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It’s the Park you would build, if you had a few million LEGO bricks. ®

LEGOLAND® Florida is opening October 2011! It’s 150 acres packed with over 50 rides, shows and attractions. Kids can get their own driver’s license, families can conquer a LEGO® themed Dragon coaster or even become part of a live-action pirate water stunt show. Florida’s newest theme park could also be Florida’s most unique theme park. That’s because LEGOLAND is built for family fun. www.LEGOLAND.com

Visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 877-350-5346 for days and hours of operation. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2011 The LEGO Group. LEGOLAND FLORIDA IS A PART OF THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP.


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Welcome . . ................................. 4 Fun Must Sees .......................... 6 Fun Adventures / Attractions . . .... 10 Outdoor Fun . . .......................... 20 Fun on the Water .................... 22 Fishing Fun ............................. 24 Hunting /Shooting Ranges .. ..... 27 Cycling .. .................................. 28 Extreme Sports ....................... 29 Golfing. . .................................. 30 Spectator Sports. . ..................... 33 Back-to-Nature / Parks . . ........... 34

Dining .. ................................... 40 Shopping ................................ 46 Accommodations . . ................... 50 Annual Events ......................... 64 Visitor Services . . ...................... 66

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elcome to Central Florida’s Polk County, where wide-open spaces meet up with sparkling lakes, fragrant orange groves, exciting attractions and unique downtowns. Our unmatched beauty, with abundant culture and history, makes us the perfect location for a fun family vacation or a quiet retreat. Our attractions, both natural and man-made, are sure to thrill young and old alike. Brilliant blooms explode with color in our many gardens, and rare wildlife call our parks home. Our 554 lakes allow for the best water sports around. From world-class bass fishing to water skiing, our warm weather makes these activities possible any time of the year. LEGOLAND

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Indoor activities abound as shopping, dining, museums and theatres allow for adventure in their own unique way. Dine in one of the many restaurants in our friendly downtowns specializing in local flavor, and shop the antiques and gift shops that line the streets. Affordable accommodations range from quaint bed & breakfasts to national hotel chains to vacation rental homes – something for every budget. We’re a quick drive to Tampa and Orlando, and an easy drive to Florida’s world-famous beaches. So stay awhile and get the most fun for your vacation dollars.

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Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales Located on “Iron Mountain,” one of the highest points in peninsular Florida, Bok Tower Garden’s historic beauty is a treat to all the senses. Explore 250 acres of serene gardens surrounding the park’s signature 205-foot marble and coquina carillon tower. Listen for the soothing chimes as you tour the grounds, including the historic Pinewood Estate.

Fantasy of Flight – Polk City Fire up your sense of wonder and celebrate the spirit of adventure that has inspired aviators for over a century. Experience flight simulators, interactive exhibits and tours offering an inside look into real working restoration and maintenance areas where legendary planes are restored to flying condition. Surround yourself with more than 40 vintage aircraft including the WWII B-26 Marauder, B-24 Liberator, unstoppable P-51 Mustang and B-17 Flying Fortress just to name a few. For extra high-flying thrills, hot air balloon rides and biplane rides are available for an additional charge. 6

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LEGOLAND ® Florida – Winter Haven Opening in October 2011, Florida’s newest theme park is dedicated to families with children ages 2 to 12, offering a unique mix of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including LEGO® models and other interactive elements for the whole family to enjoy. The 150-acre park is comprised of ten different “Lands” including Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, LEGO® City, XTreme, Imagination Zone, Pirates Cove, LEGO® Club House and DUPLO® Village. Activities abound, where kids can get their own LEGOLAND driver’s license, put out a “blaze” at Fun Town Fire Academy, tame a LEGO-themed dragon coaster or enjoy a pirate live-action, water-stunt show along the shores of Lake Eloise and beautiful botanical gardens.

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The Florida Air Museum at Sun ‘n Fun – Lakeland Aviation history reaches new heights with a rich variety of aircraft and artifacts covering the history of flight. Step back in time with an extensive collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia including rare artifacts such as models of the “Spruce Goose” and some of Hughes’ personal flight suits, medals and trophies.

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Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright came to Lakeland in 1938 to create a “great educational temple” in Florida. He designed 18 structures for Florida Southern College to resemble buildings rising “out of the ground … and into the sun.” Twelve structures were built and you can admire them on a guided tour or free walking tour.

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If you are looking for fun things to do that are certain to please kids of all ages and are great vacation activities, check out these ideas! Visitors can do them all at any time of the year. Museums Aren’t Just for Viewing. Parents can enjoy watching their children experience art in an interactive way at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Pg. 14

Ride an Airboat. Feel your adrenaline flow as you skim across the surface of marshes and lakes. Outdoor guides help you spot gators and other Florida wildlife! Pg. 23

Includes an interactive nature center featuring exhibits and a trail bordering Lake Hancock. Pg. 37

Cycling for All. Whether your family looks for easy trails or more challenging terrain, the area offers something for everyone. Pg. 28

Delectable Delights. See genuine

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Florida citrus candy being made. The kids can shop for their favorite vacation keepsakes at Davidson’s of Dundee. Pg. 15

a more beautiful place on earth for a family picnic than Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. The kids can enjoy feeding the swans and squirrels in this natural Florida setting. Pg. 12

Play in Barnett Park. A kid-friendly park with an interactive water fountain and climbing elements. Soft surfaces for those occasional stumbles. Pg. 14

Family Movie Night at a Drive-In. Take a trip back in time and see a first-run movie in one of the last authentic drive-ins in the country. Pg. 68

Hike the Trek Ten Trails. Visit the featured trails in Polk County and enjoy great places for geocaching. Pg. 39 Explore Explorations V. A fun learning center with three floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits. Pg. 14 Delicious Dining. Family friendly dining with lots of kids-eat-free options are found all around Polk County. Pg. 40-45 8

Visit Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Be Adventurous. Take the kids on an early morning, hot air balloon ride at Fantasy of Flight. (40” height minimum) Pg. 29 Saddle Up. Experience an authentic dude ranch at Westgate River Ranch where the whole family can ride horses or see a rodeo on Saturday night. Pg. 38

Back to the Future. Celebrate the early life and times of a Central Florida county in a hands-on children’s area in a 1908 historic courthouse at the Polk County Historical Museum. Pg. 14

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Make the first stop of your family-friendly Central Florida vacation to ...

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VACATION GUIDE Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau www.VisitCentralFlorida.org 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823 800-828-7655, 863-551-4750 FAX 863-551-4740

Polk County Sports Marketing www.CentralFloridaSports.com

101 Adventure Court, Davenport, FL 33837 (Hwy 27, ½ mile south of I-4, exit 55)

800-828-7655 or 863-420-2586, Fax 863-420-2593

Learn about all that Central Florida has to offer, and allow our friendly staff to assist with lodging, attractions, tee times for local golf courses, restaurants and shopping.

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• Try your hand on the putting green. • Visit Discovery Dock to find out about

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Visitor Center open 9 – 6 daily.

With so much to do in the area, you can’t miss this opportunity to learn about everything here in Polk County.

Every effort has been made to provide an accurate comprehensive guide to our area. However, phone numbers, hours and prices are subject to change without notice. The omission of any business does not imply a negative judgment or quality rating, nor does the listing of a business imply recommendation or assurance of quality. The official Vacation Guide for the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau is designed and published by: CNP – Clark/Nikdel/Powell 62 Fourth St., NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-299-9980 Copyright 2011. All rights reserved; reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without written permission of the publisher. Photo Credit: All photos presented in this guide are either the property of the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau or the Bureau has been given exclusive rights for use in this guide.

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iscover family fun in Central Florida’s Polk County. In this place of contrasts, you can enjoy world-class attractions, float above the Florida wilderness in a hot air balloon, skim across alligator-inhabited waters on an airboat, have a picnic in a serene garden and cruise through a chain of lakes. Visit world-class museums, art galleries and even experience exciting performances at historic theatres. Whether you’re an art or nature lover, history buff or wild adventurer, you’ll have plenty to see and do in Central Florida’s Polk County.

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LEGOLAND® Florida – Winter Haven

Opening October 2011 LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre, family-themed park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. The largest LEGOLAND Park in the world features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions; plus restaurants, shopping and beautiful botanical gardens. LEGOLAND® Florida is located 45 minutes from Orlando and downtown Tampa. Check website for days and hours. $$$$ See ad inside front cover One LEGOLAND Way (The former site of Cypress Gardens) (I-4, exit 55. Take U.S. Hwy. 27 S. Turn right on S.R. 540, 4 mi. on left.) 877-350-LEGO (5346) www.LEGOLAND.com Map grid F-7

Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales

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Inspiring visitors with Olmsted gardens, majestic belltower with daily 1 and 3 p.m. carillon concerts and Pinewood Mansion. Café, gift shop. National Historic Landmark. Open daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.) $$ See ad page 17 1151 Tower Blvd. (I-4, exit 55 and proceed S. on Hwy. 27 for 23 mi. Follow signs.) 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org Map grid G-7

Fantasy of Flight – Polk City

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More than 40 vintage aircraft, flight simulators, interactive exhibits, Fun with Flight center for families. Tours offered inside a real working restoration shop, and a daily aerial demonstration gives guests a rare opportunity to see vintage planes in flight (weather permitting). Gift shop and restaurant. Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas). $$$ 1400 Broadway Blvd., S.E. (I-4 exit 44. Take 559 N. Left at the light and follow the signs.) 863-984-3500, www.fantasyofflight.com Map grid D-5


The largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, twelve buildings and the water dome are located on the Florida Southern College campus. Visitor Center featuring drawings, photos and furniture is open Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free self-guided walking tours daily. Guided tour 11 a.m. Mon.,Wed., Fri. $$. In-depth guided tour 1 p.m. Mon.,Wed., Fri. $$$. 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. (I-4, exit 32. Take Hwy. 98 S. Becomes S.R. 37/ S. Florida Ave., turn left on MacDonald, to campus.) 863-680-4444 www.flsouthern.edu Map grid C-6

Learn about one of Florida’s industries at the Florida Natural Growers Grove House. Exhibits feature nutrition, horticulture and history of the state’s official fruit. Don’t miss the video tour and see how juice is squeezed. Open Oct. - May: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Seasonal - Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free See ad page 17 20160 U.S. Hwy. 27, (I-4 exit 55. Take 27 S. 25 mi. On right before Hwy. 60.), 863-679-4110, 800-237-7805, x 4110 www.floridasnatural.com Map grid G-7

Cow Camp at Lake Kissimmee State Park - Lake Wales

Enter the year 1876, where you’ll find a cow hunter talking about his life in a living history demonstration. View scrub cattle brought here by the Spanish in the 1500s. Cow Camp open weekends Oct. - April and all major holidays year round. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Park open 7 a.m. - sunset daily. Park admission fee $5 per vehicle (2 to 8 persons). 14248 Camp Mack Rd. (Boy Scout Rd. N. off Hwy. 60, E. of Lake Wales. Right onto Camp Mack Rd.), 863-696-1112 www.floridastateparks.org/lakekissimmee Map grid I-7

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The Florida Air Museum – Lakeland at Sun ‘n Fun – Lakeland

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Polk County Historical Museum – Bartow

Housed in a 1908 courthouse, this museum showcases the history of Polk County. Galleries rotate exhibits every two months. Includes a gift shop and children’s gallery. Open Tue. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Closed holidays. Free 100 E. Main St., (Corner of Main St. and Broadway Ave. in downtown Bartow) 863-534-4386, 800-780-5346, ext. 4386, www.polkcountymuseum.org Map grid E-8

Homeland Heritage Park – Homeland

This unique park is home to several original structures from 19th-century pioneer life in Florida, including an 1800s farmhouse, school and church. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. by appointment only. Free 249 Church Ave. (From Hwy. 60 take Hwy. 17 S. toward Ft. Meade, take a right onto Hwy. 640 and turn left on Azalea.), 863-534-3766 www.Polk-County.net (Click Visitors, Things To Do, Homeland Heritage Park.) Map grid D-9

Spook Hill – Lake Wales

The mystery of Spook Hill has fascinated thousands from around the world. Cars parked at the bottom of the hill defy gravity and seem to roll uphill. Free (In Lake Wales, from S.R. 17 turn east onto J.A. Wiltshire), 863-676-3445, www.lakewaleschamber.com Map grid G-7

Polk Museum of Art – Lakeland

Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center (The Depot) – Lake Wales

Featuring a gallery of pre-Columbian artifacts, an outdoor sculpture garden and galleries of rotating exhibits. Open Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 - 5 p.m. (June - Aug. Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) $$ 800 E. Palmetto St. (I-4 exit 32. Go S. on Hwy. 98, becomes S.R. 37/S. Florida Ave. Turn left onto Walnut. Turn right onto Lake Morton Dr. Turn right onto Palmetto.) 863-688-7743, www.polkmuseumofart.org Map grid C-6

Explorations V Children’s Museum – Lakeland

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Featuring permanent exhibits from Lake Wales history, its industries, a railroad layout and caboose as well as seasonal displays. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free 325 S. Scenic Hwy. (Hwy. 27 to Central Ave. in Lake Wales. Turn right on Scenic Hwy. 17.) 863-678-4209 www.cityoflakewales.com/depot Map grid G-7

The Lake Wales Arts Center – Lake Wales

Housed in an old Spanish mission-style church building, providing top-notch musical performances, educational programs, a fun arts camp, tours, lectures, classes, art exhibitions and an impressive annual art show. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free See ad page 17 1099 S.R. 60 E. (E. on Hwy. 60, two miles east of Lake Wales, left on 11th St.) 863-676-8426 www.lakewalesartscouncil.org Map grid G-7

AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame – Polk City

Hollis Garden – Lakeland

A formal garden gifted to the city of Lakeland by the Hollis family. Home to more than 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs, shade trees and a Grand Staircase. Open Tues. - Sun. 10 a.m. - dusk. Free Home to Barnett Park, kid-friendly play area with picnic pavillions. Barnett Park open daily. Free 702 E. Orange St. (I-4, exit 32. Take Hwy. 98 S. Becomes S.R. 37/ S. Florida Ave., turn left on Orange St.) 863-834-2280 www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/hollisgarden.html Map grid C-6

Featuring more than 35 vintage, sport and military aircraft, home of the Howard Hughes Aviation collection and Florida Aviation History wall among others. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. $$ See ad page 19 4175 Medulla Rd. (I-4, exit 25, S. on County Line Rd. 4.5 mi. Left on W. Pipkin Rd. to Medulla. Left on Medulla to entrance.) 863-644-2431 www.floridaairmuseum.org Map grid B-7

Experience hands-on, fun-filled adventure in learning on three floors of kid-powered exhibits and programs. Open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $ 109 N. Kentucky Ave. (I-4, exit 32, S. on Hwy. 98. Continue on S. Florida Ave. Take a left on Pine. Take a right on Kentucky Ave.) 863-687-3869 www.explorationsv.com Map grid C-6 Hollis Garden

Visitors can spend a nostalgic afternoon traveling back in time to see how pioneers innovated and changed the sport. You will see and touch such artifacts as the first water skis, constructed in 1922 by the sports founding father, Ralph Samuelson, of Lake Pepin, Minnesota. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $ 1251 Holy Cow Rd. (I-4, exit 44, N. on 559, right on 557-A, left on Holy Cow Rd.) 863-324-2472 www.waterskihalloffame.com Map grid E-4


An extensive collection of fossils, phosphate industry gallery, old photographs and memorabilia from the town of Mulberry. Open Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free 101 S.E. First St. (On Hwy. 37, one block S. of Hwy. 60 in Mulberry.) 863-425-2823 www.mulberrychamber.org/attractions Map grid C-8

L.B. Brown House Museum – Bartow

Lawrence B. Brown, a former slave and self-taught master carpenter, built this house, now on the National Register of Historic Places, in 1892. By appointment only. Call Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free 470 Second Ave. (E. Main St. in downtown Bartow, turn S. on Second Ave., 2 blocks on the left.) 863-534-0100, www.lbbrown.com Map grid E-8

Ridge Island Groves –Haines City

Come out and pick your own fruit! “Grove Tours” are available at this open-to-the-public packing house specializing in fresh Florida citrus. Open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Oct.-May. Free 6000 Polk City Rd (I-4, exit 55, Hwy. 27 S. approx. 7 miles, right on Old Polk City Rd. 3.8 miles) 863-422-0333, 800-493-7374, www.ridgeislandgroves.com Map grid F-5

O’Hara Restorations, Inc. – Frostproof

Historic Dundee Depot Museum – Dundee

This depot was the first on the Haines City to Sebring line of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Climb aboard a 1968 red caboose. Open Thurs. and Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free 102 Main St. (On 542, one mi. E. of Hwy. 27.) 863-419-3145 Map grid G-6

Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library – Bartow

Tucked away in a 1908 courthouse in historic Bartow is one of the largest historical and genealogical research libraries in the Southeastern U.S. Open Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free 100 E. Main St. (Corner of Broadway Ave. and Main St.) 863-534-4380, www.pclc.lib.fl.us Map grid E-8

Davidson of Dundee – Dundee

Webb’s Citrus Candy Factory – Davenport

Watch the making of fudge, citrus candy, peanut brittle, hand-dipped chocolate and many other delights. Open daily 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. See ad page 62

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Auburndale Speedway – Winter Haven

See racing most Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Feb.- Nov. Special events in Dec. and Jan. Also go-carts race the second and fourth Fridays. 5640 S.R. 542 W. (Take 655 S. off Hwy. 92. Turn W. on 542; speedway on left.) 863-551-1131, www.auburndaleracing.com Map grid E-6

Florida Skydiving Center – Lake Wales

Where tandem skydiving is the fastest and easiest way to experience free-fall. Call for appointment. 440 S. Airport Rd. (Off Hwy. 60 W. of Lake Wales to Airport Rd.) 863-678-1003, Map grid G-8

Jump Florida Skydiving – Lake Wales

Take a walk down memory lane and see classic and antique cars along with nostalgia and many other antique items. See the Royal Enfield Line of MCs and the current restorations. Free Admission. Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Weekends by appointment. 10 S. Scenic Hwy., (S.R. 17 in Frostproof) 863-635-9008 www.ohararestorations.com Map grid H-9

Fort Meade Historical Museum – Fort Meade Housed in Fort Meade’s first school building, the museum features an extensive collection of area artifacts, a wooden wagon, historic train and an original trolley-car replica. Open Tues. - Thur. & Sat. 10 a.m. - noon. Free 1 N. Tecumseh Ave. (From U.S. 17 turn W. on Broadway Ave. to Tecumseh Ave.) 863-285-7474 Map grid E-9 Bartow Air Base Museum – Bartow

Citrus Candy, Jelly and Marmalade Factory. Take a free tour and watch candies, chocolates, marmalades, jellies and coconut patties being made. Visit our Citrus Fruit Packing House next door. Davidson’s was featured on the Food Network. Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free 28421 U.S. Hwy. 27 (I-4, exit 55, Hwy. 27 S., approx. 17 mi. on left-hand side.) 863-439-2284, 800-654-0647, www.davidsonofdundee.com Map grid G-6

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Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Mulberry

Memorabilia from WWII, when this complex was the Bartow Army Air Field. And from 1951-1961, when a flight school training cadets for military service was operating. Open daily 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free Bartow Municipal Airport and Industrial Park (U.S. 17 just north of Bartow) 863-533-1195, www.bartow-airport.com/museum Map grid E-7

Located at Chalet Suzanne Country Inn. Tandem skydiving jumpers have a fabulous, full view of the scenery during the freefall. Call for appointment. 4000 Chalet Suzanne Dr. (4 miles N. of Lake Wales on Chalet Suzanne Rd. between U.S. Hwy 27 and Scenic 17.) 888-313-5867, 941-228-2647 www.JumpFloridaSkydiving.com Map grid G-7

Preston Aviation – Winter Haven

Scenic biplane rides and tail wheel instruction in the WWII Stearman biplane. Fly over the beautiful lakes of Polk County. Rides are catered to you. Helmet, goggles, leather jacket and white scarf provided. Open Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mondays by appointment) 1855 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. at Winter Haven Airport (Between Lake Alfred and Auburndale) 863-956-2526 www.PrestonAviation.net Map grid E-6

Waldo Wright’s Flying Service at Fantasy of Flight – Polk City

The nation’s largest vintage biplane ride company, Waldo’s offers open-cockpit flights at Fantasy of Flight. Passengers can enjoy vintage biplane rides in a four-passenger 1930 New Standard or a more “hands-on” experience as they actually fly WWII Boeing Stearman. Open Oct. - Aug. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. (Closed Mon. June - Aug.) 1400 Broadway Blvd., S.E. (I-4, exit 44, take 559 N., left at light.) 863-873-1339, www.waldowrights.com Map grid D-5

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The Hall of Fame includes memorabilia from some of Florida’s biggest sports stars, including legendary NASCAR drivers Bobby and Donnie Allison, National Hot Rod Association legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, golfer Doug Sanders and more. Open Tues. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Lake Myrtle Sports Park, 905 Lake Myrtle Park Drive (From I-4, exit 44, take C.R. 559 S., turn right onto C.R. 559-A, turn left onto C.R. 655/Berkley Rd. Turn right at Lake Myrtle Park Dr.) 863-551-4750, www.floridasportshalloffame.com Map grid D-6

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Lakeland Community Theatre – Lakeland

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Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts – Lakeland

This historic movie house is the site for numerous murdermystery dinners, music series, gospel sing and holiday Festival of Trees. Call or visit website for further information. 15 E. Wall St. (From S.R. 17/Scenic Hwy. in Frostproof, turn east onto Wall St.) 863-635-7222, www.RamonTheater.com Map grid H-9

Polk State College – Winter Haven

Theatre Winter Haven – Winter Haven

Polk State College presents an array of musical, theater and artistic performances and shows throughout the year. 999 Ave. H N.E. (From downtown Winter Haven, take 542 E., left at Lake Elbert Dr.) 863-297-1050, www.polk.edu Map grid F-6

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Bartow Art Guild – Bartow

Haines City Community Theater – Haines City

Polk County’s only professional dance company and training school. Presenting four major performances each year. 305 W. Main St., 863-802-0399 www.floridadancetheatre.org Map grid C-6

