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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. And the world’s first Peppa Pig Theme Park is opening next to LEGOLAND in February 2022!

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, catching a Detroit Tigers Spring Training game in March, and visiting the best of natural Florida at Circle B Bar Reserve, known one of the best places to see alligators.

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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

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

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

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

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

African-American Heritage Museum

Exterior of entrance and sign at African American Heritage Museum and Luster All Training Center of Hope in Bartow, FL

Learn about the importance of the African American historical legacy within the region of Central…

Address: 585 E. Summerlin St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 800-6872

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

Safari Wilderness Ranch

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

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

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Peppa Pig Theme Park is a NEW, standalone theme park that will be just steps…

Address: One LEGOLAND Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884

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

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

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

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

Poinciana Community Park

Bark Park

Haines City and Lake Hamilton area dog park located on the east side of Polk…

Address: 5109 Allegheny Rd.
Kissimmee, FL 32560

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary Playground in Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker

Rotary Playground

The Rotary Playground in Hernando’s Landing features two zip lines, a pirate ship and a…

Address: 910 E. Granada St.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

Highlands Reserve Golf Club

Highlands Reserve Golf Course Shot

Set atop one of the highest areas of Central Florida, Highlands Reserve Golf Club features…

Address: 500 Highlands Reserve Blvd.
Davenport, FL 33897

Phone: 863-420-1724

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

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

2 girls horseback riding in front of conestoga wagons at westgate river ranch resort and rodeo

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

Florida 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

Marshall Hampton Reserve

Grassy Panther Point Trail at Marshall Hampton Reserve in Winter Haven, FL

Reserve west of Winter Haven offers ample trails for hiking, running and cycling. Marshall Hampton…

Address: 3115 Thornhill Rd
Lakeland, FL 33880

Phone: 863-665-0062

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

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

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Haines City, FL

State Park in Haines City featuring long, sugar sand trails along the Lake Wales Ridge.

Address: 4335 Firetower Rd
Haines City, FL 33884

Phone: 863-696-1112

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

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

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

Florida Dance Theatre

male and female dancers on stage during Florida Dance Theatre performance in Lakeland, FL

Polk County’s only professional dance company and training school. The company presents three major performances…

Address: 305 W. Main St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: (863) 802-0399

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

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

Bungalow Boutique and Gifts

wBungalow Boutique and Gifts

Bungalow Boutique and Gifts in the Dixieland neighborhood of Lakeland offers fabulous and fun women’s…

Address: 1026 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-225-9778

The Stable Home Décor

The Stable Home Décor

Popular Lake Alfred destination features multiple shops in a single location. Commonly referred to as…

Address: 101 CR 557-A
Lake Alfred, FL 33850

Phone: 863-956-1363

Top Buttons Boutique and Designer Thrift

Top Buttons Boutique and Designer Thrift

Top Buttons is a women’s thrift and consignment clothing with three stores in Polk County…

Address: 160 E Summerlin St
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-220-2464

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

Florida Tropics Soccer

soccer player jumping over opponent to get to ball during Florida Tropics Soccer 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

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

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

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

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

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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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2 kids on roller coaster during LEGOLAND Florida Piratefest Weekend

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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2 girls horseback riding in front of conestoga wagons at westgate river ranch resort and rodeo

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

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

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Girl at Peppa Pig Hard Hat tour

The World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park Opening Soon!

All little piggies and parents of little piggies can squeal in delight as the World’s first Peppa Pig theme park...

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