Agritourism and U-Picks
Citrus, Blueberries, Peaches and More
Including at least one agritourism destination in your Central Florida vacation can truly enhance the trip and build memories that last a lifetime.
Unplug and Unwind during a Central Florida Vacation
Everyone knows that a Central Florida vacation provides a lot of manmade theme and adventure parks sure to entertain the entire family. But did you know that Polk County is a renowned agritourism destination for visitors from all over the world who want to unplug, unwind and bask in the state's natural agricultural backdrop, all while soaking in a little Florida sunshine? It's true; offering a wide range of orchards, groves, farmers' markets and more, it's easy to plan a fun-filled agritourism vacation brimming with exploration and adventure suited for any age group when traveling to Polk County.
The Agritourism Hotspots to Visit During Your Stay
It's no secret that Florida has earned a reputation as one of the world's leading citrus fruit providers, making it an ideal agritourism destination – the region is teeming with citrus grove tours and u-picks. Ridge Island Groves proves a popular stop for tourists and locals alike. Bring the kids and wander the groves, or pick your own oranges during your visit. Visiting the groves is free (as well as the many fruit and juice samples) and organized tours are $8.00, making Ridge Island Groves a perfect way to get outside with your travel party on your Central Florida vacation.
Looking to broaden your u-pick opportunities beyond oranges, tangerines and grapefruits? Lakeland Berries at Shady Oak Farm in Lakeland delivers a wide range of u-pick options to choose from. Blueberries, strawberries, muscadine grapes, squash, tomatoes, and sugar cane…you'll enjoy the freshest produce possible when picking at Lakeland Berries at Shady Oak Farm.
Area Farmers Markets
Prefer to have your produce already picked for you? A Polk County local farmers market can be exactly what you're looking for. Central Florida offers a cornucopia of locally-grown food to residents and visitors in the region. Fresh fruits and vegetables as well as access to a diverse range of agricultural elements can be found throughout the many thriving marketplaces in Polk County from Wednesday through Saturday. Find out more by going to our Calendar of Events, and selecting Agritourism under Filter by Category.
Agritourism is More than Produce
Additionally, be sure to check out other popular agritourism destinations such as True Blue Winery and Safari Wilderness to get a true feel for all the agricultural activities thriving in this region of the state.
No matter what your interests or budget considerations, an agritourism Central Florida vacation is never out of each. From orange groves and u-picks to coordinated outdoor tours and even grove plane rides with Waldo Wright's Flying Service, there truly is something for everyone in your travel party when planning a Central Florida vacation.