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in Central Florida

So many things to do in Central Florida. A Central Florida vacation gives visitors a chance to unpack once and see it all in Florida’s Sweetest Spot. Central Florida features a variety of unique towns and cities for you to explore, each with their own collection of adventures to choose from. Exhilarating attractions, delicious restaurants and breathtaking outdoor experiences are just the start of the excitement that awaits you in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.

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A Central Florida vacation gives visitors a chance to unpack once and see it all in Florida’s Sweetest Spot. Here you’ll find things to do in Central Florida, including major theme parks, citrus grove and farm tours, historic landmarks, and ways to cruise Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes.

Things to Do in Central Florida’s Sweetest Spot

Located between Orlando and Tampa, Winter Haven is home to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. In addition, you may enjoy attractions like Bok Tower Gardens and the cageless Safari Wilderness.

Lakeland offers big city shopping and dining options, plus the world’s largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture on the campus of Florida Southern College. Other things to do include visiting the best of natural Florida at Circle B Bar Reserve, known one of the best places to see alligators.

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Proctor’s Goat Farm & Goat Life

goat with a yellow collar, next to another goat at Proctor's Goat Farm and Goat Life in Winter Haven, FL

Take a 1 hour tour of Proctor's Goat Farm, sample goat cheese and goat milk's…

Address: 6291 El Camino Real
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-289-3585

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO, adjacent to River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, features 13 miles of sandy, dirt trails…

Address: 25699 S.R. 60
River Ranch, FL 33867

Phone: 800-250-4250

Pine Ridge Nature Preserve at Bok Tower Gardens

Nature trail through scrub and trees at Pine Ridge Nature Preserve. Carillon Tower in the distance at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

This nature trail can be accessed near the entrance of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33847

Phone: 863-676-1408

Dog Leg Woods

Sign at Dog Leg Woods Dog Park in Lakeland, FL

South Lakeland dog park near Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

Address: 3326 Cleveland Heighs Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-834-2233

Lake Wales Arts Council

Gallery with hanging art at Lake Wales Arts Council.

Located in a Spanish mission-style church built in 1927. Lake Wales Arts Council welcomes visitors…

Address: 1099 State Road 60 East
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-8426

Wonder House Historic Tours

Exterior of 3-story Wonder House in Bartow, FL

The rebuilding and remodeling of the Wonder House was covered by episode 9 of the…

Address: 1075 E Mann Rd
Bartow, FL 33830

TheatreWorks Florida

Actors on stage during Christmas themed performance at TheatreWorks Florida in Davenport.

TheatreWorks Florida is Polk County's only professional, award -winning theatre company. See popular theatrical musicals…

Address: 8 W. Palmetto St.
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: (407) 340-0473

Frostproof Historical Museum

Exterior of Frostproof Historical Museum in Frostproof, FL

The Frostproof Historical Museum contains artifacts, books, photographs and other documents on the history of…

Address: 210 South Scenic Hwy
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 635-7865

Safari Wilderness Ranch

Family of 3 in a safari vehicle looking at zebras at Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, FL

Knowledgeable tour guides at Safari Wilderness Ranch will lead the way through 260-acres in custom…

Address: 10850 Moore Road
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 813-382-2120

Bok Tower Gardens

Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-1408

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Kids on Dragon Ride at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL

At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, everyone is a hero. Built just for families with kids age…

Address: One LEGOLAND Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: (888) 690-5346

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College

4 people inside Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL

Explore the genius of America’s greatest architect through his most fully articulated vision: the National…

Address: 840 Johnson Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-680-4597

Dog Leg Woods

Sign at Dog Leg Woods Dog Park in Lakeland, FL

South Lakeland dog park near Cleveland Heights Golf Course.

Address: 3326 Cleveland Heighs Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-834-2233

Lake Crago Dog Park

Bark Park

North Lakeland dog park located just south of Interstate 4.

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

Swan Brewing

tap wall at Swan Brewing in Lakeland, FL

Swan Brewing features 30 taps of craft beer, live music and food trucks. The brewery…

Address: 115 W Pine St
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-703-0472

DiOGi Park at Loyce E. Harpe Park

Bark Park

DiOGi Park is a dog park located in the Mulberry/South Lakeland area of Polk County.

Address: 500 W Carter Rd.
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: 863-534-4340

TMC Guide Service

parents and 2 sons with lake in background. dad holding fish. TMC Guide Service

Capt. Scott Taylor of TMC Guide Service is a USCG licensed captain with his Masters…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 855-354-8433

Central Florida Bucketmouths

man holding large mouth bass while fishing with Central Florida Bucketmouths

Central Florida Bucketmouths offers guided bass fishing adventures in Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes, Lake…

Address: 2403 7th St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-661-7226

Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service

Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service

Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service offers largemouth bass fishing and wildlife airboat excursions.

