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FEATURED ON THE COVER Clockwise from bottom left: Bok Tower Gardens, SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, bass fishing, Circle B Bar Reserve, Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center, Detroit Tigers Spring Training, and LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort, the largest LEGOLAND ® park in the world.

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Forget “maybe next year” or “another time.” In Central Florida, you can do it all. Right here. Right now. Welcome to CENTRAL FLORIDA’S POLK COUNTY—the epicenter of Florida fun. Flip through these pages and you’ll see what we mean. There’s adventure around every corner and something new to discover at every turn. Perhaps you’ll find yourself eye level with a great blue heron, paddleboarding through Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes as the sun melts into the horizon. Drinking in Elvis-approved air at the Polk Theatre? Clutching a fly ball in your claws at a Detroit Tigers game? From outdoor excursions to theme

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park thrills, you’ll find a head-spinning variety of stuff to see and do here. And don’t forget—just a short drive connects you to another unlimited spread of scrumptious activities. White sand beaches, the most magical place on earth, and more heart-racing, stomach-flipping roller coasters than you can count are all less than an hour away. When we say Visit Central Florida, we mean all of it.

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Top 5 Must-Sees

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Your model vacation starts here. Everything is awesome at Florida’s “funnest” theme park, where you’ll find more than 50 spectacular rides, shows and attractions sure to leave you wishing you were a kid again. Explore hidden tombs in the Lost Kingdom, get your LEGO® driver’s license or tell the heat to hit the bricks at the LEGOLAND® Water Park. From “pink-knuckle” roller coasters to live-action stunt shows, you’re in for a full day of imagination-expanding excitement. Want to fully immerse yourself in the LEGO® experience? Book a stay in the park’s new LEGO® -themed hotel, which features five stories of bricktacular accommodations and interactive family fun on the shores of Lake Eloise.

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Bok Tower Gardens Paradise is in full bloom. No, this isn’t a mirage. It is, however, an oasis from work, worry and whatever else makes life’s treadmill go too fast. Sitting atop the summit of Florida’s Iron Mountain, this hidden sanctuary will elevate your spirit with its heavenly botanical gardens, Singing Tower carillon, family friendly nature trails and educational events. Start exploring Edward Bok’s legacy at the visitor center, then embark on a guided tour of one of Florida’s most-photographed sites. New expansions, including a children’s garden and outdoor kitchen, will sprout up soon.


It goes without saying that there is so much to see and so little time, so if you have limited time in Central Florida you might ask, “Any suggestions on where to start?” To which we might reply, “Glad

Safari Wilderness Ranch Break away from the herd. This is not a zoo. This is not a theme park. This is up-close-andpersonal nature paradise nestled right in Florida’s Green Swamp. Hop up on your camel or climb aboard your safari vehicle to traverse the wide-open savannah in our own backyard. You’ve just embarked on an unforgettable expedition into 260 acres of pristine Florida wilderness, home to more than 400 species of exotic animals including elands, zebra and ringtailed lemurs. If you want more forest buffalo and less mouse, this is the place.

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Westgate River Ranch Resort rustle up a mess of memories. Before citrus groves, theme parks and seaside resorts, Florida was all cowboy. Grab your kin and saddle up for a one-ofa-kind family vacation at this 1,700-acre dude ranch, which features everything from horseback riding to trap and skeet to swamp buggy rides. Saturday night brings the action with the longest-running championship rodeo in the United States. Rough it (in style) with glamping tents or rent a cabin for even more creature comforts.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Get schooled by an American Master. Head to Florida Southern College for an intimate look at the largest one-site collection of this influential architect’s

work. Featuring 13 stunning structures in all, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “College of Tomorrow” is still considered one of the country’s most strikingly unique campuses nearly 80 years later. Whether you choose to take the guided tour or explore on your own, you’re sure to leave inspired. Don’t miss the Child of the Sun Collection’s crown jewel, the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, or Wright’s recently brought to life piece of domestic bliss, the Usonian House.

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Attractions & Adventures

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“A bit of NYC’s Central Park, Florida-style” REVIEWED BY: smilindazy30 REVIEW DATE: April 15, 2015 OVERALL RANKING: Based on 934 Reviews

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Central Florida. Whether you’re in search of exhilarating thrills or a restorative escape, Central Florida’s Polk County has you covered.

Soak up family fun on one of our 554 lakes; embrace your inner child at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort; hike or bike your way through our breathtaking parks and preserves; and immerse yourself in the vibrant flavors of our local food, history and culture. When it’s time to relax and unwind, we think you’ll find our sunsets particularly inspiring. (Perhaps even more so when paired with a crisp glass of chardonnay. We’re just saying.) Whatever your interests are, you’re sure to find your own slice of heaven here. Satisfy the whole family with the best that Florida has to offer—all from one super-convenient location.

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Attractions Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales Hours and prices are subject to change without notice. Please call attraction to confirm. (Prices reflect one adult paying regular admission.)

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TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort — Winter Haven At LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort, everyone is a hero. Dedicated to families with children age 2 to 12, LEGOLAND ® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including spectacular LEGO ® models and other interactive elements; it's an entire day of family fun! LEGOLAND® Water Park features more than four million LEGO® bricks while offering interactive water-play fun for the entire family. The five-story LEGO® -themed hotel features 152 brightly colored rooms and suites, LEGO ® décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. 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 MAP GRID  F-7  Florida.LEGOLAND.com 877-350-LEGO (5346)

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Discover the real Florida at this “must-see” attraction located among Central Florida’s rolling hills of citrus in beautiful Lake Wales. Explore the historic landscaped gardens and enjoy seasonal bursts of color among acres of ferns, oaks and palms. The 205-foot Singing Tower carillon features daily bell concerts at 1 & 3 p.m. Tours of the 20-room Mediterranean style Pinewood Estate are offered daily. Delicious, farm-fresh food is served at the Blue Palmetto Café, and unique gifts and plants are available in the Tower & Garden Gift Shop. The new Children’s Garden will be opening in 2016! Check website for details and special events. Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.) $$  See ad page 11

1151 Tower Blvd. MAP GRID  G-7  BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Safari Wilderness Ranch — Lakeland Knowledgeable tour guides will lead the way through 260 acres in custom safari vehicles, answering your questions and helping you interact with huge herds of fascinating wetland exotic species found on the ranch. Hands-on activities, such as lemur and budgie feeding, are offered to visitors; but please keep in mind these activities are scheduled on a limited basis in order to protect the animals. Tours Wed.–Sun. at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by reservation. $$$$ See ad page 18 10850 Moore Rd. MAP GRID  D-4  SafariWilderness.com 813-382-2120

Rooted in the history of the nation’s first cowboys, Westgate River Ranch lies on 1,700 lush acres in the heart of Florida’s cattle lands and is surrounded by approximately 400,000 acres of protected wetlands. The ranch offers Florida cowboy-themed accommodations, ranging from campgrounds to glamping to two-bedroom cabins. The ranch boasts a multitude of recreational activities, including horseback riding, swimming, golf, a petting farm, nature hikes, trap and skeet shooting, hayrides, cookouts and a full-service marina complete with boating, fishing, airboat and swamp buggy rides, and the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the United States. Day guests welcome. Call for activity reservations. Rodeo Sat. at 7:30 p.m. Free – $$$  3200 River Ranch Blvd. MAP GRID  K-9  WGRiverRanch.com 863-692-1321

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitor Center — Lakeland The largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world, 12 structures and the water dome are located on the Florida Southern College campus. The Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center at the campus of Florida Southern College provides an ideal opportunity to experience something unique, especially if you have architectural aficionados in your family or group. Offering a wide range of distinctive architectural information, tours, features and events, The Center truly offers something for everyone in your travel party. Visitor Center open daily 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free  Daily self-guided walking tours. Free  Guided tours at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. daily. $$  In-depth guided tours 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. $$$  Reservations suggested. See ad page 74 750 Frank Lloyd Wright Way MAP GRID  C-6  FLSouthern.edu/FLW 863-680-4597


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Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum — Lakeland Along with historic and informative displays around the facility such as Howard Hughes’ personal aviation collection and Innovations in Propulsion, interactive learning stations challenge students of all ages. Simulators offer the in-flight experience. Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. $$  4175 Medulla Rd. MAP GRID  B-7  Sun-N-Fun.org/Museum.aspx 863-644-2431

Back Trail Adventures of Florida — Lake Wales Indulge your adventurous spirit! Embark on a journey like no other – Back Trail Adventures of Florida allows you to experience, first hand, a Segway x2 Personal Transporter, as you glide through the pristine Florida landscape in Lake Kissimmee State Park. Thurs. – Sun. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. $$$  14248 Camp Mack Rd. MAP GRID  I-7  BackTrailFla.com 863-514-3474

BeFly Bike Tours — Lakeland BeFly Bike Tours offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty, culture and architecture of historical importance in downtown Lakeland by way of bicycle rentals and guided educational tours. Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. $$$  Lake Morton MAP GRID  C-6  BeFlyBikeTours.com 863-899-1818

Circle B Bar Reserve — Lakeland A prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center and learn about Polk County’s ecosystems through hands-on activities, or climb around on the indoor play area that’s perfect for kids. A trip wouldn’t be complete without an alligator sighting, which can be safely done from the preserve’s pier or shoreline. Nature Discovery Center hours: Tues. – Sat. 9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Reserve open daily. Free  4399 Winter Lake Rd. MAP GRID  D-7  PolkNature.com 863-668-4673

Bartow Air Base Museum — Bartow 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 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free  5001 Hwy. 17 N. MAP GRID  E-7  Bartow-Airport.com/Museum.html 863-533-1195

Fun and learning are inseparable as families explore hands-on exhibits designed to awaken imaginations. Whether you star in a musical production, report breaking news or treat broken bones, Explorations V, located in charming Downtown Lakeland, launches you into adventure! Open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $  109 N. Kentucky Ave. MAP GRID  C-6  ExplorationsV.com 863-687-3869

Fantasy of Flight Museum — Polk City Home of the World's Greatest Aircraft Collection. Experience an array of vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection. Guests are able to get up-close and personal with some of their favorites including the 1944 B-24J Liberator, 1945 North American P-51D Mustang and 1945 Grumman Duck. Check website for days and hours. $$  1400 Broadway Blvd., S.E. MAP GRID  D-5  FOFCollection.com 863-984-3500

Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground — Lakeland Free attraction for family fun with interactive play areas, climbing structures, splash water area and picnic pavilions. Open daily 8 a.m. – dusk. Free  730 E. Orange St. MAP GRID  C-6  LakelandGov.net/ParkRec/Barnett-Family-Park 863-834-2280

Explorations V Children’s Museum — Lakeland

Davidson of Dundee — Dundee Florida citrus candy, jelly and marmalade factory. Take a free tour and watch candies, chocolates, marmalades and jellies being made and enjoy free samples! Visit our Citrus Fruit Packing House next door. Davidson’s was featured on the Food Network. Oct. – Apr.: Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; May – Sept.: Mon. – Sat. & some Sundays 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. FREE 28421 U.S. Hwy. 27 MAP GRID  G-6  DavidsonOfDundee.com 863-439-2284

Safari Wilderness Ranch

“What the theme parks try so hard to be” REVIEWED BY: Anthony G REVIEW DATE: September 23, 2014 OVERALL RANKING: Based on 149 Reviews

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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  702 E. Orange St. MAP GRID  C-6  863-834-2280  

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House — Lake Wales For a relaxing, educational and fun option, check out the Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House visitor center in Lake Wales. Kids (and kids at heart) will love the free orange juice samples, and visitors of all ages can enjoy exhibits depicting the history of the state’s official fruit. Open Oct. – May: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free See ad page 19 20160 U.S. Hwy. 27 MAP GRID  G-7  FloridasNatural.com 800-237-7805

Florida Sports Hall of Fame at Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center — Davenport 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 Daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free  101 Adventure Ct. MAP GRID  F-4  CentralFloridaSports.com 863-420-2586

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. – 12 p.m. Free  1 N. Tecumseh Ave. MAP GRID  E-9  FortMeadeFLMuseum.iconosites.com 863-285-7474

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. – 2 p.m. Free  102 Main St. MAP GRID  G-6  TownofDundee.com/Historic-Dundee-Depot 863-419-3145

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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. Call for a tour. Free  249 Church Ave. MAP GRID  D-9  Facebook.com/HomelandHeritagePark 863-534-3766

Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center (The Depot) — Lake Wales Featuring permanent exhibits from Lake Wales history, its industries, a railroad layout and caboose as well as seasonal displays. Call for hours. $  325 S. Scenic Hwy. MAP GRID  G-7  CityofLakeWales.com/Depot 863-676-5160

Mulberry Phosphate Museum — Mulberry 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. MAP GRID  C-8  MulberryPhosphateMuseum.org 863-425-2823

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. Call Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., guided tours by appointment only. Weekend tours may be available if arranged several days in advance. However, visitors are welcome to walk around, take photos and peek through windows without appointment. Free  470 L.B. Brown Ave. MAP GRID  E-8  LBBrown.com 863-534-0100

Lake Kissimmee State Park — Lake Wales This park offers outstanding fishing, bird watching, picnicking, camping, boating and hiking. Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy the tremendous variety of plant and animal life. A Cow Camp recreating ranch life in Central Flroida in the 1800s hosts a cow hunter talking about his life in a living history demonstration. Cow Camp Open Sat.– Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Oct.-April) Closed summer. Open daily 7 a.m. – dusk. $  14248 Camp Mack Rd. MAP GRID  I-7  FloridaStateParks.org/LakeKissimmee 863-696-1112

O’Hara Restorations, Inc. —

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Take a walk down memory lane and see classic and antique cars along with nostalgia and many other antique items. Come see the current restorations in the shop and the cars we have for sale! Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Weekends by appointment. Free 10 S. Scenic Hwy. MAP GRID  H-9  OHaraRestorations.com 863-635-9008


Central Florida

Looking for a break in the action? Try swapping theme parks with state parks for a refreshing change of pace. Check out a few of our faves below.

