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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 visiting the best of natural Florida at Circle B Bar Reserve, known one of the best places to see alligators.

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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

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

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

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 Winter Haven Art Gallery

Polk State College Art Gallery

A hub for local arts programming, Polk State College presents a variety of musical, theater…

Address: 999 Ave. H N.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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

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

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

2 kids on roller coaster during LEGOLAND Florida Piratefest Weekend

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

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

Bark Park

North Lakeland dog park located just south of Interstate 4.

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground

Barnett Family Park

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

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park & Splash Pad

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park & Splash Pad

Transportation-themed interactive playground with picnic facilities, a splash water area and access to the Chain…

Address: 684 4th St., NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-291-5600

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

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

Imperial Lakes Golf and Country Club

Imperial Lakes Golf and Country Club

Imperial Lakes Golf & Country Club features a Ron Garl designed, par 72 traditional golf…

Address: 6 Country Club Ln.
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: 863-425-1153

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

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

Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours

Group on airboat going over water and green plants with Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours

View wildlife on an exciting, old-fashioned airboat nature tour with Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours…

Address: 4700 Crump Rd Suite C
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-696-1637

Alligator Cove Tours

Alligator Cove Tours

Captain Andy of Alligator Cove Tours at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina &…

Address: 14900 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 863-696-0406

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle B Bar Reserve

Hiking Trail, Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL

A prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center…

Address: 4399 Winter Lake Rd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: 863-668-4673

Colt Creek State Park

hiking trail in the middle tree grouping on left and open pasture on right at Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland, FL

​No matter the season, Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland offers activities including hiking, kayaking,…

Address: 16000 FL-471
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 863-815-6761

Ritz Theatre

Ritz Theatre

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) 937-1414

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

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 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

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

Downtown Farmers Curb Market

People and vendor tents along Kentucky Ave. in downtown Lakeland during Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.

Local vendors line the streets and neighboring boutique shops are open in downtown Lakeland on…

Address: 200 N Kentucky Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: 863-687-8910

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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