Address: PO Box 7718
Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855

Phone: 863-692-2208

Memory Makin’ Guides

Memory Makin’ Guides

Memory Makin’ Guides owner Reno Alley holds a USCG Captain's License and has over 30…

Address:
Frostproof, FL

Phone: 863-632-0304

Hollis Garden

Trees and flowers at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL. Lake Morton in background of photo.

Located along the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, this botanical display garden set in…

Address: 614 E. Orange St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 834-2280

Simmers-Young Park

Playground area at Simmers Young Park in Winter Haven, FL

A recreational park with multi-purpose and soccer fields, picnic facilities, fishing pond, dog park and…

Address: 339 American Spirit Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-534-4340

Downtown Auburndale City Park

Playground equipment, including 3 slides and artificial grass at Downtown Auburndale, FL's City Park

Well-shaded downtown playground with picnic areas. Multiple play areas and structures are available for kids…

Address: 119 W. Park St.
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-965-5545

Common Ground Playground

Common Ground Playground Lakeland

Playground with jumping, running, sliding and climbing for kids with varying abilities and disabilities.

Address: 1000 E Edgewood Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 834-2233

Westgate River Ranch Resort

Luxury Glamping Resort in Central Florida - Glamping Tent and common area at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Wales FL

The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River features luxe teepees, glamping, cabins, hotel…

Address: 3200 River Ranch Rd.
River Ranch, FL 33867

Phone: 863-692-1321

The Club at Eaglebrooke

Par 3 hole featuring over the water shot to tee at Eaglebrooke Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, FL

The Club at Eaglebrooke provides a challenging, but fair test of golf for players of…

Address: 1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33813

Phone: 863-701-0101

Southern Dunes Golf Club

tree lined fairway with bunkers at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club in Haines City, FL

Southern Dunes Golf Club stretches out to more than 7,200-yards from the championship tees.

Address: 2888 Southern Dunes Blvd.
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-421-4653

Streamsong Resort

Central Florida Golf Resort - Streamsong Resort Black course number 5 hole

Utilizing the natural contours, sand dunes and native grasses to offer a golf experience that…

Address: 3000 Dunes Pass
Bowling Green, FL 33834

Phone: 863-428-1000

Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Resort

Motorhome and boat under an oak tree at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Resort, RV campsite near Lake Wales, FL

Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina & RV Resort in Lake Wales offers premium…

Address: 14900 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: (800) 243-8013

Off the Chain Kayak Company

kayaks being transported on trailer and in back of a black truck with lake in background

Paddle around Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes with friends and family when you rent from…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 863-225-0934

The Living Water Boat Cruises

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

Explore the many lakes that make up Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes during a tour…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 877-257-1529

Elite Cable Park

man wake boarding on lake at sunset at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, FL

Elite Cable Park in Auburndale offers wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakeskating and kneeboarding for both newbies and…

Address: 330 Denton Ave
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-662-5200

Lake Wales History Museum

2 females looking at exhibits inside Lake Wales History Museum

Lake Wales History Museum features permanent exhibits from Lake Wales history, its industries, a railroad…

Address: 325 S Scenic Highway
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1759

Mulberry Phosphate Museum

alligator skull on display at Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Home to an extensive collection of fossils, a phosphate industry gallery, old photographs and memorabilia…

Address: 101 SE 1st Street
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: (863) 425-2823

Polk Museum of Art

Male and female looking at art hanging in gallery at Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL

Polk Museum of Art is one of the top-ten art museums in Central Florida, featuring…

Address: 800 E. Palmetto St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 688-7743 x223

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Child playing in costume and on stage at Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland, FL

Explorations V Children’s Museum in Lakeland offers colorful, interactive entertainment, and opportunities for parents and…

Address: 109 N Kentucky Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 687-3869

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

KICCO, adjacent to River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, features 13 miles of sandy, dirt trails…

Address: 25699 S.R. 60
River Ranch, FL 33867

Phone: 800-250-4250

Pine Ridge Nature Preserve at Bok Tower Gardens

Nature trail through scrub and trees at Pine Ridge Nature Preserve. Carillon Tower in the distance at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL

This nature trail can be accessed near the entrance of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake…

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33847

Phone: 863-676-1408

Avon Park Air Force Range

Avon Park Air Force Range

106,000 acre active military training facility and recreation area south of Lake Wales. The Air…

Address: 29 S. Blvd
Avon Park , FL 33825

Phone: 863-452-4254

Walk-In-The-Water Wildlife Management Area

Sandy hiking trail at Walk-In-The-Water Wildlife Management Area

6,000 acre property in Frostproof offers opportunities for long hiking excursions, equestrian trails and camping.

