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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. and the new Peppa Pig Theme Park. In addition, you may enjoy attractions like Bok Tower Gardens and 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, 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. Plus, opening in October 2022 will be the spectacular Bonnet Springs Park, a 168 acre facility blending nature, art and interactive experiences.

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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

Bonnet Springs Park

Construction Photo at Bonnet Springs Park

Opening October 22nd, Bonnet Springs Park, in Lakeland will be a 168 acre urban oasis…

Address: 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-413-0652

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 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

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

Mulberry Cultural Center

Mulberry Cultural Center

Public art gallery in Mulberry featuring rotating exhibits and engaging programs.

Address: 103 E Canal Street
Mulberry, FL 33860

Phone: (863) 354-6570

Painting with a Twist – Winter Haven

Participant paintings on table during class at Painting with a Twist in Winter Haven, FL

Unleash your creative side with Painting with a Twist.

Address: 6264 Cypress Gardens Blvd.
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: (863) 875-5190

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

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

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Entrance Arch at the world's first peppa pig theme park

Peppa Pig Theme Park is a NEW, standalone theme park ia just steps away from…

Address: One LEGOLAND Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 833 451-8004

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

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

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

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Bark Park

Private, membership based dog park in Winter Haven.

Address: 3025 Dundee Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-324-3340

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

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

Bonnet Springs Park

Construction Photo at Bonnet Springs Park

Opening October 22nd, Bonnet Springs Park, in Lakeland will be a 168 acre urban oasis…

Address: 400 Bonnet Springs Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: 863-413-0652

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

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

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

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

Providence Golf & Country Club

Shor of the Providence Golf Course

Providence Golf Club offers a first-class experience at rates everyone can afford. Located just south…

Address: 1518 Clubhouse Blvd.
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: 863-420-2652

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

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

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

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

USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Hall of Fame

USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Hall of Fame

USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame brings the history of watersports…

Address: 101 Adventure Court
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: 863-420-2593

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

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

Se7en Wetlands Park

Se7en Wetlands Park

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

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

SUMICA

Trees and scrub along hiking trail at SUMICA in Lake Wales, FL

At SUMICA, a 4,031 acre wilderness preserve, visitors can expect to see Florida wild turkey,…

Address: 14020 Hwy. 60 E
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 863-534-7377

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: 8005 County Road 64
Avon Park , FL 33825

Phone: 863-452-4254

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

Lakeland Symphony Orchestra

Lakeland Symphony Orchestra chamber ensemble wearing masks during performance in photo for Kingdom of Sweets

Experience The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra on stage, in galleries and in various other locations throughout…

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 688-3743

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

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

Davidson of Dundee

Rows of colorful candy packets at Davidson of Dundee in Dundee, FL

Davidson of Dundee is a definite stop for anyone who secretly yearns for the days…

Address: 28421 US Hwy 27
Dundee, FL 33838

Phone: 863-439-2284

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

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

Rafa Natural – Lake Wales

selection of colorful soap for sale at Rafa Natural in Lake Wales, FL

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

Address: 229 E Stuart Ave., Suite 10
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-712-7620

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

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

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

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

BMB Farms

Lonesome Oak Blueberry Farms

BMB Farm is a u-pick blueberry farm between Bartow and Eagle Lake with the occasional…

Address: 4277 Old Bartow Eagle Lake Rd.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 698-0239

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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 El Retiro…

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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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Grand Opening moment at entrance to Peppa Pig Theme Park

The World’s First Peppa Pig Theme Park Now Open!

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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