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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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Paddleboard Winter Haven

2 women on paddleboards during tour with Paddleboard Winter Haven

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

Address: W Lake Summit Dr
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-845-5307

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

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

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

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

Ridge Art Association

Ridge Art Association

A competition gallery, which stimulates appreciation of the fine arts. Open one hour prior to…

Address: 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: (863) 291-5661

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jensen’s Corner Bar

people sitting at outdoor patio tables while musicians play at Jensen's Corner Bar in Winter Haven, FL

Jensen's Corner Bar in downtown Winter Haven serves craft beer, wine and premium cocktails. Adler's…

Address: 100 3rd St SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-298-6755

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

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

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

Lake Eva Community Playground & Aquatic Park

Lake Eva Community Playground & Aquatic Park

Park on the banks of Lake Eva with a playground, picnic facilities, tennis and basketball…

Address: 555 Ledwith Ave.
Haines City, FL 33844

Phone: 863-421-3700

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

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

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 Links of Sandpiper

The Links of Sandpiper

The Links of Sandpiper features a 6,072-yard, par 72 golf course, small driving range, practice…

Address: 6001 Sandpiper Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-859-5461

Paddleboard Winter Haven

2 women on paddleboards during tour with Paddleboard Winter Haven

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

Address: W Lake Summit Dr
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-845-5307

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve

Pine covered path through East Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve in Lakeland, FL

East Tract in North Lakeland offers 33 miles of trails for hiking, cycling and birding.…

Address: Entrance at intersection of Rock Ridge Rd. and Dean Still Rd
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-648-3200

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

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

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

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

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

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

417 Boutique by Cate

clothing rack at 417 Boutique by Cate in downtown Winter Haven FL

417 Boutique by Cate, in downtown Winter Haven, offers trendy women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories and…

Address: 337 W Central Ave.
Winter Haven, FL 33880

Phone: 863-632-0827

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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