Circle B Bar Reserve LAKELAND • Want gators? “Top 51 places in the US to see wildlife.” by USA Today.

Colt Creek State Park

Lake Kissimmee State Park

LAKELAND • 12 miles of trails ideal for horseback riding, biking and hiking.

LAKE WALES • Outstanding birdwatching, fishing, hiking and camping on Florida’s third-largest lake.

Head back to nature (page 38) for more outdoor fun.

Painting with a Twist — Lakeland

Ridge Island Groves — Haines City

Unleash your creative side with Painting with a Twist! Bring your favorite beverage, possibly a snack and relax. Our talented team of instructors guides you stepby-step through the night’s featured painting. Classes by reservation only. Check website for availability. $$  3670 Harden Blvd. MAP GRID  C-6  PaintingWithATwist.com/Lakeland 863-646-0238

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 Oct. – May: Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; June: Thur. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free See ad page 19 6000 Polk City Rd. MAP GRID  F-5  RidgeIslandGroves.com 800-493-7374

PicassoZ Art Café — Lakeland

Silver Moon Drive-In Theater — Lakeland

A contemporary, casual, do-it-yourself art studio featuring pottery painting, mosaics, fused glass jewelry, clay, and host parties, special occasions, field trips, family nights, youth group outings, etc.! Open Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. $$  4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd. MAP GRID  C-7  PicassoZ.com 863-688-6545

The Silver Moon has two screens usually showing first-run movies. Each screen has a double feature seven nights a week. You’ll enjoy listening to the movie through your FM car radio, but we also have in-car speakers available on some rows. Large pick-ups and vans are encouraged to park to the rear as a courtesy to other patrons. Visit website for showtimes. $  4100 New Tampa Hwy. MAP GRID  C-6  SilverMoonDriveIn.com 863-682-0849

Polk County History Center— 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. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed holidays. Free 100 E. Main St. MAP GRID  E-8  www.PolkCountyMuseum.org 863-534-4380

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. Open anytime. Free Wales Dr. and J.A. Wiltshire MAP GRID  G-7  LakeWalesChamber.com/Spook-Hill 863-676-3445

USA Water Ski Foundation Museum and Hall of Fame — Polk City The USA Water Ski Foundation Museum contains a wealth of sports memorabilia for water ski and boating enthusiasts of all ages. Open Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekend tours by appointment. $  1251 Holy Cow Rd. MAP GRID  E-4  USAWaterSkiFoundation.org 863-324-2472

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. Free 38217 U.S. Hwy. 27 MAP GRID  G-5  WebbsCandyShop.com 800-289-9322

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Off The Wall Adventures — Lakeland

Unleash your inner super hero as you fly above one of Winter Haven’s beautiful lakes! In addition to flyboarding they also provide water ski lessons, clinics, tube rides, disabled water ski boat rides and lessons, water ski shows and hang gliding for events. All hours under the sun! Call to book your lesson. $$$  995 6th St. S.W. MAP GRID  E-6  AbsoluteAquaSports.com 863-224-8001

Ready to hit the batting cages? Looking to get your adrenaline pumping with some paintball or kayaking? Off the Wall Adventures in Lakeland offers everything you need to get up out of those bleachers and get moving! This sprawling athletic complex includes a heated swimming pool, paintball field, batting cages, and opportunities for scuba diving, kayaking and fishing excursions. Open Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $ – $$$$  MAP GRID  B-7  2055 Shepherd Rd. OffTheWallAdventures.com 863-709-9253

Action Paintball — Winter Haven Action Paintball in Winter Haven, FL welcomes you to our new facilities: 2000 sq. ft. of retail store, with parents’ lounge, drinks and snacks, and indoor and outdoor restrooms. Outdoor tables and shaded areas are available by our THREE scenario-designed fields. Mon. – Thurs. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $$ – $$$  MAP GRID  E-7  1715 17th St. S.W. Action-Paintball.us 863-299-4042

Auburndale Speedway — Winter Haven

Orlando Balloon Rides — Davenport Once-in-a-lifetime adventure, filled with breathtaking views of Central Florida. $$$$ 44294 U.S. Hwy 27 MAP GRID  F-3  OrlandoBalloonRides.com 407-894-5040

Preston Aviation, Biplane Rides and Instruction — Winter Haven

See racing most Saturday nights at 7 p.m. February through November. Special events are held in December and January. Special races include Fast Sprints, Late Models, Demo Derby, Mini Cups, Racing for Kids Club and more. Go-cart races the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Saturdays. $$ – $$$  5640 S.R. 542 W. MAP GRID  E-6  AuburndaleRacing.com 863-551-1131

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 daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reservations recommended. $$$$  2073 U.S. Hwy. 92 MAP GRID  F-6  At Winter Haven Airport FlyTailWheel.com 863-956-2526

Balloons & Beyond — Polk City

Skydive Lake Wales — Lake Wales

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Central Florida. Ride the wind and see this beautiful area from a bird’s eye view as you’ve never dreamed. Not only will you experience the thrill of flight, but you will be able to see the area’s great natural attractions as you gently leave the bonds of earth. Open 7 days a week. Reservations required. $$$$  533 Edgewater Dr. MAP GRID  D-6  Balloons-And-Beyond.com 813-240-4844

Nothing gives you the amazing feeling of free falling quite like skydiving. Whether you’re working up the courage to take your first skydive or gearing up for your 100th, Skydive Lake Wales will be a winning addition to your itinerary! Tandem skydiving is the ideal choice for a rookie. Open 7 days a week, weather permitting. Reservations required. $$$$  440 S. Airport Rd. MAP GRID  G-8  FloridaSkydiving.com 863-678-1409

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Attractions & Adventures

Safari Wilderness Ranch

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Serengeti without boarding an airplane. Experience spectacular close-up encounters with herds of exotic livestock by safari vehicle or camelback. Fodor’s lists Safari Wilderness Ranch as one of the top 10 safaris in America. Tours daily by reservation only.

10850 Moore Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809

813-382-2120 www.SafariWilderness.com

Facebook.com/SafariWildernessRanch Twitter.com/SafariWild


Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House Wander through our indoor exhibits and outdoor groves. Learn about one of Florida’s oldest industries. Experience the virtual tour and see the process and history of how we squeeze our juice. Purchase a souvenir from our gift shop. Join us for weekly events. Kids of all ages are welcome! Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open seasonally: October-May

20160 Highway 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853

1-800-237-7805 ext 4110

www.FloridasNaturalGroveHouse.com

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Rainy Day Fun

Rainy Day? We’ve got you covered.

Don’t let a little rain dampen your vacation spirit. Fight boredom and bad weather with these fun indoor alternatives.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Painting With a Twist — Lakeland

Explorations V Children’s Museum — Lakeland This fun-filled museum appeals to all five senses with hands-on art and science exhibits and programs. 109 N. Kentucky Ave. MAP GRID  C-6  ExplorationsV.com 863-687-3869

18-hole miniature golf, laser tag, more than 100 arcade games, a laser maze and an indoor 4-story playground with areas for toddlers all the way up to 12 years old! 4825 S. Florida Ave. MAP GRID  C-7  TheFamilyFunCenter.com 863-644-1728

Florida Sports Hall of Fame — Davenport The Hall of Fame includes memorabilia from some of Florida’s biggest sports stars! 101 Adventure Ct. MAP GRID  F-4  CentralFloridaSports.com 863-420-2586

4111 S. Florida Ave. 863-646-5791 AMF.com/LakelandLanes

Cypress Lanes — Winter Haven

863-294-3295

First Frame Bowl — Lake Wales 950 Eagle Ridge Dr. 1stFrameBowl.com

863-949-4818

Orange Bowl Lanes — Lakeland 4318 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. OrangeBowlLanes.net

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The Jump House — Dundee An indoor inflatable playground for kids ages 2-12! There is also toddler play area. Don’t forget your socks! 29010 U.S. Hwy. 27 MAP GRID  G-7  Facebook.com/TheJumpHouseDundee 863-438-7474

Paint your own pottery and grab a healthy snack at this eclectic do-it-yourself art studio and cafe. Projects can be shipped home to you after firing. 4634 Cleveland Heights Blvd. MAP GRID  C-7  PicassoZ.com 863-688-6545

Polk Museum of Art — Lakeland

USA Water Ski Foundation Museum and Hall of Fame — Polk City

One of Central Florida’s top-ten art museums, this museum features educational programs, diverse exhibits and dynamic events. 800 E. Palmetto St. MAP GRID  C-6  PolkMuseumofArt.org 863-688-2611

Learn how water skiing’s pioneers innovated and changed the sport over the past 90 years. See and touch artifacts such as the first water skis. 1251 Holy Cow Rd. MAP GRID  E-4  WaterSkiHallOfFame.com 863-324-2472

CINEMAS

AMF Lakeland Lanes — Lakeland

2010 Dundee Rd. CypressLanes.com

Polk Mu

PicassoZ Art Café — Lakeland

Family Fun Center — Lakeland

BOWLING

Instructor guides you step-by-step through the night’s featured painting. Bring drinks and a snack to enjoy during your class. 3670 Harden Blvd. MAP GRID  C-6  PaintingWithATwist.com/Lakeland   863-646-0238 

863-858-3878

Attractions & Adventures

Cinemark Lakeland Square Mall and XD — Lakeland

Cobb Lakeside 18 Theatre & IMAX — Lakeland

Regal Eagle Ridge Mall 12 — Lake Wales

Cinépolis Polk Co. IMAX — Davenport

Palm Cinema 3 — Lakeland

Silver Moon Drive-In — Lakeland

3800 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. Cinemark.com

863-859-3140

5500 Grandview Pkwy. 863-547-0480 CinepolisUSA.com/Polk-County.aspx

Cobb Grand 10 Theatre — Winter Haven 920 Havendale Blvd. CobbTheatres.com

863-292-2466

1650 Town Center Dr. CobbTheatres.com 4226 Old Hwy. 37 Carmike.com

863-937-0415

863-644-5871

Polk Theatre — Lakeland 121 S. Florida Ave. PolkTheatre.org

863-682-8227

955 Eagle Ridge Dr. RegMovies.com

844-462-7342

4100 New Tampa Hwy. 863-682-0849 SilverMoonDriveIn.com


Spectator Sports

Have a

Field Day

DO YOU spend your weekends watching ESPN® in

your lucky jersey? If so, carving out time to see your favorite professional teams is a vacation‑must. From MLB to NBA to NFL, they’re all here, competing for glory—and your attention.

Pro tip: Score major points with any baseball fan and visit when Spring Training is in full swing.

BASEBALL

Detroit Tigers — Lakeland

Houston Astros — Kissimmee

MLB Spring Training at Joker Marchant Stadium 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. MAP GRID  C-6  DetroitTigers.com 863-686-8075

MLB Spring Training at Osceola County Stadium Astros.com 321-967-3200

Lakeland Flying Tigers — Lakeland

MLB Spring Training at Steinbrenner Field Yankees.com 813-875-7753

Minor League Baseball at Joker Marchant Stadium April-September 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. MAP GRID  C-6  LakelandFlyingTigers.com 863-686-8075

New York Yankees — Tampa

Atlanta Braves — Kissimmee

MLB Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Braves.com 407-541-5600

FOOTBALL

Orlando Predators — Orlando Tigers Lakeland Flying m Hagerty Photo Credit: To

Arena Football at Amway Center OrlandoPredators.com 407-355-2200

Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Tampa

NFL at Raymond James Stadium Buccaneers.com 813-870-2700

Tampa Bay Storm — Tampa

Arena Football at Amalie Arena TampaBayStorm.com 813-276-7300

HOCKEY

Tampa Bay Lightning — Tampa

NHL at Amalie Arena TampaBayLightning.com 813-301-6500

SOCCER

Orlando City Soccer — Orlando

MLS at the Orlando Citrus Bowl OrlandoCitySC.com 855-675-2489

BASKETBALL

Orlando Magic — Orlando

NBA at Amway Center OrlandoMagic.com 407-916-2255

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Arts & Culture

WHAT ELEVATES your creative spirit? Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural tour de force? A rare orchid in bloom at Bok Tower Gardens? The perfect harmony of good wine and good company at a lakeside bistro? You’ll find what you’re looking for in Central Florida’s vibrant collage of historic landmarks, galleries, museums, theaters, music venues and the rising stars and local legends who call them home and bring them to life. Whatever your taste is, there’s something we can all agree on:

CHOICE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.

the only question is ...

what catches your eye first ?

