Top 5 Things To Do Before & After A RussMatt Baseball Game

By: Peyten Palo

Major League Spring Training isn’t the only baseball in town. Nearly 300 college teams from around the nation and at every level visit Central Florida from February to March, making the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational the largest baseball event of its kind in the nation. So while you’re in town for a game (or two or three) here are some other great things to do before & after a RussMatt baseball game!

Things To Do Before & After A RussMatt Baseball Game

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1. Get on the Water at Elite Cable Park

There’s no need to rent a boat, buy fuel and gear if you want to wakeboard while you are in town. You can get right on the water at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale since riders are pulled by an electric cable track rather than a boat. Guests can learn to water ski or wakeboard with a Get Up Guarantee Package that’s perfect for those who have never tried wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakeskating or kneeboarding. The Get Up Guarantee is the best way to learn how to ride.

Boy wakeboarding at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, FL

2. Visit LEGOLAND Florida

Need a day off from watching baseball? LEGOLAND Florida Resort is the perfect all-day spring activity and is fun for the whole family. With over 50 rides, interactive shows, attractions, and a water park, designed just for kids, it’s guaranteed they will have the best vacation ever. Stay at Pirate Island Hotel for an even greater experience. And on February 24th the new Peppa Pig Theme Park opens just steps away!

3. Enjoy Nature at Bok Tower Gardens

Inspiring visitors with Olmsted gardens, a majestic bell tower, carillon concerts and El Retiro 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.

4. Take a Sunset Boat Cruise with Living Water Boat Cruises

Book at scenic tour of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes with The Living Water Boat Cruises. Watch LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s water ski show from a boat, or take a sunset cruise and enjoy a lakeside dinner at Harborside.

family of four on pontoon boat during tour with The Living Water Boat Cruises in Winter Haven, FL

Restaurants

Near Lake Myrtle Sports Complex

Eat and drink like a local in Auburndale. Grab lunch or dinner at Tantrum’s Lakeside Grill or delicious pizza at Pizza Connection. Both restaurants offer gluten-free or vegetarian options.

Near Chain O’Lakes Stadium

You’ll find plenty of restaurants in the downtown Winter Haven area, including Harborside, Tempo 1930, Fire Restaurant, Ave Bar by Arabella’s, Andy’s Igloo, Tanner’s Lakeside Restaurant and Bar, and Nutwood.

Looking for breakfast or coffee? We recommend Honeycomb Bread Bakers, Haven Coffee Roasters, N+1 Coffee, or Richard’s Fine Coffee.

Harborside Restaurant is a great option for waterfront dining in Central Florida, located on Winter Haven's Lake Shipp

Near North East Regional Park

Eat like a local in Davenport with options like fish & chips from The Proper Pie Company or burgers & barbeque from Ovation Bistro and Bar. Here’s a full list of restaurants in the Davenport area.

Where to Stay During RussMatt

Looking for a place to stay during your Spring Training vacation? Use the links below to get more information about hotels within just a few miles from each of the stadiums.

Near Lake Myrtle Sports Complex

Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Cabana Cabins is just steps away from Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. With cabana cabins that sleep up to 5 people and premium RV sites with resort-style amenities, Camp Margaritaville is the perfect spot for your spring vacation!

Near Chain O’Lakes Stadium

Near North East Regional Park

For more hotel options, check out the RussMatt website or click here.

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