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Our staff wants to make your filming and production easy in Central Florida's Polk County. In-county support of technical and production services and facilities can easily accommodate your production needs.…

Weddings & Reunions

Weddings & Reunions Index

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Welcome to Central Florida's Polk County - Choose Your Experience…

The Best Attractions

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Do you find yourself looking for the biggest, best and most well-known attractions to visit when traveling? If so, you may be an Attraction Addict, and Central Florida has an attraction for everyone in your group.…

Nature, Hiking & Kayaking

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Central Florida’s unlimited natural beauty is yours to discover. Explore ancient islands that provide refuge for rare plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. …

Wildlife Watching

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Enjoy watching feathered treasures at one of our many birding “hot spots,” trek through one of our many swamps to see alligators, or fish for bass on one of our 554 lakes. …

Family Fun & Activities

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LEGO Build Some Memories…

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

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If you're feeling chilled during this long, cold winter, a springtime Central Florida vacation is a great way to thaw out. The weather is mild, the fragrant scent of orange blossoms hangs in the air, and baseball fever is in full swing!…

About Us

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Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) – known outside the county as Visit Central Florida – is a division of Polk County Government.…

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Corporate Partners

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Tourist Development Council

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Central Florida's Polk County Tourist Development Council primary objective is to increase overnight stays in Polk County accommodations and enhance the county’s economic climate.…

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Priorities, Priorities. Our Top 10 MUST-SEES & DOS for Your Summer Vacation.…

Attractions

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Fun in the Central Florida Sun…

Accommodations

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Stay Here, Play Everywhere…

Restaurants

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Take a Bite Out of Central Florida…

Recreation & Sports

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Play Your Wild Card…

Arts & Culture

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Make Art a Part of Your Vacation…

Shopping

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Shop Small, Score Big…

Bok Tower Gardens

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National historic landmark, featuring majestic bell tower, daily carillon concerts, children's garden, outdoor kitchen and edible garden, and Pinewood Estate.…

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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For the kids (and kids at heart) in your travel party, no Central Florida vacation is complete without a stop at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in Winter Haven.…

Safari Wilderness

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Streamsong Resort

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Streamsong Resort, located south of Lakeland in Central Florida, features two world-class golf courses, a 216-room luxury lodge, spa, three restaurants, conference center and exclusive outdoor experiences.…

Circle B Bar Reserve

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There was a time when cattle and cowboys roamed Circle B Bar Reserve, but what was once a functioning cattle ranch is now recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife.…

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

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Whether you are an architectural aficionado, history buff or just a lover of interesting sights, you won’t regret exploring the world-renowned Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture collection at Florida Southern College.…

Hollis Garden

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There is a reason Trip Advisor rates Hollis Garden as the second best places to spend the day in Lakeland – it’s delightful, and only a short walk from the happening downtown Lakeland scene (i.e. ultimate dining and shopping).…

Events

Events Index

Festivals & Family-Friendly Events…

Blogs & Articles

Blogs & Articles Index

Central Florida Blog About Things to Do, Events, Food, and More…

Polk County History Center Tourism Exhibit

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Bok Tower Discount

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This is a special deal for Bok Tower Gardens…

Discounts & Deals Index

Discounts & Deals Index

Best Central Florida Vacation Offers…

Cities & Towns Index

Cities & Towns Index

Use this section to explore the cities of Polk County, Florida.…

Auburndale

Cities & Towns

You may be coming to Auburndale, Florida to play lacrosse or baseball at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, so we’re here to tell you what else you can do while in this adorable town. …

Bartow

Cities & Towns

Bartow is known for its small city heritage and distinctive Southern culture, and is appropriately nicknamed, “City of Oaks and Azaleas.” …

Davenport/Disney

Cities & Towns

More than 80% of Polk County’s 7,000 vacation rental homes are located in Davenport, because most of the homes are less than ten miles away from Walt Disney World. But Davenport is more than Disney’s backyard, we promise. …