Harrison School of the Arts Theatre Winter Haven

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Bartow Art Guild — Bartow The Bartow Art Guild features festivals and exhibits of visual and cultural art classes for adults and children and the exciting annual “Bloomin’ Arts Festival.” 1240 E. Main St. MAP GRID  E-8  BartowArtGuild.com 863-534-18776 

BeFly Bike Tours — Lakeland Polk M

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Experience the beauty, culture and architecture of historical importance in downtown Lakeland by way of bicycle. Rentals and guided educational tours. Lake Morton MAP GRID  C-6  BeFlyBikeTours.com 863-899-1818

Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Imperial Symphony Orchestra — Lakeland Celebrating 50 years as Polk County’s orchestra, the ISO performs Masterwork, a full-staged opera and several outdoor pops concerts around Polk County. 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. MAP GRID  C-6  ImperialSymphony.org 863-688-3743

L.B. Brown House Museum — Bartow The L.B. Brown House Museum is a place to experience the work of former slave Lawrence Brown, who became a highly successful business leader. 470 L.B. Brown Ave. MAP GRID  E-8  LBBrown.com 863-534-0100

Lake Wales Little Theatre — Lake Wales

Bok Tower Gardens in Central Florida is a national historic landmark, featuring Olmsted gardens, a majestic bell tower, carillon concerts and Pinewood Mansion. 1151 Tower Blvd. MAP GRID  G-7  BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-6670

A non profit organization providing high-quality, live entertainment including recent hits and old favorites. Call or visit the website for the current line-up. 411 N. Third St. MAP GRID  G-7  LWLT.org 863-676-1266

Florida Dance Theatre — Lakeland

Lakeland Art Guild — Lakeland

Polk County’s only professional dance company and training school. The company presents three major performances each year. 305 W. Main St. MAP GRID  C-6  FloridaDanceTheatre.org 863-802-0399

A community of artists creating, supporting and contributing to the visual arts in Lakeland. Lakeland Art Guild hosts monthly programs the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. 421 E. Park Rd. MAP GRID  C-6  Facebook.com/LakelandArtGuild 863-646-8264

Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts — Lakeland Annual series of outstanding presentations in art, music, theatre and dance in Brandscomb Auditorium. Box office on Johnson Ave. 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. MAP GRID  C-6  FLSouthern.edu/FFA 863-680-4296

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitor Center — Lakeland Home to the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world with 12 structures and the water dome. Tours available daily. 750 Frank Lloyd Wright Way MAP GRID  C-6  FLSouthern.edu/FLW 863-680-4597

Frostproof Art League & Gallery — Frostproof A non-profit organization offering classes and displays of members’ art including landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, portraits and floral paintings. 12 E. Wall St. MAP GRID  H-9  FrostproofArtLeagueAndGallery.com 863-635-7271

For a list of annual arts events in the Central Florida area, turn to page 68. VisitCentralFlorida.org

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Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center

Lakeland Community Theatre — Lakeland The Lakeland Community Theatre presents four high-quality main stage productions, a youth theatre, classes, summer camps and workshops. 121 S. Lake Ave. MAP GRID  C-6  LakelandCommunityTheatre.com 863-603-7529

Frank Lloyd

Wright Arch

itecture

Painting with a Twist — Lakeland Instructor guides you step-by-step through the night’s featured painting. Bring drinks and a snack to enjoy during your class. Class times vary. Reservations required. 3670 Harden Blvd. MAP GRID  C-6  PaintingWithATwist.com/Lakeland 863-646-0238

PicassoZ Art Cafe — Lakeland Paint your own pottery and grab a healthy snack at this eclectic do-it-yourself art studio and cafe. Fused glass and pottery painting projects can be shipped home to you after firing if needed. 4634 Cleveland Heights Blvd. MAP GRID  C-7  PicassoZ.com 863-688-6545

Polk County History Center — Bartow Housed in a 1908 courthouse, this gallery showcases the art and history of Polk County. Exhibits rotate every two months. Includes a gift shop and children’s gallery. 100 E. Main St. MAP GRID  D-8  www.PolkHistoryCenter.org 863-534-4387

Polk Museum of Art — Lakeland Polk Museum of Art is one of Central Florida’s top-ten art museums featuring educational programs, diverse exhibits and dynamic events. 800 E. Palmetto St. MAP GRID  C-6  PolkMuseumofArt.org 863-688-2611

Polk State College — Winter Haven Polk State College presents a variety of musical, theater and artistic performances and shows throughout the year. Box office opens one hour prior to curtain. No advance ticket sales. 999 Ave. H N.E. MAP GRID  F-6  Polk.edu/Fine-Arts 863-297-1050

Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center — Lake Wales Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center located in a Spanish mission style church built in 1927 offers art exhibits, concerts and classes. 1099 S.R. 60 E. MAP GRID  G-7  Polk.edu/ArtsCenter 863-298-6883

Polk Theatre — Lakeland Historic Polk Theatre in Central Florida was built in 1928 and features an annual live performing arts series as well as films and special events. 121 S. Florida Ave. MAP GRID  C-6  PolkTheatre.org 863-682-7553

Ramon Theater — Frostproof Ramon Theater in Historic Downtown Frostproof features murder mystery dinners, music series and holiday events. 15 E. Wall St. MAP GRID  H-9  RamonTheater.com 863-635-7222

Ridge Art Association — Winter Haven A competition gallery, which stimulates appreciation of the fine arts. Open one hour prior to Theatre Winter Haven performances. 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. MAP GRID  F-7  RidgeArt.org 863-291-5661-4844

Polk County History Center

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Ritz Theatre — Winter Haven Restored 1925 vintage theatre is again a center of community, cultural and social activities and entertainment. Visit the website for upcoming shows. 263 W. Central Ave. MAP GRID  F-6  RitzOnCentral.com 863-295-9900

Southeastern University — Lakeland SEU has expanded their performing arts season with offerings varying from concerts to Broadway shows, operas and plays. 1000 Longfellow Blvd. MAP GRID  D-6  SEU.edu/campus-life/get-involved/arts-culture 863-667-5119

The Lakeland Center — Lakeland A beautiful facility offering a full variety of concerts shows, sporting events, and Broadway and entertainment series. See ad page 25 701 W. Lime St. MAP GRID  C-6  TheLakelandCenter.com 863-834-8111

Theatre Winter Haven — Winter Haven Theatre Winter Haven is nationally acclaimed as one of the best community theatres in America. Annual productions include a Main Stage season, a youth series, a summer musical and touring productions. 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. MAP GRID  F-7  TheatreWinterHaven.com 863-294-7469


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The ‘Water Dome’

Florida Southern College

The Lakeland Center

Unpack Once & See It All! Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and LEGOLAND® Florida!

Downtown Lakeland

Beautiful Lakes

and outdoor recreational activities abound!

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce 800-828-7655 visitcentralflorida.org

Joker Marchant Stadium

,

35 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 688-8551 LakelandChamber.com

Located in the middle of Central Florida, Lakeland is everything you look for in a Florida vacation!

Barnett Park

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Outdoor Adventures & Extreme Sports

YOUR IDEA of getting some fresh air is jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet. Playing board games looks like strapping on a flyboard and soaring over glassy lakes in pure Aquaman adoration. Spinning your wheels means kicking up grit and gravel as you slice down wild paths on your mountain bike. You’ll take your vacation straight up, with an extra shot of adrenaline please. Pick your poison: skydiving, wakeboarding, mountain biking, paintball, flyboarding, ziplining. IF IT MAKES

YOUR HAIR STAND ON END, WE HAVE IT ON TAP.

Time for a not-so-humble brag: we’ve perfected outdoor recreation. But we can’t really take all the credit. Our 554 sparkling lakes, other‑worldly landscape and enviable weather do most of the work for us. Need gear? No worries. We have plenty of convenient and affordable rentals, guides and outfitters sprinkled throughout the county.

That's Not Sweat It's

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Outdoor Adventures & Extreme Sports

liquid awesome.


Absolute Aqua Sports

“Instant Addiction” REVIEWED BY: janisjones728 REVIEW DATE: April 27, 2015 OVERALL RANKING: Based on 15 Reviews

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Bone Valley ATV Park Photo Credit: Jeremy Maready

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Outdoor Adventures & Extreme Sports

Boat and Canoe/Kayak Ramp Locations page 35

Absolute Aqua Sports

BOAT & KAYAK RENTALS

Camp Mack’s River Resort — Lake Wales

Pontoons & Jon Boats

CampMack.com 863-696-1108

AIRBOAT TOURS

Airboat Adventures at Captain Fred’s — Lake Hamilton CaptFreds.com 863-696-1637

Alligator Cove Tours — Lake Wales

Colt Creek State Park — Lakeland Canoes & Kayaks

FloridaStateParks.org/Park/Colt-Creek 863-815-6761

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center — Haines City Canoes & Kayaks

AlligatorCoveAirboatNatureTours.com 863-696-0406

FLALTC.org 863-439-7332

Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tours — Lake Wales

Grape Hammock Fish Camp — Lake Wales

AirboatNatureTours.com 863-696-0313

Pontoons & Jon Boats

Grape Hammock Fish Camp — Lake Wales

GrapeHammock.com 863-692-1500

GrapeHammock.com 863-692-1500

Westgate River Ranch Resort — River Ranch WGRiverRanch.com 863-692-1321

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Outdoor Adventures & Extreme Sports

Jennings Resort — Lake Wales Carolina Skiffs

JenningsResort.com 863-439-3811

Lake Kissimmee State Park — Lake Wales Canoes & Kayaks

FloridaStateParks.org/Park/Lake-Kissimmee 863-696-1112

Marine Supply — Winter Haven

Pontoons

MarineSupplyBoats.com 863-293-1156

Oak Harbor Lodging & RV Park — Haines City

Pontoons, Skiffs, Kayaks, Canoes OakHarbor-RV.com 863-956-1341

Off the Wall Adventures — Lakeland Kayaks OffTheWallAdventures.com 863-709-9253

Westgate River Ranch Resort — River Ranch Pontoons

WGRiverRanch.com 863-692-2942


Camp Mack's River Resort

FLYBOARD LESSONS

Absolute Aqua Sports — Winter Haven AbsoluteAquaSports.com 863-224-8001

PADDLEBOARDING

Paddleboard Winter Haven — Winter Haven PaddleboardWinterHaven.com 863-289-9502

PONTOON BOAT CRUISES

Alley’s Memory Makin’ Guides — Frostproof MemoryMakingGuides.com 863-632-0304

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center — Haines City FLALTC.org 863-439-2995

WATER SKI SCHOOLS

Absolute Aqua Sports — Winter Haven AbsoluteAquaSports.com 863-224-8001

Barefoot, Etc. — Winter Haven Barefoot-Etc.com 863-299-2613

Briscoe’s Ride Center, Inc. — Winter Haven TheWakeBoardCoach.com 863-521-1076

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team — Winter Haven CypressGardensWaterSkiTeam.com 863-521-2808

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

Lucky Lowe Ski School — Lake Alfred LuckyLowe.com 863-956-1115

World Barefoot Center — Winter Haven WorldBarefootCenter.com 863-877-0039

JET SKI RENTAL

Wave-Breaker Watersports — Winter Haven WaveWaterSport.Wix.com/Wave-Breaker 863-940-1188

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Fort Fraser

BIKE TOURS & RENTALS

Auburndale TECO Trail — Auburndale

Guided Bike Tours & Bike Rentals Lake Morton BeFlyBikeTours.com

5.5-Mile Paved Multi-Use Trail 863-899-1818

Florida FFA Leadership & Training Center — Haines City

Bikes & Helmets for All Ages 5000 Firetower Rd. FLALTC.org

863-439-7332

LeRoy’s Bikeworks — Lakeland

Hybrid, Mountain & Recumbent Rentals 6935 S. Carter Rd. LeRoysBikeworks.com

863-937-9028

Road & Trail Bicycles — Lakeland Mountain, Road, Hybrid & Kids Bikes. Racks Available 5113 U.S. Hwy. 98 RoadAndTrailBicycles.com

863-937-8058

Loyce Harpe Park

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Gator Creek Reserve — Lakeland

BIKE TRAILS

BeFly Bike Tours — Lakeland

Outdoor Adventures & Extreme Sports

318 Denton Ave. AuburndaleFL.com

863-965-5545

Chain of Lakes Trail — Winter Haven 3.2-Mile Paved Multi-Use Trail 325 Ave. A N.W. 863-291-5656 MyWinterHaven.com/Leisure_Services.htm

Circle B Bar Reserve — Lakeland

Paved & Off-Road Trails 4399 Winter Lake Rd. PolkNature.com

Trail

863-668-4673

Colt Creek State Park — Lakeland Off-Road Trails

16000 State Rd. 471 863-815-6761 FloridaStateParks.org/Park/Colt-Creek

Off-Road Trails

9725 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-534-7377 PolkNature.com/Explore/Gator-Creek-Reserve

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail — Polk City 29.2-Mile Paved Multi-Use Trail

S.R. 33 & C.R. 665 352-516-7384 FloridaStateParks.org/Trails/VanFleet

Lake Hollingsworth — Lakeland

2.7-Mile Lakeside Sidewalk Trail

920 Lake Hollingsworth Dr. 863-834-2233 Lakelandgov.net/ParkRec/LakeHollingsworth.aspx

Lake Kissimmee State Park — Lake Wales 13 Miles Off-Road Trails

14248 Camp Mack Rd. 863-696-1112 FloridaStateParks.org/Parks/Lake-Kissimmee

Fort Fraser Trail — Lakeland 7.75-Mile Paved Multi-Use Trail

Loyce Harpe Park — Lakeland

C.R. 540 & U.S. Hwy. 98 863-534-4340 TrailLink.com/Trail/Fort-Fraser-Trail.aspx

500 W. Carter Rd.

Off-Road Trails, Dog Park

863-534-4340


Skate Park at Lake Bonny Photo Credit: nocomplyfla.com

AERIAL

RACING

Balloons & Beyond — Polk City

Auburndale Speedway — Winter Haven

Balloons-And-Beyond.com 813-240-4844

AuburndaleSpeedway.net 863-551-1131

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Orlando Balloon Rides — Davenport

Hot Air Balloon Flights

OrlandoBalloonRides.com 407-894-5040

Skydive Lake Wales — Lake Wales

Tandem Jump or Freefall Training

FloridaSkydiving.com 863-678-1409

Stearman Flight School & Biplane Rides — Winter Haven Biplane Rides

FlyTailWheel.com 863-965-2526

Waldo Wright’s Flying Service — Winter Haven

Biplane Rides

WaldoWrights.com 863-873-1339

See racing most Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m.