Art classes, special workshops and children’s summer art classes, plus the exciting “Bloomin’ Arts Festival” in March. 1240 E. Main St., 863-534-1877 www.BartowArtGuild.com Map grid E-8

Florida Dance Theatre – Lakeland

Polk Theatre, Inc. – Lakeland

Imperial Symphony Orchestra – Lakeland

Five masterwork concerts, performed in the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center. One free outdoor pops concert in Lakeland. 863-688-3743, Mail: P.O. Box 2623, www.imperialsymphony.org Map grid C-6

The Lakeland Center – Lakeland

A beautiful facility offering a full variety of concerts, shows, sporting events, and Broadway and entertainment series. Hours vary according to activity. 701 W. Lime St. (I-4, exit 31, Kathleen Rd., right on Sikes Blvd., right on Lime St.) See ad page 19 863-834-8100, Box Office 863-834-8111, www.thelakelandcenter.com Map grid C-6

Lake Wales Little Theatre – Lake Wales

A non-profit organization, providing high-quality entertainment for the community. Call or visit their website for further information. 411 N. Third St. (Scenic Hwy. (S.R. 17) in Lake Wales, east on E. Seminole Ave. 1 block down turn left on Third St.), 863-676-1266, www.lwlt.org Map grid G-7

Frostproof Art League & Gallery – Frostproof A non-profit organization offering classes and displays of members’ art. Florida and other landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, portraits and floral paintings. Open Tues. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free 12 E. Wall St. (At the intersection of Scenic Hwy./ S.R. 17 and Wall St. in Downtown Frostproof.) 863-635-7271 Map grid H-9 Lakeland Art Guild – Lakeland

Located in downtown Lakeland, this restored historic vaudeville/movie palace shows films on weekends and features a live Performing Arts Series each year. Office: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Movies: Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. 139 S. Florida Ave. (I-4, exit 32 S. Take Hwy. 98 S. Becomes S.R. 37/S. Florida Ave.) 863-682-7553, www.polktheatre.org Map grid C-6

Southeastern University – Lakeland

Southeastern University has expanded their performance arts season with offerings varying from concerts to Broadway shows, operas and plays. 1000 Longfellow Blvd. (From Hwy. 98 S. of Lakeland, turn E. on Crystal Lake Dr. Make a left on Longfellow Blvd.) 863-667-5000, 800-500-8760, www.seuniversity.edu Map grid D-6 Catch a family movie at Lakeside Village

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Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Theatre Winter Haven has been called “one of the best community theaters in America.” 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (Hwy. 540), 863-299-2672, www.theatrewinterhaven.com Map grid F-7

Annual series of outstanding presentations in art, music, theatre and dance in Branscomb Auditorium. Oct. - April. Season tickets or individual events. (I-4, exit 32. Take Hwy. 98 S. Becomes S.R. 37/S. Florida Ave., turn left on MacDonald, to Campus.)111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. 863-680-4296, www.flsouthern.edu Map grid C-6

Celebrating their 31st anniversary, this community-based amateur theater group offers seasonal performances in the historic Clay Cut Centre. 801 Ledwith Ave. (In Haines City take Hwy. 17-92 turning S. on 10th St., right on Ledwith Ave.) 863-421-1893, www.hainescitytheater.com Map grid G-5

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Ramon Theater – Frostproof

In its 25th year, presentations include five main-stage productions, two children’s theatre productions and children’s classes. 121 S. Lake Ave. (In Lakeland on Lake Ave. between Main St. and Orange St.) 863-603-7529, www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com Map grid C-6

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Two annual art shows: Juried Show at Melvin Gallery on the Florida Southern College campus in Spring, Member Show in Nov. in Glass Lounge of the Lake Mirror Center. Monthly art programs. 863-646-8264 Map grid C-6

Ridge Art Association – Winter Haven

A competition gallery, which stimulates appreciation of the fine arts. Open one hour prior to Theatre Winter Haven performances. Open Mon. - Fri. 12:30 - 4 p.m. Free 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. (Hwy. 540), 863-291-5661, www.ridgeart.org Map grid F-7


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fun adventures

Downtown Celebrations

Our downtowns are alive with activity offering something for everyone in the family. Enjoy the many opportunities each month to get out and enjoy our great weather and friendly folks.

1st Friday

3rd saturday

Lakeland’s “First Friday” event has a

different theme each month. Classic cars, food, live music and, of course, shopping. – 6 -9 p.m. 863-513-3669, www.downtownlakelandfl.com

Winter Haven’s “Pickin’ in the Park”

brings local musicians together for a great time of music in Central Park – 6:30-8 p.m. (Sept. - May) 863-291-5656, www.MyWinterHaven.com

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Davenport roars with a Cruise In Car Show for enthusiasts of all ages, with music of the 50’s and 60’s. Hwy. 17/92 and Bay Street 4 - 8 p.m. 863-419-3300 www.MyDavenport.org Bartow’s Antique Fair offers unique and one-of-a-

kind items that you won’t want to leave without. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 863-519-0508, www.mainstreetbartow.com

saturday

Lake Wales opens the streets for antiques, art and oddities – Between Stuart and Park Ave.

8 a.m.-2 p.m. (Held second Sat. in March) 863-604-2800

Winter Haven streets rumble with Car Cruisin’ – Downtown Central Park 4- 9 p.m. (not held in Dec.) 863-291-5656

More

Bike Nite in Downtown Winter Haven – Get

2nd saturday

3 RD Friday Bartow’s Friday Fest is a neighborhood street

party that brings live music, kids’ games, food and lots of fun in the downtown streets. 6 -9 p.m. 863-519-0508 (Not held in Dec.) www.mainstreetbartow.com

Fun...places to play. Common Ground 863-834-2233 Playground 1000 E. Edgewood Dr. Lakeland www.Lakelandgov.net/parkrec An inclusive play experience with non-traditional play areas. Children of varying abilities and disabilities can play together side by side.

Lake Eva Park Backyard Adventures

863-665-9876 3111 U.S. Hwy. 98 S., #130, 33803 Lakeland www.backyardadventuresfl.com A secure indoor interactive play and party center for kids of all ages. Socks required in jump arena.

The Family Fun Center

4825 S. Florida Ave., 33813 www.thefamilyfuncenter.com

863-644-1728 Lakeland

18-hole adventure golf, laser tag, more than 100 games and Funtasia, a 4-story maze of tunnels, tubes, slides and obstacles.

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863-421-3700 555 Ledwith Ave. Haines City www.ci.haines-city.fl.us Family Fun playground with seasonal Aquatic Center.

Sunflower Preschool Playground 863-834-2280

at Barnett Family Park Lakeland 730 E. Orange St. www.Lakelandgov.net/parkrec

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your motors running as downtown becomes a showcase for motorcycle enthusiasts. Enjoy great live music and vendors in this family-friendly atmosphere. 4 - 9 p.m. 863-291-5656 www.MyWinterHaven.com/leisure

3RD sUNday Haines City Music in the Park

2 - 8 p.m. at Lake Eva Park, 555 Ledwith Ave. 863-421-3700 www.ci.haines-city.fl.us

4TH saturday Lake Wales Car Show with custom, classic, antique and cars of particular interest. 4-8 p.m. Stuart Ave. downtown 863-207-3402 www.lakewalesmainstreet.com


Welcome to ... LakeLand

The Florida Air Museum®

Florida’s official aviation museum, interprets Florida’s aviation history. Home of the Howard Hughes Collection and Florida Aviation Hall of Fame. More than 35 unique airplanes. 

The Lakeland Center The Center of Entertainment in Polk County! For A Full Schedule of Events: www.thelakelandcenter.com

Open: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat, 12pm-4pm Sun

Lakeland has small-town community spirit coupled with big-city excitement and amenities. Our historic and revitalized Downtown features a popular antiques district, Munn Park and Lake Mirror Park Promenade with Hollis Garden. These landmarks are joined by a thriving assortment of shops, museums, art galleries, restaurants, delis and cafes.

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The Lakeland Center Box Office 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815

4175 Medulla Rd. Lakeland, FL 33811

863-644-2431 www.floridaairmuseum.org

863-834-8111

24-Hour Ticketing Available! Ticketmaster.com 800-745-3000

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outdoors

Outdoor Fun Water Recreation • Fishing • Cycling • Adventure Sports Golf • Spectator Sports • Parks

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outdoors

Some of our most popular attractions took 4 million years to build!

The Club at Eaglebrooke

Jake’s takes

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elcome to the land of unmatched natural beauty and Old Florida charm …

Central Florida’s Polk County. We invite you to explore our beautiful parks, rivers, lakes and nature areas by motorboat, airboat, hiking trail or cycling path. Fish and hunt in our bountiful waters and lands. Accelerate your adrenaline rush with our extreme sports. Central Florida’s Polk County brims with adventure and nature – perfect outdoor fun for the young and the young at heart.

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Fun on the water

Fun on the

water

It's a watersports paradise.

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ith 554 lakes, Central Florida’s Polk County is a water-sports paradise. Year-round warm, sunshine-filled days provide abundant opportunities for boating, nature cruises and water-skiing.

Airboating or swamp buggy rides, anyone? Explore our watery wilderness on an airboat ride, and you’ll experience a Florida that few ever see. The fast, powerful boats at Alligator Cove Excursions, Camp Mack’s River Resort, Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours, Gator Country Airboat Tours, Mild to Wild Airboat & Nature Tours or Westgate River Ranch Resort can take you into shallow areas not accessible by any other means. You’ll see the REAL Florida, up close and personal. Westgate River Ranch Resort also offers swamp buggy rides for

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another option for the close-up nature encounter.

Boating, cruising and water-skiing Public boat ramps and boat rental outfitters make it easy to get on the water. Rent a boat and explore our waterways, or hop aboard a nature cruise and let the captain do the work. Southland Scenic Water Tours and Memory Makin’ Guides offer pontoon tours of Crooked Lake, Lake Kissimmee and the Kissimmee River chain. You can relax on a sunset

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cruise of Lake Pierce at the Florida Leadership Training Center. If you’ve always wanted to learn to water-ski, several area schools will teach you the basics. If you’re experienced, come here to train with the best. Visit the Water Ski Hall of Fame and Museum and learn the history of the sport.


Fun on the water

Jake’s takes

I really want to go to water-ski school.

Want to know more? Visit Polk Outpost 27, Central Florida’s Official Visitor Information Center. In the gift shop purchase a waterproof Lakes Map that details access to our lakes.

BOAT RENTALS

WATER SKI SCHOOLS

Camp Mack’s River Resort (Pontoons) Lake Wales, 863-696-1108, www.campmack.com Florida Leadership Training Center (Canoes, Kayaks) Haines City, 863-439-7332, www.flaltc.org Grape Hammock Fish Camp Lake Wales, 863-692-1500 www.grapehammock.com

(Motorboats)

Jennings Resort (Rowboats, Motorboats) Lake Wales, 863-439-3811 www.jenningsresort.com Lake Juliana Boating & Lodging Auburndale, 863-984-1144 www.lakejuliana.tripod.com

(Rowboats)

Marine Supply (Pontoons) Winter Haven, 863-293-1156, 877-364-2921 www.marinesupplyboats.com Oak Harbor (Canoes, Kayaks, Motorboats) Haines City, 863-289-6662 (Summer) or 877-956-1341 (Winter), www.oakharbor-rv.com

Barefoot Etc. Winter Haven, 863-299-3613 www.barefoot-etc.com

Southland Scenic Water Tours Lake Wales, 863-638-2295

AIRBOAT TOURS

Briscoe’s Ride Center Winter Haven, 863-521-1076 www.thewakeboardcoach.com

Alligator Cove Excursions Lake Wales, 863-696-0406 www.alligatorcoveairboatnaturetours.com

Fluid Ski & Sports Polk City, 863-412-7547 www.SkiFluid.com

Alligators Unlimited with Mild to Wild Airboat & Nature Tours Lake Wales, 863-696-0313 www.mildtowildairboattours.com

Lucky Lowe Ski School Lake Alfred, 863-326-0092 www.luckylowe.com

Camp Mack’s River Resort Lake Wales, 863-696-1108 www.campmack.com

Ron Scarpa Watersports Winter Haven, 863-299-7094 www.ronscarpa.com

Captain Fred’s Airboat Nature Tours Lake Wales, 863-696-1637 www.captfreds.com

World Barefoot Center Winter Haven, 863-877-0039 www.worldbarefootcenter.com

PONTOON BOAT CRUISES

Off the Wall Adventures (Kayaks) Lakeland, 863-709-9253 www.OfftheWallAdventures.com

Florida Leadership Training Center Haines City, 863-439-7332, ext. 6329, www.flaltc.org

Westgate River Ranch Resort Marina (Pontoons) 863-692-1321 ext. 7, 863-692-2909 www.wgriverranch.com

Memory Makin’ Guides Lake Wales, 800-749-2278 www.memorymakinguides.com

Gator Country Airboat Tours at Grape Hammock Fish Camp Lake Wales, 863-692-1500 www.grapehammock.com Westgate River Ranch Resort Marina River Ranch, 863-692-1321 x7 or 863-692-2909 www.wgriverranch.com

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fishing fun

Fishing

Fun

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he “Largemouth Bass Capital of the World” welcomes you!

Our more than 550 freshwater lakes, scenic rivers and man-made water features are home to bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish and sunshine bass. From the 16 canalconnected Winter Haven “Chain of Lakes” to the 34,948-acre Lake Kissimmee, to a canoe trip down the beautiful Peace River, the fishing is abundant here in Central Florida’s Polk County. Lakes Mattie and Juliana, located north of Auburndale, abound with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sunshine bass. Lake Kissimmee, known throughout the south for its bass, also produces large catches of black crappies. Connected to the northwest end of Lake Kissimmee by a canal, the 6,000acre Lake Hatchineha produces good catches of largemouth bass and bluegill. Its cypress-rimmed shoreline provides nesting areas for numerous ospreys, anhingas and other wildlife. Five thousand acres of deep, clear water with a public boat ramp await you at Crooked Lake, six miles south of Lake Wales. Lake Weohyakapka, better known as Lake Walk-inWater, yields nice catches of black crappie and largemouth bass and is located four miles south of S.R. 60 between River Ranch Resort and Lake Wales. A scenic river for canoe fishing trips, the Peace River flows from Polk County to Charlotte County.

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fishing fun

Insider Tips When fishing with a plastic worm, be versatile. Jump it, float it, drag it or swim it. Keep the fish guessing.

FISHING GUIDES

BOAT RAMPS

Bill Whiting’s Pro-Bass Guide Service 863-293-8245, 888-414-8245

Ramps are concrete unless otherwise noted. More than 80 boat ramps can be found in the Polk County Lakes Map available for purchase at Polk Outpost 27. 863-420-2586 Alturas Lake Hamilton Lake Garfield (off Hwy. 655A) Lake Hamilton (off Hwy. 27) Surveyor’s Lake (dirt launch, Marshall Edwards Rd.) Lake Marion (Jim Edwards Rd.)

Camp Mack’s River Resort 863-696-1108, 800-243-8013 www.campmack.com Central Florida Bucketmouths 863-661-7226 www.CFBucketmouths.com Memory Makin’ Guides 800-749-2278 www.memorymakinguides.com Natural High Adventures 863-660-5428 www.naturalhighadventures.net Professional Fishing Guide Service 863-860-6320 Ray Frenette Pro Guide Service 863-696-1843, 866-829-7973 www.FloridaHawgBass.com Southern Outdoorsman 863-528-2898, 888-692-2208 www.bassfishingguide.com Westgate River Ranch Resort Marina 863-692-1321 ext. 7 or 863-692-2909 www.wgriverranch.com

Auburndale Lake Mariana (Oakview Ave.)

Lake Wales Coleman Landing (S.R. 60) Lake Rosalie Park (S.R. 60) Lake Wailes (Lake Shore Blvd.)

Bartow Heritage Peace River Landing

Lakeland Banana Lake (5002 Tillery Rd.) Crystal Lake (2500 N. Crystal Lake Dr.) Lake Deeson (5305 Wood Circle East) Lake Gibson (4901 Lake Gibson Park) Lake Parker Eastside (Lake Parker Dr.) Saddle Creek Park (3716 Morgan Combee Rd.)

(3301 Homeland Garfield Rd.)

Peace River Canoe Launch (dirt launch off S.R. 60 East)

Dundee Lake Annie

(dirt launch off Hwy. 17A, Campbell Rd.) Lake Pierce (off Timberline Rd.)

Frostproof Lake Arbuckle Park (Lake Arbuckle Rd.) Lake Livingston (Lake Livingston Rd.) Lake Walk-in-Water

(Lake Walk-in-Water Rd. to Boat Landing Rd.)

Haines City Lake Confusion

(dirt launch, Kentucky St., N. of Hwy. 92) Lake Eva (off Hwy. 17-92) Port Hatchineha (Port Hatchineha Rd.)

Lake Alfred Lake Rochelle (off Hwy. 17-92) Lake Haines (off Hwy. 17-92)

Polk City Lake Agnes (333 Bridges Rd.) Lake Tennessee (off Hwy. 559A Old Berkley Rd.) Mudd Lake (oyster shell launch off S.R. 33) Winter Haven Lake Blue North (natural shell launch, Lake Blue Dr.) Lake Cannon (Lake Cannon Dr.) Lake Hartridge Park (20th Street N.W. off Hwy. 544) Lake Jessie (Lake Jessie Dr.) Lake Roy (S. Lake Roy Dr.) Lake Sears (100 Lake Sears Dr.) Lake Shipp – W.G. Roe Park (2403 7th Street S.W.) Lake Summitt (Lake Summit Dr.)

LICENSE TO FISH Unless you are fishing with a cane pole, a fishing license is required to fish in our lakes and streams. You may purchase one at any local WalMart, marina or bait & tackle shop. Or call the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission at 888-FISH-FLO. www.MyFWC.com www.VisitCentralFlorida.organized for fun

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Cottage Rentals/Camping

Fishing Guide

Pool

Gas

Bait & Tackle

Cottage Rentals/Camping C = Cottage P = Camping Wireless Internet F = Free C = Charge

Slip Rental

Camps

RV Hookup

Fish

Restaurant on Site

Bank fishing at Lake Kissimmee State Park

Boat Rental

Jake’s takes

The Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, a chain of 16 canal-connected lakes, produces some of the most consistent catches of largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie in the region. Several public boat ramps are located throughout the chain.

Wireless Internet

Fishing fun

Saddle Creek, a fish management area is located off US Hwy. 92, between Auburndale and Lakeland and the Tenoroc Fish Management Area, located northeast of Lakeland just off I-4, feature several fish-filled lakes created by phosphate mining. Various pits are designed for specific uses including fly-fishing, fishing teams and bank fishing.

Auburndale Fish Haven Lodge Mobile Home & RV Park – Lake Juliana

Seriously, I caught a fish!

201 Fish Haven Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823 863-984-1183, 888-984-1183, Fax 863-984-1183

Lake Juliana Boating and Lodge – Lake Juliana

600 Lundy Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823 863-984-1144, Fax 863-984-1144, lakejuliana.tripod.com

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Haines City Bannon Fish Camp – Lake Marion

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7970 Bannon Fish Camp Rd., Haines City, FL 33844 863-422-1223

Lake Wales Bud’s RV Park & Marina – Tiger Lake • • • 1700 Tiger Lake Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-696-2274

Camp Lester – Between Lake Kissimmee & Lake Hatchineha F ` • • •

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Camp Mack River Resort

Located on the Kissimmee River, Heart of Big Bass Country, R.V. Campground, full hookups with 50 amp, clubhouse, heated pool, cabin rentals, airboat tours, boat rentals and fishing guides.

Camp Mack’s River Resort Lake Kissimmee & Lake Hatchinea

ADS PGS 26, 60

14900 Camp Mack Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-696-1108, 800-243-8013, Fax 863-696-1500 www.campmack.com

Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak Inc. – Lake Pierce F 3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-439-2031, Fax 863-439-1861 www.cherrypocket.com Grape Hammock Fish Camp – Lake Kissimmee

1400 Grape Hammock Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-692-1500, Fax 863-692-0213 www.grapehammock.com

14900 Camp Mack Rd. Lake Wales, Fl 33898

800-243-8013 863-696-1108 www.campmack.com

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Thomas Landing RV and Fish Camp Ltd. Co. – Lake Kissimmee 3952 Sam Keen Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-692-1121, Fax 863-692-1853, www.thomaslanding.org

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hunting/shooting

Hunting /Shooting Insider Tips

Ranges

Westgate River Ranch offers an expansive range with both skeet and trap opportunities. All equipment is available there, so give it a “shot” and see how you do.

HUNTING Avon Park Air Force Range:

12 miles outside Avon Park, off S.R. 64, East. 863-452-4254, www.avonparkafr.com

Dream Lakes of Florida:

Guided quail hunting and trophy alligator hunts on private land. Bartow 863-640-7783, www.DreamLakesFlorida.com

Green Swamp: Off Hwy. 98 north of Lakeland, access on Rock Ridge Rd. and S.R. 471. 863-648-3203, www.myfwc.com Lake Wales Ridge State Forest: Outside Frostproof, main entrance on Lake Arbuckle Rd. 863-635-7801, www.myfwc.com

SHOOTING RANGES Saddle Creek Gun Range:

Polk County offers several locations allowing seasonal hunting for deer, turkey, wild boar or small game. Call 888-HUNT-FLORIDA for hunting licenses and information. Please note that a Wildlife Management Area Permit, in addition to a Hunting License, is usually required to take or attempt to take wildlife on any wildlife management area or environmental area.

Trap and skeet shooting The sport of trap and skeet shooting allows for an adrenaline-pumping recreational and competitive activity for the whole family. As clay disks fly through the air at high speeds, shooting from a specific distance gives you all the feel of hunting without harming any creatures.

Test your marksmanship at an indoor or outdoor range. Gun rentals are available for use at some locations.

