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Arts & Culture

Visiting a destination usually includes exploring 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 – SilverMoon Drive-In Theatre in Lakeland.

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.

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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

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

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

Painting with a Twist – Lakeland

Group with finished paintings at Painting with a Twist in Lakeland, FL

Unleash your creative side with Painting with a Twist.

Address: 3670 Harden Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 646-0238

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

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

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

Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery

Visitors looking at art during Student Art Exhibition at Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery.

Polk State College Lakeland Art Gallery hosts exhibits by Polk State students and faculty, as…

Address: 3425 Winter Haven Lake Road
Lakeland, FL 33803

Phone: (863) 297-1050

Frostproof Art League & Gallery

Frostproof Art League & Gallery

Frostproof Art League and Gallery features rotating exhibits including watercolor, oils, acrylics and also photography…

Address: 12 E Wall St.
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 635-7271

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