Auburndale Skate Park — Auburndale 863-965-5545

Kiwanis Park — Lake Wales 1000 N. Lake Shore Dr.

863-678-4182

Skate Park at Lake Bonny — Lakeland 800 U.S. 98 S.

863-834-2233

Mary Holland Park Skate Park — Bartow 2015 Shumate Dr.

863-534-0120

Rotary Park Skate Park — Winter Haven 350 6th St. N.E.

FLALTC.org 863-439-7332

ATVS, ZIP LINES, ROCK WALLS & MORE

Absolute Aqua Sports — Winter Haven

SKATE PARKS 119 W. Park St.

Florida FFA Leadership & Training Center — Haines City

863-291-5656

Flyboard & Water Ski Lessons, Tube Rides

AbsoluteAquaSports.com 863-224-8001

Bone Valley ATV Park — Mulberry 15 Trails, ATV Rental

BoneValleyATV.com 863-534-6911

Off the Wall Adventures — Lakeland Scuba Lessons, Batting Cages, Kayak Rentals & More OffTheWallAdventures.com 863-709-9253

Westgate River Ranch Resort — River Ranch Zip Lines, Rock Wall, Swamp Buggies & More WGRiverRanch.com 863-692-1321

PAINTBALL

Wallaby Ranch — Davenport

Action Paintball — Winter Haven

Hang Gliding, No Experience Necessary

Action-Paintball.us 863-299-4042

Wallaby.com 863-424-0070

Central Florida Paintball — Lakeland CentralFloridaPaintball.com 863-640-2617

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Central Florida has some of the best—and most affordable—golf courses in the country. With 33 public-access ranges, resorts, links and parkland courses, there’s more than enough variety in skill and scenery to keep your interest out of the rough.

Already scrambling to make a tee time?

yeah, we thought so.

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Golf

The easiest way to round up a foursome? Two words: short sleeves. Not even a triple bogey could ruin your perfect day. Because it’s January. And you’re not scraping ice off your windshield or shoveling snow.

YOU’RE GOLFING.


Golf Club Rental

900 Southampton Blvd.

$

• 18 SP •

863-533-9183

190 Idlewood Ave.

$$

• 18 P •

Public or Semi-Private

863-666-8442

# of Holes

Restaurant(s)

 Bartow Golf Course

Lessons

BARTOW

Range

AUBURNDALE  The Hamptons Golf Club

Courses

Price Range

Golf

P = Public SP = Semi-Private $ = $5 - $25 $$ = $26 - $50 $$$ = $51 - $100 $$$$ = over $100

DAVENPORT/DISNEY AREA  Deer Creek RV Golf Resort

863-424-2839

42749 U.S. Hwy. 27 N.

$

• 18 P •

 Highlands Reserve Golf Club

863-420-1724

500 Highlands Reserve Blvd.

$$

• 18 P •

 Polo Park East

863-424-0093

525 Polo Park East Blvd.

$

• 9 P •

 Polo Park Golf Course

863-424-3341

1744 Challenger Ave.

$

• 9 SP

 Providence Golf Club

863-420-2652

1518 Clubhouse Blvd.

$$

• 18 P •

 Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club

863-424-8688

200 Eagle Ridge Dr.

$$

• 18 P •

863-292-2021

2501 Dundee Rd.

$

• 0 P •

863-428-1000

1000 Streamsong Dr.

$$$$

• 36 P •

863-635-2676

6603 U.S. Hwy. 27 S.

$

 Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club

863-421-4653

2888 Southern Dunes Blvd.

$$$

• 18 P •

 Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita

863-427-7150 ext. 4711

404 Village Dr.

$$

• 36 SP •

 Westgate Grenelefe Golf Course

863-422-7511

3200 S.R. 546 E.

$

• 36 SP •

863-692-1514

7510 Red Grange Blvd.

$

• 18 P •

863-956-4179

1000 Cypress Creek Blvd.

$

• 9 SP

863-679-9478

1503 Highland Park Dr.

$

• 18 P •

DUNDEE  Dundee Road Golf Range FORT MEADE (NEAREST CITY TO STREAMSONG)  Streamsong Golf Resort FROSTPROOF  Lily Lake Golf Resort

• 9 SP

HAINES CITY

INDIAN LAKE  Indian Lake Estates Golf & Country Club LAKE ALFRED  Cypress Greens Golf & Tennis Community LAKE WALES  Lekarica Hill Golf Club  Lake Wales Country Club

863-676-2422

2925 S.R. 60 E.

$$$ 18 SP •

 Oakwood Golf Club

863-676-8558 ext. 3301

3301 Old Wailes Rd.

$$ 18 P •

863-859-6871

10000 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

$$ 36 SP •

LAKELAND  Big Cypress Golf Club  Cleveland Heights Golf Course

863-834-2377

2900 Buckingham Ave.

$ 27 P •

 Huntington Hills Golf & Country Club

863-859-3689

2626 Duff Rd.

$

• 18 SP •

 Sandpiper Golf & Country Club

863-859-5461

6001 Sandpiper Dr.

$

• 18 P •

 Sanlan Golf Course

863-667-1988

2505 Sanlan Golf Dr.

$

• 27 P •

 Schalamar Creek Golf & Country Club

863-666-1623

4500 Hwy. 92 E.

$

• 18 SP •

 The Club at Eaglebrooke

863-701-0101

1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd.

$$

• 18 SP •

 Wedgewood Golf & Country Club

863-858-4451

401 Carpenters Way

$$

• 18 P •

 YMCA Par 3 – The Home of the 1st Tee of Lakeland

863-577-0236

1740 George Jenkins Blvd.

$

• 9 SP •

863-425-1153

6 Country Club Ln.

$

• 18 P • •

863-692-1321 ext. 41031

30529 River Ranch Blvd.

$

• 9 P • •

 Cypresswood Golf & Country Club

863-324-6174

1099 Clubhouse Rd.

$ 18 P •

 Lake Bess Golf Club

863-326-9171

218 Golf Aire Blvd.

$

• 9 P •

 Willowbrook Golf Course

863-291-5899

4200 S.R. 544 E.

$$

• 18 P • •

MULBERRY  Imperial Lakes Golf & Country Club RIVER RANCH  Westgate River Ranch Resort WINTER HAVEN

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Fishing, Shooting & Hunting

Please check all that apply.

You believe in five seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Pre-Spawn. There are two things in life you can’t buy: happiness and a good knot. You know, deep down, that every nibble might be the big one.

full disclosure: You

might have a little trouble reeling ‘em in when it’s time to go home. Fishing on Lake Kissimmee

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Fishing, Shooting & Hunting

If any of these speak to your Field and Stream soul, THEN YOU'RE IN LUCK. You’ve just touched down in the Largemouth Bass Capital of the World—a veritable outdoorsman’s paradise with 554 lakes primed for your enjoyment all year-round. Read on for a whole list of activities and “must-tackle” fishing spots guaranteed to satisfy the most fervent anglers in your party.


CANOE/KAYAK LAUNCHES PEACE RIVER PADDLING TRAIL

Peace River Kayak/Canoe Launch — Bartow 2419 S.R. 60

Heritage Peace River Landing — Bartow 3301 Homeland-Garfield Rd. (C.R. 640)

Ft. Meade Outdoor Recreation Area — Ft. Meade 1638 C.R. 700 (U.S. Hwy. 98)

Everglades Paddling Trail — Lake Wales Lake Kissimmee State Park 14248 Camp Mack Rd.

Camp Mack’s River Resort — Lake Wales 14900 Camp Mack Rd.

Port Hatchineha —Haines City 15050 Hatchineha Rd.

WINTER HAVEN CHAIN OF LAKES - NORTH Polk County has more than 550 lakes, and for the most comprehensive list of public access boat ramps visit: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission MyFWC.com/BoatRamps

A series of 10 lakes, connected by canals.

(Lake Haines, Lake Rochelle, Lake Echo, Lake Conine, Lake Fannie, Lake Smart, Lake Henry, Lake Hamilton, Middle Lake Hamilton and Little Lake Hamilton.)

Lake Conine — Winter Haven 1580 S.R. 544

BOAT RAMPS

Crooked Lake — Babson Park

Bob’s Landing Boat Ramp – 971 Ohlinger Rd.

Lake Parker — Lakeland

Lake Haines — Lake Alfred At the end of E. Haines Blvd.

Lake Rochelle — Lake Alfred Hwy. 17-92 and Lake Shore Way

Lake Parker Park – 910 E. Granada St. Lakeland Sertoma Park – 1800 Memorial Blvd.

WINTER HAVEN CHAIN OF LAKES - SOUTH

LAKE WEOHYAKAPKA (LAKE WALK‑IN‑WATER) Boat Landing Rd., off Walk-in-Water Rd.

Lake Cannon, Lake Shipp, Lake Jessie, Lake Hartridge, Lake Lulu, Lake Roy, Lake Eloise, Little Lake Eloise, Lake Winterset, Little Lake Winterset, Lake May, Lake Mirror, Lake Idylwild, Spring Lake and Lake Summit.)

Uncle Joe’s Fish Camp — Lake Wales

Lake Cannon — Winter Haven

KISSIMMEE CHAIN OF LAKES

Lake Hartridge — Winter Haven

Lake Walk-in-Water — Frostproof 4535 Walk-in-Water Rd.

Camp Lester — Lake Wales 14400 Reese Dr.

Camp Mack’s River Resort — Lake Wales 14900 Camp Mack Rd.

Coleman Landing — Lake Wales

A series of 16 lakes, connected by canals. (Lake Howard,

Lake Cannon Park – W. Lake Cannon Dr. past Ave. O, N.W. 20 St. N.W. off Beach Pkwy. th

Lake Howard — Winter Haven

East Ramp – Lake Howard Dr. & Central Ave. West Ramp – Avenue B, N.W. & Lake Howard Dr.

Lake Shipp — Winter Haven

Grape Hammock — Lake Wales 1400 Grape Hammock Rd.

Coleman Landing — Lake Wales 1450 Shady Oaks Dr.

Kissimmee River Public Use Area — Lake Wales S.R. 60 (Kissimmee River Bridge)

Westgate River Ranch — River Ranch 3200 River Ranch Blvd.

WINTER HAVEN CHAIN OF LAKES - NORTH A series of 10 lakes, connected by canals. (Lake Haines,

Lake Rochelle, Lake Echo, Lake Conine, Lake Fannie, Lake Smart, Lake Henry, Lake Hamilton, Middle Lake Hamilton, and Little Lake Hamilton.)

Lake Conine — Winter Haven 1580 S.R. 544

Lake Rochelle — Lake Alfred Hwy. 17-92 and Lake Shore Way

Lake Haines — Lake Alfred At the end of E. Haines Blvd.

WINTER HAVEN CHAIN OF LAKES - SOUTH A series of 16 lakes, connected by canals. ( Lake Howard, Lake Cannon, Lake Shipp, Lake Jessie, Lake Hartridge, Lake Lulu, Lake Roy, Lake Eloise, Little Lake Eloise, Lake Winterset, Little Lake Winterset, Lake May, Lake Mirror, Lake Idylwild, Spring Lake and Lake Summit.)

1450 Shady Oaks Dr.

Sertoma Park – 1651 Lake Shipp Dr. William G. Roe Park – 2403 7th St., S.W.

Grape Hammock — Lake Wales

Lake Summit — Winter Haven

1400 Grape Hammock Rd.

640 W. Lake Summit Dr.

Kissimmee River Public Use Area — Lake Wales

FLORIDA FISH & WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION FISH MANAGEMENT AREAS

Lake Hatchineha — Haines City

Port Hatchineha – 15050 Hatchineha Rd.