3716 Morgan Combee Rd., Lakeland (Outdoor Range) 863-499-2613 Hours: Wed., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shoot Straight Lakeland:

230 N. Lake Parker Ave., Lakeland (Indoor Pistol & Rifle Ranges) 863-937-8021 www.shootstraightlakeland.com Gun rental available. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tenoroc Shooting Sports and Training:

(Outdoor Range) 3755 Tenoroc Mine Rd., Lakeland Gun rental available. 863-666-2500 Hours: Mon., Thurs, Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tim’s Guns & Range: (Indoor Range)

3761 Recker Hwy., Winter Haven (Gun rental available) 863-295-9463 Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Westgate River Ranch Resort:

Trap and skeet shooting only. River Ranch, off Hwy. 60. 863-692-1321, ext. 40016, www.wgriverranch.com Hours: Fri. 12-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. with 24-hour notice.

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cycling

Fort Fraser Trail near Bartow

Fun on two wheels

Insider Tips Want to know more? Call 1-800-828-7655 to request a copy of the

Central Florida Cycling Guide

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ften called the “Cycling Capital of Florida,” Polk County’s bike routes lead through historic downtowns, fragrant orange groves, cool forests and cozy communities. Lakes and parks offer easy riding and restful vistas, while the hills and valleys in the southeastern part of the county provide more challenging terrain. The Van Fleet State Trail, one of Florida’s most rural rails-to-trails, is a 29.2-mile paved multi-use trail with a trailhead in Polk City. Walkers, roller-bladers and horseback riders are common sights along this trail.

The Fort Fraser Trail, another multiuse trail, runs 7.75 miles between Lakeland and Bartow. Lakeland’s seven-mile Loyce Harpe Park Trail, features a mountain biking course. The TECO Auburndale Trail is a 5.5-mile paved multi-use trail with an abundance of wildlife. The Chain of Lakes Trail is 3.2 miles of paved trails beginning in the downtown Winter Haven area.

Some of the area’s trails begin or end in historic downtown areas – perfect for a little culinary or retail therapy after an invigorating ride.

Bike Rentals Florida Leadership Training Center 5000 Firetower Road, Haines City 863-439-7332, x 6329, www.flaltc.org LeRoy’s Bikeworks 6935 South Carter Road, Lakeland 863-937-9028, www.LeroysBikeworks.com Hybrid, mountain and recumbent bicycles. Bike racks also available.

CYCLING TRAILS Chain of Lakes Trail Ave. E, NW, Downtown Winter Haven to Hwy. 17-92 in Lake Alfred, 863-291-5656 www.mywinterhaven.com/cs/ leisure_activities 3.2-mile paved multi-use trail Fort Fraser Trail Bartow to Lakeland, 863-534-4340 7.75-mile paved multi-use trail off U.S.98 S. Lake Kissimmee State Park 14248 Camp Mack Rd., Lake Wales, 33853 863-696-1112, www.floridastateparks.org 13 miles of paved and unpaved trails. Fee for park entry. Loyce Harpe Park Trail 500 W. Carter Rd., Lakeland, 863-534-4340, 7-mile mountain biking loop TECO Auburndale Trail Denton Ave., just west of Berkley Rd. to Post Rd., Auburndale, 863-965-5545 5.5-mile paved multi-use trail VanFleet State Trail S.R. 33 & C.R. 665 in Polk City, 352-516-7384 www.floridagreenwaysandtrails.com 29.2-mile paved multi-use trail

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Extreme sports

AERIAL Fantasy of Flight: Biplane rides and

hot air balloon rides. Polk City, 863-984-3500, www.fantasyofflight.com

Florida Skydiving Center: Tandem skydiving. Lake Wales, 863-678-1003 Jump Florida Skydiving:

Tandem skydiving. Lake Wales, 888-313-5867, 941-228-2647 www.JumpFloridaSkydiving.com

Extreme

Fun

High-flying fun

Preston Aviation:

Biplane rides. Winter Haven, 863-956-2526, www.PrestonAviation.net

Skydive of Tampa Bay:

If your sense of adventure includes extreme high-flying activities, then Polk County offers some of the best sky-high fun you can imagine! Try a tandem jump with an experienced skydiver, or board a vintage biplane and take the controls as the pilot guides you in your very own barnstorming adventure. Stroll the treetops in a hot air balloon and glide across the beautiful central Florida skies. No matter what your extreme level is, your high-flying adventure starts here! Adrenaline junkies will find plenty of thrill-seeking adventures in Central Florida’s Polk County. Fly, skydive, race, glide or float – you’ll satisfy your craving for adventure here. Soar like an eagle at Wallaby Ranch in Davenport. Along with a trained pilot, you and your hang glider will be towed into the air and then released. Take part in a tandem jump at Jump Florida Skydiving in Lake Wales. You’ll fall about 13,500 feet at 120 mph. Book a hot air balloon flight or biplane ride at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City.

Insider Tips Ready to ride? Rent a Harley at:

Harley-Davidson/Buell of Lakeland

4202 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland 863-802-1971, www.hdlakeland.com

Tandem & skydiving instruction. 7498 Coronet Rd., Mulberry 863-425-3140, www.skydivetampa.com

Wallaby Ranch: Hang gliding.

1805 Deen Still Rd., Davenport 863-424-0070, www.wallaby.com

RACING Auburndale Speedway:

Sat. 7 p.m.-midnight (Feb.-Nov.) Winter Haven, 863-551-1131 www.auburndaleracing.com

SKATE PARKS Auburndale Skate Park: Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, 863-965-5545 Kiwanis Park: 1000 N. Lake Shore Dr., Lake Wales 863-678-4182

Mary Holland Skate Park:

2015 Shumate Dr., Bartow, 863-534-0120

Rotary Park Skate Park:

350 6th St. NE, Winter Haven 863-291-5656

MULTI-SPORT Action Paintball:

Paintball sports complex with three scenario fields. Equipment available for rent or purchase. 1751 7th Street, S.W., Winter Haven 863-224-6915 www.Action-paintball.us

Off The Wall Adventures:

Paintball, Rock Climbing, Batting Cages, Volleyball, Kayak Rentals. 2055 Shepherd Rd., Lakeland 863-709-9253 www.offthewalladventures.com www.VisitCentralFlorida.organized for fun

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Golfing

Fun

Want to know more? Call 1-800-828-7655 to request a copy of Golf Central Florida

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ith near-perfect weather and a collection Southe rn Dune s Golf & of golf courses designed by some of the biggest names Countr y Club in course architecture, it’s no surprise that Central Florida’s Polk County is a popular destination for amateur and pro golfers alike. Play a rolling course with more than 100 feet in elevation changes one day, then navigate your ball through picturesque wetlands the next. Drive it straight and narrow down oak and palm-lined fairways in the morning, and play golf the way it was born at a Scottish links-style layout in the afternoon. You could play a round every day for an entire month and still not play every hole. 30

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Historic courses include Cleveland Heights in Lakeland, Bartow Golf Course and Lekarica Hills near Lake Wales. Courses designed by today’s top architects include Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club and Diamondback Golf Club near Haines City, Ridgewood Lakes near Davenport, and Huntington Hills and The Club at Eaglebrooke near Lakeland.

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Insider Tips Allow enough time between games to enjoy dining at one of the fine golf course restaurants.


P = Public SP = Semi-Private

863-666-8442

900 S. Hampton Blvd.

• 18 SP 126 59.4 • • •

863-533-9183

150 Idlewood Ave.

• 18 P 126 69.8 • • •

863-424-3153 863-420-1724 863-424-0093 863-424-3341 863-420-2652 863-424-8688

42749 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. 500 Highlands Reserve Blvd. 525 Polo Park E. Blvd. 1744 Challenger Ave. 1518 Clubhouse Blvd. 200 Eagle Ridge Dr.

863-635-2676

6603 U.S. Hwy. 27

863-421-0437 863-421-4653 863-427-7150 863-439-4958 863-422-7511

6501 S.R. 544 E. 2888 Southern Dunes Blvd. 404 Village Dr. 50 Sun Air Blvd. E. 3200 S.R. 546

15 Indian Lake Estates Golf & Country Club 16 LAKE ALFRED

863-692-1514

95 Red Grange Blvd.

16 Cypress Greens Golf & Tennis Community

863-956-4179

1000 Cypress Creek Blvd.

863-326-1032 863-679-9478 863-676-8558

4141 Ashton Club Dr. 1650 South Highland Park Dr. 3301 Old Wailes Rd.

Auburndale 11 The Hamptons Golf Club bartow 22 Bartow Golf Course davenport/disney area 3 4 5 6 77 8

Deer Creek RV Golf Resort Highlands Reserve Golf Club Polo Park East Polo Park Golf Course Providence Golf & Country Club Ridgewood Lakes Golf & Country Club

frostproof 9 9 Lily Lake Golf Resort haines city 10 10 Diamondback Golf Club 11 Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club 12 Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita, Poinciana 14 Sun Air Resort & Country Club 13 14 Westgate Grenelefe Golf Resort Indian lake

LAKE WALES 17

Lake Ashton Golf Club

18 Lekarica Hills Golf Club 19 Oakwood Golf Club LAKELAND

• 18 P 102 58.7 • • • 18 P 118 72.1 • • • 9 P 97 58.2 • • 9 SP • • 18 SP 131 73.3 • • • 18 SP 140 73.3 • •

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• 9 SP 102 61.8 • 18 SP 131 73.1 • • 18 P 135 74.7 • • 36 SP 139 73.3 • • 18 SP 129 72.6 • • 36 SP 139 73.8 •

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• 9 P • 36 SP 126 70.2 • • • • 18 P 124 69.3 • • • 18 P 132 73 • • •

863-859-6871

10,000 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

22 Bramble Ridge Golf Course 21

863-667-1988

2505 Bramble Ridge Dr.

22 Cleveland Heights Golf Course 24 Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club 23

863-834-2377

2900 Buckingham Ave.

863-859-3689

2626 Duff Rd.

24 Sandpiper Golf & Country Club 24

863-859-5461

6001 Sandpiper Dr.

25 Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club 25 26 Skyview Golf & Country Club 26

863-666-1623 863-665-4008

4500 Hwy. 92 E. 1100 Skyview Blvd.

27 The Club at Eaglebrooke

863-701-0101

1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd.

28 The Golf Club at BridgeWater 28

863-682-3000

6200 S.R. 33 N.

29 Wedgewood Golf & Country Club 29

863-858-4451

401 Carpenters Way

30 YMCA Par 3 - The Home of the First Tee of Lakeland 30

863-577-0236

1740 George Jenkins Blvd.

• 36 SP 102 59.0 • • • • 27 SP 125 69.7 • • • 27 SP 123 70.9 • • • • 18 SP 128 71.7 • • • • 18 P 123 70.1 • • 18 SP 129 70.7 • • • • 18 P 112 66.3 • • • • 18 SP 138 74.4 • • • • 18 SP 145 73.0 • • • • 18 SP 122 70.0 • • • 9 P • •

863-425-1153

6 Country Club Ln.

• 18 SP 133 73.2 • • •

863-692-1321

3200 River Ranch Blvd.

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31 ImperialLakes Golf and Racquet Club 31 RIVER RANCH 32 Westgate River Ranch Resort WINTER HAVEN 34 Cypresswood Golf & Country Club 33

863-324-6174

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1099 Clubhouse Rd.

35 Lake Bess Country Club 34

863-326-9171

218 Golf Aire Blvd.

36 Willowbrook Golf Course 35

863-291-5899

4200 S.R. 544 E.

• 27 SP 123 70.1 • • •

20 Big Cypress Golf & Country Club

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Detroit Tigers:

Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland 863-686-8075 www.detroittigers.com

SPECTATOR FUN

GET IN THE GAME

Spectator

Fun

Lakeland Flying Tigers:

Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland 863-686-8075 www.lakelandflyingtigers.com

Aspire Higher Volleyball SuperCenter:

at Best Western Park View Hotel, 5661 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven www.ahvsupercenter.com

Atlanta Braves:

ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium, Kissimmee, 407-939-GAME www.atlantabraves.com

Jake’s takes

Houston Astros:

Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee 321-697-3200 www.astros.com

New York Yankees:

Steinbrenner Field, Tampa 813-875-7753 www.yankees.com

Orlando Magic:

Amway Arena, Orlando 407-89-MAGIC www.orlandomagic.com

Orlando Predators: Amway Arena, Orlando 407-447-7337 www.orlandopredators.com Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa 813-879-2827 www.buccaneers.com

Tampa Bay Rays:

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg 813-228-7157 888-326-7297 www.raysbaseball.com

Tampa Bay Lightning:

St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa 813-301-6600 www.tampabaylightning.com

Tampa Bay Storm:

St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa 813-301-6600 www.tampabaystorm.com

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entral Florida’s Polk County offers a world-class staging and training environment for virtually every type of sporting event or activity. The Detroit Tigers have gone to bat for Spring Training here since 1934 and have been playing in Joker Marchant Stadium since 1966. The Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers play here AprilAugust in the Florida State League.

Sports Events Central Known as the Destination of Champions, Polk County is recognized nationally as a leader in the sports field with USA Water Ski, Florida Youth Soccer Association, Independent Softball Association and Florida State Soccer Association all based here. For more information log on to: www.centralfloridasports.com

Watched a Tigers ball game.

Make us your home base for a Spring Training vacation. Spring Training baseball games take place all over Central Florida including the Atlanta Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, the Houston Astros at the Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee and the New York Yankees at Legends Field in Tampa – all a short drive from Polk County. Other big-name teams have their homes nearby including the Buccaneers (NFL) and the Lightning (NHL) in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) in St. Petersburg and the Magic (NBA) in Orlando. Catch an arena football game played by the Orlando Predators or Tampa Bay Storm. You’ll be front and center for all the big games.

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Back-to-Nature C

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entral Florida’s Polk County is home to some of the bestpreserved nature areas in Florida.

Gopher Tortoise

Bird enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Florida to add birds to their official “life lists.” Popular hiking areas include Lake Kissimmee State Park, the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Green Swamp, Tiger Creek Preserve, Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area and Circle B-Bar Reserve.

Reserve Circle B-Bar

Want to know more? Call 1-800-828-7655 to request a copy of Celebrate Nature

Hiking and Nature viewing in Central Florida Central Florida’s Polk County offers some of the most diverse terrain for hiking in the state. From wideopen fields to rugged oak and pine forests, it’s important to be ready for the many adventures you’ll encounter. Before you start, put on some insect repellant and maybe even wear a hat. Make certain you have comfortable shoes, water, a map of the area and your camera. Many of our trails are perfect for shorter hikes and even a few for those looking for an endurance trek. No matter what you choose, you are certain to find rare plants and wildlife, so keep that camera handy! 34

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Nature Preserve Areas

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Symbols:

= Hiking

= Bird Watching

= Boat Ramp

= Cycling

= Primitive Camping

Alafia River Reserve

Hardwood hammock trail with natural walkways to Alafia River

Directions: From Mulberry, take S.R. 60 west to Turner Road (2.75 miles). Turn left onto Turner Road, follow to Y. Stay left on North Turner Road. Turn left onto Indian Oak Boulevard and turn right on Indian Oak Drive. N 27° 54.486 W 082° 02.477 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid B-8

Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek State Preserve

Insider Tips

Wide sandy trails great for birding

Directions: From S.R. 17 in the Lake Hamilton area, turn east on Lake Hatchineha Road. After four miles, turn south on Firetower Road. N 27° 59.031 W 081° 29.815 Contact: 863-696-1112, www.floridastateparks.org. Map grid H-6

While hiking in Lake Kissimmee State Park, there’s a good chance you’ll spot one of more than 50 species of endangered, threatened or rare animals along the 13 miles of trails.

Avon Park Air Force Range

(Access may be limited, depending on military activity. Call for status.)

Directions: In Avon Park from U.S. 27, turn east on C.R. 64 and follow for 10 miles until it dead ends. Contact: 863-452-4119 or 863-452-4254, www.avonparkafr.com. Map grid K-10

Babson Park Nature Center & Caloosa Nature Trail Ridge Audubon Center

Nature trails winding through a desert-like ecosystem

Directions: From US 27, go east on CR 640 and continue south on S.R. 17 for two miles. N27° 50.507’ W081° 32.043’ Contact: 863-638-1355, www.ridgeaudubon.org. Map grid G-8

Catfish Creek

Boat access only by Lake Hatchineha. Contact: 800-250-4250, www.sfwmd.gov. Map grid I-6

Circle B-Bar Reserve

Walk the shoreline of Lake Hancock and along the marsh trails to enjoy abundant wildlife viewing opportunities. Picnic facilities available along entrance road. Visit Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, 863-668-4673. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Address: 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803 Directions: Centrally located between Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven, the site entrance is on south side of S.R. 540 (Winter Lake Road) between U.S. 98 and Thornhill Road. Park open daily. N 27° 59.400 W 081° 51.483 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid D-7

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covery Center Polk’s Nature Dis


Alligators are an important part of Florida’s heritage. A good understanding of these fascinating creatures will ensure that you can observe these reptiles while preserving their vital role in Florida’s ecology. See a gator in his natural habitat! Take an airboat tour in the Lake Wales area or observe them from the shore of Lake Hancock at Circle B Bar Reserve. Despite their fearsome appearance, alligators are generally wary of people Male alligators can grow up to 14 feet long Alligators breed in early spring, and babies break out of their shells in August - September. Gators’ diets include fish, turtles, birds and small mammals Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn

Feeding alligators is illegal (and dangerous too) Polk’s Nature Discovery Center

on the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland features indoor and outdoor classrooms and exhibits providing a wonderful opportunity to discover Polk County’s water, wilderness and wildlife. Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 p.m. 863-668-4673 4399 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland 33803

Colt Creek State Park

Pine forests, cypress domes and open pasture nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area

Directions: 16 miles north of Lakeland. From U.S 98 north, turn north on S.R. 471 for approximately 3.8 miles. N 28° 17.887 W 082° 02.936 Contact: 863-815-6758, www.floridastateparks.org. Map grid B-3

Crooked Lake Prairie

Hike through pine flatwoods and oak scrub, and enjoy abundant birding

Directions: From U.S. 27 turn east on C.R. 640 south of Lake Wales. Continue south on S.R. 17 through Babson Park, then turn west on Cody Villa Road. N 27° 48.385 W 081° 33.548 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid G-9

BACK TO NATURE

Gator Facts

Crooked Lake Sandhill

Natural walkways among longleaf pines perfect to view native wildlife Directions: From U.S. 27, turn east on C.R. 640. Continue south on S.R. 17 through Babson Park. Turn right onto Hollister Road. The site entrance is located at the intersection of Wes Mann Road and Hollister Road. N 27° 48.846 W 081° 32.870 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid H-9

Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area

Perfect access for canoe or kayak launch to Peace River

Directions: In Fort Meade from U.S. 17, turn east on Broadway Street (U.S. 98) and go over the bridge. The entrance is on the south side of the road. N27° 44.880’ W081° 46.774’ Contact: 863-285-1110, www.cityoffortmeade.com/departments/leisure. Map grid E-9

Gator Creek Reserve

Well-established trails wind through pine and oak forests

Directions: Take U.S. 98 north of Lakeland, proceed one mile past where road changes to two lanes, and the entrance is on the right. N 28° 10.707 W 081° 59.153 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid C-5

Green Swamp East

Five rivers, cycling trails and natural beauty are abundant in this vast preserve

Directions: Take U.S. 98 north of Lakeland. Turn right on Rock Ridge Road. Go ten miles, entrance is on left. N 28° 18.183 W 081° 55.124 Contact: 800-423-1476, www.swfwmd.state.fl.us. Map grid C-3

Hampton Tract

Well-marked equestrian trails and group camping

Directions: Take U.S. 98 north of Lakeland. Turn right on Rock Ridge Road. Go ten miles, entrance is on left. N 28° 15.556 W 081° 57.514 Contact: 800-423-1476, www.swfwmd.state.fl.us. Map grid C-3

Hickory Lake Scrub

Short trails for viewing many rare plants and animals

Directions: From U.S. 27 south of Frostproof, travel northeast on S.R. 17. Entrance is on left. N27° 41.830’ W081° 32.197’ Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid H-10

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Florida Scrub Jay

KICCO Wildlife Management Area

An eight-mile hiking trail borders the Kissimmee River featuring deep oak hammocks

Directions: Near the Polk-Osceola county line, the entrance is on the south side of S.R. 60 off River Ranch Boulevard. N27° 45.603’ W081° 11.462’ Contact: 800-250-4250, www.sfwmd.gov. Map grid K-9

Lake Kissimmee State Park

Hiking and cycling trails wind through the 5,930-acre park with more than 50 species of rare animals

Directions: From S.R. 60 in Lake Wales, turn north on Boy Scout Road, then turn east on Camp Mack Road. N 27° 56.632 W 081° 21.256 Contact: 863-696-1112, www.floridastateparks.org. Map grid I-6

Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area

Hardwood swamps, flatwoods and cypress swamps thrive along with 70 species of birds

Directions: About five miles east of Haines City off C.R. 580 (Cypress Parkway). Call for directions to multiple parking areas that provide access to the property. (multiple parking lots) N 28° 07.288 W 081° 33.695, N28° 07.956’ W081° 32.508’, N 28° 09.448 W 081° 33.922, N 28° 06.979 W 081° 33.150, N 28° 07.037 W 081° 32.511 (Stokes) Contact: 800-250-4250, www.sfwmd.gov. Map grid G-5

Visit Westgate River Ranch to enjoy horseback riding through authentic Florida. 863-692-1321

Lake Rosalie Park

Birders come from all over to add birds to their official “life list.” Just a few of the more than 300 bird species that have been recorded in Polk County are: American Avocet American White Pelican Anhinga Bald Eagle Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Black-Necked Stilt Crested Caracara Eastern Bluebird Florida Scrub-Jay

Limpkin Mottled Duck Pine Warbler Purple Gallinule Roseate Spoonbill Sandhill Crane Snail Kite Swallow-Tailed Kite Wood Stork

Directions: From S.R. 60 east of Lake Wales turn north on Tiger Lake Road, then west on Rosalie Lake Road. N27° 54.822’ W081° 23.485’ Contact: 863-534-4340, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid I-7

Loyce Harpe Park

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest – Arbuckle Tract

Mackay Garden & Lakeside Preserve

Directions: From U.S. 27, turn east on C.R. 630, then south on Lake Reedy Boulevard North. Turn southeast on Lake Arbuckle Road then south on Rucks Dairy Road. Turn southeast on School Bus Road. N 27° 42.493 W 081° 26.760 (Dockery Trail), N 27° 40.781 W 081° 24.995 (Old Cabin Nature Trail) Contact: 863-635-8589, www.fl-dof.com/state_forests/index.html. Map grid I-10

Directions: From U.S. 27, west on U.S. 17/92 , then turn left on Mackay Blvd. N 28° 04.835 W 081° 43.217 Contact: 863-291-5270, www.mylakealfred.com/parks Map grid F-5

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest – Walk-in-Water Tract

Directions: From U.S. 17 east of Homeland, turn east on C.R. 640. Entrance is on the left. N 27° 49.391 W 081° 48.345 Contact: 863-534-4340, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid E-8

Fish, canoe and hike along Lake Reedy.

