival.
Visitors are required to adhere to strict physical distancing guidelines and remain at least six feet apart from other parties. Visitors should have a mask when they come to the Gardens for safety and courtesy to others. Masks should be worn when visiting indoor areas or when physical distancing cannot be achieved.
Living Water Boat Cruises
Living Water Boat Cruises has reopened. Take a 1-3 hour pontoon boat cruise on Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes. You'll hear about Winter Haven's history, see wildlife, beautiful homes and more.
Elite Cable Park
Elite Cable Park opened on May 4 with the following guidelines:
- No group rates or events
- No cash transactions
- Limit to only 2 hours passes (Free for members)
- Increased sanitation
- Social distancing precautions
- Minors must be accompanied by a guardian at all times
Elite Cable Park strives to provide families and groups of friends with a safe, fun and friendly environment to enjoy water sports in Central Florida.
Polk County Parks
Numerous Polk County parks, trails, campgrounds and community center computer labs will reopen on Friday, May 1. The Board of County Commissioners has announced their plan to gradually open venues where social distancing and professional sanitation practices can be maintained.
Circle B Bar Reserve and the Saddle Creek Gun range will remain closed until 8 a.m., Friday, May 8. Ball fields are also closed to all organized activities.
County recreational facilities that open Friday, May 1 include:
- All preserve trails. A complete list of these sites open on May 1 can be found at our website at polknature.com.
- Parks with trails for biking, disc golf, walking and nature, including Loyce Harpe Park and Northeast Regional Park, will be open. Please avoid congregating in parking areas and pavilions.
- The boat ramps located at Coleman Landing, Lake Arbuckle, Lake Rosalie and Lake Hatchineha will reopen. All other boat ramps throughout the county were not previously closed.
- Bone Valley ATV Park.
- Campgrounds will be open with limited capacity.
Holloway Park reopened on Friday, May 1. For more information, visit hollowaypark.org.
Florida State Parks
The State Parks in Polk County are open for day use. This includes the following:
- Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park
- Colt Creek State Park
- Lake Kissimmee State Park
Read more at State and County Parks are Open.
Wonder House Tours
Wonder House Tours is accepting reservations again for May. They have reduced the number of guests per tour, increased cleaning and recommend that you bring a mask, bandanna or buff to wear during your tour.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is accepting reservations beginning May 22, 2020.
Westgate’s main priority continues to be the health and safety of all our team members, guests and the community. We are grateful to our local and state government, law enforcement, health care workers and the community at large for working tirelessly to protect Florida residents and their families.
We thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. For up-to-date information, please come back to our website or visit our official Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo Facebook Page.
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College
March 16, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution, the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center is closed. No tours will be given until further notice. The health and safety of our community, employees and students is our priority at this time.
Polk Museum of Art
The health, safety, and well-being of our visitors, our community, and our staff is of utmost importance to us during this time of heightened awareness over the COVID-19 virus.
During the time Polk Museum of Art is closed, we will continue its thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing to ensure that when we do re-open the Museum can once again offer a respite in art and culture for all audiences.
The Shop at Polk Museum of Art is selling merchandise via Instagram. Be sure to follow the Museum as they will post a photo of select merchandise for sale in their stories and then all you have to do is direct message them with the item you’d like to purchase. Please know that all proceeds from sales importantly support the Museum and its programs.
Explorations V Children's Museum
March 14, 2020
Explorations V Children’s Museum remains committed to the health and safety of its visitors, staff, and volunteers.
Lake Wales History Museum
March 14, 2020
Our visitors and staff health is of the utmost importance, and to safeguard our community against the spread of COVID-19, the Lake Wales History Museum will be closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding during this time in our history, and look forward to seeing you all in the future.
Mulberry Phosphate Museum
City of Mulberry COVID-19 : Update #2 (March 17th, 9:45 AM)
As the COVID-19 situation develops, the City Administration is closely monitoring multiple resource outlets to make the best decision for the safety of our residents, visitors, and staff.
All Municipal programs, events, and buildings are closed until further notice.
Mulberry Cultural Center - Closed
Mulberry Phosphate Museum - Closed
Mulberry Public Library - Closed
Lake Wales Arts Center
March 14, 2020
At this time, Lake Wales Arts Council programming will be suspended until further notice. The Lake Wales Arts Center will also be closed until further notice.
Florida Air Museum
March 16, 2020
The Florida Air Museum will close to the public beginning March 16. The closure will remain in effect through a yet to be determined time. Recognizing the diverse populations the museum serves, the closure is undertaken to protect all ages, most critically, those in high-risk categories.
The decision to close the museum is based on being proactive and sensitive to the health of our community. Please email us with any additional questions at email@example.com or follow @FloridaAirMuseum on Facebook or Instagram for the most up-to-date information regarding closures.