Each of these areas have multiple boat ramps on multiple lakes.

Lake Kissimmee State Park — Lake Wales

Mosaic FMA — Fort Meade

Lake Cannon — Winter Haven

Westgate River Ranch Resort — River Ranch

Tenoroc FMA — Lakeland

Lake Hartridge — Winter Haven

S.R. 60 (Kissimmee River Bridge)

14248 Camp Mack Rd.

3200 River Ranch Blvd.

3865 Peeples Rd.

3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd.

Lake Summit — Winter Haven 640 W. Lake Summit Dr.

Lake Shipp — Winter Haven

Sertoma Park – 1651 Lake Shipp Dr. William G. Roe Park – 2403 7th St. S.W.

Lake Howard — Winter Haven

East Ramp – Lake Howard Dr. & Central Ave. West Ramp – Ave. B N.W. & Lake Howard Dr. Lake Cannon Park – W. Lake Cannon Dr. past Ave. O, N.W. 20 th St. N.W. off Beach Pkwy.

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Cottage Rentals, RV & Tent Camping

Fishing Guide

Pool

Gas

Bait & Tackle

Restaurant on Site

Slip Rental

RV Hookup

Boat Rental

Fish camps

Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge Cottage Rentals/Camping: C = Cottage, R = RV, T = Tent

Wireless Internet

Fishing

AUBURNDALE

Fish Haven Lodge Mobile Home & RV Park – Lake Juliana 201 Fish Haven Rd. FishHavenLodgeFLA.com

C

• C, R

863-984-1183

BARTOW

Lake Juliana Boating and Lodge – Lake Juliana C • • 600 Lundy Rd. Lundyville.com

863-984-1144

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HAINES CITY

Oak Harbor Lodging and RV Park – Lake Lowery 10000 Lake Lowery Rd. OakHarbor-RV.com

863-956-1341

F • C, R

LAKE WALES

Bert’s Hideaway – Lake Pierce C • • • • C 2854 Tindel Camp Rd. BertsHideaway.com

Bud’s RV Park & Marina – Tiger Lake •

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Camp Lester – Between Lake Kissimmee

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1700 Tiger Lake Rd. BudsRVPark.net

FISHING GUIDES

863-439-7570

& Lake Hatchineha 14400 Reese Dr.

863-696-2274

C •

C, R, T

C, R

863-696-1123

• • C, R

TMCGuideService.com 855-FL-GUIDE

& Lake Hatchineha 14900 Camp Mack Rd. CampMack.com

TMC Guide Service

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak – Lake Pierce F •

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Grape Hammock Fish Camp – Lake Kissimmee F • •

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CampMack.com 863-696-1108

Central Florida Bucketmouths

CFBucketMouths.com 863-661-7226

Memory Makin’ Guide Service

MemoryMakinGuides.com 863-632-0304

Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service

BassFishingGuide.com 863-692-2208

Westgate River Ranch Resort Marina

WGRiverRanch.com 863-692-1321

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Camp Mack’s River Resort – Between Lake Kissimmee F •

3100 Canal Rd. CherryPocket.com

1400 Grape Hammock Rd. GrapeHammock.com

863-696-1108

863-439-2031

863-692-1500

• • C, R, T

Jennings Resort – Lake Pierce F • • • • •

C, R, T

Thomas Landing RV and Fish Camp – Lake Kissimmee •

C, R, T

4325 Jennings Fish Camp Rd. JenningsResort.com

3952 Sam Keen Rd. ThomasLandingFishCamp.com

863-439-3811

863-692-1121


Shooting & Hunting

Central Florida’s parks and preserves boast seasonal hunting opportunities for deer, Osceola turkey, small game and waterfowl. Prefer to test out your sharpshooting skills on pigeons of the clay variety? We have a host of trap and skeet ranges that hit the mark on family fun.

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HUNTING AREAS

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest — Frostproof

13,530 acres east of Avon Park in Polk County 5 miles south of Frostproof. MyFWC.com 863-648-3200

Avon Park Air Force Range — Avon Park

Active military installation may be used by the general public, with permit. AvonParkAFR.net 863-452-4254

East Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — Lakeland

50,692 acres in Lake, Polk and Sumter counties. MyFWC.com 888-486-8356

Hampton Tract at Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve — Lakeland

50,692 acres in Lake, Polk and Sumter counties. MyFWC.com 888-486-8356

KICCO Wildlife Management Area — Lake Wales

More than 7,000 acres along the channelized Kissimmee River, south of S.R. 60. MyFWC.com 800-250-4200 ext. 3333

Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area — Haines City

More than 8,000 acres north and east of Lake Marion, 5 miles east of Haines City on S.R. 580. MyFWC.com 863-648-3200

Walk-In-The-Water Tract at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest — Frostproof

More than 6,000 acres on C.R. 630, 2 miles east of Frostproof. MyFWC.com 863-648-3200

aim to please.

SHOOTING RANGES

LeadFeather Guns and Archery — Winter Haven

Indoor gun and archery range, gun and archery rentals available. Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 410 Overlook Dr. 863-875-8989 LeadFeatherGunsandArchery.com

Saddle Creek Gun Range — Lakeland

Outdoor rifle and pistol range in east Lakeland. Wed., Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3716 Morgan Combee Rd. 863-499-2613

Shoot Straight — Lakeland

Indoor shooting range. Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 230 N. Lake Parker Ave. 863-937-8021 Shoot-Straight.com

Southern Archery Outfitters — Lakeland

Indoor archery range. Lessons. Equipment and supplies for sale. 2332 E. Edgewood Dr. 863-450-2914 SouthernArcheryOutfitters.com

Tim’s Guns and Range — Winter Haven

Indoor gun range, gun rental available. Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.), Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3761 Recker Hwy. 863-295-9463 TimsGunsandRange.com

Universal Shooting Academy — Frostproof

Private shooting range. Premier firearms training for tactical units, individuals and competitors. Top competition facility hosting local, national and international competitors all year long. See website for local match schedule. 4330 Hwy. 630 E. 863-635-3425 UniversalShootingAcademy.com

Westgate River Ranch Resort — River Ranch

Trap and skeet shooting and archery range. Shotgun and archery rentals available. Fri. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3200 River Ranch Blvd. 863-692-1321 WGRiverRanch.com

Streamsong Resort — Streamsong

Sporting clays. Shotgun, ammunition, ear and eye protection included in package. Oct. – May: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Jun. – Sept.: Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1000 Streamsong Dr. 863-428-1000 StreamsongResort.com

Tenoroc Fish Management Area — Lakeland

Outdoor ranges, rifle, pistol and sporting clays. Mon., Thurs. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. – Sun. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 3755 Tenoroc Mine Rd. 863-668-5795 MyFWC.com

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Nature Preserves

Play your SURROUNDED BY MORE THAN 25,000 acres of wetland preserves, Old Florida scrub land and wildlife habitats, every sun-soaked, mossdraped panorama is a welcome invitation to get away, cut loose and hit snooze on “real life” for just a few minutes more. Relax and recharge as you hike, bike and wander through a tangle of live oaks and cypress, alive with herons, eagles, otters and alligators (to name a few). Explore, exhale and most importantly—observe. You never know what’s right around the corner.

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second nature.


Bald Eagle

Map of Nature Preserve Areas

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Nature Preserves PARK SYMBOLS

Arbuckle Tract at Lake Wales  Ridge State Forest — Frostproof 

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Circle B Bar Reserve — Lakeland  3

= BIRD WATCHING = CYCLING = PRIMITIVE CAMPING = BOAT RAMP = EQUESTRIAN TRAILS

Alafia River Reserve — Mulberry 

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A striking area in southwest Polk County with a cabbage palm forest along the river’s flood plain. This 334 acre preserve is also home to wading birds and amphibians. Outside the flood plain are majestic oaks that offer a pleasant place for a picnic. 4872 Indian Oak Dr. MAP GRID  B-8  SWFWMD.State.FL.US/Recreation 863-534-7377

Allen David Broussard Catfish  Creek State Preserve — Haines City 

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The state forest covers 26,579 acres and provides habitat for 24 plants and 19 animals currently having federal or state status as threatened or endangered. Take advantage of 12.2 miles of equestrian trails and more than 50 miles of hiking trails. Lake Arbuckle Rd. & Rucks Dairy Rd. MAP GRID  I-10  FreshFromFlorida.com 863-635-8589

Avon Park Air Force Range — Avon Park 

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This active military installation may be used by the general public to enjoy Central Florida’s unique habitats. Activities such as fishing, camping, hiking and hunting can all be enjoyed in this natural environment. Must have permit to hike. 29 S. Blvd. MAP GRID  K-10  AvonParkAFR.net 863-452-4254

Babson Park   Nature Center — Babson Park 

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Wander these 8,000 acres that protect seven rare plant species. The preserve offers great fishing spots, more Located along the Lake Wales Ridge, the area is home than 6 miles of trails for hiking, 7 miles of equestrian to many plants and animals found nowhere else in the trails, and a covered pavilion to rest and relax while world. The Caloosa Nature Trail is open daily from dawn to enjoying the beautiful wildlife. dusk. Maps for the easy, self-guided 1/4-mile trail walk are 4335 Firetower Rd. MAP GRID  H-7  available at the entry kiosk. FloridaStateParks.org/park/Catfish-Creek 200 N. Crooked Lake Dr. MAP GRID  H-9  863-696-1112 RidgeAudubon.com 863-638-1355

Once a functioning cattle ranch, Circle B Bar Reserve has been restored to its original natural state and is considered one of the best places for birding in Central Florida. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center to learn about the delicate ecosystem of Central Florida. 4399 Winter Lake Rd. MAP GRID  D-7  PolkNature.com 863-668-4673

Colt Creek State Park — Lakeland 

ALLIGATORS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF FLORIDA'S HERITAGE. An understanding of these fascinating creatures will ensure that you can observe these reptiles while preserving their vital role in Florida's ecology. their fearsome 1. Despite appearance, alligators are generally wary of people.

diets include fish, 4. Gators' turtles, birds and small mammals.

alligators can grow up are most active 2. Male 5. Alligators to 14 feet long. between dusk and dawn. breed in early alligators is illegal 3. Alligators 6. Feeding spring, and babies break (and dangerous too). out of their shells in August through September.

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Covering 5,067 acres in the heart of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, visitors can hike or horseback ride on more than 12 miles of marked trails that meander through and around several of the park’s natural communities, including pine flatwoods, cypress domes and hardwood hammocks. The park is home to the American bald eagle, Sherman’s fox squirrel, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobcat and feral hogs. 16000 S.R. 471 MAP GRID  B-3  FloridaStateParks.org/ColtCreek 863-815-6761

Crooked Lake Prairie — Babson Park 

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The 0.4-mile Lake View Trail and the 1.6-mile Scrub Trail lead you through four imperiled ecosystems (scrub, scrubby flatwoods, wet prairie and depression marsh.) This 525-acre preserve offers great views of Crooked Lake and of a wide variety of native plants (wiregrass, buttonbush, tarflower and Florida milkweed) and animal life (wading birds, scrub-jays, osprey, bald eagles, turkeys, coachwhip snakes and gopher tortoises.) 985 Ohlinger Rd. MAP GRID  G-9  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377

Crooked Lake Sandhill — Babson Park 

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One of the best remaining examples of a sandhill ecosystem in Polk County with an open canopy of longleaf pines. This 25-acre property is home to four rare animals: sand skinks, gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes and scrub lizards. 801 Hollister Rd. MAP GRID  H-9  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377


East Tract at Green Swamp  Wilderness Preserve — Lakeland 

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The Green Swamp East Tract provides more than 33 miles of trails and 71 miles of unpaved service roads that traverse pine flatwoods, cypress domes, hardwoods swamps and the shorelines of the Withlacoochee River. Entrance at intersection of Rock Ridge Rd. and Dean Still Rd. MAP GRID  C-3  SWFWMD.State.FL.US/Recreation 863-665-0062

Fort Meade Outdoor  Recreation Area — Fort Meade 

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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the 120-acre woodlands and Peace River. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and camping. Visitors can also enjoy the wonderful pavilions and barbecue grills provided. 1639 Frostproof Hwy. MAP GRID  E-9  CityofFortMeade.com 863-285-1111

Gator Creek Reserve — Lakeland 

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Two short, marked walking trails along with informational kiosks allow visitors to experience and learn about the habitat with its ancient scrub, lake shore, oak hammock, flatwoods and wetlands. The site is home to 14 rare plants, along with a variety of fauna. 1658 Scenic Hwy. MAP GRID  H-10  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377

Hollis Garden — Lakeland 

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Home to more than 10,000 flowers and ornamental shrubs, shade trees and a Grand Staircase. Explore the many wandering paths leading to beautiful fountains and thriving plant life. This free public garden is the perfect place to wander and enjoy the day. 702 E. Orange St. MAP GRID  C-6  LakelandGov.net/ParkRec/Hollis Garden 863-834-2280

Holloway Park — Lakeland 

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Lake Kissimmee   State Park — Lake Wales 