Home to rare plant species and scrub jays

Directions: From S.R. 60, turn south on Lake-Walk-in-the-Water Road. N 27° 47.009 W 081° 26.862 Contact: 863-635-8589, www.fl-dof.com/state_forests/index.html. Map grid I-9

Lakeland Highlands Scrub

On the Lakeland Ridge where dwarf scrub oaks are abundant

Directions: Off C.R. 540A turn south onto Lakeland Highlands Road. N 27° 56.213 W 081° 55.412 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid D-7

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(formerly known as Carter Road Park)

A true off-road experience with trails, mountain biking and bank fishing. Home to DiOGi Dog Park.

Directions: From SR 37 turn east on West Carter Rd. N27° 55.603’ W081° 57.435’ Contact: 863-534-4340, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid C-7

On the shore of Lake Rochelle in Lake Alfred with nature trails, playground, natural canoe launch and grounds of historic mansion.

Mosaic Peace River Park

A boardwalk takes visitors through mature cypress and oak hammocks

Patterson Park

Paved trail winds around scenic lakes

Jake’s takes

Saw a REAL gator!

Directions: West side of U.S. 17/98 (Charleston Avenue) in historic Fort Meade. N27° 45.629’ W081° 48.095’ Contact: 863-285-1110, www.cityoffortmeade.com/departments/leisure Map grid E-9


BACK TO NATURE

Pine Ridge Nature Preserve – Bok Tower Gardens

SUMICA

Landscape of pine flatwoods dotted with marshes and oak hammocks

Roughly 50 acres of native habitat adjacent to Bok Tower Gardens

Directions: From U.S. 27, turn east on Chalet-Suzanne Road, south on S.R. 17, east on Burns Avenue. N 27° 56.227 W 081° 34.504 Contact: 863-676-1408, www.boktowergardens.org. Map grid G-7

Saddle Creek Park

Boating, fishing and canoeing on more than 500 acres of lakes Directions: From U.S. 92 (East Memorial Boulevard) in Lakeland, turn north on Saddle Creek Park Road. N 28° 03.856 W 081° 52.889 (Nature Trail) Contact: 863-534-4340, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid D-6

Tenoroc Fish Management Area

More than 7,000 acres of lakes full of largemouth bass and other fish Directions: Located northeast of Lakeland just off I-4. Take S.R. 33 south to S.R. 659 South (Combee Road). Turn left on Tenoroc Mine Road. N28° 06.020’ W081° 52.619’ Contact: 863-499-2422, www.MyFWC.com. Map grid D-5

Tiger Creek Preserve – The Nature Conservancy Trails carve through 4,778-acre sanctuary that hosts 15 of the state’s rarest species

Street Audubon Center Lake Region Audubon Society

Short trails and a visitor center welcome guests

Directions: Located ten miles east of Lake Wales on south side of S.R. 60. N 27° 51.420 W 081° 22.526 Contact: 863-534-7377, www.polk-county.net and click on Parks & Recreation. Map grid I-8

Directions: From Winter Haven, travel east on C.R. 540 (Cypress Gardens Boulevard). Turn left onto Cypress Gardens Road, follow the curve, then turn left onto Lameraux Road. N27° 59.739 W081° 40.007 Contact: 863-324-7304, www.lakeregion.net. Map grid F-7

Directions: From U.S. 27 south of Lake Wales, turn east on C.R. 640. Continue southeast on S.R. 17, then turn left on Murray Road, cross the RR tracks and turn left on Pfundstein Road. N 27° 48.478 W 081° 29.543 Contact: 863-635-7506, www.nature.org. Map grid H-9

Upper Hillsborough

Directions: From U.S. 98 north of Lakeland, take C.R. 54 west across RR tracks, entrance is on left. N28° 15.240’ W082° 07.925’ Contact: 800-423-1476, www.swfwmd.state.fl.us. Map grid A-3

Welcome Trekkers

Trek Ten Trails, a program that promotes hiking the more than 125 miles of trails in Polk County, offers a fun and exciting way to enjoy Real Florida. While trekking the trails, enjoy the thrill of geocaching, a fun outdoor adventure sport. For a list of trails and instructions to start your geocache trek, log on to

www.friendsoftheparks.net/TrekTenTrails.

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dining

Local flavors Fine and Fun Dining ... Savor the flavors of Central Florida’s Polk County

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hat are you hungry for? That question is answered easily with the variety of restaurants you’ll find. Unique atmospheres and friendly staff are standard fare.

Lavender & Lace Tea Room

Peebles’ Bar-BQ

Experience great food ranging from slow-roasted barbecue at a family-owned restaurant, fresh fish and gator at a rustic fish camp, to a six-course gourmet meal in a historic dining room. Our quaint downtowns boast a variety of cafes, many with outdoor seating to enjoy the wonderful Central Florida weather. From romantic bistros to kids-eat-free options, dining in Polk County will suit every palate.

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Don’t skip dessert! Delicious desserts are offered at many area restaurants.


Jack’s Diner

1010 N. Scenic Hwy. B,L,D daily (no dinner Sun.)

863-223-2130

Map Grid # H-9

BARTOW Call for hours and pricing. s = Fine Dining * = Local Flavor B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

AUBURNDALE

American Joes

2122 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. L-D daily

863-965-5637

Map Grid # E-6

Auburndale Pizza Company

863-967-5070

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

863-968-0010

BubbaQues’s

863-967-4227

303 Main St. L-D Tue. -Sat.

Map Grid # E-6

Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports! 102 W. Polk St. L,D daily Map Grid # E-6 Great southern BBQ

321 Havendale Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # E-6

Captain’s Kitchen

863-967-0818

Fresh New England seafood

301 Havendale Blvd. L Thur.-Sun., D Thurs.-Sat. Map Grid # E-6

Chamba’s Sandwich Shop

863-967-2454

356-A Havendale Blvd. B,L Mon.-Fri.

Map Grid # E-6

Authentic Cuban cuisine.

Chili’s

863-967-1230

Kazbor’s Grille

863-965-7400

2323 U.S. Highway 92 W. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # E-6

Casual family-friendly grill. 321 Havendale Blvd. L,D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # E-6

New China Restaurant

863-965-2717 314 Havendale Blvd. L,D daily Map Grid # E-6

Peeble’s Bar-BQ *

863-967-3085

Enjoy BBQ on the screened porch with an Old Florida feel. Cash or Check only.

503 Dixie Hwy.

L,D Thur. - Sat. (closed July 4 - Labor Day) Map Grid # D-6

Pizza Connection

863-967-9349

220 E. Lake Ave. L,D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # E-6

Shake Shoppe

863-967-3528

Sandwiches and ice cream. 101 N. Main St. L, D daily Map Grid # E-6

Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ

Airside Bar & Grill

863-519-5484

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

863-534-3111

Menu or buffet (no buffet Sat.). Overlooking the airport runway. 400 W. Bartow Airport B,L daily Map Grid # E-7 Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports! 120 E. VanFleet Dr. L,D daily Map Grid # D-8

Big Belly Burgers

863-533-0044

Catfish Country

863-646-6767

280 S. Wilson Ave. L, D daily

Map Grid # E-8

All-you-can-eat catfish and chicken. 2400 E.F. Griffin Rd. L,D Tue.-Sun. (no lunch Sat.) Map Grid # D-7

Cookie Jar Bakeshop

Homemade lunches, soups, salads and desserts.

863-519-3333

The End Zone

863-420-6569

Grand China Buffet

863-420-2064

42605 Hwy. 27 B,L,D daily

43554 U.S. Hwy 27 L,D daily Hotel Tea Room *

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Map Grid # F-4

863-421-0827

Southern table family-style dinner Tuesdays with advance reservation. Afternoon tea with advance reservation. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri. Steak night every Friday. 301 W. Maple Map Grid # G-4

Kumo Japanese Restaurant

863-420-7779

Mannino’s Pizza

863-424-4222

207 Ambersweet Way L,D daily

Map Grid # F-3

43362 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily (Open 2 p.m. Sun.) Map Grid # F-4

British-style pot pies, scones and snacks.

Fred’s Southern Kitchen

Sake

Menu or buffet – home-style cooking.

863-534-3733

1380 N. Broadway Ave. B,L,D daily (No dinner Sun.) Map Grid # D-8 Palace Pizza 863-533-9300 105 E. Main St. L,D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # E-8

Perkins

863-533-9688

Ruby Tuesday

863-519-9622

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q

863-534-1429

150 E. Van Fleet Dr. B,L,D daily 1710 N. Broadway Ave. L,D daily 595 N. Broadway Ave. L,D daily

Tearoom & Dining at the Stanford Inn B & B

Traditional English high tea and light lunches, eclectic dinners & Sunday brunch.

555 E. Stanford St. L Mon.-Sat., D Thur.-Sat.

Map Grid # E-8 Map Grid # E-8

Map Grid # D-8

863-533-2393 Map Grid # E-8

DISNEY AREA / DAVENPORT

Applebee’s

200 Ambersweet Way L,D daily

863-424-7900 Map Grid # F-3

Sweet Magnolia Tea Bistro

863-965-1684

212 Howard St. L Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # E-6

43700 U.S. Hwy. 27 B,L,D daily

Curly Tails Barbeque

863-422-5100

38219 U.S. Hwy. 27 B,L,D, daily

With an oak tree in the center of the dining area, enjoy authentic Florida barbeque. 330 Old Winter Haven Rd. L,D Mon.-Fri. Map Grid # E-8

863-420-3350 Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports! 45653 U.S. Hwy. 27, Ridgeway Plaza L,D daily Map Grid # F-3

Sandwiches, salads, quiche and desserts.

Dunkin’ Donuts

Map Grid # F-3

863-420-3336 305 E. Main St. B,L Mon.-Fri. Map Grid # E-8 2440 Sand Mine Rd. L,D daily Map Grid # F-3 Cool Shoppe Ice Cream Café 863-533-1365 Perkins 863-424-1823 135 S. Central Ave. L, D daily Map Grid # E-8 43522 U.S. Hwy. 27 B,L,D daily Map Grid # F-4 Curly Tails Barbeque * 863-533-5685 The Proper Pie Company 863-286-9170

Steak night on Saturdays.

Map Grid # E-6

863-420-2001

101 Divine Dr. (at Polo Park) L,D daily

Mia Pizza

863-965-0230

3615 Havendale Blvd. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Diromio’s Pizza & Grill

dining

BABSON PARK

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bob Evans

863-424-1500 Map Grid # F-4

145 Ridge Centre Dr. (Roseberry Plaza, Hwy. 27) Map Grid # F-4 B,L,D Mon.-Fri.; B,L Sat.-Sun.

Sushi and Steak.

2700 Posner Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # F-4

The Shamrock Pub & Grille

863-424-4242

Sunday’s Grill

863-588-2162

Your place for great food, fun entertainment, great times. Weekend soccer when available. 43392 U.S. Hwy. 27 S. L,D daily Map Grid # F-4 English-style fish & chips, full English breakfast.

2414 Sand Mine Rd. at Berry Town Center L,D Mon.-Sat.; D Sun.

Map Grid # F-3

Zen Asian Grill

863-420-9958

4812 Grandview Parkway L,D daily

Melonie’s Café

863-439-5416

The Red Lion Pub & Restaurant

863-439-1700

209 E. Main St. B,L Mon.-Sat., D Thur.-Sat. 29400 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily

863-285-7077

Classic Pizza

863-285-6411

119 W. Broadway St. B,L Mon.-Fri. 403 W. Broadway L,D Mon.-Fri.

863-424-3800

1850 Posner Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # F-4

Cracker Barrel

863-424-8100

Four Seasons

111 Dunson Lane B,L,D daily

Map Grid # F-3

Frostbite

39895 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D, daily

Map Grid # F-4

Sandwiches, salads and soups.

Map Grid # E-9

863-285-9984 802 S. Charleston Ave. B,L Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # E-9 John’s Drive-In & Restaurant 863-285-5202 17 Map Grid # E-9 N. Charleston Ave. B,L,D, daily

CiCi’s Pizza

863-236-3990

Map Grid # E-9

Double RR Café

Map Grid # F-4

Crispers

Map Grid # G-6

Broadway Café

1266 Posner Blvd. B,L,D daily

Country Cookin’.

Map Grid # G-6

FORT MEADE

863-420-4453

Buffet and menu.

Map Grid # F-4

DUNDEE / LAKE HAMILTON

Camille’s Sidewalk Café Breakfast served all day.

863-420-0188

FROSTPROOF 5298 Hwy. 27 B,L,D, Tue.-Sun.

863-635-2951

Map Grid # H-10

863-635-4222

50’s-style soda shop with hamburgers and more. 801 Scenic Hwy. N. L,D daily Map Grid # H-10

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Frostproof Diner & Pizza Box

dining

18 W. Wall St. B,L,D, daily

Frostproof Family Restaurant Country-style cooking.

133 S. Scenic Hwy. B,L,D daily

Orange Box Café

7315 Hwy. 27 B,L,D, daily

863-635-9700

Map Grid # H-10

863-635-6595 Map Grid # H-10

863-635-7927

Map Grid # H-10

Lavender & Lace Tea Room *

863-956-3998

430 N. Lake Shore Way L Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-5

Luigi’s Famous Pizza

863-956-9100

740 S.R. 60 W. 24 hours daily

Map Grid # F-5

Jordan’s Bistro

Enjoy a gourmet lunch in a Victorian tearoom with lake views.

228 S. Lake Shore Way L,D daily

All Star Grill

Casual family-friendly sports grill. 94 Maxcy Plaza Cir. L,D daily

American-style grill and pub in the mall. 823 Eagle Ridge Dr. L,D daily

IHOP

863-678-9826 Map Grid # G-7

863-676-6748 Map Grid # G-8

216 Stuart Ave. L Mon.-Sat., D Thur.-Sat.

LAKE WALES

HAINES CITY

Garfield’s Restaurant

L’Incontro – Italian

863-676-2818

Map Grid # G-7

863-676-7400

863-422-3455

All Star Grill

863-679-9689

35 S.R. 60 W L,D daily

Map Grid # G-8

Map Grid # F-5

2019 S.R. 60 E. L,D daily

Map Grid # G-8

Manny’s Chophouse

210 S.R. 60 W. D daily, L Sun.

863-678-0370

Norby’s Steaks & Seafood *

863-676-0296

Casual family-friendly sports grill.

Map Grid # G-8

863-419-4848

Al’s Place

Big Tony’s Pizza

863-419-8669

1530 N. Scenic Hwy. L Mon.-Sat., D Wed.-Sat. Map Grid # G-7 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 863-679-1975

This quaint little restaurant serves some of the finest steaks ever, cooked over the flaming grill. 2425 S.R. 60 E. D daily Map Grid # G-8

LaFiesta Mexicana

863-422-2200

503 Hamlin St. B,L,D daily

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports. 902 Old Polk City Rd. L,D daily Map Grid # F-5

201 E. Hinson Ave. L,D daily 645 Ingraham Ave. L,D daily

Manny’s Chophouse

35496 U.S. Hwy. 27 D daily; L Sun.

Map Grid # G-5

Map Grid # G-5

863-422-3910

Map Grid # F-5

The R-Place Eatery

863-421-1304

35523 U.S. Hwy. 27 B,L, daily, D Tue.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-5

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q

863-422-1117

T-Bones

863-421-3474

35510 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily

Map Grid # F-5

Home cooking with Fri. fish fry & Saturday dinner buffet.

35620 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily

Seafood and steaks.

Map Grid # F-5

LAKE ALFRED

Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports! 540 W. Central Ave. L,D daily Map Grid # G-7 Perkins

863-676-0991

Bob Evans

863-679-2974

863-676-8325

Chalet Suzanne s

863-676-6011

23269 U.S. Hwy. 27 B,L,D daily

A picnic lunch served in a quaint wooden basket. Dine inside or out. 115 Highway 557A L Tue.-Sat. year-round Map Grid # E-5

Chat-A-Whyle

863-956-1515

185 Lake Shore Way B,L, daily, D Fri.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-5

Fromage Steaks & Subs

863-956-2100

Lake Alfred Café

863-956-3547

Map Grid # G-7

Six-course candlelight dinners or a la carte menu. 3800 Chalet Suzanne Dr. Map Grid # G-7 L, D Tue.-Sun., B Sat.-Sun.

Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak *

Steak and seafood served in a rustic setting overlooking Lake Pierce. 3100 Canal Rd. L,D daily

863-439-2031 Map Grid # G-7

Chili’s

863-676-9500

China Pearl

863-676-7933

Crazy Cuban Café

863-679-3934

23535 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily

The Back Porch at The Barn & Stable * 863-956-2227

Home-style cooking family restaurant.

Featuring a Friday Fish Fry.

863-679-3325

1372 S.R. 60 E. L,D daily Authentic Cuban cuisine.

148 W. Haines Blvd. B,L daily

Romeo’s Italian Restaurant 1303 S.R. 60 D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # G-8

Scuttles *

863-676-7547

Authentic New England seafood.

343 W. Central Ave. L,D Tue.-Sat. Map Grid # G-7 Sizzling Grill 863-676-4898 21400 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily (no lunch Sat.) Map Grid # G-7

Tres Jolie Bistro 863-676-4142 Map Grid # G-7 207 E. Park Ave. L Mon.-Fri.

Map Grid # G-7 Map Grid # G-8

120 E. Park Ave. B,L Mon.-Fri. Map Grid # G-7 Crazy Fish Bar and Grill * 863-676-6361

With a motto, “Why eat frozen,” expect fresh seafood at this local favorite. (Closed Mon. in summer) 5570 Hwy. 17-92 L Mon.-Sat., D Wed. - Fri. Map Grid # F-5 802 Henry St. L,D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # G-8 Gary’s Oyster Bar & Seafood House * Festival Steak & Seafood 863-678-9696 Real Florida oyster bar. 863-956-5055 251 E. Stuart Ave. D Tue.-Sat. Map Grid # G-7 660 E. Alfred Rd. D daily Map Grid # F-5 Friday Fish Fry.

Map Grid # G-8

Chalet Suzann e

Map Grid # F-5

Lang’s Taste of Florida Café * – Lake Alfred

Enjoy family recipes prepared with fresh ingredients and served by a friendly staff. Enjoy homemade soup, fresh salads and entrees, and be sure to leave room for strawberry shortcake or a slice of our famous grapefruit pie that was featured on the Food Network. Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. October through May 5900 U.S. Highway 17-92 W., Lake Alfred From U.S. Hwy. 27 in Haines City, turn west on U.S. Hwy. 17/92, go 4 miles, café on right.) 863-956-1460 www.langsuncountry.com Map grid F-5 The Back Porch at the Barn & Stable

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3750 Lakeside Village Ct.

863-688-6210

132 S. Kentucky Ave. B,L Mon.-Sun.

Map Grid # C-6

3980 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

863-859-7350

Garden Bistro

863-686-3332

Chipotle Mexican Grill

863-248-4371

Ciao Bella - Italian Restaurant

863-859-9075

Cozy Oaks

863-802-8121

Home-style cooking. 1201 E. Orange St. B,L daily Map Grid # C-6

Cracker Barrel

863-853-5405

New American cuisine. Patio dining available.

I-4, Exit 33 B,L,D daily

Map Grid # C-5

L,D daily L,D daily

3434 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

Garden Bistro

Woody’s Bar B-Q

19501 U.S. Hwy. 27 L,D daily

863-678-1844

Map Grid # G-8

5369 N. Socrum Loop Rd. L,D daily

Country Cookin’.

LAKELAND

Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy

863-686-7500

Bay Street Bistro s

863-683-4229

217 N. Kentucky Ave.

211 E. Bay St. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-6

Cuban Delight Café

Authentic flavors of Mexico in a fun, colorful atmosphere. 3700 Lakeside Village Blvd. L,D daily Map Grid # C-6 Innovative menu with continental flavor.

Bd’s Mongolian Grill

1474 Town Center Dr. L,D daily

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

4810 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd. (off US 98 N.) L,D daily

Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro

520 E. Main St. B,L,D Mon.-Sat. (Sun. L only)

863-688-3700

Map Grid # C-6

863-646-7757

Map Grid # C-7

863-853-9464

Map Grid # C-5

863-682-1210 Map Grid # C-6

Bob Evans 3130 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. B,L,D daily

863-688-0039

Map Grid # C-5

6425 S. Florida Ave.

863-647-5280

Bonefish Grill s

863-701-9480

B,L,D daily

Seafood, steaks and more, homemade desserts. 225 W. Pipkin Rd. D daily

Britt’s Café

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Friday nights. 3662 Harden Blvd. B,L Mon.-Sat.

BubbaQue’s

2444 U.S. Hwy 92 E. L,D Daily

Map Grid # C-7

Map Grid # C-7

863-607-9637 Map Grid # C-6

863-665-4049

Map Grid #D-6

Map Grid # C-6 Map Grid # C-5

Map Grid # C-6

Map Grid # D-5

Inside and patio dining overlooking Lake Mirror. Vegetarian & Floribbean.

