Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources for Travelers
wonder house

Explore

Arts & Culture

in Central Florida

Visiting a destination usually includes exploring the Arts & Culture scene. Would you enjoy a gallery featuring local artists, historical landmarks, local tours, and museums or attending a performing arts event? If you are so inclined, we have plenty of options for you, including one of the last drive-in movie theatres in Florida – Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre in Lakeland.

Plan A Trip

Bok Tower Gardens

Reigning high above the Central Florida landscape – more than 200 feet high, in fact – Lake Wales’ world-famous art deco and neo-Gothic legend, Bok Tower Gardens, was a tourist attraction the day it opened in 1929. Built upon the highest elevation in peninsular Florida, guests can stroll in the shadow of the tower that houses a carillon – and instrument comprised of a series of bells played by a keyboard. Built on Iron Mountain, what was once a desolate sand hill was transformed into a 250-acre lush tropical landscape that is both a contemplative garden as well as a bird sanctuary.

Local Culture Tours

If architecture interests you, schedule a tour of the historic Wonder House in Bartow.

Lakeland Food Tours offer visitors a way to enjoy tastings from a smattering of popular local restaurants with the assistance of a local guide.

Local Artists & Art Galleries

Central Florida art galleries include traditional spaces like Lake Wales Arts Council and Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery. Nontraditional spaces include Mitchell’s Coffee House in Lakeland–with a delicious latte that tastes just like an Almond Joy.

You can show off your own artistic skills at PicassoZ Art Café in Lakeland, where you can paint along, make your own pottery or arrange an event for any occasion.

Be sure to read about our Museums and Performing Arts scene.

Read More

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

One of the top-ten art museums in Central Florida, featuring educational programs, diverse exhibits and…

Address: 800 E. Palmetto St.
Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863) 688-7743 x223

LEARN & DISCOVER

Bok Tower Gardens #3 in USA Today’s 10 Best Gardens List

Bok Tower Gardens #3 in USA Today’s 10 Best Gardens List

Bok Tower Gardens earned the #3 spot on the USA Today 10 Best North American Gardens list thanks to the...

See Details

Citizens Bank & Trust Mayfaire by-the-Lake

See Details
Spend a Weekend in Lakeland

Spend a Weekend in Lakeland

We just published a video on YouTube showing how much fun a weekend in Lakeland, FL can be for you...

See Details
email signup

Subscribe to

EMAIL LIST

Join our email list and stay up to date with all the great things happening in Florida’s Sweetest Spot.