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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jensen’s Corner Bar

Jensen's Corner Bar

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

Bark Park at Veterinary Healthcare Associates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Wall Adventures & Outfitters

retail floor at Off the Wall Adventures. Grills, indo boards, skate boards and more

Rent a single or RTM duo kayak from Off the Wall Adventures & Outfitters in…

Address: 2055 Shepherd Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811

Phone: 863-709-9253

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

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 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: (863) 944-6136

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

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

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

Walk-In-The-Water Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Sandy hiking trail at Walk-In-The-Water Wildlife Management Area

6,000 acre property in Frostproof offers opportunities for long hiking excursions, equestrian trails and camping.

Address: State Hwy. 630 E., 6 Miles east of U.S. Hwy 27
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: 863-635-8589

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lakeside Village Mall

Lakeside Village Mall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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