702 E. Orange St. L Mon.-Sat., B-Sat. Map Grid # C-6 Golden Corral Buffet & Grill 863-619-2220 4532 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily; B Sat. & Sun. Map Grid # C-7

Gosh! Asian Bistro - Sushi

863-701-9818 4742 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily Map Grid # C-7

Grillsmith s

863-688-8844

1569 Town Center Dr. L daily, D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-6

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

863-686-2228

Harry’s plates up a renowned seafood jambalaya and other Cajun-seasoned seafood, plus great desserts. Variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. Map Grid # C-6 1568 Town Center Dr. 863-646-2299 101 N. Kentucky Ave. L,D daily

Crispers L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6

863-682-7708

Hooters

3437 S. Florida Ave.

863-644-8461

863-701-0190

3400 U.S. 98 N.

863-859-7772

863-644-3363

Il Forno - Italian

863-607-6030

863-646-4735

Istanbul Authentic Turkish Cuisine

863-688-5553

863-937-8900 3900 Don Emerson Dr. B, L daily, D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-7

Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q

863-683-3777

Fat Jacks Deli *

863-687-0262

Kazbor’s Grille 863-686-3000 1535 U.S. Hwy. 98, S. L,D Daily

Map Grid #D-6

Fish City Grill

863-683-1243

Ling’s Buffet - Chinese

863-816-8818

1485 Town Center Dr. L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6

Longhorn Steakhouse

863-682-8300

Map Grid # D-5

Louie Mack’s Steakhouse

863-619-6500

Map Grid #C-6

Louis Pappas Café

863-284-1010

L,D daily

1039 East CR 540A L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. Deli Delicacies *

Map Grid # C-6

Map Grid # D-7 L,D daily

Fresh salads and sandwiches with phenomenal desserts. 4110 S. Florida Ave. B,L Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-7

Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop 5327 S. Florida Ave. B,L Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-7

Earhart’s Runway Grill

2940 S. Florida Ave. B,L, daily, D Mon.-Sat.

Seafood and more.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Map Grid # C-6

4660 N. Socrum Loop Rd.

863-853-3183

2641 S. Florida Ave.

863-686-5552

Fred’s Southern Kitchen

863-603-7080

L,D daily

L,D Daily

Menu or buffet – home-style cooking.

L,D daily

2120 Harden Blvd.

3615 S. Florida Ave. L,D Tue.-Sun.

134 S. Kentucky Ave. L daily; D Mon.-Thur. 1215 E. Memorial Blvd. L,D Mon.-Sat.

4947 U.S. Hwy. 98, N. L,D daily 3737 Lakeside Village Blvd. L,D daily 5700 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

Greek and American Café at Lakeside Village. 1318 Town Center Dr. L,D daily

Mario’s Italian Restaurant s

B,L, daily, D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-6

Classic Italian cuisine served in casual elegant atmosphere.

Map Grid # C-6 Map Grid # C-5

Map Grid # C-6

Map Grid #C-6

Map Grid # C-6

Map Grid # C-7 Map Grid # C-6 Map Grid # C-7

Map Grid # C-6

863-688-9616

Buffalo Wild Wings

863-853-7722 Map Grid # C-5

1833 E. Edgewood Dr. L Tue.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-6

Café Roti Indian Restaurant

863-688-2800

Miller’s Ale House

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

863-646-2518

Cedar Creek Seafood

863-668-9300

3750 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. L,D daily 200 Parkview Place L, D Mon.-Sat.

4829 S. Florida Ave. D daily, L Sun.

Seafood and steaks in a Caribbean Island atmosphere.

2064 E. Edgewood Dr.

L Tue.-Fri., Sun.; D Tue.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-6

Champs Sports Bar & Grill

863-647-5900

Chef T’s Garden Grill

863-687-4386

6645 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

1525 East Gary Rd. D Tue.-Sat.

5650 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6 Map Grid # C-7

Map Grid # C-7 Map Grid # C-6

dining

Chili’s Fresco’s Bakery & Bistro 863-683-5267

863-709-9262

Map Grid # C-7

Insider Tips Lunch or dinner at the Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak in Lake Wales is a real old-Florida treat. Feast on fresh seafood, homemade desserts … even gator! 863-439-2031

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dining

Mimi’s Café

863-686-6477

Mister Fish

863-688-4280

715 E. Palmetto St. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-6 Ruby’s in The Avenue Hotel

Home-style comfort food. 3770 Lakeside Village Ct. B,L,D daily Map Grid # C-6 Carry out dinner and sandwiches.

Mitchell’s Coffeehouse

863-680-2944

Gourmet coffees along with salads and deli sandwiches. 235 N. Kentucky Ave. B,L,D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-6

Moe’s Southwest Grill

1326 Town Center Dr. L,D daily

Mojo’s Wings, Burgers & Beer 1853 E. Memorial Blvd. L,D, Daily

Mt. Fuji Japanese Steakhouse 2607 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

863-616-9700 Map Grid # C-6

863-583-9119 Map Grid #D-6

863- 688-2288

Map Grid # C-6

Oktoberfest German Cafe

863- 687-4661

Olive Garden Italian

863-858-3876

1747 E. Edgewood Dr. L Tue.-Fri.; D Tue.-Sat. 3911 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. L,D daily

Outback Steakhouse

Map Grid # C-6 Map Grid # C-5

5255 S. Florida Ave.

863-648-1019

4208 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

863-858-9468

Map Grid # C-7

L,D daily (no lunch Sat.) D daily (lunch served on Sun.)

Map Grid # C-5

Rib Crib

863-709-9090

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

863-686-8135

4960 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily 1340 Lakeside Village Cr. L,D daily Home-style southern meals.

Ruby Tuesday

863-701-7829

3635 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily, Sunday Brunch Map Grid # C-6

Shane’s Rib Shack – Barbeque

863-686-7427

Silver Ring Café

863-687-3283

106 N. Tennessee Ave. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-6

Great Cuban sandwiches. A local favorite.

L,D daily

5910 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

863- 688-0045 Map Grid # C-6

L,D Mon.-Sat.

5235 U.S. Hwy. 98 S.

863-709-8683

L,D daily

Map Grid # D-7

Map Grid # C-7

T.G.I. Friday’s

863-859-9930

4204 N. U.S. Hwy. 98 L,D daily

Map Grid # C-5

734 E. Memorial Blvd.

863-686-6958

5720 S. Florida Ave.

114 S. Kentucky Ave.

Map Grid # C-5

863-646-2990

863-648-1480

5295 S. Florida Ave. L,D Mon.-Sat.

863- 619-5919 Tapatios Map Grid # C-7 Restaurante Mexicano

Palace Pizza – Italian

L,D daily (closed Mon.)

6645 S. Florida Ave. L,D daily

Map Grid # C-7

Map Grid # C-6

863-646-2199

Map Grid # C-7

863-688-0800

863-701-9404

Terrace Hotel provides a stunning view of the city. 329 E. Main St. B,L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6

4159 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

863-858-5100

Texas Cattle Company *

863-686-1434

B,L,D daily B,L,D daily

Purple Onion Deli/Grill

316 N. Kentucky Ave. L Mon.-Sat.

Red Door Wine Market

850 S. Tennessee Ave. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Map Grid # C-7 Map Grid # C-5

863-688-5590 Map Grid # C-6

863-937-9314 Map Grid #C-6

Mouth-watering steaks, chicken and lobster. 735 E. Main St. D daily

Tijuana Flats

4796 S. Florida Ave. L,D Daily

Map Grid # C-6

863-937-9155 Map Grid #C-7

Red Elephant Pizza & Grill

863-937-9141

Red Lobster - Seafood

863-815-0774

Carol’s Cafe

863-869-9155

863-686-6661

Carter’s Barbeque

863-425-1983

Grits & Stuff Café

863-425-5080

211 N.W. 1st Ave. B Mon.-Sat.; L Mon.-Fri.

Map Grid # C-8

5216 S. Florida Ave. L, D Daily

3706 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. L,D daily Reececliff Restaurant *

Map Grid #C-7

Map Grid # C-5

Established in 1934, serving home-style cooking and homemade pies ever since. 940 S. Florida Ave. B,L daily, D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # C-6

MULBERRY

113 W. Badcock Blvd. B,L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Fri. Map Grid #C-8 709 E. Canal St. L,D Tue.-Sat.

Buffet and Menu selections.

Map Grid # C-8

POLK CITY

Compass Rose Diner at Fantasy of Flight

863-984-3500

1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E. L daily

Map Grid # D-5

Open to the public 11 a.m. - 3 p.m; no admission fee required.

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Map Grid # E-6

Andrea’s Family Restaurant

863-299-4564

1498 Havendale Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # E-6

Angler’s

863-875-5759

1151 Havendale Blvd. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # E-6

Greek and American cuisine.

Family-friendly sports grill with Daytona Wings, fish, steaks & more.

Applebee’s 863-294-7777 201 Cypress Gdns. Blvd. L,D daily

Arabellas s

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Map Grid F-7

863-293-1797

Map Grid F-7

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

863-293-9464

Bistro Pizza

863-875-4894

Brock’s Smoke Hut

863-326-9640

4200 Dundee Rd. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-6

Bronco’s Tex-Mex

863-299-5612

Café Latte

863-318-8777

200 Orchid Springs Dr. B,L Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-6

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

863-293-6635

Chili’s

863-299-9555

Classic Homestyle Buffet

863-293-7295

Crispers

863-401-8899

Dunkin Donuts

863-297-9100

Where friends and family enjoy good food and sports! 300 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. L,D daily Map Grid # F-7 Amazing pizzas from wood burning oven. Plus other Italian specialties. 326 W. Central Ave. L,D Mon.-Fri., D Sat. Map Grid # F-6 Outside seating.

Terrace Grille s

This five-star upscale restaurant in the Panera Bread

4208 S. Florida Ave.

863-299-7030

Casual family-friendly sports grill.

863-815-8870

Sumo Japanese Sushi House

863- 853-1316

L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6

All Star Grill

Authentic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere overlooking Central Park. 3901 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. L,D daily Map Grid # C-5 346 W. Central Ave. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # F-6 Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q 3611 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-853-8283 Azteca D‘Oro – Mexican 863-295-9080

Smokey Bones

6120 U.S. Hwy 98 N.

Map Grid # C-5

863-646-5731 Map Grid # C-6

Palace Italian Restaurant Where friends and family enjoy great food. L,D daily

Map Grid # C-6

3405 S. Florida Ave. B daily, D Mon.-Fri.

1529 Town Center Dr. L,D daily

WINTER HAVEN

Map Grid # C-7

371 Third St. N.W. L,D daily Organic salads and wraps.

910 Third St., S.W. D daily, L Sun. 699 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily 2775 Lake Alfred Rd. (Hwy.17) L,D daily 416 Citi Centre St. L,D daily Plus ice cream, bagels and sandwiches. 1578 3rd St. S.W. 24 hours daily

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1925 Sixth St. N.W. L,D daily

El Norteno - Mexican

863-298-0993 Map Grid # F-6

El Olivo Mexican

863-293-5885

223 W. Central Ave. L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-6


875 First St. S.W. L,D daily

863-295-7740 Map Grid # F-6

Somewhere Sports Café

863-324-7524

Manny’s Chophouse

863-293-0069

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q

863-293-4744

Southeast Eatery

863-326-1110 863-292-9706

My Natures Delight Café  

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863-318-8778

Organic raw vegan cafe with soups, salads & wraps, entrees, desserts, smoothies & more. Wheat & gluten free.

863-514-5382

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

863-401-3991

399 Cypress Gardens Blvd. B,L Mon.-Sat.

Floridino’s Italian Kitchen 1919 6th St. N.W. L,D daily

Map Grid # F-6 Map Grid # F-7

863-293-0077

Map Grid # F-6

5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily 4600 Recker Hwy. L,D daily

3378 Cypress Gardens Rd. B,L Daily

3015 Cypress Gardens Rd.

Map Grid # F-7

Sugar Bakery & Sandwiches

Olive Garden – Italian

863-294-6641

B,L,D Mon.-Fri.; B,L Sat.; L Sun.   

405 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # F-7

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

863-291-0295

Outback Steakhouse

863-295-9800

620 3rd St. S.W. L,D daily

170 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E.

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Cuban-American cuisine and Cuban-style coffee. 104 W. Central Ave. B,L Mon.-Sat.

Tanner’s Pub *

Relax in a pub with a great atmosphere and authentic English and American cuisine.

Tijuana Flats - Mexican

5935 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

863-595-1190

D daily, L Sun.-Fri.

1551 3rd St. S.W. B,L,D daily, (no D Sun.)

Map Grid # F-6

Perkins

863-875-0620

Giovanni’s NY Pizza

863-324-9100

Ray and Fran’s Restaurant

863-297-5923

842 Sixth St. N.W. B,L daily, D Thur.-Fri.

Map Grid # F-6

Red Lobster Seafood

863-294-8844

Richard’s Fine Coffees

863-291-3082

Royal Asian Fusion

863-293-6888

6959 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # F-7

Grape Expectations Fine Wine

863-318-8800

5535 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid #F-7

Gourmet sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Harry’s Old Place *

Florida seafood with special emphasis on fresh fish. Casual dining overlooking Lake Ned. 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd.

863-324-0301

Amish-style cooking.

230 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. L,D daily

330 Ave. A N.W. B,L daily, D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-7 L,Tue.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. (Dinner, Sun. Jan. through mid-May)

Hot Shots – Sports Bar & Grill

863-294-4851

Hurricane Grill and Wings

863-324-5157

1300 3rd St., N.W. L,D daily

6005 Cypress Gardens Blvd. B,L,D daily

Map Grid # F-6

Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine. 844 Sixth St. N.W. L,D daily

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Woody’s Bar B-Que

863-297-5330

Woody’s Bar B-Que Express

863-324-1632

1088 Havendale Blvd., N.W. L,D daily 6980 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

5654 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

863-875-1752 Map Grid # F-7

IHOP

863-326-1772

Schack’s Bar B-Que

863-324-1537

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Jake’s takes

Saltwater Steak & Seafood

3000 Cypress Gardens Rd. B,L,D daily

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863-269-8400

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863-324-3262

1150 Third St. S.W. B,L daily, D Fri.-Sat.

I amsterdam Panini Café

1915 Cypress Gardens Blvd. B,L,D daily

863-294-7220

863-294-4451

Breakfast buffet Fri.-Sun.

Map Grid # F-7 L,D daily, Sun. brunch

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Winter Haven Diner in Days Inn

Map Grid # F-7

5937 Cypress Gardens Blvd. B,L,D Mon.-Sat.

Map Grid # F-7

863-293-2395

317 W. Central Ave. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

863-324-6300

6370 Cypress Gardens Blvd. L,D daily

Map Grid # E-6

Tsunami Sushi

Ruby Tuesday

5995 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

Map Grid # F-7

325 W. Central Ave. L Mon.-Thur., D Mon.-Sat. Map Grid # F-6

Fred’s Southern Kitchen

Menu or buffet – southern home-style cooking.

Map Grid # F-6

863-294-3397

1100 Third St. S.W. L,D Sun., D Mon.-Sat.

353 3rd. St, N.W. L Mon.-Sat.

863-299-2863

Fourth St. N.W. B,L Mon.-Sat., D Fri.

Mama Dilos Deli

93 First St. S.W. L Mon.-Sat.

Elmo & Linda’s Magical Dining

Scores Family Sports Café

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here’s no shortage of places to shop in Central Florida’s Polk County. In our historic downtowns, you can meander through local boutiques offering designer fashions, handmade jewelry and crafts, unique gifts and collectibles, home furnishings and antiques. Mall shoppers also have a variety of options. Many retail centers have movie theaters to entertain the kids while parents shop. Indulge yourself! Lakeside Village

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Satisfy your craving for shopping and dining all in one place at The Barn, Stable and Back Porch Tearoom in Lake Alfred. Now in its fourth decade, this shopping mecca has grown into one of Florida’s most popular destinations for quality antiques, quaint and sophisticated items for the home and a sunny dining location for hungry shoppers. (Lake Alfred pg. 47)


Auburndale

lake Alfred

Casual Chic – Boutique

Women’s boutique with unique accessories and personal signature elements. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 108 Main St. 863-551-9100 Map Grid E-6 International Market World – Flea Markets More than 800 vendors, most under cover. Open Fri. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1052 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. 863-665-0062 Map Grid D-6 Sweet Magnolia Tea Bistro – Gifts Antiques and collectibles with a quaint tea room. Open Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 212 Howard St. 863-965-1684 Map Grid E-6

bartow

Barn Antiques, The Stable Gifts – Antiques Lang’s Sun Country Groves

Webb’s Citrus Candy Factory – Citrus Shops Fudge, citrus candy, hand-dipped chocolates and souvenirs. Open 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily 38217 N. U.S. Hwy. 27 863-422-1051 Map Grid G-4

dundee/Lake Hamilton Century Cottage Antiques and Gifts – Antiques

Antique furnishings, jewelry, glassware, pictures,

linen, clocks, chandeliers, candles, rugs and wreaths. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. 29890 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-438-0200 Map Grid G-6 Davidson of Dundee – Citrus Citrus candy and marmalade factory. Take a free tour and see their candies, chocolates and marmalades being made. Featured on the Food Network. Open Oct. - Apr. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily; May - Sept. Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and some Sundays 28421 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-439-2284 Map Grid G-6 Southern Comfort Antiques – Antiques Affordable antiques and collectibles. Offering 4,000 square feet of air-conditioned booths – 25 dealers. Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 29119 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. 863-439-4944 Map Grid G-6

Apple Seeds – Gifts

Country gifts and furniture. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 115 E. Main St. 863-533-6400 Map Grid E-8

Polk County Historical Museum Store – Gifts

Folk toys, Polk County history books, jams, jellies and more. Open Tue. - Fri. 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 100 E. Main St. 863-534-4386 Map Grid E-8 Smith & Jones Antiques – Antiques Fine-quality antique furniture. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 575 Main St. E. 863-533-7635 Map Grid E-8

disney area/Davenport Marqueen’s Antiques – Antiques

Antiques, collectables and gifts. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Closed some Saturdays 124 W. Bay St. 863-421-3533 Map Grid G-4 Hotel Tea Room & Gift Shop – Gifts Unique collection of baby gifts, teas & tea sets, gourmet items, collectables, bath items & more. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - noon 301 W. Maple 863-421-0827 Map Grid G-4 Polk Outpost 27 – Gifts Unique and authentic Florida souvenirs and post cards, fun items for kids, everything alligator, local foods and candies, historical and nature-themed books. Open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. See ad page 9 101 Adventure Court (on Hwy. 27, 1/2 mile south of I-4, exit 55.) 863-420-2586 Map Grid F-4 Posner Park – Shopping Mall Featuring Penneys, Best Buy, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels, Books-A-Million, Pet Smart, Staples and more. U.S. Hwy. 27, just off I-4, exit 55. Map Grid F-4

haines city Katros Groves – Citrus

Fresh Florida citrus. Opportunities to watch juice processing. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Open mid Oct. - Apr.) 8043 Lake Lowery Rd. 863-956-1230 Map Grid G-5

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Ridge Island Groves –Citrus Fresh juice, you-pick citrus and view processing. Open mid-Nov. - mid-Apr.; Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. -5:30 p.m. 6000 Old Polk City Rd. 863-422-0333 Map Grid F-5

Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. We suggest calling ahead to verify information.