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Located on the shores of lakes Kissimmee, Tiger and Rosalie, the park covers 5,930 acres featuring 12 distinct natural communities including floodplain marshes, flatwoods and shady hammocks, and is home to 200+ species of birds. 13 miles of hiking trails and 6 miles of equestrian trails showcase white-tailed deer, bobcat, turkey and more. 14248 Camp Mack Rd. MAP GRID  I-7  FloridaStateParks.org/Park/Lake-Kissimmee 863-696-1112

Lake Marion Creek  Horseshoe Scrub Tract — Haines City 

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Gator Creek Reserve is situated on 2,700 acres and has 5 miles of well-established trails traversing through marshes, cypress swamps and hardwood forests. Horseback riding by special permit. Equestrian entrance only: 9305 Hall Rd. 9725 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. MAP GRID  C-5  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377

Hampton Tract at Green Swamp  Wilderness Preserve — Lakeland 

Hickory Lake Scrub — Frostproof 

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Approximately 28 miles of multi-use trails, visitors can enjoy cycling, horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching, picnic facilities and camping by reservation only. Trailheads: 18490 Rock Ridge Rd. & 12221 U.S. 98 N. MAP GRID  C-3  SWFWMD.State.FL.US/Recreation 863-648-3200

A wilderness setting within the city limits – enjoy the woods, trees, meadows, green fields, birds, butterflies and bugs! It is home to one of the best cross-country running courses in the state with trails that wind up, down, around, and over natural scenic areas. 2402 Holloway Park Dr. MAP GRID  D-6  HollowayPark.org 863-899-6569

KICCO Wildlife  Management Area — Lake Wales 

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This 8,083-acre tract combines the goals of rare species preservation, protection of natural resources and public recreation. The area contains pine flatwoods, cypress swamps, hardwood swamps, oak hammock, scrubs and freshwater marshes with at least 14 species of rare plants, as well as wildlife ranging from deer, turkey and scrub jays. Horseshoe Creek Rd. MAP GRID  G-5  SWFWMD.State.FL.US/Recreation 863-648-3200

A place where you can go to get the real feel of “old Florida.” In this region you will enjoy a rich patchwork of habitat extremes from scrub to marsh. Experience the ambiance by camping at any of five primitive campsites equipped with picnic tables. 25699 S.R. 60 MAP GRID  K-9  SFWMD.gov 800-250-4250

Blue Heron

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Lakeland Highlands Scrub — Lakeland 

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One of the last remaining remnants of the Lakeland Ridge where one can view dwarf scrub oaks, adapted to the sandy soils. The site is home to rare plant species and wildlife such as gopher tortoises, Florida scrub-jay and indigo snakes. 6998 Lakeland Highlands Rd. MAP GRID  D-7  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377

Mackay Gardens  & Lakeside Preserve — Lake Alfred 

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Mosaic Peace River Park — Bartow 

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Enjoy scenic vistas from the mile-long boardwalk that winds through the flood- plain to the river. See wildflowers, air plants and wildlife and learn about the Peace River ecosystem from educational signage posted along the way. 2200 C.R. 640 MAP GRID  E-8  FloridaHikes.com/Peace-River-Park 863-534-4340

Patterson Park — Fort Meade 

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A pristine expanse of natural Florida called the Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve. With almost a mile of lakefront shoreline, this 112-acre property is home to many species of endangered plants and animals. 900 Mackay Blvd. MAP GRID  F-6  MyLakeAlfred.com/Parks 863-291-5270

The park offers a number of amenities such as fishing, canoeing, boating and hiking as well as shaded gazebos with picnic tables, a beach volleyball court and restrooms. 601 N. Charleston Ave. MAP GRID  E-9  863-285-1111

Marshall Hampton  Reserve — Winter Haven 

Pine Ridge Nature Preserve  at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales 

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Visitors can enjoy open pastures, oak hammocks and a pond rich with birds. The shade of the large trees provides great refuge for visitors as well as wildlife. A variety of wildlife can be observed on the site, such as alligators, bobcat, turkey and pileated woodpeckers. South Corner of Thornhill Rd. & S.R. 540 MAP GRID  E-7  PolkNature.com 863-665-0062

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Visitors can experience a bog garden, an open glade and a sandhill forest community on a 3/4-mile trail that begins at Window by the Pond and terminates at the parking lot. Many shaded benches along the way serve as places for relaxation and reflection. 1151 Tower Blvd. MAP GRID  G-7  BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Saddle Creek Park — Lakeland 

SUMICA — Lake Wales 

Watch the wetlands, in the more than 500 acres of lakes, for waders such as glossy ibises and limpkins. Hike through mixed hardwood and cypress forest for a chance to see 36 warbler species in fall migration. Access for boating, fishing and canoeing. 3716 Morgan Combee Rd. MAP GRID  D-6  SaddleCreekPark.com 863-413-2399

Osprey Photo Credit: Al Snow

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4,031 acres featuring three trails, provide 9.1 miles of nature viewing among the pine flatwoods, oak hammock and marsh habitats. You may see a variety of birds, deer, bobcats, fox, gopher tortoises and occasional bear tracks. 14020 Hwy. 60 E. MAP GRID  I-8  PolkNature.com 863-534-7377

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Tenoroc Fish   Management Area — Lakeland 

Located on a 42-acre sanctuary in Winter Haven, the Lake Region Audubon Society welcomes guests to the historic home on the property as well as two winding nature trails and a boardwalk over the waters of Lake Ned. 115 Lameraux Rd. MAP GRID  F-7  LakeRegionAudubon.org 863-324-7304

Tenoroc is one of the gateways to the Great Florida Birding Trail with more than 10 miles of hiking trails offering both easy ambles on level ground and challenging hikes on hilly terrain. Birding hotspots at Tenoroc are numerous. 3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd. MAP GRID  D-5  863-648-3200

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The Nature Conservancy’s Disney  Wilderness Preserve — Kissimmee 

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The 11,500 acre preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. Explore rejuvenated longleaf pine forest, cypress swamp, freshwater marsh, scrub, flatwoods and oak hammocks. Allow at least two hours hiking the trail (not including stops.) 2700 Scrub Jay Trail MAP GRID  I-5  Nature.org/DisneyPreserve 407-935-0002

Tiger Creek Preserve — Babson Park 

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Hikers and cyclers can enjoy more than 7 miles of trails that run throughout some of the park’s most beautiful sites of slash, longleaf pine flatwoods, palmetto and gallberry and swamps. The river makes canoeing, kayaking, fishing and birding ideal for visitors. From U.S. 98 N., C.R. 54 west across railroad tracks, entrance on left. MAP GRID  A-3  SWFWMD.State.FL.US/Recreation 800-423-1476 33 Walk-in-Water Tract at Lake  Wales Ridge State Forest — Frostproof 

The state forest covers 26,579 acres and provides habitat for 24 plants and 19 animals currently having federal or state status as threatened or endangered. Take advantage of 12.2 miles of equestrian trails and more than 50 miles of hiking trails. State Hwy. 630 E.,6 miles east of U.S. Hwy 27 MAP GRID  H-9  FreshFromFlorida.com 863-635-8589

Horseback Trail Riding at Westgate River Ranch Resort

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Visitors can explore 8 miles of trails carved through the 4,778-acre sanctuary at the edge of Florida’s oldest landmass. The Preserve boasts one of the highest concentrations of threatened and endangered plants and animals in the country. 674 Pfundstein Rd. MAP GRID  H-9  Nature.org 863-635-7506

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Add to your “Birding List” 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 BROWN THRASHER BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH CRESTED CARACARA EASTERN BLUEBIRD FLORIDA BURROWING OWL FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY GLOSSY IBIS GREAT HORNED OWL HAIRY WOODPECKER KING RAIL LEAST BITTERN LIMPKIN MOTTLED DUCK NORTHERN FLICKER PINE WARBLER PURPLE GALLINULE RED SHOULDERED HAWK ROSEATE SPOONBILL RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD SANDHILL CRANE SNAIL KITE SWALLOW-TAILED KITE WOOD STORK For more information about birding hot spots and the Great Florida Birding Trail visit MyFWC.com.

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Dining

DON'T FORGET—your taste buds have a

Yes, gator tastes like chicken.

Yes, you can try it here.

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Dining

sense of adventure, too. So what’ll it be? Fried catfish and hushpuppies? Classic high-end steakhouse fare? Napkinobliterating BBQ? From upscale elegance to down-home grub, Central Florida’s food scene is sure to please everyone from the culinarily curious to the chicken-fingers-only crowd. Whether it’s a white linen or wet-naps kind of night is totally up to you.


Pizza Town — Italian

Call for hours and pricing

s = FINE DINING * = LOCAL FLAVOR

AUBURNDALE

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American 102 W. Polk St. BeefOBradys.com

863-968-0010

595 N. Broadway Ave. SonnysBbq.com

Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ — Barbeque

Sandwiches and soups. 175 E. Main St.

Original smoked barbecue. 3615 Havendale Blvd. 863-965-0230 SmokinJimsBarbecue.com

Sweet Magnolia Tea Bistro —

Chamba’s Sandwich Shop Restaurant — Cuban

Soups, Salads and Sandwiches *

Authentic Spanish soups, salads and sandwiches. 348 Havendale Blvd. 863-967-2454

Tea room and gift shop specializing in bulk teas and lunch. 212 Howard St. 863-965-1684 MagnoliaTeaRoomAndGiftShop.com

Chili’s — American

The Shake Shoppe — American

2323 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. Chilis.com

863-967-1230

Giovanni’s New York Pizza — Pizza

Home of the Big Mama Pizza. 303 Main St. 863-967-5070 GiovannisNewYorkPizza.com

Jay’s Place — Italian

Family owned and operated. 822 Magnolia Ave. 863-268-8298 MyJaysPlace.com

Jesse’s On Fire — American

Serving you simply the best. 117 E. Lake Ave. 863-967-2508 JessesOnFire.com

Main Street Diner — American

Stop in and check out the daily specials. 415 Main St. 863-967-1700

Offering milk shakes, ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches. 101 N. Main St. 863-967-3528

Serving lunch and dinner on Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Labor Day through Memorial Day. 441 Old Dixie Hwy. 863-967-3085

Pelican’s Snoballs — Ice Cream and

Dessert

More than 100 flavors. 1020 U.S. 92

863-514-9542

Pizza Connection — Pizza

*

Thin-crust pizzas cut into squares, also serving pastas and subs. 220 E. Lake Ave. 863-967-9349 EatPizzaConnection.com

590 N. Broadway Ave.

Casual dining in a sleek environment. 42605 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-534-6967 OvationBistro.com

863-533-3600

Perkins — American

43522 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-424-1823 PerkinsRestaurants.com

DISNEY AREA/ DAVENPORT

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American 45653 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. BeefOBradys.com 1850 Posner Blvd. CiCisPizza.com

863-420-3350

863-424-3800

Cracker Barrel — American

863-424-8100

Catfish Country — Seafood

Sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and chowders all made fresh. 39895 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-236-3990 Crispers.com

863-534-3111

*

Relaxed seafood dining with a Cajun flair. 2400 E.F. Griffin Rd. 863-646-6767

Cookie Jar Bakeshop — Soups,

Salads and Sandwiches

*

Specializing in wedding and cake sculptures. 305 E. Main St. 863-519-3333 CookieJarBakeshop.com

Curly Tails Barbeque —Barbeque *

Sandwiches

Davenport Ale House – American

A sports bar and restaurant. 1260 Posner Blvd. 863-420-8000

D’oro Palazzo — Italian

*

Authentic Italian cuisine inside Posner Park. 2200 Posner Blvd. 863-424-1100 DoroPalazzo.info

DHABA Indian Cuisine — Indian

Fresh, organic and authentic Indian food made to order. 103 Ambersweet Way 863-424-4466 DHABA.us

Friendly home environment for your dining pleasure. 550 E. Main St. 863-537-6373 Especially4UBartow.com

DiRomio’s Pizza and Grill — Italian

Hacienda Mexico Restaurante — Mexican

Grand China Buffet — Chinese

195 E. Main St. HaciendaFiesta.com

863-533-7600

Palace Pizza Bartow — Italian *

Using only fresh, high-quality ingredients for authentic Italian flavor. 105 E. Main St. 863-533-9300 PalacePizzaBartow.com

Perkins — American

150 E. Van Fleet Dr. 863-533-9688 PerkinsRestaurants.com

Ruby Tuesday — American 1710 N. Broadway Ave. RubyTuesday.com

863-519-9622

New York-style, hand-tossed, brick-oven pizza. 101 Divine Dr., Suite #2 863-420-2001 DiRomiosPizza.com Chinese buffet fare. 43554 U.S. Hwy. 27

863-420-2064

Kumo Japanese Restaurant — Japanese

Located in Berry Town Center. 207 Ambersweet Way 863-420-7779

Mannino’s Pizza — Italian

Gourmet pies, hot and cold subs, steak subs and pastas. 43362 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-424-4222

Mia Pizza — Italian

Come out and give us a try. 40230 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-353-2648 NFCafe.com

863-533-4704

Crispers — Soups, Salads and

120 E. Van Fleet Dr. BeefOBradys.com

Catering — Soul and Southern Style

Peeble’s BAR-B-Q — Barbeque *

Zaxby’s — Fast Food

Nothing Fancy Cafe — American

Ovation Bistro & Bar – American

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American

Great barbeque with generous portions. 330 Old Winter Haven Rd. 863-533-5685 CurlyTailsBBQ.com Delicious dining and carry-out. 320 Havendale Blvd. 863-965-2717 Especially 4 U Restaurant and NewChinaAuburndale.com

Steakhouse and sushi bar. 1902 U.S. Hwy. 92 863-967-8886

Vivian’s Cafe — Soups, Salads and

111 Dunson Ln. CrackerBarrel.com

BARTOW

863-534-1429

Sandwiches

CiCi’s Pizza — Pizza

New China — Asian

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse — Asian

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque

Pizzas, calzones, pastas, salads, sandwiches and more. 213 E. Lake Ave. 863-268-8281 PizzaTownAuburndale.com

Sake — Japanese

Sushi, steak and wine. 2700 Posner Blvd.

