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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.

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

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

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

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

Lakeland Art Guild

Lakeland Art Guild

A community of artists creating, supporting and contributing to the visual arts in Lakeland. The…

Address: P. O. Box 353
Lakeland, FL 33802

Phone: (863) 205-0345

African-American Heritage Museum

Exterior of entrance and sign at African American Heritage Museum and Luster All Training Center of Hope in Bartow, FL

Learn about the importance of the African American historical legacy within the region of Central…

Address: 585 E. Summerlin St.
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: (863) 800-6872

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

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

Frostproof Historical Museum

Exterior of Frostproof Historical Museum in Frostproof, FL

The Frostproof Historical Museum contains artifacts, books, photographs and other documents on the history of…

Address: 210 South Scenic Hwy
Frostproof, FL 33843

Phone: (863) 635-7865

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