Offering unique treasures for many different tastes, The Barn Antiques has been thrilling customers with wonderful treasures since 1969. The Stable features home decor, seasons gift shop and backyard garden shop, open year round. Open Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Barn Antiques closed June-Sept. At the Junction of Hwy. 557 and 557A Map Grid E-5 863-956-1363 Biggars Antiques – Antiques Country store items, oak furniture, architectural items and the unusual. Open Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sept. - May. Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed in Aug. 140 W. Haines Blvd. 863-956-4853 Map Grid F-5 Lake Alfred Antique Mall – Antiques Collectables, both old and new. 20 vendors. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. Noon - 5 p.m. 175 E. Haines Blvd. 863-956-4333 Map Grid F-5

Lang’s Sun Country Groves & Gift Fruit Shipper – Citrus

A gift-fruit shipper featuring fresh citrus, juices, jams, candies and Florida-related gifts. Open Oct. - May Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5900 U.S. Hwy. 17-92 863-956-1460 Map Grid F-5

Lavender & Lace Tea Room & Gift Shop – Gifts

Special “Tea” bakery and gifts. Wide variety of whimsical and personal gifts and florals. Homemade baked goods and exotic bulk teas. Open Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., (bakery Tue.-Sat.) 430 N. Lake Shore Way 863-956-3998 Map Grid F-5

Potpourri Antiques and Gifts & Molly’s Paperie – Antiques

Furniture, glass, pottery, silver and home decor. Vera Bradley handbags, Caldrea home accessories, jewelry. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 144 W. Haines Blvd. 863-956-5535 Map Grid F-5

Ron’s Tackle Box, LLC hosting The Old Angler’s Antique Gallery – Antiques

Full-service bait and tackle shop, fishing licenses, antique tackle, collector knives, fish and game mounts, sportswear, specialized gift and decor items. Open Mon. - Thurs. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. 380 S. Lake Shore Way 863-956-4990 Map Grid F-5 Sherman’s Antiques – Antiques Antiques, toys, furniture and doll hospital. Estate sales and home staging available. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 pm. 155 E. Haines Blvd. 863-956-4333 Map Grid F-5

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Bok Tower Gardens Gift Shop

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House – Citrus

A wonderful array of citrus-related gifts, food, books and more. Open Oct. - May Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. -2 p.m. 20160 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-679-4110 Map Grid G-7 Gallery and Frame Shop – Galleries Custom framing and original works by local artists. Offering prints and art supplies. Open Mon.- Tue. & Thu.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.; Wed. & Sat. 9:30 a.m.- noon; Closed Sat. in summer. 249 E. Stuart Ave. 863-676-2821 Map Grid G-7

Inglenook Antiques and Collectibles – Antiques Antiques and collectibles,

lake wales All About Antiques – Antiques Located near Bok Tower Gardens. Offering a nice selection of furniture and antiques; clock repairs. There are other antique shops and a nice variety of restaurants nearby. Open Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed in August. 415 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-676-7411 Map Grid G-7 Bargain City Flea Market Mall – Flea Market Indoor flea market. Open Wed. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1970 S.R. 60 E. 863-676-6616 Map Grid G-8 Bellissimo! Art & Gift Gallery & Wine Bar – Galleries

Original art and hand-selected gifts from around the world as well as a variety of imported wine. Open Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 253 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-3673 Map Grid G-7 Bok Tower Gardens Gift Shop – Gifts Cards, music, chimes, souvenirs, books on Florida history, gardening and flora and fauna, orchids, native Florida plants, fountains and educational toys. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily 1151 Tower Blvd. 863-678-1159 Map Grid G-7 BSD Galleries – Galleries Contemporary gallery with jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and original paintings. Open June - Oct. Tues. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Nov. - May Tue. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 208 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-2787 Map Grid G-7

books and lamp repair. Antique postcard magnets for souvenirs. Organic navel oranges in season, which you pick. Open Tue. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. noon - 5 p.m. 3607 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-678-1641 Map Grid G-7 Sunshine Flea Market – Flea Markets Indoor/outdoor market featuring new and used merchandise (300+ spaces), food and live music. Open Fri. -Sun. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 24200 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-679-1015 Map Grid G-7

They Make Scents – Gifts Jar and taper candles, lotions, reed defusers, scented lamps. 257 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-1146 Map Grid G-7 Village Kitchen Shop – Gifts Visit us in historic Lake Wales for all your cooking, baking and giftware needs. Open Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 257 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-1146 Map Grid G-7

lakeland 360 Unlimited – Vintage

Specializing in vintage clothing and accessories, retro furniture and home decor. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 911 S. Florida Ave. 863-683-0000 Map Grid C-6

Brooke Pottery – Gifts Celebrating American fine craft and garden art. Jewelry, wood, pottery and glass. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Sun. noon -5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. first Fri. each month. 223 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-6844 Map Grid C-6

Explorations V Children’s Museum – Gifts Educational and fun gifts for kids of all ages. Open Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 109 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-687-3869 Map Grid C-6 Florida Air Museum Gifts of Flight – Gifts

Incredible selection of aviation-inspired gifts for family, home, pilot and pilot-to-be. Open Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun. noon - 4 p.m. 4175 Medulla Rd. 863-644-2431 Map Grid B-7 The General Store – Gifts Groceries, sundries and memories from Band-Aids & Fix-a-Flat to Marlboros & Toiletries, Ice Cream, Chick-o-Sticks and Moon Pies to gift baskets, pet toys and ice-cold Grape Crush; even nostalgic toys and historical Lakeland gifts. Open Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 125 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-5900 Map Grid C-6 Lakeland Farmers Market – Flea Markets One of the oldest flea markets in Central Florida. Produce, clothes and unique flea market items. Open Sat. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2701 Swindell Rd. 863-682-4809 Map Grid C-6

Quilting, Fabrics & Crafts Locations Haines City P’s & Q’s 651 Main St., #9 863-421-6222

Lakeland Fabric Warehouse 3030 N. Florida Ave. 863-680-1325 2929 S. Florida Ave. 863-688-0606

JoAnn Fabrics

4241 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-859-5395

Winter Haven Heart to Heart Fabrics & More 102 Post Ave. S.W. 863-298-8185

Heartfelt Quilting & Sewing 365 5th Street S.W. 863-299-3080

JoAnn Fabrics

1522 3rd Street S.W. 863-299-1552

Patchwork Pig 228 E. Pine St. 863-682-4774

Chalet Suzanne Inn & Restaurant – Gifts

Gourmet soups available in their gift shop or directly at the Soup Cannery. Also, visit the ceramic artist in the History House. Open Sun. - Thur. 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 3800 Chalet Suzanne Dr. 863-676-6011 Map Grid G-7 Eagle Ridge Mall – Shopping Mall Major retailers with specialty stores, food and carousel. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. noon - 6 p.m. 451 Eagle Ridge Dr. 863-676-2300 Map Grid G-7

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Featuring Hollister, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, American Eagle, Old Navy and more. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 12 - 6 p.m. 3800 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-859-5414 Map Grid C-5 Lakeside Village – Shopping Mall Featuring Belk, Kohl’s, Coldwater Creek, Ann Taylor Loft, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutiques and more. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. noon - 5 p.m. 1479 Town Center Dr. 863-616-9360 Map Grid C-6 Lloyds of Lakeland – Antiques Two-story, multi-dealer antique mall featuring furniture, pottery, crystal, vintage jewelry, toys and collectibles. Open Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 301 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-682-2787 Map Grid C-6 My Cottage Garden – Gifts Tea and herb shop with more than 150 loose and bagged teas and herbs. Tea pots and tea accessories. Open Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Fri. 3 - 6 p.m.; Sat. 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. 325 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-9686 Map Grid C-6

Outdoor Shopping

Fresh produce and more can be found at open-air Farmer’s Markets.

Haines City 863-421-3700

Railroad Park, 6th St. N. and Jones Ave.

Wednesdays - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winter Haven 863-291-5870 Corner of 3rd St. N.W. and Ave. G

Thursdays - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bartow 863-519-0508 100 Block, N. Central

Saturdays - 8 a.m to 2 p.m.

Lakeland 863-687-8910 200 N. Kentucky Ave.

Saturdays - 8 a.m to 2 p.m. Wednesdays - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Lakeland market closed in August)

• Enjoy Historic Bartow and its

downtown charm at the antique fair on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and our quarterly citywide yard sale.

863-519-0508

Peacock Antiques – Gifts

Antiques and gifts with Vera Bradley items. Featuring china, crystal, sterling and mahogany furniture. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 234 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-686-7947 Map Grid C-6

Polk Museum of Art Museum Store – Gifts

Antique and collectibles emporium. Featuring art glass, pottery, furniture, fine art, sterling silver and thousands of other items. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily; Later by appt. 279 W. Central Ave. 863-294-6866 Map Grid F-6

Country Primitives & Homespun Crafts – Gifts

Unique gifts, jewelry and children’s items. Open Sept.-May: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Jun.- Aug.: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 800 E. Palmetto St. 863-688-7743 Map Grid C-6 One-of-a-kind hand-carved swans from the Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop

Reflections of the Past – Antiques

Depression glass, crystal, collectibles and gifts. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 230 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-682-0349 Map Grid C-6 Scrounge Around Shop – Antiques Antiques, collectibles, gifts and furniture Open Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 848 Daughtery Rd. W. 863-858-5605 Map Grid C-5 Second Hand Rose – Antiques Two-story shop with antiques, collectibles, metaphysical items and teas from 25 + vendors. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. noon - 5 p.m. 600 S. Combee Rd. 863-665-0755 Map Grid D-6 Thom Downs Antiques, Inc. – Antiques Featuring 16,000 square feet of European antiques, furniture, chandeliers and accessories. Open Tue. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 235 N. Florida Ave. 863-688-3269 Map Grid C-6 Traditions Unlimited – Gifts Featuring a variety of unique items, teas, Lakeland Cats Meow, Lakeland items. Open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 221 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-683-7978 Map Grid C-6

Polk City Fantasy of Flight Gift Shop – Gifts

Nostalgic, aviation-themed merchandise. Hours: 10 a.m. -5 p.m. daily. Open to the public with no admission fee required. 1400 Broadway Blvd. S.E. 863-984-3500 Map Grid D-5

Blast from the past with homemade items, flowers, tin mason jars, patchwork purses and more. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 110 3rd St. S.W. 863-291-3131 Map Grid F-6 Elonkas – Gifts Gallery designs by Florida artisians. Oil and acrylic paintings, prints, glass and brass sculptures, hand-painted porcelains, Armani figurines and jewelry. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 130 S.E. Plaza Roadway 863-293-5689 Map Grid F-7 Helen’s Shoppe – Boutique Ladies fashion apparel with matching accessories and shoes. Also offers a selection of small gifts. Open Tue. -Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. -3 p.m. 314 W. Central Ave. 863-291-4567 Map Grid F-6 La Vita Dolce – Gifts Amazing accessories, gifts, tableware, decor items, jewelry and apparel. Open Tue. -Wed. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thur. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 329 W. Central Ave. 863-297-5898 Map Grid F-6 Little Studio Interiors – Gifts Fine gifts and jewelry, featuring full line of Vera Bradley, Brighton and Pandora products. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 60 4th St. N.W. 863-299-1099 Map Grid F-6 Mama’s Attic – Antiques Specializing in jewelry, Victorian and oak furniture, lamps and glass. Open Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 273 W. Central Ave. 863-875-4830 Map Grid F-6 Red Geranium – Gifts Unique gifts with a seasonal flair. Open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Mondays seasonal), Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 200 1st St. South, #2 863-291-8585 Map grid F-6

Winter Haven Citi Centre – Shopping Mall

Belk, Macy’s, Staples, Lowes, Pier One, GNC, Crispers and more. 700 Third St. S.W.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Necklace, Florida Southern College Gift Shop

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Variety and value for every style. Comfortable accommodations and a warm welcome await you in Central Florida’s Polk County. Choose from family-owned motels, cozy bed and breakfast inns or spacious vacation rental homes with plenty of room for the whole family. We also have a variety of national hotel chains with the amenities you’ve come to expect. There are downtown hotels within steps of cultural and historical attractions, as well as campgrounds in natural Florida settings. Relax and enjoy your stay in Central Florida’s Polk County!

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1008 U.S. Hwy. 92 W., Auburndale, FL 33823 863-551-3400, 800-313-6001, Fax 863-551-3437 www.bestwestern.com/auburndaleinnandsuites

Auburndale’s premier hotel offers 100% non-smoking deluxe rooms and suites; including in-room computers, high-speed Internet access, microwaves and refrigerators.Outdoor heated pool, deluxe complimentary breakfast. Only 12 miles from LEGOLAND® FLorida.

\ babson park 241 Palm Ave., Babson Park, FL 33827 863-638-1712, 800-638-1712, Fax 863-638-4154

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66 • • • F $$-$$$ 1565 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830 863-533-8070, Fax 863-519-5035, www.hiexpress.com Experience one of our spacious 66 guestrooms in historic Bartow. Centrally located with easy access to all major attractions. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, wireless Internet and health/fitness center.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

102 • • • • F 1035 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830 863-533-0711, 800-424-0711, Fax 863-533-0924, www.stayinnbartow.com

Stay Inn and Suites

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DUNDEE 48 • • 28550 U.S. Hwy. 27, Dundee, FL 33838 863-439-3688, Fax 863-439-9438

23 • • F $ 28500 U.S. Hwy. 27, Dundee, FL 33838 863-439-3276, Fax 863-439-6538

Monticello Motel

Traveler’s Inn 28610 U.S. Hwy. 27, Dundee, FL 33838 863-438-9800, 800-424-6423, Fax 863-439-6422

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104 • • • • F $-$$ 2425 Frontage Road, Davenport, FL 33837 863-424-2596, 800-832-8887, Fax 863-420-8717 www.daysinn.com

Days Inn & Suites Davenport

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Inn at Summer Bay 97 • • 9400 W. U.S. Hwy. 192, Clermont, FL 34711 863-420-8282, 888-742-1100, Fax 863-420-0199 www.summerbayresort.com/orlando_inn.htm Inn Nova

9330 W. U.S. Hwy 192, Clermont, FL 34714 863-424-8420, 800-440-4473, Fax 863-424-9670 www.ourorlandohotel.com

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29 • • • 5290 U.S. Hwy. 27, Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-5527, 866-786-7291

Sun Ray Motel

54 • • • F $-$$$ 9240 W. U.S. Hwy. 192, Clermont, FL 34714 863-424-6099, Fax 863-424-5779 www.daysinnclermontsouth.com

4050 Hotel Drive, Davenport, FL 33897 863-420-6611, 800-465-4329, Fax 863-420-7755 www.hiexpress.com/orlandosouth

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Reside Inn & Suites 10 • • 426 N. Scenic Hwy., Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-3528, Fax 863-424-7960

Days Inn Clermont South

44117 U.S. Hwy. 27, Davenport, FL 33897 863-420-9898, 800-HAMPTON, Fax 863-420-9797 www.hamptoninn.com

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1900 S. Lake Reedy Blvd., Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-3143

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153 • • • • F $-$$ 44199 U.S. Hwy. 27, Davenport, FL 33897 863-420-8888, 800-800-8000, Fax 863-424-6602 www.the.super8.com/10251

Coach Light Villa, Inc.

disney area/DAVENPORT 4095 Hotel Dr., Davenport, FL 33897 863-353-4510, Fax 863-353-4511 www.choicehotels.com/hotels/fla64

Super 8 Motel

FROSTPROOF

Spacious well-appointed rooms await you in the historic location of Bartow. Recently renovated and offering non-smoking rooms with exterior corridors. Free high-speed Internet in the lobby and Denny’s restaurant on property.

Comfort Inn & Suites Maingate South

Quality Inn Maingate Four Corners 104 • • • F $$-$$$ 43824 U.S. Hwy. 27, Davenport, FL 33837 863-424-2120, 800-225-3351, Fax 863-424-5317 www.topvaluehotel.com

Economy Motor Lodge

accommodations

Auburndale AD PG 60 Best Western Auburndale Inn Suites 57 • • • • F $$-$$$

Hillcrest Lodge, Inc.

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HAINES CITY Florida FFA Leadership Training Center

AD PG 60

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5000 Firetower Rd., Haines City, FL 33844 863-439-7332, Fax 863-439-2995 www.flaltc.org

Rodeway Inn & Suites 49 • • • • F $$-$$$ 605-B Moore Rd., Haines City, FL 33844 863-614-1498, 800-4CHOICE, Fax 863-422-0409 www.rodewayinn.com

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State Motel 28 • 35509 U.S. Hwy. 27, Haines City, FL 33844 863-422-1331, Fax 863-421-7197

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Stay Plus Inn 120 • 33224 U.S. Hwy. 27, Haines City, FL 33844 863-422-8621, Fax 863-422-8623 www.stayplusinn.com

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LAKE ALFRED

Lakeside Villas Motel

1255 S. Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred, FL 33850 863-956-1504

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LAKE wales A Prince of Wales Motel 21 • • • F $-$$ 513 S. Scenic Hwy., Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-1249, Fax 863-676-1249 www.aprinceofwalesmotel.com AD PGS 26 & 60 48 • • • • C $$-$$$ 14900 Camp Mack Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-696-1108, 800-243-8013, Fax 863-696-1500 www.campmack.com

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Green Gables Inn 56 • • • • F $$-$$$ 21380 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-676-2511, Fax 863-676-3140 www.greengablesfl.com

AD PG 61 87 • • • F $$ 4500 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-595-4500, 866-428-5099, Fax 863-595-1700, www.countryinns.com/lakelandfl

Country Inn & Suites Lakeland

Lakeland’s newest premier hotel located conveniently off I-4 at exit 33. Featuring beautifully appointed deluxe rooms and suites with refrigerators, microwaves, free wireless Internet, heated pool and free hot deluxe breakfast in a 100% non-smoking environment. Just minutes away from Detroit Tigers Spring Training, Tampa/Orlando area, and LEGOLAND® Florida.

78 • • • C $$$ 3725 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803 863-802-9000, 800-321-2211, Fax 863-802-5300 www.marriott.com/tpalk

Courtyard by Marriott Lakeland

Crestwood Suites 122 • • • F $$-$$$ 4360 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-904-2050, Fax 863-904-2051 www.crestwoodsuiteslakeland.com

78 • • • F $-$$$ 22900 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859 Days Inn & Suites 72 • • • 863-734-3000, 800-HAMPTON, Fax 863-734-3010 4502 N. Socrum Loop Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809 www.lakewalessuites.hamptoninn.com 863-683-5095, 877-683-5095, Fax 863-577-4180, www.bestlakelandhotel.com Holiday Inn Express 82 • • • • F $$-$$$ 2953 Ridge Way, Lake Wales, FL 33859 Economy Inn 20 • 863-949-4800, 800-315-2621, Fax 863-949-4811 1224 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 www.hiexpress.com/lakewalesnorth 863-683-7954, Fax 863-688-5355

Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Wales

Price Range

Number of Rooms Kitchen/Efficiencies Complimentary Breakfast Pool Handicapped Access Pets Allowed Restaurant on Site Wireless Internet

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Motels

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16 • • • $-$$ Hampton Inn Lakeland 73 • • • F $$-$$$ 18601 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853 4420 N. Socrum Loop Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-678-1700 863-816-2525, 800-426-7866, Fax 863-816-2727 www.hampton-inn.com/hi/lakeland Motel 8 19 • • $ 530 S. Scenic Hwy., Lake Wales, FL 33853 Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland South 117 • • • F $$$ 863-676-0001, Fax 863-676-0001 3630 Lakeside Village Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803 863-603-7600, 800-HAMPTON, Fax 863-603-7601 Royale Inn Lake Wales 48 • • • • • F $-$$ www.hamptoninn.com 19071 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-7963, 877-747-8713, Fax 863-676-2569 Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland 105 • • • F $$$ www.magnusonhotels.com 3839 Don Emerson Dr., Lakeland, FL 33811 863-647-0066, 800-782-9444, Fax 863-646-5195 Super 8 Motel 62 • • • F $-$$ www.lakeland.stayhgi.com 541 W. Central Ave., Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-7925, 800-800-8000, Fax 863-676-6662 Holiday Palm Inn 79 • • • • F $ www.super8.com 508 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 863-682-0303, Fax 863-683-0800 Travel Inn 20 • • $-$$ www.holidaypalminn.com 18700 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-3917 Howard Johnson Inn -Executive Center 118 • • • • • F $$ 939 W. Robson St., Lakeland, FL 33805 863-688-7972, 800-528-1234, Fax 863-688-8377 LAKEland www.hojo.com Best Motel 83 • • • F $-$$ 601 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 Hyatt Place Lakeland Center 127 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-683-5961, 866-234-6360, Fax 863-683-7723 525 W. Orange St., Lakeland, FL 33815 www.lakelandsbestmotel.com 863-413-1122, 800-833-1516, Fax 863-413-1133 www.hyattplacelakelandcenter.com Budget Inn 28 • • $ 1601 George Jenkins Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815 Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites 168 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-683-5611 4141 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813 863-647-3000, Fax 863-644-0467 www.imperialswanlakeland.com Comfort Inn & Suites 106 • • • • • F $$-$$$ 3520 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33809 Jameson Inn 67 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-859-0100, Fax 863-859-0106 4375 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 Beautiful six-story hotel located in the heart of Lakeland. Their staff is dedicated to making your stay as comfortable as possible. Free continental breakfast, free wireless Internet and 863-858-9070, 800-526-3766, Fax 863-858-2491 www.jamesoninns.com free USA Today.

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34 • • F $ 1433 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805 863-683-6745, 888-735-2299, Fax 863-683-0028 www.relaxinnflorida.com

Relax Inn

accommodations

103 • • • • • F $$-$$$ 4315 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-815-0606, 800-531-5900, Fax 863-815-9711 www.laquinta.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites – Lakeland East

Price Range

Number of Rooms Kitchen/Efficiencies Complimentary Breakfast Pool Handicapped Access Pets Allowed Restaurant on Site Wireless Internet

$ = under $59 $$ = $60-99 $$$ = $100 and up Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

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Motels

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Hotels &

119 • • • • • F $$-$$$ Residence Inn 1024 Crevasse St., Lakeland, FL 33809 78 • • • • • F $$$ by Marriott – Lakeland 863-859-2866, 800-531-5900, Fax 863-859-2956 3701 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803 www.LQ.com 863-680-2323, 800-331-3131, Fax 863-680-1717 www.marriott.com/tpald Lake Wire Inn 46 • $$ 244 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801 Safar Inn Lake Parker 63 • • • • F $-$$ 863-687-2530, 800-251-1962, Fax 863-688-1961 1817 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 863-688-9221, Fax 863-687-4797 LeMans Apartment Suites 50 • • $$ www.safarhotels.com 1501 Shepherd Rd., Ste. 5, Lakeland, FL 33811 863-647-2929, 800-647-7929, Fax 863-644-7655 Sleep Inn & Suites 48 • • • F $-$$ www.lemanssuites.com 4321 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-577-1170, Fax 863-577-1180 Motel 6 124 • • • C $ www.choicehotels.com/hotel/fl728 3120 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33805 863-682-0643, Fax 863-682-7046 Suburban Extended Stay 138 • • • F $$ 4335 Williamstown Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33810 Quality Inn & Suites 144 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-816-1700, 800-951-STAY, Fax 863-816-9685 4645 Socrum Loop Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809 www.suburbanhotels.com 863-858-1411, Fax 863-858-2977 www.qualityinn.com The Avenue Hotel Lakeland 171 • • • F $$-$$$

La Quinta Inn & Suites - Lakeland West

Ramada Inn

3260 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33805 863-688-8080, Fax 863-688-6820 www.ramada.com

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Regal Grand Lakeside Inn & Suites 130 • • • F $ 910 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 863-683-0477, Fax 863-683-0366 www.regalgrandlakeside.com

3405 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 863-646-5731, Fax 863-646-5215 www.theavenuelakeland.com

The Terrace Hotel 88 • • • • • F $$$ 329 E. Main St., Lakeland, FL 33801 863-688-0800, 888-644-8400, Fax 863-688-0664 www.terracehotel.com Tiger Villa Motel 20 • • 6000 New Tampa Hwy., Lakeland, FL 33815 863-682-8114, Fax 863-682-4114

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64 • • • • • F $$-$$$ 3425 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33809 863-858-4481, 800-633-4305, Fax 863-853-2514 www.travelodge.com

Travelodge Lakeland

Value Place Lakeland 121 • • C $$$ 4000 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33805 week 863-284-5760, Fax 863-284-5761 Mulberry Super 8 Motel 64 • • • • $-$$ 2525 E. S.R. 60, Mulberry, FL 33860 863-425-2500, 800-800-8000, Fax 863-869-9354 www.super8.com

River Ranch Westgate River Ranch Resort

3200 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch, FL 33867 863-692-1321, Fax 863-692-2332 www.wgriverranch.com

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Motels

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accommodations

Hotels &

winter haven Banyan Beach Motel

1630 Sixth St. N.W., Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-293-3658, 888-663-5244, Fax 863-291-4868

Best Western Park View

AD PG 59

5665 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-5950, 800-247-2799, Fax 863-324-2376 www.bestwesternparkview.com

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Budget Inn of Winter Haven 21 • F $-$$ 401 Sixth St. N.W. (Hwy. 17 N.), Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-294-4191, Fax 863-299-5791 www.budgetinnwinterhaven.com Citrus Inn 51 • • $ 2275 Eighth St. N.W., Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-401-8211, Fax 863-292-9297 www.citrusinn.com

Days Inn 238 • 1150 Third St. S.W., Hwy. 17 N, Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-294-4451, Fax 863-293-9829 www.daysinn.com

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23 • • • $-$$ 1901 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-3954, 800-525-5864

Economy Suites

AD PG 60 88 • • • F $$$ Hampton Inn 202 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-299-9251, Fax 863-401-9388 www.hampton-inn.com/hi/winterhaven AD PG 61 112 • • • F $$$ 200 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880 863-292-2100, Fax 863-292-2101 www.holidayinn.com/winterhavenfl

Holiday Inn Winter Haven

Bed & Breakfast

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Cypress Inn & Trailer Court 5651 Cypress Gardens Rd., Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-5867, 800-729-6706, Fax 863-318-1246 www.cypressinnusa.com

Auburndale Town Manor on the Lake B & B

5

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585 S.R. 559, Auburndale, FL 33823 863-984-4008, Fax 863-984-1801 www.townmanor.com and townmanorweddings.com

Bartow Howard Johnson Inn Winter Haven 97 • • • • • F $$ 1300 Third St. S.W., Winter Haven, FL 33880 The Stanford Inn 6 • • • • F $$$ 863-294-7321, 800-446-4656, Fax 863-299-1673 www.hojo.com 555 E. Stanford St., Bartow, FL 33830 863-533-2393, Fax 863-519-0238 Lake Ida Beach Resort 20 • • • • F $ www.thestanfordinn.com 2524 U.S. Hwy. 17 N., Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-293-0942, Fax 863-293-5951 Lake wales www.lakeidabeachresort.com AD PG 17 Lake Roy Beach Inn & Suites 33 • • • • F $$-$$$ 1823 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-6320, Fax 863-326-1133, www.lakeroybeachinn.com

Winter Haven’s only lake- and beach-front motel located on the famous Chain O’ Lakes, a unique series of 16 lakes connected by navigable canals. Set beside 350 ft. of white sandy beach overlooking the lake, the Lake Roy Beach Inn & Suites offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of life and is the perfect spot for a family vacation, an extended stay, fishing and more.

