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Top Things to

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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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Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Sandy access road at Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area in Frostproof, FL

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a 13,530 acre property in Frostproof…

Address: Lake Arbuckle Rd. & Rucks Dairy Rd.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 589-0545

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

Crooked Lake Prairie

sandy scrub hiking trail at Crooked Lake Prairie in Babson Park, FL

Situated on Polk County's only state-designated "Outstanding Florida Water Body," Crooked Lake Prairie is home…

Address: 985 Ohlinger Rd
Babson Park, FL 33827

Phone: 863-534-7377

Se7en Wetlands Park

Grass and sand covered trail leading to covered pavilion with seating. Past the pavilion is entrance to wooden boardwalk expanding over a lake at Se7en Wetlands Park in Mulberry, FL

1,600 acre area comprised of marshes, uplands and lakes offering more than 8 miles for…

Address: 500 W Carter Road
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: 863-834-7386

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

O’Hara Restorations, Inc.

O’Hara Restorations, Inc.

Take a walk down memory lane and see classic and antique cars along with items…

Address: 10 S Scenic Hwy.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 635-9008

Platform Art

Platform Art Lineman project

Platform Art, Inc., a non-profit cultural arts organization, enriches communities by providing forums for art…

Address: 102 E Pine St. #3
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-838-2262

Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre

Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre

The Silver Moon has two screens usually showing first-run movies. Each screen has a double…

Address: 4100 New Tampa Hwy.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: (863) 682-0849

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

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

Spook Hill

Road and sign explaining history of Spook Hill in Lake Wales, FL

The mystery of Spook Hill has fascinated generations. Cars parked at the bottom of the…

Address: 600 N Wales Dr.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-3445

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

Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle Park

Entrance gate and field at Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle Park.

Auburndale dog park at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, near Polk Parkway exit 18.

Address: 318 Denton Ave.
Auburndale, FL 33823

Phone: 863-965-5545

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

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

7 dogs at Dog Leg Woods Dog Park in Lakeland, FL

North Lakeland dog park located just south of Interstate 4.

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

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

Jennings Resort

Jennings Resort

Jennings Resort in on Lake Pierce in Lake Wales. The resort offers cabin rentals, RV…

Address: 4325 Jennings Fish Camp Rd.
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: (863) 439-3811

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

Bud’s RV Park & Marina

Bud’s RV Park & Marina

Bud's RV Park & Marina is a fishing and hunting camp in Lake Wales with…

Address: 1700 Tiger Lake Rd.
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: (863) 696-2274

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

Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground

Entrance with trees and walkway to Barnett Family Park in Lakeland, FL

Play areas, climbing structures and a splash water area with activities for children as young…

Address: 730 E. Orange St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 834-2280

Streamsong Resort

Luxury 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

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

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

Big Cypress Golf & Country Club

Big Cypress Golf & Country Club

The impressive 6,680-yard Big Cypress South championship golf course in Lakeland, designed by Ron Garl,…

Address: 10000 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: (863) 859-6871

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

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

Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tours

Group and airboat captain on boat before tour with Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tours

Alligators Unlimited Airboat Nature Tours in Lake Wales offer 1-2 hour tours leaving from Camp…

Address: 14400 Reese Dr
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 863-696-0313

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

LB Brown House Museum

Exterior of LB Brown House Museum and historical marker sign in Bartow, FL.

Former slave, L.B. Brown, built this house turned museum in 1892. Guided tours of the…

Address: 470 L.B. Brown Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (893) 944-6136

Polk County History Center

3 women looking at citrus themed Polk County exhibits inside Polk County History Center in Bartow, FL

Housed in a 1908 courthouse, this museum showcases the history of Polk County. Galleries rotate…

Address: 100 E. Main St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 534-4380

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

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Sandy access road at Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area in Frostproof, FL

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is a 13,530 acre property in Frostproof…

Address: Lake Arbuckle Rd. & Rucks Dairy Rd.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 589-0545

Crooked Lake Prairie

sandy scrub hiking trail at Crooked Lake Prairie in Babson Park, FL

Situated on Polk County's only state-designated "Outstanding Florida Water Body," Crooked Lake Prairie is home…

Address: 985 Ohlinger Rd
Babson Park, FL 33827

Phone: 863-534-7377

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

Se7en Wetlands Park

Grass and sand covered trail leading to covered pavilion with seating. Past the pavilion is entrance to wooden boardwalk expanding over a lake at Se7en Wetlands Park in Mulberry, FL

1,600 acre area comprised of marshes, uplands and lakes offering more than 8 miles for…

Address: 500 W Carter Road
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: 863-834-7386

Lake Wales Little Theatre

Lake Wales Little Theatre

A non-profit organization providing high-quality, live entertainment including recent hits and old favorites.

Address: 421 E. Park Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1266

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating more than 50 years as Polk County’s orchestra, the ISO performs Masterworks, a full-staged…

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 688-3743

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

Rafa Natural – Lakeland

2 females shopping for soap at Rafa Natural in Lakeland, FL

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

Address: 244 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-712-7620

Dixieland Relics

Couple looking at stoneware inside Dixieland Relics in Lakeland, FL. Home decor and antique furniture on display throughout room.

Dixieland Relics in the Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland is a vintage and antique shop located…

Address: 949 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-559-8356

Rafa Natural – Bartow

2 females testing bath products at Rafa Natural in Bartow, FL

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

Address: 175 S Central Ave
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-712-7620

360 Unlimited

2 women shopping and looking at clothes at 360 Unlimited in Lakeland

360 Unlimited in the Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland is full of vintage and newer used…

Address: 911 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-683-0000

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 Magic

lakeland magic game

In Central Florida, all the magic isn’t found at the theme parks. The Lakeland Magic,…

Address: 701 W Lime St
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-825-3258

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

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

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

Kirkland Farms

Blueberries on bush ready for U Pick or We Pick

Located on the original family homestead, Kirkland Farms has been growing blueberries in the Medulla…

Address: 2632 Old Medulla Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33811

Phone: (863) 248-8351

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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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Florida dude ranch - 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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