863-420-0188

Sunday’s Grill — British The best fish and chips. 2414 Sand Mine Rd. SundaysGrill.com

863-588-2162

The Hotel Tea Room and * Flower Corner — American

Unique restaurant, tea room and gift shop. 301 W. Maple St. 863-421-0827 TheHotelDavenportFla.com

The Proper Pie Company — British

British and Irish meat pies, pasty, bangers, scotch eggs and more. 145 Ridge Center Dr. 863-286-9170 TheProperPieCompany.com

True Blue Winery — Beer, Wine and Spirits

*

Featuring homemade blueberry wines, brick-oven pizza, salmon, wood-fired steaks and specialty sandwiches. Closed July-Sept. 604 Pink Apartments Rd. 863-419-4400 TrueBlueWinery.com

Zen Asian Grill — Asian

Authentic Chinese cuisine. 4812 Grandview Pkwy. 863-420-9958 ZenAsianGrillDavenport.com

DUNDEE

Golden Rays Sub Shop — Soups,

Salads and Sandwiches Tavern and sub shop. 101 W. Main St.

863-438-8010

Melonie’s Cafe — American

Small cafe, big menu, homemade foods. 209 E. Main St. 863-439-5416

EAGLE LAKE

Eagle Lake Diner — American

Full breakfast, lunch buffet or order from the menu. 185 5th St. 863-294-4222

All-natural, chemical-free ingredients. 2440 Sand Mine Rd. 863-420-3336 MiaPizza.net

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American 902 Old Polk City Rd. BeefOBradys.com

863-419-4848

Big Tony’s Pizza — Pizza

Hand-tossed, brick-oven pizza. 201 E. Hinson Ave. 863-419-8669

Dora’s Pizza — Italian Family friendly pizzeria. 35562 U.S. Hwy. 27

EAGLE LAKE (continued)

Giovanni’s New York Pizza — Pizza

Home of the Big Mama Pizza. 223 N. 5th St. 863-294-9400 GiovannisNewYorkPizza.com

863-422-6474

Johnny’s Dog House — American

Hamburger and hot dog baskets. 1100 Old Polk City Rd. 863-438-7775 JohnnysDogHouse.tk

La Fiesta Mexicana — Mexican

FORT MEADE

Lake Alfred Diner — American Breakfast served all day. 185 S. Lake Shore Way

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American

863-956-1200

Lang’s Taste of See ad pg. 50 Florida Cafe — Soups, Salads * and Sandwiches

Soups, salads, sandwiches and wonderful desserts. 5900 U.S. Hwy. 17-92 W. 863-956-1460 LangCitrus.com

Lavender and Lace Tea Room and Gift Shop — American

See ad pg. 50

*

Bakery and gifts, homemade baked goods and exotic bulk teas. 430 N. Lake Shore Way 863-956-3998 LavenderNLaceTeaRoom.com

Classic Pizza and Subs – Italian

Authentic Mexican food. 645 Ingraham Ave.

John’s Drive-In and Restaurant — American

Good food, good value and nothing less. 35496 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-422-3910 MannysChophouse.com

Enjoy classic New York-style Italian food. 228 S. Lake Shore Way 863-956-9100 LuigiFL.com

Nikko’s Egg City – American

Nini’s Lake Alfred Cafe — American

Pasta, hot subs, pizza and salads. 403 W. Broadway St. 863-285-6411

Classic drive-in diner. 17 N. Charleston Ave.

863-285-5202

FROSTPROOF

Four Seasons — American

Great food seven days a week. 5298 N. U.S. Hwy. 27 863-635-2951

Frostbite Ice Cream and More — American

*

Hamburgers, hot dogs and more in a 1950s soda shop setting. 801 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-635-4222

Ms. Charlene's Tea Room – Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

15 C St. 863-207-1211 FrostproofTeaRoom.com

Orange Box Cafe — Soul and Southern Style

Steak, seafood and friendly service. 7315 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-635-7927 OrangeBoxCafe.com

P & J Recreation – American 33 S. Scenic Hwy.

863-635-9825

Roscoe Panini Pasta and Pizza Tavern — Soups, Salads

and Sandwiches 3 N. Scenic Hwy.

*

863-546-6019

WHATCHA GOT COOKIN Café & Catering – American

Homestyle cooking, gift shop and local art. 400 C.R. 630-A 863-289-2347

HAINES CITY

All Star Grill — American

Sports grill with great food. 94 Maxcy Plaza Cir. 863-422-3455

863-422-2200

Manny’s Chophouse — American *

Serving breakfast and lunch. More than 79 items under $ 9. 35496 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-353-2698 NikkosEggCity.com

Serving breakfast, brunch, burgers and sandwiches. 148 W. Haines Blvd. 863-956-3504 NinisLakeAlfredCafe.Weebly.com

Shady Cove Bar and Grill — American

The Back Porch Restaurant —

The best hamburgers in Polk County. 7140 S.R. 544 E. 863-421-6800

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque 35620 U.S. Hwy. 27 SonnysBbq.com

863-422-1117

Swisspro Bistro and Spa at the Train Station — Soups,

Dining

*

A picnic lunch served in a quaint wooden basket. 101 C.R. 557-A 863-956-2227 StableHomeDecor.com

Floridino’s Italian Kitchen — Italian

Salads and Sandwiches

Restaurant and day spa in the beautifully restored, historic Haines City train station. One Park Pl. 863-514-4865 Swisspro-Tea-Spa.com/The-Bistro

The Port Steak and Seafood — Steakhouse

Signature rub and open-flame grill bring out unique flavors. 16000 Lake Hatchineha Rd. 863-949-4835 ThePortPro.com

The R-Place Eatery — American

Home cooking, serving both American and Italian cuisines. 35523 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-421-1304

Home of the world’s largest calzone. 29400 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-293-0077 FloridinosItalianKitchen.com

LAKE WALES

863-875-8913

Gary’s Oyster Bar and Seafood House — Seafood

*

Cherry Pocket Steak and * Seafood Shak — Seafood Steak and seafood shak with on-site motel and RV hook ups. 3100 Canal Rd. 863-439-2031 CherryPocket.com

China Pearl — Asian

Chinese restaurant offers delicious dining, carryout and delivery. 1372 S.R. 60 E. 863-676-7933 ChinaPearlBuffet.com

Crazy Fish * Bar and Grill — Seafood

Rated among the top five most popular restaurants in Florida by Urban Spoon. 802 Henry St. 863-676-6361 CrazyFishLakeWales.com

Downtown Deli — Soups, Salads

and Sandwiches

Daily specials, best in town. 120 E. Park Ave. 863-676-3354

Hershey’s Ice Cream — Ice Cream

and Dessert

451 Eagle Ridge Dr. HersheyIceCream.com

IHOP — Breakfast 740 S.R. 60 W. IHOP.com

863-676-0099

863-676-6748

Lake Wales Family Restaurant — American

Excellent food, friendly service and great prices. 109 S.R. 60 W. 863-676-8799 Facebook.com/LakeWalesFamilyRestaurant

L’incontro Italian Restaurant — Italian

*

Al’s Place — Seafood

All Star Grill — American

Good food, good value and nothing less. 210 S.R. 60 W. 863-678-0370 MannysChophouse.com

Find great food at inexpensive prices. 1530 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-679-3325 NorbysGreatSteaks.com/Als/ Sports grill with great food. 2019 S.R. 60 E. 863-679-9689

Arcade Coffee and Sandwich Shoppe — Soups, Salads and Homemade specials and desserts. 20 N. Market St. 863-676-8510

Cornerstone Grill — American

863-679-1975

A place where people gather to enjoy Italian food. 35 S.R. 60 W. 863-676-7400 LincontroFL.com

Sandwiches

LAKE ALFRED Farm-to-table restaurant. 175 E. Haines Blvd. CornerstoneGrill.org

Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

LAKE HAMILTON

Polk County’s oldest oyster bar. 660 E. Alfred Rd. 863-956-5055 GarysOysterBar.com

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Luigi’s Italian Restaurant — Italian

19598 U.S. Hwy. 27 BeefOBradys.com

Brock’s Smokehouse and Acropoli Italian — Italian and Barbeque *

One of the area’s favorite culinary destinations. 823 Eagle Ridge Dr. 863-318-9710 BrocksBBQItalian.com

Manny’s Chophouse – American *

Norby’s Steaks and Seafood — Steakhouse

*

Serving some of the finest steaks you’ve ever tasted. 2425 S.R. 60 E. 863-676-0296 NorbysGreatSteaks.com

Romeo’s Italian Restaurant — Italian

Cuisine all cooked to order at an affordable price. 1303 Hwy. 60 E. 863-676-8325

Sizzling Grill — Steakhouse & Seafood

21400 Hwy. 27 863-676-4898 SizzlingGrillLakeWales.com


Woody’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque Great southern barbeque. 19501 U.S. Hwy. 27 Woodys.com

863-678-1844

Abuelo’s — Mexican

3700 Lakeside Village Blvd. 863-686-7500 Abuelos.com

America’s Best Cuban Sandwich Shop — Cuban 863-859-0562

Anna’s Diner — American Classic retro dining. 5221 U.S. Hwy. 98 S.

863-647-9111

Antico Wood-Fired Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Pizza

Gourmet pizzas that cater to food allergy and dietary restrictions. 6645 S. Florida Ave. #5 863-644-8000 AnticoPizzeria.com

Bay Street Bistro — Fine Dining s

Great food and live entertainment. 211 E. Bay St. 863-683-4229 BayStreetBistro.net

Bd’s Mongolian Grill – Asian 1474 Town Center Dr. GoMongo.com

863-688-3700

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American 4810 S. Florida Ave. 1070 Wedgewood Estates Blvd. BeefOBradys.com

863-646-7757

863-853-9464

Black and Brew Coffee House and Bistro — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, coffees, beer and wine. 205 E. Main St. 863-682-1210 BlackandBrew.com

Bonefish Grill — Seafood 225 W. Pipkin Rd. BonefishGrill.com

Cracker Barrel — American

Golden Corral — Buffet

Butterfly Bistro — Soups, Salads

Crispers — Soups, Salads and

Soups, salads, sandwiches and country French entrees. 1212 S. Florida Ave. 863-940-4730

Sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and chowders all made fresh. 217 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-682-7708 1568 Town Center Dr. 863-646-2299 Crispers.com

Gosh! Asian Bistro * and Sushi — Asian

1601 Town Center Dr. Burger21.com

863-937-8002

and Sandwiches

LAKELAND

Really great sandwiches. 4907 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

Burger 21 — American

863-701-9480

Britt’s Cafe — Soul and

Southern Style

Cafe Roti Indian Restaurant — Indian

4343 Lakeland Park Dr. 863-853-5405 CrackerBarrel.com

Sandwiches

and Desserts

Cafe Zuppina — Mediterranean *

Divicious Deli and Coffee Shop —

GrillSmith — Fine Dining

Authentic Mediterranean cuisine made from locally grown produce. 4417 S. Florida Ave. 863-644-5144 CafeZuppina.com

Champino’s Restaurant and Pizzeria — Italian

The best food in North Lakeland and an atmosphere to match. 6617 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-937-8866 Champinos.com

Champs Sports Bar and Grill — American

1039 E. C.R. 540-A

863-701-0190

Specializing in innovative and creative interpretations of classic American dishes. 1569 Town Center Dr. 863-688-8844 GrillSmith.com

Elena’s Cuban Cafe — Cuban

Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille — Cajun

It’s not just good, it’s Divicious. 5327 S. Florida Ave. 863-646-4735 128 E. Main St. 863-940-9779 Join us for ths best Cuban food in Lakeland. 2246 E. Edgewood Dr. 863-665-3333

Fat Jack’s Deli — American

*

Local favorite deli since 1963. 2940 S. Florida Ave. 863-687-0262

Cold beer, great food, good times and family fun. 6645 S. Florida Ave., Suite #14 ChampsToGo.com 863-647-5900

Serves craft beer, burgers and barbeque. 1037 Dixieland Mall Ln. 863-937-8962 FatMaggies.com