Dundee

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The town of Dundee sits along the rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge and was built on the wealth of Florida’s citrus industry. Just south of Haines City, Dundee is home to a candy factory so special it was featured on Food Network.…

Fort Meade

Cities & Towns

Fort Meade is the oldest city in Polk County, dating back to 1849 and the residents are proud historians. Today there are over 150 buildings designated as landmarks and the historical society manages a two-story museum.…

Frostproof

Cities & Towns

Sitting along Central Florida’s Scenic Highway is Frostproof, just south of Babson Park. You can find amazing milkshakes, great sandwiches, unique hamburgers and many outdoor recreation opportunities. …

Haines City

Cities & Towns

Early settlers of Haines City, Florida planted citrus groves, and citrus is still part of the city today. Drive through groves on the Ridge Scenic Highway, pick an orange at Ridge Island Groves, and enjoy a slice of grapefruit pie from The Taste of Florida Café at Lang Sun Country Groves. …

Homeland

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Homeland is the smallest community in Polk County, featuring a post office, general store and Homeland Heritage Park. Homeland Heritage Park is an educational park containing many of Polk County’s oldest buildings with several original structures from the 19th-century pioneer life in Florida, includ…

Lake Wales

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Located near the very center of the Florida peninsula, Lake Wales offers visitors beautiful views with miles of rolling hills though citrus groves. The city is accessible by U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 60.…

Lakeland

Cities & Towns

Lakeland, the largest city in Polk County, is home to the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world at Florida Southern College, Circle B Bar Reserve, Detroit Tigers Spring Training, and Safari Wilderness.…

Mulberry

Cities & Towns

Originally founded as a phosphate mining boom town, Mulberry, Florida is now home to Bone Valley ATV Park and is near Streamsong Resort, a 16,000-acre golf resort recognized by Golf Digest as the #1 “Best Public Golf Courses in Florida” in 2015.…

Polk City

Cities & Towns

Polk City is the only community completely contained within the Green Swamp, which supports almost forty percent of Florida’s native vertebrate wildlife (except salt-water fish, of course). …

Winter Haven

Cities & Towns

Winter Haven is home to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more. From flyboarding, padding boarding and lakeside dining on the Chain of Lakes to its award winning community theatre, Winter Haven is the perfect vacation destination for everyone in your travel party.…

News Index

News Index

Latest News from Visit Central Florida…

Fantasy of Flight

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Die-hard aviation and aircraft enthusiasts will love this museum and event venue which features a sampling of the largest privately owned vintage aircraft collection in the world.…

Fun on the Water

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A Central Florida vacation wouldn't be complete without spending some time on the water. We have lots of ways for your to keep cool, and find ways to become one with the water in Polk County.…

History Trail & Museums

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Suspend time and indulge your curiosity as you traverse The Polk County Heritage Trail, encountering our historic homes, vintage hotels and theatres, museums, parks, gardens and much more. …

Gardens & Parks

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It’s easy to feel like you have to go full-throttle to have a meaningful experience in a new city, but sometimes the best memories are made when you take the time to stop and smell the roses.…

Arts, Culture & Museums

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Create Your Vacation Masterpiece…

Freshwater Fishing

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If Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World” then Central Florida’s Polk County could easily be considered the “Freshwater Fishing Capital of the Fishing Capital.” …

Best Golf Courses

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Central Florida’s great year-round weather, unparalleled natural beauty and a diverse collection of golf courses, make it an ideal “golfcation” destination anytime of the year.…

Aviation Adventures

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If you're looking for a unique Central Florida vacation experience, the view from above can't be beat. You'll find high-flying fun and adventure for everyone in your family right here in Polk County.…

Saturday Night Rodeo

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Ridge Island Groves

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Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

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Lakes for fishing, paddling, boating and outdoor recreation are strewn together by an intricate canal system, which makes your day spent on the water just a bit more interesting. …