Address: State Hwy. 630 E., 6 Miles east of U.S. Hwy 27
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: 863-635-8589

Ritz Theatre

Aerial view of Central Avenue and lighted Ritz Theatre sign in Winter Haven, FL

Restored 1925 vintage theatre is again a center of community, cultural and social activities and…

Address: 263 West Central Ave.
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: (863) 295-9900

Lakeland Community Theatre

Actors on stage during a performance of Matilda at Lakeland Community Theatre.

The Lakeland Community Theatre presents five high-quality main stage productions, three youth theatre productions, classes,…

Address: 121 S. Lake Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 603-7529

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts

Christmastime orchestra performance during Florida Southern College's Festival of Fine Arts in Lakeland, FL

Annual series of outstanding presentations in art, music, theatre and dance at various locations on…

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 680-4111

Polk Theatre

Polk Theatre

Historic Polk Theatre was built in 1928 and features an annual live performing arts series…

Address: 121 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 682-7553

Low Country Vintage & Antiques

Couple looking at coffee table book while sitting on antique couch at Low Country Vintage in Lakeland, FL

Low Country Vintage & Antiques in the Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland features furniture, paintings, lamps,…

Address: 913 Florida Ave. S
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-603-3986

Andy Thornal Company

Mother and daughter looking at Florida pillow inside Andy Thornal Company in Lakeland, FL

Andy Thornal Company has been selling high quality outdoor apparel, sporting goods, shoes, fine clothing,…

Address: 336 Magnolia Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-299-9999

Webb’s Candy Shop

Chocolate and colorful candy sampler baskets at Webb's Candy Shop in Davenport, FL

This is the place for kitschy souvenirs, homemade key lime ice cream and Webb’s Florida-famous…

Address: 38217 US Hwy 27
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: 863-422-1051

Rafa Natural – Lake Wales

selection of colorful soap for sale at Rafa Natural in Lake Wales, FL

Locally owned shop with three locations featuring bath and body products made fresh daily.

Address: 229 E Stuart Ave., Suite 10
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-712-7620

Lakeland Flying Tigers

crowd during baseball game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL

The Detroit Tigers' Class A Affiliate team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, play their Florida State…

Address: 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-413-4140

Detroit Tigers

Aerial view of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium during a Detroit Tigers Spring Training game in Lakeland, FL

Experience the nostalgia of a Detroit Tigers Spring Training game in Central Florida where players…

Address: 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 866-668-4437

Lakeland Ice Arena

kids hockey practice at Lakeland Ice Arena

Lakeland Ice Arena offers year round Ice skating for everyone. Whether you are a first…

Address: 3395 W. Memorial Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-617-7055

Florida Tropics Soccer

soccer player jumping over opponent to get to ball during Florida Tropics SC game at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex in Auburndale

The Florida Tropics soccer organization operates two professional teams in Polk County. The first team…

Address: 701 W Lime St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-240-0101

Proctor’s Goat Farm & Goat Life

goat with a yellow collar, next to another goat at Proctor's Goat Farm and Goat Life in Winter Haven, FL

Take a 1 hour tour of Proctor's Goat Farm, sample goat cheese and goat milk's…

Address: 6291 El Camino Real
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-289-3585

Ridge Island Groves

Soft serve ice cream, orange and tangerine juice, pecans, oranges and strawberries at Ridge Island Groves. Florida Citrus Makes a Great Christmas Gift

Pick an orange, buy marmalade, ice cream and more at Ridge Island Groves. Visit and…

Address: 6000 Polk City Rd.
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-422-0333

Oponay Farms

peaches on tree at Oponay Farms in Lakeland, FL

With views overlooking Lake Hancock, Oponay Farms might be one of the prettiest places to…

Address: 5129 Hancock Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33812

Phone: (863) 698-7995

Lakeland Food Tours

Group sitting at table inside Cafe Roti. Drinks on table. Nate, host of Lakeland Food Tours standing.

To fill your mind, your belly and your heart in one walking food tour with…

Address:
Lakeland, FL

Phone: 863-279-0076

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Family of 3 in a safari vehicle looking at zebras at Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, FL

Safari Wilderness Ranch

Knowledgeable tour guides at Safari Wilderness Ranch will lead the way through 260-acres in custom safari vehicles, answering questions and…

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Carillon Tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens

Historic Bok Tower Gardens, a national historic landmark, features two hiking trails, 50 acres of gardens, the 20-room Pinewood Estate…

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Kids on Dragon Ride at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, everyone is a hero. Built just for families with kids age 2 to 12, LEGOLAND Florida…

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2 women on paddleboards during tour with Paddleboard Winter Haven

Paddleboard Winter Haven

Paddleboard Winter Haven offers classes, tours and races on Winter Haven's Chain of Lakes. Most tours leave from Lake Summit,…

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Luxury Glamping Resort in Central Florida - Glamping Tent and common area at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Wales FL

Westgate River Ranch Resort

The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River features luxe teepees, glamping, cabins, hotel rooms and duplexes. Westgate River…

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