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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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Staying in the heart of Florida gives you access to hidden gems, from east to west. Here you’ll find a quiet place to rest your head and a convenient, central location near wide-open recreation areas. Bonus — you’ll get more bang for your buck when it comes to the travel budget. You can even upgrade to a resort stay at a reasonable price.

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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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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

Lakeside Village Mall

Mother and 3 daughters walking along sidewalk, in front of stores and restaurants at Lakeside Village in Lakeland.

Outdoor mall in South Lakeland anchored by Belk, Kohl’s, Books-A-Million and Cobb Theatre – Lakeside…

Address: 1479 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-616-9825

The Shop

2 females looking at a coral clutch near a jewelry display at The Shop in Winter Haven, FL

Visit The Shop in downtown Winter Haven for unique gifts for both children and adults,…

Address: 329 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-297-8027

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

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

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

PicassoZ Art Café

PicassoZ Art Café

Paint your own pottery and grab a healthy snack at this eclectic do-it-yourself art studio…

Address: 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33813

Phone: (863) 688-6545

Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery

Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery

Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery hosts exhibits by Polk State students and faculty, as…

Address: 3425 Winter Haven Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 297-1050

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

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

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

Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle Park

Auburndale Dog 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

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

John C. “Doc” Haromy Dog Park

Bark Park

Lake Wales dog park with two enclosed areas: one for large dogs and one for…

Address: 783 S. 9th St.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-4182

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

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

Downtown Auburndale 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

Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park

Ample picnic space with grills are available. The park also features a playground, skate park…

Address: 1000 N. Lake Shore Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-678-4182

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

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

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

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

Elite Cable Park

Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, FL. Central Florida Summer

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

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

Off the Chain Kayak Company

Off the Chain Kayak Company

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

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 863-225-0934

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Sandy trail through scrub habitat at Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Lakeland Highlands Scrub protects the largest remaining contiguous tract of the historic Lakeland Ridge and…

Address: 6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33813

Phone: 863-534-7377

Tiger Creek Preserve

Tiger Creek Preserve

8 miles of well-marked trails through scrubby flatwoods, hardwood swamp and pine flatwoods.

Address: 674 Pfundstein Rd.
Babson Park, FL 33827

Phone: 863-635-7506

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

Gram Parsons Derry Down

Gram Parsons Derry Down

Gram Parsons' Derry Down is a historic music venue opened in 1964 by Gram Parsons…

Address: 297 5th Ave, NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-295-9422

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

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts

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

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

Lakeside Village Mall

Mother and 3 daughters walking along sidewalk, in front of stores and restaurants at Lakeside Village in Lakeland.

Outdoor mall in South Lakeland anchored by Belk, Kohl’s, Books-A-Million and Cobb Theatre – Lakeside…

Address: 1479 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-616-9825

The Shop

2 females looking at a coral clutch near a jewelry display at The Shop in Winter Haven, FL

Visit The Shop in downtown Winter Haven for unique gifts for both children and adults,…

Address: 329 W Central Ave
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-297-8027

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

Florida’s Natural Grove Store

2 women shopping in citrus themed gift shop, Florida’s Natural Grove Store in Lake Wales, FL

Learn how Florida’s Natural oranges journey from crate to carton and sample the different varieties…

Address: 20205 US Highway 27 North
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1411

Lakeland Flying Tigers

Lakeland Flying Tigers

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

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

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

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

Winter Haven Food Tours

Central Avenue in downtown Winter Haven, FL at dusk

Visit historic locations and fun venue spaces during a 3.5-hour culinary adventure with Winter Haven…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-288-0038

Proctor’s Goat Farm & Goat Life

Proctor's Goat Farm

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

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Dream Up Your Next Florida Vacation. Safari Wilderness, Lakeland, Florida

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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