Lakmar Resort Motel

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2520 U.S. Hwy. 92 W., Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-956-1867, Fax 863-229-1173

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1911 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33884 863-324-5994, Fax 863-324-4358 www.ranchhousemotel.com

34 • • 3525 U.S. Hwy. 17 N., Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-299-1860

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25 • • • • C $$$ 3800 Chalet Suzanne Dr., Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-676-6011, 800-433-6011, Fax 863-676-1814 www.chaletsuzanne.com

Noah’s Ark Bed & Breakfast

312 Ridge Manor Dr., Lake Wales, FL 33853 863-676-1613

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Lakeland Lake Morton Bed & Breakfast

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Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access Pets Allowed Wireless Internet

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Price

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access Pets Allowed Wireless Internet

D = Daily W = Weekly M = Monthly Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge = Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association Member

Number of Units

Vacation Homes & Condos

10 • • F 90+D 407-933-1627, 800-626-7695, Fax 407-933-1627

Doral Woods Management, Inc.

10 5 • F 79+D 407-396-2233, 888-658-8535, Fax 407-396-4474 500+W Dream Vacation Getaways 9 2 • • F 44+D www.floridadreamhomes.com 305-480-7931, 877-728-3922, Fax 305-480-1854 280+W www.dreamvacationgetaways.org 1st American Leisure 6 3 • F 79+D 352-243-8186, 877-247-5032, Fax 562-286-5166 500+W Eagle Management 90 2 • • 99+D www.1stamericanleisure.com 863-420-3332, 866-377-4645, Fax 352-432-3972 650+W www.rentavilladisney.com 2000+M 1st for Orlando Vacations 35 3 • • F 75+D 863-424-0008, 877-600-1664, Fax 407-787-0100 Excel Villa Rentals 30 5 • F 100+D www.1stfororlando.com 407-344-2007, 866-899-8661, Fax 407-344-2006

#1 Dream Homes

A.1 Vacation Villas, Inc.

863-427-7664, Fax 863-419-7490, www.a1vacationvillas.com

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Fairways Property Management 100 2 • F 90+D 863-420-3535, 877-420-3535, Fax 863-420-2004 www.fairwaysflorida.com 352-242-0351, 866-492-5049, Fax 352-241-0583 www.sunstate-rentals.com FHI Group, Inc. 45 3 • • F 80+D 863-420-3377, 888-420-3377, Fax 863-424-4665 Absolutely Fabulous 5 4 • F www.thefhigroup.com 863-242-8550, 800-626-7695 AAA Sunstate Management

80 • • 99+D

First Class Florida Villas 15 4 • F 89+D 321-251-5021, 866-681-4977, Fax 863-547-4903 407-847-5330, 888-746-5446, Fax 407-847-6628 www.firstclassfloridavillas.com www.disneyareahomes.com Access Vacation Homes, Inc.

100 3

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100 2 • 109+D 407-396-2262, 800-527-2262, Fax 407-396-6628 700+W www.advantagevacationhomes.com 2000+M Advantage Vacation Homes

6 3 • F 100+D 407-933-5896, 866-203-2840, Fax 407-933-8871 www.allfloridavillas.com

All Florida Villas

Five Palms Property Management & Villas Rentals

26 3 • F 89+D 352-432-3226, 866-572-5675 539+W www.5palmsvillas.com

Flamingo Properties, Inc. 35 6 • • F 75+D 863-420-9152, 800-501-1880, Fax 863-424-4904 500+W www.floridavillas.com

6 • • F 86+D Florida 5 Star, Inc. 11 3 • • • F 99+D 407-363-7111, Fax 407-363-5777 407-396-6511, 866-355-7827, Fax 407-396-6411 www.alphafloridavacations.com www.florida5star.com Amazing Vacation Homes Orlando 6 3 • • • F 90+D Florida Group Vacation Homes 40 3 • • F 109+D 352-243-4726, 866-428-6301, Fax 352-404-5631 863-420-2840, 888-420-2840, Fax 863-852-9734 www.amazingvacationhomesorlando.com www.floridagroup.com American Homes Network 100 3 • • F 85+D Florida Holiday Rental Homes, Inc. 12 • F 99+D 863-420-4072, 866-420-4072, Fax 863-420-4081 352-241-0805, 866-502-4657, Fax 352-242-5122 www.floridavacation-villas.net www.disneyfloridaholidays.com

Alpha Florida Vacations

Bahama Bay Resort & Spa

863-547-1200, 877-299-4481, Fax 863-547-1438 www.bahamabay.com

AD PG 61 480 •

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89+D

Celebration Home & Garden Property Management 7 • F 95+D 407-459-7878, Fax 407-429-3798, www.myfloridavisit.com 85 • • • F 55+D 863-420-2432, Fax 863-424-9178, www.flvacationrentals.us 450+W

CJ Management, LLC

Coast 2 Coast Management 7 3 • • F 65+D 407-997-9312, www.coast2coastvacationshop.com Contempo Florida Holidays

863-424-2226, 800-475-1694, Fax 863-424-8965 www.contempogroup.com

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5 3 • F 125+D 863-420-6041, 800-70GODSP, Fax 863-424-1771 www.dspropertymanagement.com

D.S. Property Management, Inc.

5 3 • F 99+D 863-424-8837, Fax 863-420-1816 777+W www.disneyexecutivevillas.com 2300+M

Disney Vacation Villas

15 • • F 90+D 407-201-1521, Fax 863-424-7027, www.orlando4ever.com

Florida Home & Property Management

70 3 • • F 90+D 863-421-6357, Fax 863-421-9226 610+W www.floridainternationalhomes.com

Florida International Homes

45 3 • F 115+D 863-420-9651, 866-322-0560, Fax 863-268-0555 750+W www.florida-villas.com

Florida Preferred Properties Group

100 3 • • • F 120+D 407-396-4441, 800-996-4314, Fax 407-396-4481 www.floridaspiritvacationhomes.com

Florida Spirit Vacation Homes

8 3 • 407-414-7457, www.floridasunlitevillas.com

Florida Sunlite Villas

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F 100+D

70 3 • F 149+D 863-424-2578, 800-424-3380, Fax 863-424-4395 www.myfloridavacationvillas.com

Florida Vacation Villas, Inc. Florida Villa Homes

863-232-9240, Fax 863-438-4014, www.floridavillahomes.com

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407-787-4800, 877-448-8722, Fax 407-390-0663 www.floridavillas-direct.com We have affordable and luxuriously comfortable places to stay during your trip to the Disney World area of Orlando. Check out our Orlando Propety Rentals to find the perfect retreat offering privacy and space that no hotel can rival! Vacation homes are a great option for those who still want to relax in a home atmosphere even while they’re on vacation.

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5 5 • F 115+D 407-704-8986, Fax 407-704-8988 805+W www.JeevesForidaRentals.com

Jeeves Holiday Homes

30 • • • F 160+D 863-420-4092, 866-420-4088, Fax 863-420-4038 945+W www.kwvacationhomes.com

K & W Vacation Homes

Liberty Vacation Homes 15 2 • F 120+D 407-965-5091, 800-919-1226, Fax 407-238-4490 10 3 • • F 105+D www.libertyhomesusa.com 321-319-0802, 877-486-8226, Fax 321-319-0807 www.florint.com Lifestyle Magic, Inc. 10 7 • F 500+W Flynns of Florida 19 • • F 90+D 407-847-8988, Fax 407-847-8969 863-438-4334, Fax 863-438-4327, www.flynnsofflorida.com 630+W Orlando Property Services 38 3 • • F 149+D Frontline Florida Property Management, Inc. 32 5 • • F 650+W 863-420-6555, 866-398-0434, Fax 407-374-2123 1000+W 863-421-0641, 866-812-8470, Fax 863-422-6742 www.opsetc.com 2500+M www.frontlineflorida.com Paradise Vacation Property Management 9 2 • • • 115+D Gemini International Vacation Villas 19 5 • F 70+D 863-424-4499, 800-324-1167, Fax 863-424-4857 407-397-1215, 800-635-1130,Fax 407-397-1244 1500+M www.pvpm.us www.geminiworldwide.com Personal Touch Vacation Villas 15 3 • • • 100+D Global Resort Homes 5 • • F 79+D 700+W 863-438-4007, Fax 863-438-4007 407-409-8035, 888-426-0472, Fax 407-387-3036 www.personaltouchvacationvillas.com 1800+M www.globalresorthomes.com Personalized Property Management Services 50 • • • F 85+D Go Florida USA 10 4 • • F 105+D 407-957-4988, Fax 407-957-9203 407-612-6139, 863-557-2941, Fax 775-521-2576 600+W www.managedvillarental.com www.gofloridausavillas.com Premier Home Management 69 • • F 120+D Hayes Vacation Home Rentals 6 3 • 109+D 863-421-6115, Fax 863-419-2934 407-932-0388, 800-847-8110, Fax 407-932-0518 750+W 750+W www.vacation-orlando.net www.hayesvacationrentals.com 2200+M Really Florida Vacation Homes 11 3 • • F 100+D Homes of America 60 • F 100+D 863-588-1680, Fax 863-588-2178 863-420-7775, Fax 863-420-6363 www.floridavipvacations.com www.reallyflorida.com Florint Vacations, Inc.

150 3 • • • F 109+D 863-424-4298, 866-385-5166, Fax 863-424-3635 www.imaginevacationhomes.com

Imagine Vacation Homes

RMG Vacation Villas IPG Florida Homes Direct 250 3 • F 90+D 352-394-3894, 866-552-2764, Fax 866-908-5537 863-547-1050, 800-311-7105, Fax 863-547-1060 www.rmgvacationhomes.com www.ipgflorida.com

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Regal Palms Resort & Spa

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Special Dreams Management

15 3 • • • F 60+D 407-408-9602, Fax 863-439-5275 www.stonemanvacationvillas.com

Stoneman Vacation Villas

863-424-6193, 800-505-1359, Fax 863-424-1359 www.sunsplash.com

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6 3 • • • 100+D 407-925-8013, Fax 866-571-0740, www.sunstatevacations.com

Sunstate Vacations

Time Out Florida Villas 9 3 • F 100+D 407-267-1123, 877-976-8898, Fax 407-614-3387 www.timeoutfloridavillas.com 30 3 • • • F 119+D 863-256-1024, 866-409-8598, Fax 866-713-2574 www.tropicalescapevacationhomes.com Enjoy your next Disney World Vacation in the comfort of your own vacation home only minutes away from all of the major Orlando attractions. We offer affordable and luxurious vacation homes ranging from 3 to 6 bedroom fully furnished villas equipped with first class amenities such as private pool, spa and upgrades such as flat screen TVs, balconies and game rooms.

Tropical Escape Vacation Homes

18 • • • F 109+D 863-256-5020, 800-905-4712, Fax 863-256-5021 www.victoriaparkresort.com

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40 7 • • F 425+W 863-647-1679, 866-241-7566, Fax 863-701-8309 1600+M www.nativepalmonline.com

Native Palm Properties

winter haven 5 14 • 440-946-9044, Fax 440-953-4473, www.flcondos4rent.com

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20 30 • • • 1000+M 863-324-3969, 800-248-2491, Fax 863-324-5585 www.johnwoodrealty.com

John Wood Realty, Inc.

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813-657-2769, 866-222-3822, Fax 813-643-7077 www.villageapt.net

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54 • • • F 99+D Fish Haven Lodge Mobile Home & RV Park 20 • • 863-424-3835, 866-242-9922, Fax 863-424-3844 www.usa-vacation-homes.com 201 Fish Haven Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823 863-984-1183, 888-984-1183, Fax 863-984-1183 Vacation A Way, Inc. 7 5 • F 95+D Hickory Oaks 17 • • 863-227-5281, Fax 407-358-5340, www.vacationhomes-pools.com 267 Chipman Ln., Auburndale, FL 33823, 863-984-4150

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mulberry

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33 4 • F 55+D 407-348-9166, 800-908-8116, Fax 413-403-4641 www.sovereignvacations.com

Sovereign Vacation Villas

Village at Lake Highland 40 14 • • • 2399+M 813-657-2769, 866-222-3822, Fax 813-643-7077 www.villageapt.net

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407-965-5093, 877-613-6263, Fax 407-238-2735 www.villa4uflorida.com

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600 Lundy Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823 863-984-1144, Fax 863-984-1144, lakejuliana.tripod.com

bartow Good Life RV Resort

8 3 • • F 110+D 407-870-2242, 800-441-1834, Fax 407-870-2125 770+W www.vipmanagement.com 2000+M

VIP Management Group, Inc. Vista Park Resort

Lake Juliana Boating and Lodge

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6815 S.R. 60 E., Bartow, FL 33830 863-537-1971, Fax 863-537-2687

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42749 U.S. Hwy. 27, Davenport, FL 33837 863-420-1999, 866-33VISTA, Fax 863-420-9669 863-424-2839, 800-424-2931, Fax 863-424-3336 www.vistaparkresort.com www.deercreekrv.com

Lake wales

Kissimmee Adventures 5 • F 120+D 863-696-4438, 877-944-4438, Fax 863-696-4034 825+W www.kissimmeeadventures.com

lakeland 35 3 • F 99+D 863-709-8400, Fax 863-646-5068 425+W

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48504 Hwy. 27, Davenport, FL 33897 863-424-2494, Fax 863-424-3599

7500 Osceola Polk Line Rd., Davenport, FL 33896 863-424-2791, 800-347-6388, Fax 863-420-9104 www.mousemountainrvresort.com 2525 Frontage Rd., Davenport, FL 33837 863-424-1880, 888-562-4712, Fax 863-420-8831 www.fortsummit.com

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2727 Frontage Rd., Davenport, FL 33837 863-424-8362, Fax 863-424-8316, www.themeworldrv.com

3700 U.S. Hwy. 17/92 N., Davenport, FL 33837 863-424-1286, 888-293-3020, Fax 863-424-3877

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1015 S.R. 542 W., Dundee, FL 33838 863-439-7409, Fax 863-439-6921, www.flarvparks.com

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10400 U.S. Hwy. 27, Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-2500, 877-622-6746, Fax 863-635-4822

Southern Pines Resort

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1622 U.S. Hwy. 630 W., Frostproof, FL 33843 863-635-5713, Fax 863-635-6553

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900 Old Combee Rd., Lakeland, FL 33805 863-687-6146, 888-622-4115, Fax 863-682-4115 www.carefreervresorts.com

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1700 Tiger Lake Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898, 863-696-2274

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14900 Camp Mack Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-696-1108, 800-243-8013, Fax 863-696-1500 www.campmack.com

Camp’n Aire RV Resort

15860 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-638-1015, 888-446-1015, Fax 863-638-2508 www.campnaire.com

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3200 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch, FL 33867 863-692-1321, Fax 863-692-2332, www.wgriverranch.com

3100 Canal Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-439-2031, Fax 863-439-1861, www.cherrypocket.com

10511 Monroe Ct., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-696-1194, 888-805-4124, Fax 863-696-4000 www.harbor-rv-marina.com

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3929 U.S. Hwy. 98 S., Lakeland, FL 33812 863-665-1726, Fax 863-665-0604, www.sanlan.com

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3952 Sam Keen Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898 863-692-1121, Fax 863-692-1853, www.thomaslanding.org

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15898 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33859 863-638-9011, Fax 863-638-2873 www.lakewalescampgroundrvresort.com

1801 U.S. Hwy. 17 S., Fort Meade, FL 33841 863-285-9560, Fax 863-285-9560, www.hammocklakeestates.com

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26397 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853, 863-439-5205

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East Haven RV Park

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Traveling with your best friend OFF-THE-LEASH-FUN and MORE

DiOGi Park Located on three fenced-in acres within Loyce E. Harpe Park, off Carter Road in Lakeland. Polk County’s first dog park is dedicated in memory and tribute to fallen Polk County Deputy Sheriff Vernon “Matt” Williams and his beloved K-9, DiOGi. The park features separate play areas for small and large dogs, each with colorful fire hydrants, agility training equipment and shaded picnic shelters for doggie masters – the perfect play and exercise experience for man and man’s best friend. Enjoy our great Central Florida weather and enjoy some off-the-leash fun! See map grid C-7 Auburndale Dog Park Two acres of fenced-in fun greet canine friends at the Auburndale Dog Park, located near the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. Two sections – one for small dogs and one for large dogs – offer pet play equipment, such as tunnels, seesaws and fire hydrants. The dog-park entrance is on Denton Ave., off of Berkley Rd. in Auburndale. See map grid D-6 Pet-friendly Nature Trail Located in the wooded area at the rear of the Lewis Mathews Complex in Davenport. Direct access to the trail is at the end of East Pine Avenue. Dogs on a leash are welcome on this nature trail that offers benches and cleanup dispensers for dog owners. Mathews Complex in Davenport. See map grid G-4 EMERGENCY PET CARE As a pet owner, you can rest assured that in any emergency situation, we have facilities ready to help make you and your pet more comfortable through these times. Contact either of these facilities and your pet will be well on his/her way to recovery to finish that fun family vacation.

Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic

863-665-3199 3609 U.S. Hwy. 98 S., Lakeland Emergency service only Monday - Friday 5:30 p.m. - 8 a.m., 12 noon Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday. All major holidays.

Veterinary Healthcare Associates

863-324-3340 www.vhavets.com 24-Hour Emergency Care 3025 Dundee Road , Winter Haven

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Sanlan RV Park

Scenic RV Park in private Sanlan Recreation Area. Swim, Hike, Canoe, Golf (27 holes), Gator watch, Bird watch, Fish, Visit Theme Parks.

Hampton Inn Winter Haven

We’re passionate about taking good care of you. A broad range of services and amenities will make your stay exceptional and are backed by our 100% Hampton Guarantee. We have 88 guestrooms with a beautiful inn décor featuring the clean and fresh Hampton bed. Enjoy a hot breakfast served daily. Only 5 minutes to Legoland® Florida Theme Park.

863-665-1726

3929 U.S. Hwy 98 S. Lakeland, FL 33812

202 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880

863-665-1726 www. sanlan.com

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center

863-299-9251

www.hampton-inn.com/hi/winterhaven

Best Western Auburndale Inn & Suites

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Convenient central Florida location, nestled in tall pine, oak trees and more than 120 acres on Lake Pierce – perfect site for a company meeting, training activity, retreat, wedding or social outing. Center features more than 57 sleeping rooms and many meeting rooms. We look forward to hosting your group!

Centrally located between Orlando and Tampa attractions, near I-4. Only 12 miles from LEGOLAND® Florida. Beautiful deluxe 100% non-smoking rooms and suites, including refrigerator, microwave and in-room computer with high speed Internet. Heated pool and deluxe continental breakfast.

The resort features regular and efficiency rooms both with two queen-size beds. Cable, pool, 60-foot pull-up space for boat and vehicle. Outside electric at each door.

5000 Firetower Road Haines City, FL 33844

1008 U.S. Hwy. 92 West Auburndale, FL 33823

14900 Camp Mack Rd. Lake Wales, FL 33898

863-439-7332 www.flaltc.org

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Preferred Hotel

Holiday Inn Winter Haven

Experience the comfort in one of our 112 spacious guestrooms overlooking beautiful Winter Haven. This full-service hotel offers dining, executive boardroom, state-of-the-art fitness center, private business center and service by your constant, caring friends. Only 5 minutes to Legoland® Florida Theme Park.

200 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Winter Haven, FL 33880

863-292-2100 www.holidayinn.com/winterhavenfl

Country Inn & Suites Lakeland

Lakeland’s newest premier hotel located off I-4 at exit 33. Features deluxe rooms and suites with refrigerators, microwaves, free wireless Internet, heated pool and free hot deluxe breakfast. 100% non-smoking environment. Minutes from Detroit Tigers Spring Training, Tampa, Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida.

4500 Lakeland Park Dr., Lakeland, FL 33809 reservations@countryinnlakeland.com

863-595-4500 1-866-428-5099 www.countryinns.com/lakelandfl

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nonstop flights and low fares ...which makes Direct Air the best way to travel.

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• San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Creating homemade confections for more than 75 years!