Lake Kissimmee

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The pristine waters of Lake Kissimmee are known for producing loads of largemouth bass, and provide spectacular views of wildlife and unique ecosystems along its shores. At nearly 40,000-acres, it is Polk County’s largest lake.…

Tenoroc Fish Management Area

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The limited access and catch and release fishing practices at Tenoroc mean their lakes yield some of the best catch rates in the state. But you can just tell your friends you’re THAT good. Your secret is safe with us. …

Circle B Bar Reserve

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Recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife, Circle B Bar Reserve is one of Central Florida's best places to enjoy our great weather while birding, hiking or searching for alligators. …

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

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If you’re on the hunt for a unique vacation experience, one that allows you to “unplug” and partake in a wealth of fun outdoor activities while still remaining in a resort setting, look no further than Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Wales, Florida.…

Bone Valley ATV Park

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Polk County’s first ATV park boasts 200 acres of ATV and motocross trails, training areas, picnic spots, restrooms and more. It’s bad to the bone off-road family fun for the whole family!…

Paddleboard Winter Haven

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Everyone takes a stand at some point in their lives. Recently, we literally took a stand against the mundane water adventure with a day spent on a Paddleboard Winter Haven excursion. No regrets!…

Detroit Tigers Spring Training

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Come experience the nostalgia of a Detroit Tigers Spring Training game where players are still accessible, kids are kids and the sun is always shining.…

Webb's Candy Factory Shop

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Davenport is home to one of the most impressive candy stores in Central Florida. From peanut brittle and hand-dipped gourmet chocolates, to the popular citrus candies, Webb’s Candy Shop has everything necessary to satisfy your sweet tooth! …

The Shop

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Winter Haven’s quaint downtown is home to a delightful boutique filled with trendy items: The Shop. Ladies, you are going to love this place.…

Brooke Pottery

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Brooke Pottery has been the local go-to for contemporary American craft pottery, home décor, handcrafted jewelry and garden art since 1988. …

Area Malls

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Central Florida is not only known for its outdoor activities, attractions, fishing and well, oranges… We have something special for the bargain hunters, too: Shopping!…

The Shop at Polk Museum of Art

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A place to score unique gifts for the special someone on your list who has a heart for the arts. (Plus, you can visit the museum for free. Score.)…

Andy Thornal Company

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Andy Thornal Company was providing high quality outdoor apparel, sporting goods, shoes, fine clothing, jewelry and luggage long before Bass Pro Shop was a blip on the outdoor outfitter radar. Whether you are a man, woman or sorority sweetheart, there’s something for you at Andy Thornal.…

Streamsong Resort Lodge

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Tucked away in the heart of Florida’s raw nature, Streamsong Resort, located south of Lakeland, encompasses a rare and breathtaking adventure for your entire travel party. …

LEGOLAND® Hotel

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The only thing cooler than visiting LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is pairing that visit with a stay at LEGOLAND® Hotel, which features more than 2,000 LEGO® models, a restaurant, pool, elevator with a disco ball, and tons of other clever details that will blow your mind and ignite your child’s imaginatio…

Regal Palms Resort & Spa

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Why stay in an Orlando hotel when you can stay in a town or pool house that’s minutes from Orlando, and has access to 24-hour front desk service, a spa, restaurant and lazy river? WHY?…

Bahama Bay Resort

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​You could stay at a hotel during your Disney vacation or team’s big tournament, or you could stay in a villa at Bahama Bay Resort in Davenport.…

The Terrace Hotel

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Located in the heart of historic Downtown Lakeland, The Terrace Hotel can be seen from anywhere around town as it stands sky-high overlooking gorgeous Lake Mirror. Extended stay, business, or pleasure trips are all welcome here with open arms. …

Hilton Garden Inn

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Situated on the grounds of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn is the “Flyest” Hotel in Lakeland. It’s also the closest hotel to the annual aviation thrill fest that is the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. …

