Location, Location, Location
Located in the geographic center of Florida, Central Florida’s Polk County offers a relaxing locale where your delegates can get down to business. Situated directly between Orlando and Tampa, Polk County is easily accessible from two major international airports.
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Central Florida’s Polk County is perfectly positioned for your next conference or meeting.
- 900,000+ Sq. Ft. of Event Space
- 100,000+ Sq. Ft. of Event Space at The Lakeland Center
- 6,600+ Hotel Rooms
- 3,000+ Hotel Rooms within 5 Miles of The Lakeland Center
- 7,000+ Vacation Condos & Homes
The Lakeland Center
The City of Swans, Lakeland is one of the most beautiful, versatile and affordable meeting destinations in Florida. Located just off Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa, it is home to the The Lakeland Center, Central Florida’s entertainment, sports and convention complex with 100,000+ Sq. Ft. of event space.
The Lakeland Center is currently undergoing a $14+ million renovation. When completed, The Center will have new meeting spaces with maximized flexibility, plus improved pre-function and informal and non-traditional meeting spaces.
The Hyatt Place is conveniently located adjacent to The Lakeland Center and there are an additional 3,000 hotel rooms within a five-mile radius.
One of a Kind Locations
Central Florida’s Polk County has many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered for hosting meetings, conventions and corporate functions.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
Central Florida’s most unique meeting venue and destination, Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo is a 1,700-acre, authentic Dude Ranch perfect for conferences and retreats with over 10,000 square feet of meeting space and 150 guest accommodations.
Resort activities include horseback riding, cattle drives, airboat and swamp buggy rides, trap and skeet shooting, fishing, hayrides and more. The River Ranch Saloon and 1,200 seat rodeo area provide unique special event locations for meetings. Accommodations range from hotel rooms and cottages to glamping and Luxe teepees.
Streamsong Resort features 216 luxurious guest rooms, casual and fine dining, a full-service spa, 22,000+ square feet of meeting space, and a rooftop pavilion. Streamsong Resort is a premier golf resort with 35 holes of golf skillfully designed by Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Doak.
The Clubhouse has 12 guestrooms, 4,500 square feet of meeting space, a lounge, golf shop, and onsite restaurant.
Safari Wilderness offers over 260-acres of pristine wilderness filled with magnificent herds of African and Asian species. The Safari Lodge is a two-story, 14,500+ square foot multi-purpose agricultural building. Enjoy 360 degree panoramic views overlooking exotic wildlife. For a more intimate setting, the elevated Oasis Deck provides a treetop panoramic view of the property. A walk-through aviary and small mammals section are just outside the Lodge. Guided safaris by vehicle or camelback are available.
Lake Eva Banquet Hall
Haines City is home to Lake Eva Community Park, which has an aquatic center, banquet hall, band shell, tennis courts, basketball courts and a walking trail alongside Lake Eva. The state-of-the-art Banquet Hall, overlooking Lake Eva, can accommodate any event up to 1,400 people.
Fantasy of Flight
Fantasy of Flight is an intriguing aviation attraction with full-service meeting and events capabilities in their 62,000+ square feet of indoor space. The attraction houses the world’s largest private collection of vintage aircraft with more than 40 of aviation’s great accomplishments in a rotating display.
This art deco facility often plays a gracious host to event planners looking for a truly unique experience for their guests.
Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
Nestled among the trees at the end of a winding path is a one-of-a-kind learning experience. The lakefront Florida FFA Leadership Training Center allows for a natural learning environment with 53 guestrooms, 3 guest suites, ropes course, fishing, canoeing, hiking and swimming pool.
Rocking H Ranch
Rocking H Ranch is a 100 acre residence that blends classic western flair with 21st century originality. The Barn has 4,800 square feet of seating area and the Veranda offers an additional 2,400 square foot of space. Rocking H Ranch will craft the perfect corporate event, wedding or family reunion.
SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus
The SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus is the perfect year-round venue on 2,700-acres in South Lakeland. The Campus offers 270,000 square feet of indoor space and is home to the largest convention in Florida, SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo which hosts 200,000 attendees each year.
From weddings and large multi-day festivals, to small business meetings or large corporate events, the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus has a unique space almost any event.
Meet in Your Backyard Program
Hey Locals, Showcase Your Hometown!
We are all connected to companies, professional associations, youth sports and social clubs that have meetings/conventions, tournaments, reunions and group outings. Will you help us by becoming an ambassador and bring the business home to Polk County? It’s easy! Meet in your backyard in location mentioned above as well as local favorites like Bok Tower Gardens and the Polk County History Center. Connect us with the appropriate people planning these types of events and the expert staff at Visit Central Florida will do all the work.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Next Event
For more information and for meeting and event planning assistance, contact Al Snow, our Tourism Sales, Meetings & Events Representative at 863-551-4718.Complete the Online RFP Meeting & Event Contacts