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Top Things to

See & Do

in Central Florida

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 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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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

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

Gram Parsons Derry Down

concert at Gram Parsons' Derry Down in Winter Haven, FL

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

Union Taproom

tap wall at Union Tap room in Winter Haven, FL

Union Taproom in downtown Winter Haven features 40 self pour taps filled with an ever-changing…

Address: 245 W Central Ave #102
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-268-4921

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 through…

Address:
Lakeland, FL

Phone: 863-279-0076

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

TheatreWorks Florida

Actors on stage during Christmas themed performance at TheatreWorks Florida in Davenport.

TheatreWorks Florida is Polk County's only professional, award -winning theatre company. See popular theatrical musicals…

Address: 8 W. Palmetto St.
Davenport, FL 33837

Phone: (407) 340-0473

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

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

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

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

Safari Wilderness

Family of 3 in a safari vehicle looking at zebras at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, FL

Knowledgeable tour guides at Safari Wilderness will lead the way through 260-acres in custom safari…

Address: 10850 Moore Road
Lakeland, FL 33809

Phone: 813-382-2120

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

Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle Park

Entrance gate and field at Auburndale Dog Park at Lake Myrtle 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

Lake Crago Dog Park

7 dogs at Dog Leg Woods Dog Park in Lakeland, FL

North Lakeland dog park located just south of Interstate 4.

Address: 525 Lake Crago Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Phone: 863-834-2233

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 Playgound in Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker

Playground equipment, including slides and stairs, at Rotary Playground at Hernando's Landing at Lake Parker Park in Lakeland, FL

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

Streamsong 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

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

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 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

Off the Chain Kayak Company

kayaks being transported on trailer and in back of a black truck with lake in background

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 with Living Water…

Address:
Winter Haven, FL

Phone: 877-257-1529

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

two families on airboat near river dock at Camp Mack in 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

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

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

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

Lake Kissimmee State Park

male and female kayaking at Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales, FL

Lake Kissimmee State Park is located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie,…

Address: 14248 Camp Mack Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Phone: 407-624-5640

Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area

Sandy access road at Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area in Frostproof, FL

Arbuckle Wildlife Management Area is a 13,530 acre property in Frostproof offering opportunities for long…

Address: Lake Arbuckle Rd. & Rucks Dairy Rd.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 589-0545

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

Sandy trail through scrub habitat at 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

Tiger Creek Preserve

Tiger Creek Preserve

8 miles of well-marked trails through scrubby flatwoods, hardwood swamp and pine flatwoods.

Address: 674 Pfundstein Rd.
Babson Park, FL 33827

Phone: 863-635-7506

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

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

RP Funding Center

Aerial view of RP Funding Center buildings and parking lot in Lakeland, FL

RP Funding Center is a multi-purpose entertainment complex featuring the 8,000-seat Jenkins Arena, 2,200-seat Youkey…

Address: 701 W. Lime St.
Lakeland, FL 33815

Phone: (863) 834-8133

Ritz Theatre

Aerial view of Central Avenue and lighted Ritz Theatre sign in Winter Haven, FL

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) 295-9900

Florida’s Natural Grove Store

2 women shopping in citrus themed gift shop, Florida’s Natural Grove Store in Lake Wales, FL

Learn how Florida’s Natural oranges journey from crate to carton and sample the different varieties…

Address: 20205 US Highway 27 North
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: (863) 676-1411

The Stable Home Décor

home decor for sale at The Stable Home Decor in Lake Alfred, FL

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

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

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

Lakeland Flying Tigers

crowd during baseball game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL

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 Spring Training

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

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 SC 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

Proctor’s Goat Farm & Goat Life

goat with a yellow collar, next to another goat at Proctor's Goat Farm and Goat Life in Winter Haven, FL

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

Whitehead’s Blueberry Farm

Blueberries on bush ready for U Pick or We Pick

Whitehead's Blueberry Farm in Winter Haven is one of the few u-picks open during the…

Address: 1024 Macon Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: 863-860-4575

James Blueberry Farm

Blueberries on bush ready for U Pick or We Pick

A Bartow staple for more than 100 years, James Blueberry Farm has a deep-rooted reputation…

Address: 1621 Saint Augustine Rd.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-412-1748

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Family of 3 in a safari vehicle looking at zebras at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, FL

Safari Wilderness

Knowledgeable tour guides at Safari Wilderness will lead the way through 260-acres in custom safari vehicles, answering questions and helping…

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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, LEOGLAND 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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Glamping Tent and common area at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo near Lake Wales FL

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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