The Grove House visitors center at Florida’s Natural is surrounded by orange groves, has a gift shop with tons of citrus themed products and souvenirs, a mini movie theatre, juice bar and features free weekly citrus-themed events, workshops, guest speakers, tastings and more. It's awesome!
All it takes is one look at The Grove House to know it’s not your ordinary visitors center. First of all, it’s surrounded by orange groves, for obvious reasons, and second, it looks like an old country home; quaint and inviting. You’ll feel right at home and surrounded, and we do mean surrounded, by citrus products.
Let’s work our way from the front to the back of the visitor’s center.
The Gift Shop
Although most end their visits with a pass through a gift shop, you’re already in it when you enter The Grove House, so why not begin our journey here. As mentioned, everything in the gift shop is citrus themed. They’ve got vintage citrus crate labels for those who can never get enough nostalgia, orange flavored popcorn, citrus candles that double as lotion; lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit ornaments, children’s books, jewelry and so much more. It’s one of the coolest places to shop in Lake Wales and the perfect place to find a souvenir to commemorate your Central Florida vacation.
The Juice Bar
Florida’s Natural orange juice out of the carton is delicious, but what if you could try their juices before they ever make it to the grocery store? Sharing a room with the gift shop is the juice bar, where you can sample small batches of fresh citrus juices made from whatever varieties are available at the time. Also near the juice bar is candy, lots of candy.
Next we suggest the Florida’s Natural virtual tour. Have a seat inside The Grove House’s mini theatre and watch a 14-minute video that takes you from the Lake Wales grove where it all started, to the carton. You’ll learn how Florida’s Natural orange trees are a combination of two trees, how fruit is selected, squeezed and where it is distributed.
Fun Fact: Did you know Florida’s Natural grapefruit juice was the first premium not-from-concentrate juice on the market?
Here’s another Fun Fact: There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange?
Exhibits and Museum
There is so much more to learn about citrus at The Grove House. Several specialty exhibits feature short films you can watch to supplement the virtual tour you took, and the museum features cool citrus artifacts that sure put the history of the industry into perspective.
Tour De Orange Grove
The orange grove that surrounds the visitor’s center isn’t just for looks; it’s for learning too. During the season, you can have a staff member escort you to different varieties of citrus tree (each is labeled). They’ll provide you with some awesome information.
Fresh Squeezed Weekly Events
Every Saturday and Wednesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. visitors can take part free family events at The Grove House. These events are awesome too. For example they have pumpkin carving and centerpiece events in the fall, sugar cookie and bow making classes in the winter, and citrus bug repellent class in the spring. Just be sure to register to the Wednesday classes ahead of time as they are limited to the first 20 people who RSVP at FloridasNaturalGroveHouse.com.