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Since 1932

Goat’s Milk Fudge It’s richer, smoother and creamier than regular fudge.

Florida’s Original Citrus Candy Factory!

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Annual Fun Events

The following events occur annually in our area. For specific dates and more detailed information, please call the phone number listed or log on to www.VisitCentralFlorida.org and click on the Things to Do tab. Events subject to change.

JANUARY

Alafia River Rendezvous

Homeland www.floridafrontiersmen.org/Alafia.html Pre-1840s living history encampment organized by the Florida Frontiersmen.

Bluegrass Bash

Lake Alfred, 863-291-5275 www.MyLakeAlfred.com

Clogging and music at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve.

Festival of the Buffalo Pow-Wow Auburndale, 863-665-0062 www.intlmarketworld.com

Florida BBQ Association sanctioned contest and entertainment.

Juried art festival includes 100 vendors, local entertainment, food and activities for children.

Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

5th Annual barbeque cook-off with great entertainment and prizes.

Clogging, music and food.

Winter Haven, 863-287-3075

MARCH

RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational

Polk County, 800-828-7655, 863-420-2586 www.RussMattBaseball.com

Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Swap Meet

Original Florida Highwaymen Weekend Extravaganza

Antique engines and tractor parts, antiques flea market, old cars and saw mill.

The artists credited for the beginning of the “Indian River paintings of Florida School” art movement, created landscapes. See demonstrations and enjoy Florida food.

Lakeland, 863-519-3082, www.lakelandpigfest.net An annual Florida State Barbeque Championship

FEBRUARY

Mardi Gras Festival

Lake Wales, 863-638-2686 www.lwmardigras.com

The 25th annual event features a parade of festive floats and Krewes, food vendors, arts and crafts and children’s activities.

Heritage Day Festival

Fort Meade, 863-285-8253

St. Sophia’s Greek Festival Winter Haven, 863-299-4532

Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Show Fort Meade, 863-285-9121 www.floridaflywheelers.org

Antique engines and tractor parts, antiques flea market, old cars and saw mill.

Downtown Winter Haven, 863-291-5661

Smoke on the Water

More than 200 college baseball teams from major conferences like the Big East, Big Ten and other major programs play 800 games throughout the month.

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Lake Eva Park, Haines City, 863-421-3700

Native American music, dancing, storytelling and arts & crafts.

Fort Meade, 863-285-9121 www.floridaflywheelers.org

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Ribs on the Ridge

Davenport, 863-419-3300, www.MyDavenport.com

Auburndale, 863-665-0062 www.intlmarketworld.com

37th Annual Bach Festival

Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales, 863-299-2555

A weekend of enjoyable music presented by some of the most outstanding musicians in central Florida including the Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists.

Mustangs & Mustangs

Fantasy of Flight, Polk City, 863-984-3500 www.fantasyofflight.com

The only Mustang event in Florida that features beautifully restored P-51 Mustang war birds from WWII and Ford and Mustang automobiles.

Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In

Lakeland, 863-644-2431, www.sun-n-fun.org

Plant City, 813-752-9194 www.flstrawberryfestival.com

Daily airshows, warbirds, ultralights, helicopters, seaplanes and more on display. International aviation convention and fly-in and the nation’s 2nd largest air show.

Street Painting Festival

Sun ‘n Fun’s Splash-In at Fantasy of Flight

Florida Strawberry Festival Annual celebration of the strawberry in Central Florida.

Haines City, 863-421-4100 www.HainesCityMainStreet.com

Lake Wales Art Show

On the shores of Lake Wailes, 863-676-8426 www.LakeWalesArtsCouncil.org Juried show with more than 130 exhibitors, food, entertainment and children’s activities.

Polk City, 863-984-3500 www.fantasyofflight.com/splash-in

A variety of seaplanes and amphibious aircraft will be splashing in for this competition on Fantasy of Flight’s Lake Agnes.

APRIL

Major League Baseball Spring Training – Detroit Tigers

Easter Sunrise Service, Bok Tower Gardens

Lakeland, 863-686-8075 www.detroittigers.com

Lake Wales, 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org

Bloomin’ Arts Festival

Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Festival

Some of the Southeast’s finest artists along with a quilt show and children’s art area.

Cardboard boat races celebrating community’s 16 canal-connected lakes.

Bartow, 863-533-7125

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Lakeland, www.cotslakeland.com MAY

Annual Cracker Storytelling Festival

Sunset & Symphony

Well-known storytellers promote Florida heritage to all ages.

Outdoor concert with the Orlando Philharmonic in the shadow of Bok Tower.

Homeland Heritage Park, 863-534-4340

Concert Under the Stars

Crafts in the Park

Mayfaire-by-the-Lake

Craft vendors from all over the state gather to sell their goods at this annual event.

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org Lakeland, 863-688-7743, ext. 223 www.PolkMuseumofArt.org

One of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals showcasing nearly 200 artists.

Peace River Folk Festival

Fort Meade, 863-285-8253 www.FortMeadeChamber.com

Florida State Square Dance Convention Lakeland, 863-648-5044 JULY

Polk City, 863-984-3500 www.fantasyofflight.com

All-American themed, family-friendly celebration features racing machines from the land, sea and air with awesome food & entertainment.

Pioneer Days Festival

Lake Wales, 863-678-4209

DECEMBER

Crafters’ and vendors’ show with day-long attractions.

Carols in the Park

Fall Festival

Railroad Park, Haines City, 863-421-3700 Crafts, food, entertainment, children’s costume contest, auction and more.

Pops By the Lake

Concert presented by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

A nature-based family event with music, food, fun educational activities for children and more.

Haines City, 863-421-3700 www.ci.haines-city.fl.us

This event is known as the largest fireworks display in Polk County and offers food, music, family entertainment, arts and crafts.

OCTOBER

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival Lakeland, 863-683-1540 www.lakemirrorclassic.com All types of classic and collectible automobiles on display at Lake Mirror Park.

Fall Fest

Polk State College, Winter Haven 863-297-1051, ext. 3603

Craft booths, musicians, food, children’s area, games, haunted house and quilt show.

Lakeland, 863-668-4673 www.VisitCentralFlorida.org

NOVEMBER

Davenport, 863-419-3300 www.MyDavenport.org

Christmas crafts, music, hayrides, food, lights, train display and Santa.

Davenport, 863-422-4507 www.quiltsandtea.com

Glitter, Glisten and Snow!

Historic Railroad Park, Haines City, 863-421-3700

Quilts, vendors, tea and accessories, classic cars and more.

Chestnuts, cider, pictures with Santa, entertainment and a chance to play in snow!

Winter Craft Fair

Downtown Bartow, 863-519-0508 www.MainstreetBartow.com

George Street Christmas Lane

More than 100 craft booths, children’s activities, classic car show and food.

Florida Flywheelers Fall Fuel Up

Bartow, 863-533-2333

Various neighborhoods of homes and yards decorated with holiday allegories and lights.

Lakeland’s Holiday Lights Lakeland, 863-834-2233

Fort Meade, 863-285-9121 www.floridaflywheelers.org

Light displays in historic Munn Park and around Lake Mirror and Lake Morton.

Antique tractors and engines, flea market.

Weekend aviation fun and activities for students, scouts and families.

Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org

Eagle Lake, 863-293-4141

Quilts & Tea Festival (2012)

Teams from throughout the US compete in a Bar-B-Que cook-off at this “chop licking” family event.

Mulberry, 863-559-2409 www.fineswine.org

Christmas at Pinewood

Mistletoe Marketplace

Old fashioned country fair.

Wings ‘n Things Family Fun Fest

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Designer home tour in a 20-room Mediterranean Revival mansion.

Florida Festival (2011)

Fine Swine at the Pit

Crafts and holiday festival

Evening parade of brightly lit pleasure boats through four canal-connected lakes.

Fourth of July Celebrations Thunder on the Ridge

Central Park in Downtown Winter Haven 863-295-9422, www.MainstreetWH.com

Chain of Lakes, Winter Haven 863-293-2138

Lake Mirror, Lakeland, 863-688-3743

Water, Wings & Wild Things

Countywide community celebrations. Contact local Chambers of Commerce (see pg. 66)

Lake Wales, 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org

Roar n‘ Soar at Fantasy of Flight

Auburndale City Park, 863-967-3400 www.AuburndaleFL.com

Christmas in July Craft Fair

Lakeland Center, Lakeland, 863-834-8100

annual events

Child of the Sun Jazz Festival and Urban Triathlon

Sun ‘n Fun Florida Air Museum, Lakeland, 863-644-2431, www.sun-n-fun.org

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VisitorServices Chalet Suzanne Country Inn & Restaurant

863-676-6011 800-433-6011 Lake Wales

Lake Wales Airport

863-678-0080 Lake Wales

South Lakeland Airport

863-701-0000 Mulberry

3800 Chalet Suzanne Dr. www.chaletsuzanne.com

INFORMATION SERVICES

Polk Outpost 27 Visitor Information Center

800-828-7655 101 Adventure Ct., 33837 863-420-2586 www.VisitCentralFlorida.org Davenport

Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau

450 S. Airport Rd. www.cityoflakewales.com/airport

7500 Coronet Rd. www.therealsouthlakelandairport.com

AIRPORTS

Westgate River Ranch Resort 863-692-1321

Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

3900 Don Emerson Dr., www.lakelandairport.com

863-834-3298 Lakeland

Orlando International Airport 407-825-2142 Greater Orlando Aviation Authority One Airport Blvd., 32827 www.orlandoairports.net

Orlando Sanford International Airport

1200 Red Cleveland Blvd., 32773 www.orlandosanfordairport.com

Tampa International Airport 4100 George J. Bean Pkwy., 33607 www.tampaairport.com

Bartow Municipal Airport 400 Bartow Municipal Airport www.bartow-airport.com

Brown’s Seaplane Base

2704 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. www.brownsseaplane.com

800-626-6244 Orlando

3200 River Ranch Blvd. www.wgriverranch.com

Winter Haven Municipal Airport

2073 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. www.mywinterhaven.com

River Ranch

863-298-4551 Winter Haven

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Auburndale 407-585-4500 Sanford 800-767-8882 Tampa 863-533-1195 Bartow 863-956-2243 Winter Haven

863-967-3400 245 E. Lake Ave. (fax) 863-967-0880 Auburndale, FL 33823 www.myauburndalechamber.com

Bartow

510 N. Broadway Ave. Bartow, FL 33830 www.bartowchamber.com

Dundee

310 Main St. (P.O. Box 241) Dundee, FL 33838 www.dundeechamber.com

Fort Meade

214 W. Broadway, Ste. B (P.O. Box 91) Fort Meade, FL 33841 www.fortmeadechamber.com

Frostproof

15 E. Wall (P.O. Box 968) Frostproof, FL 33843 www.frostproofchamber.com

863-533-7125 (fax) 863-533-3793

35610 U.S. Hwy. 27 (P.O. Box 986) Haines City, FL 33845 www.hainescity.com

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Lakeland

863-688-8551 (fax) 863-683-7454

Mulberry

863-425-4414 (fax) 863-425-3837

Winter Haven

863-293-2138 (fax) 863-297-5818

35 Lake Morton Dr. (P.O. Box 3607) Lakeland, FL 33802 www.lakelandchamber.com 400 N. Church Ave. (P.O. Box 254) Mulberry, FL 33860 www.mulberrychamber.org 401 Ave. B, N.W. (P.O. Box 1420) Winter Haven, FL 33881 www.winterhavenfl.com MEDICAL CENTERS

Bartow Regional Medical Center

2200 Osprey Blvd. www.bartowregional.com

863-439-3261 (fax) 863-439-3261

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center 40100 U.S. Hwy. 27 www.heartofflorida.com

863-285-8253 (fax) 863-285-6968

Lake Wales Medical Center

410 S. 11th St. www.lakewalesmedicalcenter.com

Lakeland Regional Medical Center 863-635-9112 (fax) 863-635-7222

Haines City – Northeast 863-422-3751 Polk County Regional (fax) 863-422-4704

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863-291-5380 (fax) 863-291-5380

210 N. Seminole Ave. (P.O. Box 956) Lake Alfred, FL 33850 www.lake-alfred.com

863-676-3445 340 W. Central Ave. (fax) 863-676-3446 Plant City Municipal Airport 813-752-4710 (P.O. Box 191) Lake Wales, FL 33853 4007 Airport Rd. Plant City www.lakewaleschamber.com www.pcairport.net

800-828-7655 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., 33823 863-551-4750 www.VisitCentralFlorida.org Auburndale

Lake Alfred

1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd. www.lrmc.com

863-519-1800 Bartow

863-422-4971 Davenport 863-676-1433 Lake Wales

863-687-1100 Lakeland

Regency Medical Center

863-294-7010 Winter Haven

Winter Haven Hospital

863-293-1121 Winter Haven

101 Ave. O, S.E., www.winterhavenhospital.org 200 Ave. F, N.E. www.winterhavenhospital.org


RENTAL CARS

Hours subject to change.

Jay Care Walk-In Clinic

863-421-7400 131 Webb Dr., Suite D Davenport Mon., Wed. 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.; Tues., Thurs. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed Noon-1 p.m.) Fri. 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Minute Clinic (inside CVS)

321-677-0531 Davenport

7575 Osceola Polk Line Rd. www.minuteclinic.com Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Avis Rent A Car 800-331-1212 863-687-4332 205 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 448 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-295-9285 www.avis.com Budget Car & Truck Rental

120 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 245 Ave. O, S.W., Winter Haven www.budget.com

800-527-0700 863-682-1415 863-291-3925

Enterprise Rent A Car

Ridge Medical Center

863-419-1428 2231 North Blvd. W. Davenport Mon., Wed. 1 - 5 p.m.; Tue., Thu. 10 a.m .-3 p.m.; Fri. 10 a.m .-Noon

Dundee Medical Walk-In Clinic 863-439-7377 28055 U.S. Hwy. 27 Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

CHARTER BUS SERVICE

Dundee

Lake Wales Medical Walk-In Clinic 863-676-6007

1611 State Road 60, E. Lake Wales Mon., Tue., Thu. 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.- Noon

800-RENTACAR 810 Magnolia Ave., Auburndale 863-968-1600 1755 N. Broadway Ave., Bartow 863-533-5167 2600 Access Rd., N.W., Davenport 863-420-1180 511 U.S. Hwy. 17/92, Haines City 863-419-1394 21450 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lake Wales 863-678-0933 619 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 863-682-0153 4510 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland 863-647-0866 4997 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland 863-815-7642 470 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-294-8090 www.enterprise.com

Hertz Rent A Car

863-687-0200 1429 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Lakeland Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.DoctorTodayTLC.com

800-654-3131 117 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 863-683-2003 3900 Don Emerson Dr., Lakeland Airport 863-683-2003 460 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-298-0651 www.hertz.com

Jay Care Walk-In Clinic

863-687-9527 135 E. 1st St. Lakeland Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.- Noon

Priceless Rent A Car

Nite Owl Urgent Care

863-644-7337 3242 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- Noon and 2 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat. Noon-11 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-9 p.m. www.NiteOwlUrgentCare.com

3900 Don Emerson Dr., Lakeland Airport www.usave.com

Premier Walk-In Clinic

Citrus Connection

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic

863-420-3388 121 Ridge Center Dr. (in Roseberry Plaza), Davenport

U-Save Car & Truck Rental

800-441-3741

Watson Clinic Urgent Care

Winter Haven Area Transit

863-534-5500 863-298-5566

Greyhound Bus Lines

800-231-2222 863-682-3107

First Help Urgent Care Clinic

863-984-8000 Polk City

Firstcare Walk in Clinic

Imperial Cab LLC

First Help Urgent Care Clinic

863-299-8485 320 1st St., S. Winter Haven Daily 7:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. (Tue., Thu. open till 8:15 p.m.) www.UC-walkin.com

Urgent Care – Cypress

863-325-8185 7375 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Winter Haven Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.CypressWalkin.com

J B Enterprises Coachline Inc.

863-293-7808

Preston USA, Inc.

www.prestoncoaches.com

877-858-6877 863-688-8611

Small World Tours & Cruises

863-420-0156

www.smallworldtoursandcruises.com

LIMOUSINE/SHUTTLE SERVICE

A & E Transportation

Davenport

863-438-5758 866-478-3961 www.AETransportation.com

Action Limousine

863-816-7500 Lakeland

Eddie’s Limousine & Transportation

863-683-9611 Lakeland www.EddiesLimo.com

ET Limousine Service

863-430-8979

Lakeland

Lake Wales

Lily’s Limo Service Winter Haven

863-207-4200 www.5Linx.net/katandson 863-651-3010 www.lilyslimoservice.com

Luxury Limousines International Winter Haven Polk Airport Transportation Auburndale

863-293-9559 877-600-4653 800-967-6212 863-287-4074

863-420-8425 Davenport 877-660-0148 www.skipstaxi.com

Checker Cab Co. All of Polk County 863-665-8151

400 1st St., N. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. www.FirstcareWinterHaven.com

800-270-9093 863-688-2114

Skip’s Transportation

TAXI SERVICE

235 N. Commonwealth Ave. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. www.UC-walkin.com

863-299-2420 Winter Haven

Holiday Coach Lines www.holidaycoachlines.com

Kat and Son Transportation

863-688-7433 1248 George Jenkins Blvd., Lakeland www.ridecitrus.com

303 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland www.greyhound.com

Dynamic Tours & Transportation 863-294-2925

863-859-9711 Lakeland www.handhtransport.net

PUBLIC BUS SERVICE

555 Ave. E, N.W., Winter Haven www.polk-county.net

800-282-3655

www.annettbuslines.com

H & H Transportation

863-644-3400 5676 Florida Ave. S. Lakeland Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. www.watsonclinic.com 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. 863-680-7271 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Lakeland 2176 E. County Rd. 540A 863-393-9472 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Lakeland Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Annett Bus Lines

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WALK-IN CLINICS

Sundance Limo & Airport Shuttle

863-512-3334 863-647-5466 Lakeland www.SundanceLimoFL.com Winter Haven, Auburndale, Haines City 863-968-9494 Luxury Cab Haines City, Davenport 863-421-2360 AMTRAK

Yellow Cab/Maingate Taxi

All of Polk County 863-292-9166

Shooting Star Taxi

Davenport, Haines City 863-420-0108

Skip’s Taxi Service

877-660-0148 Davenport, Four Corners 863-420-8425

www.amtrak.com

800-USA-RAIL

Lakeland

863-683-6368

Winter Haven

863-294-9203

600 E. Main St. 1800 Seventh St. S.W

Polk County Taxi

800-TAXI-CAB Auburndale, Winter Haven 863-521-2924

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Curves For Women

www.curves.com 359 Havendale Blvd., Auburndale 50 Maxcy Plaza Circle, Haines City 624 State Rd. 60 West, Lake Wales 4680 E. County Rd. 540A, Lakeland 2917 Duff Rd., Lakeland 2934 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland 6645 S. Florida Ave., Suite 5, Lakeland 1126 1st St. S., Winter Haven

877-287-8374 863-968-1800 863-419-9100 863-678-9002 863-646-6495 863-853-7177 863-668-0652 863-607-6776 863-299-3777

Gold’s Gym

www.goldsgym.com 3625 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland 3195 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland 5636 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven

Lifestyle Family Fitness

www.lff.com 933 E. Lemon St., Lakeland 4764 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland 4985 U.S. Hwy. 98 N., Lakeland 1164 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven

863-646-3036 863-683-1900 863-291-4653

Lake Parker Park, corner of E. Robson St. and Lakeland Hills Blvd. www.lakelandlawnbowlingclub.com

Imperial Lane at 863-676-2300 Eagle Ridge Mall 451 Eagle Ridge Dr., Lake Wales AMF Lakeland Lanes

863-646-5791 Lakeland

Orange Bowl Lanes

863-858-3878 Lakeland

Cypress Lanes

863-294-3295 Winter Haven

4111 S. Florida Ave.

4318 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. www.orangebowllanes.net 2010 Dundee Rd. www.cypresslanes.com

Regal Cinemas, Eagle Ridge Mall 12

955 Eagle Ridge Dr., 33859 www.regmovies.com

863-688-6696 863-644-3030 863-859-3711 863-299-5575

Lakeside 18 Cinemas

Lakeland

Liquid Sunhine

863-676-6990 863-676-8894 Lake Wales

Palm Cinema 3

863-644-5871 Lakeland

Silver Moon Drive-In

863-682-0849 Lakeland

4100 New Tampa Hwy. www.silvermoondrivein.com

863-292-2466 863-292-0527 Winter Haven

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

Community Bank (inside Walmart)

863-419-9224 36205 U.S. Hwy. 27 Haines City Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Climate in Polk County ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

863-937-0415 1650 Town Center Dr., 33803 863-937-0555 www.cobbtheatres.com Lakeland 4226 Old Hwy. 37, www.carmike.com

920 Havendale Blvd., N.W., 33881 www.cobbtheatres.com

Average high and low temperatures and rainfall High (F ) Low (F) Rain (in.)

Cinemas

800-LIFESTEP

LAWN BOWLING

Lakeland Lawn Bowling Club

Cobb Grand 10 Cinemas

BOWLING

HEALTH CLUBS/GYMS

January 71 50 2.3 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– February 74 51 3.0 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– March 78 56 3.4 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– April 84 61 1.4 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– May 88 66 4.3 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– June 91 71 6.8 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– July 92 72 7.0 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– August 92 74 7.6 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– September 90 72 5.7 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– October 84 65 2.0 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– November 78 58 2.1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– December 74 52 2.3

If it starts to rain on your Central Florida vacation, we have plenty of opportunities to enjoy authentic Florida without getting soaked.

Fantasy of Flight

Aviation history comes to life and dreams soar with interactive exhibits, flight simulators, behind-the-scenes tours.

Polk Museum of Art

With a rotating exhibition schedule, the eight galleries offer diverse visual options certain to please everyone.

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Hands-on experiences await children of all ages on three floors of exciting and colorful exhibits.

Florida Air Museum

Home to the Howard Hughes exhibit. Step back into Florida’s aviation history with vintage aircraft and a history wall. 68

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Capital of the World, so come on over and see everything there is to learn about this high-adventure sport.


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