Westgate River Ranch Resort Glamping

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There is a solution to the woes of those who want to camp, but aren’t keen on bugs or lack of air conditioning and running water; it’s called glamping, and you can do it at Westgate River Ranch Resort just east of Lake Wales.…

Hyatt Place Lakeland Center

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A recently updated hotel minutes from The Lakeland Center and bustling Downtown Lakeland dining and shopping.…

Town Manor on the Lake Bed & Breakfast

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Town Manor Bed & Breakfast is a hidden gem in Auburndale, Florida. Nestled conveniently off State Road 559, this quaint, historic home offers your most elegant getaway yet! …

Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak

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This historic Lake Wales seafood institution has been serving locals and drawing visitors to its waterfront property since the 1940s, and it gets better and better every year.…

Peebles Bar-B-Que

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Since 1947, the Peebles family has been mastering exceptional Bar-B-Que and part of their secret includes a huge smoke pit. This family owned and operated Bar-B-Que joint is sure to leave your tummy full and happy.…

Red Door Wine Market

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This homey wine bar and bistro features a seasonal New American menu, craft beer, live music and a pub run. It’s a cool place.…

Lake Alfred

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Lake Alfred was founded by snowbirds escaping the cold of North Dakota, and visitors are welcomed in this small town surrounded by gently rolling hills and agriculture. …

Gary's Oyster Bar & Seafood House

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If you were to ask a local where to get great seafood in Polk County, Gary’s Oyster Bar and Seafood House would no doubt be on their list. Gary’s has been doing seafood the right way in Lake Alfred for more than 30 years! In fact, they are the oldest oyster bar in Polk County.…

Crazy Fish Bar and Grill

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Fresh, never frozen award-winning fare served in a super-friendly and eclectic atmosphere. It’s kind of like Key West, only in Lake Wales. …

Harry's Old Place

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The focus is put on fresh fare at Harry’s Old Place. They serve a diverse array of seafood and dishes with Florida flare in a quaint restaurant with an eclectic collection of nautical décor. A visit to Harry’s is an experience – a tasty experience.…

Polk Museum of Art

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One of Florida’s top 10 museums, Polk Museum of Art features extensive rotating and permanent art collections, The Shop, workshops and an outdoor sculpture garden. They’ve even got ceramic plates made by Pablo Picasso that still bear his artistically executed tomato-sauce stains. Best of all, admiss…

Explorations V Children's Museum

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Explorations V Children’s Museum offers three floors of colorful, interactive entertainment, and opportunities for parents and children to connect through learning. It’s a great place for a kid to be a kid.…

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

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World famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, left his mark on Lakeland with his incredible 13-structure collection of unique architecture at Florida Southern College. If you have a love for history, architecture, all-things-beautiful, or all of the above, this collection is a must see. …

Polk Theatre

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Watch a movie, Broadway performance, or listen to a live concert at this historic vaudeville/movie palace where The King, Elvis Presley, once played, and stars twinkle overhead. …

The Lakeland Center

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Central Florida’s premiere entertainment, sports and convention complex offers loads of indoor entertainment, and is within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s unique shopping, dining and nightlife destinations.…

Bok Tower Gardens

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Bok Tower Gardens is truly a place of historic beauty and serenity. Among the rolling hills of citrus in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens continues to be one of the most remarkable and awe-inspiring landmarks in Central Florida. …

Polk County History Center

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Venture out to Bartow and allow the Polk County History Center to indulge your curiosity. Housed within the Historic 1908 Polk County Courthouse and nestled between majestic live Oaks, the history center implores exploration. …

Historic L.B. Brown House and Museum

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The L.B Brown House is a physical legacy left behind by a former slave who defied the odds, and became an incredibly successful Florida business leader. It is possibly the only remaining house in Florida built and owned by a former slave.…

Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center

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A beautiful, historic Catholic church in Lake Wales repurposed into an art center that delights visitors with classes, professional plays, concerts and art exhibitions.…

Local Brews & Foods

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Chews and Brews…