Chef T’s Garden Grill — Fine Dining s

1485 Town Center Dr. FishCityGrill.com

Chick Fil A – Fast Food

4625 S. Florida Ave. 4132 U.S. Hwy. 98, N. Chick-Fil-A.com

863-607-9300 863-940-2828

Chipotle Mexican Grill — Mexican

3434 S. Florida Ave. 4204 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. Chipotle.com

863-248-4371 863-858-6231

Chop Shop — American

Gourmet hamburgers are our specialty. 118 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-603-4040 ChopShopBurgers.com

Fish City Grill — Seafood

863-683-1243

Hallback’s Bar and Grill — Soul and Southern-style home cooking. 3900 Don Emerson Dr. 863-937-8900

Il Forno — Italian

Italian restaurant. 3615 S. Florida Ave. 863-607-6030 IlFornoItalian.Blogspot.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries — American

J Burns Pizza — Pizza

2641 S. Florida Ave. 863-686-5552 4660 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-853-3183 FiveGuys.com

Specializing in square-cut pizza, subs and salads. 2306 E. Edgewood Dr. 863-450-2986 JBurnsPizza.com

Fred’s Market Restaurant — Soul

Jet’s Pizza — Pizza

Slow food, fast. 2120 Harden Blvd. FredsMarket.com

Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q — Barbeque *

and Southern Style Buffet

863-603-7080

Fresco’s — American

*

Bringing the casual bistro experience to downtown Lakeland. 132 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-683-5267 FrescosLakeland.com

Garden Bistro — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

BubbaQue’s BBQ — Barbeque

Concord Coffee — Coffee Shop

Gator’s Dockside — American

A craft coffee shop located in the historic Dixieland district. 1037 S. Florida Ave. ConcordCoffeeCo.com

Great food and great people, known for our grilled wings. 5147 U.S. Hwy. 98 S. 863-619-7619 GatorsDockside.com

Cozy Oaks — American

Gelati Joe’s — Ice Cream and Dessert

Homestyle cooking at affordable prices. 1201 E. Orange St. 863-802-8121 CozyOaksRestaurant.com

Good food, good times and all the flavors of New Orleans. 101 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-686-2228 HookedOnHarrys.com

Southern Style

Fat Maggie’s — American

Serving appetizers, soups and salads, entrees and desserts. 1525 E. Gary Rd. 863-687-4386 ChefTsGardenGrill.com

s

Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Vegetarian, French and Floribbean food. 702 E. Orange St. 863-686-3332

863-853-7722

Got Candy & More – Ice Cream

Cuban Delight Cafe — Cuban

Like eating in the Old Country. 5369 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-859-9075

3750 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. BuffaloWildWings.com

Premier sushi bar and Asian bistro. 4742 S. Florida Ave. 863-701-9818

Chocolates, cookies, ice cream and goodies. 115 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-853-9999

Ciao Bella Pizza and Pasta — Italian

Buffalo Wild Wings — American

863-619-2220

Authentic Indian cuisine cooked to order. 200 Parkview Pl. 863-688-2800 CafeRotiFL.com

All-you-can-eat fish fry Friday nights for $ 7.95. 3662 Harden Blvd. 863-607-9637 Great southern barbeque. 2444 U.S. 92 E. 863-665-4049 BubbaquesBBQ.com

4352 S. Florida Ave. GoldenCorral.com

Italian ice, gelati, Dole whip and more. 3601 S. Florida Ave. 863-646-3500 4710 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-937-8893 GelatiJoe.com

3234 S. Florida Ave. JetsPizza.com

863-709-9999

Some of the best eatin’ in town. 1215 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-683-3777

Jimmy Belle’s Seafood Market and Grill — Seafood

Nothin’ fancy, just fresh. 3120 S. Florida Ave.

863-940-4714

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe — Breakfast

Offers the finest breakfast and brunch daily. 3615 S. Florida Ave. 863-937-9666 Kekes.com

Lakeland Stadium Pizza and Grill — American

Serving the most delicious pies, wings, subs and salads. 1035 E. C.R. 540-A 863-701-7000 MJStadium.com

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Mojo’s Wings, Burgers and Beer — American

Great quality food, entertainment and outrageous promotions. 1853 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-583-9119 GetMojod.com

New Moon Sushi — Asian

Recognized as one of the best authentic Japanese restaurants in Lakeland. 4231 S. Florida Ave. 863-647-1212 NewMoonSushi.com

LAKELAND (continued)

Ling’s Buffet — Buffet

Asian-American fusion buffet dining. 4320 S. Florida Ave. 863-701-8787 LingsBuffetUSA.com

Longhorn Steakhouse – American

3737 Lakeside Village Dr. 863-682-8300 3392 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-859-7817 LonghornSteakhouse.com

Louis Pappas Cafe — Greek

Palace Italian * Restaurant — Italian

*

Traditional recipes using only the freshest ingredients. 114 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-0045 PalacePizzaDowntown.com

Palace Pizza Highland City — Italian

*

Using only fresh, high-quality ingredients for authentic Italian flavor. 5235 U.S. Hwy. 98 S. 863-709-8683 PalacePizzaHighlandCity.com

American

Enjoy the best steaks, seafood and salads in town at the best price. 5650 S. Florida Ave. 863-709-9262 MillersAleHouse.com

Panera Bread — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Mister Fish — Seafood

Patio850 — Beer, Wine and Spirits

*

Serving Lakeland, Florida since 1968. 715 E. Palmetto Ave. 863-688-4280 MisterFish.org

Mitchell’s Coffeehouse — Soups,

Salads and Sandwiches

863-709-9090

Ruby Tuesday — American 3635 S. Florida Ave. RubyTuesday.com

863-701-7829

Scarpa’s Italian — Italian

s*

Silver Ring Cafe — Cuban

Palace Pizza Downtown Lakeland — Pizza

Miller’s Lakeland Ale House —

4960 S. Florida Ave. RibCrib.com

Palace Italian * Restaurant North — Italian

Manny’s Chophouse — American *

Fresh stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled and family-friendly environment. Opening 2016. 3355 Lakeland Highlands Rd. MellowMushroom.com

Rib Crib — Barbeque

Classic Italian fare served in a relaxed, upscale setting. 1831 E. Edgewood Dr. 863-937-8940 ScarpasItalian.com

Traditions and recipes that have traveled well from Italy to Lakeland. 6120 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-853-1316 PalaceRestaurantLakeland.com

Mellow Mushroom – Pizza

*

Wonderful service, great southern food and famous pies for 77 years. 940 S. Florida Ave. 863-686-6661 ReececliffLakeland.com

Family-owned locale supplying pies and Italian dishes with gluten-free option. 5720 S. Florida Ave. 863-619-5919 PalaceItalianRestaurant.com

Serves up new-generation Greek for today’s customer. 1318 Town Center Dr. 863-284-1010 LouisPappas.com

Good food, good value and nothing less. 5125 S. Florida Ave. 863-940-9924 MannysChophouse.com

Reececliff Diner — American

4208 S. Florida Ave. Panera.com

863-701-9404

Community dining experience of food, wine and fun. 850 S. Tennessee Ave. 863-940-2030 Patio850.com

Pizzeria Valdiano – Pizza

Smallcakes Cupcakery — Ice Cream

863-815-8870

Smokin’ Aces BBQ — Barbeque

Offering barbeque outside of the box. 5675 New Tampa Hwy. 863-937-9787 SmokinAcesBBQ.net

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque 5910 S. Florida Ave. 3611 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. SonnysBBQ.com

863-646-2990 863-853-8283

Spice Thai and Sushi — Asian Authentic Thai cuisine. 3895 S. Florida Ave.

863-709-8321

Steak ‘n Shake — American 3906 S. Florida Ave.

Stevi B’s – Pizza 1523 Bartow Rd. SteviBs.com

863-648-1440

863-940-2831

Red Door Wine Market — Beer, Wine, Spirits and Gourmet Food *

Sumo Japanese Sushi House — Asian

1326 Town Center Dr. 3945 U.S. 98 Moes.com

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Bringing a California vineyard experience to Lakeland. 733 E. Palmetto St. 863-937-9314 RedDoorWineMarket.com

Tea Largo Beverage Co. — Coffee Shop

Central Florida’s favorite contemporary tea bar. 4634 Cleveland Heights Blvd. TeaLargo.com 863-688-6816

Texas Cattle * Company — American

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 735 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-686-9786

Got Candy & More — Ice Cream

and Dessert

Chocolate, cookies, ice cream and baked goods. 115 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-853-9999 TheDesserterieLakeland.com

The End Zone — American

Full menu of fresh-made items. 6206 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-858-7226 EndZone.Homestead.com

The Juice Box — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Lakeland’s first juice bar and café. 4295 S. Florida Ave. 863-225-5961 JuiceBoxCafe.com

The Poor Porker — Coffee Shop

Daily soup and sandwich specials. 316 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-5590

Moe’s Southwest Grill —

*

Authenic Mexican cuisine. 6645 S. Florida Ave. 863-646-2199 734 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-686-6958 TapatiosToGo.com

The Brunch Box — American

3901 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. SmokeyBones.com

MJ’s New York Style Pizza and Wings — Pizza

Southwestern

Tapatios Restaurante Mexicano — Mexican

Smokey Bones — Barbeque

Homegrown phenomenon sub shop. 1008 S. Florida Ave. 863-686-9035 4525 S. Florida Ave. 863-370-3774 SubsNSuch.com

863-816-6950

Healthy, fresh, authentic Mexican taste experience. 126 S. Kentucky Ave. TacoBus.com

1560 Town Center Dr. 863-226-5449 SmallcakesCupcakery.com

1610 Town Center Dr. PizzeriaValdiano.com

Purple Onion * Deli and Grill — American

Taco Bus – Mexican

Serving the most flavorful steaks of any restaurant in Lakeland. 735 E. Main St. 863-686-1434 TexasCattleCompany.net

and Dessert

Coffees and espresso, homemade desserts, salads, soups and sandwiches. 235 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-680-2944 MitchellsCoffee.com

NY style pizza and wings. 1747 E. Edgewood Dr.

863-686-3730

*

Great Cuban sanwiches – a local favorite. 106 N. Tennessee Ave. 863-687-3283

Square1Burgers.com

Subs ‘n Such — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Serving Chicory coffee and beignets. 801 E. Main St. ThePoorPorker.com

The Red Elephant — Pizza 5216 S. Florida Ave. RedElephantPizza.com

863-937-9141

The Terrace Grille — Fine Dining s

Provides a stunning view of the city, serving New American cuisine. 329 E. Main St. 863-688-0800 TerraceHotel.com

Sumo Sushi of Lakeland. 5295 S. Florida Ave. 863-648-1480 SumoSushiLakeland.com

Tijuana Flats — Mexican

Square 1 Burgers and Bar — American

Tokyo Steakhouse — Japanese

Featuring Florida’s best burgers. 4175 S. Florida Ave. 863-644-1121

4796 S. Florida Ave. TijuanaFlats.com

863-937-9155

Great food and great show. 2607 S. Florida Ave. 863-688-2288


Tony’s Studio B — Beer, Wine and Eclectic menu, fine wine, craft beer and live entertainment. 213 E. Bay St. 863-688-3469 TonyStudioB.com

TooJay’s Original Gourmet and Deli — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

New York gourmet deli, Florida-style. 1235 N. Parkway Frontage Rd. 863-937-1598 TooJays.com

Village Inn — American

3370 Lakeside Village Ct. 863-683-7700 VillageInn.com

West Caribbean Cuban Restaurant — Caribbean

MULBERRY

Carol’s Cafe — American

Fish, burgers, Philly cheese steaks, chicken and full breakfast menu. 113 W. Badcock Blvd. 863-869-9155

Carter’s Bar-B-Que — Barbeque 863-425-1983

Grits and Stuff Cafe — Breakfast

Southern food meets southern hospitality. 211 1st Ave. N.W. 863-425-5080

POLK CITY

P 2 O5 – American

Classic American dishes are served with clever sides and starters like horseradish onion rings, blue crab grits, or truffle tots. 1000 Streamsong Dr. 863-428-1000 StreamsongResort.com

s

A place where food is to be appreciated, inspired and savored. 1000 Streamsong Dr. 863-428-1000 StreamsongResort.com

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Expert presentations of classic Italian cuisine use the best that the earth and oceans have to offer, such as the day’s fresh catch roasted whole in a stone oven and served with hazelnut pesto and eggplant caponata. 1000 Streamsong Dr. 863-428-1000 StreamsongResort.com

863-299-8646

Andrea’s Family Restaurant — Greek

Greek and American cuisine. 1498 Havendale Blvd. 863-299-4564 Facebook.com/AndreasFamilyRestaurant

Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant * and Igloo — American Classic drive-in favorites that will take you back in time. 703 3rd St. S.W. 863-293-0019

Offers the best Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. 346 W. Central Ave. 863-293-1797 Arabellas.us

El Olivo Mexican Restaurant — Mexican

Homemade Mexican food. 223 W. Central Ave. 863-293-5885 Facebook.com/ElOlivoMexicanRestaurant

Elmo and Linda’s Magical Dining —

Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Steaks, burgers, wings, seafood and full bar. 325 W. Central Ave. 863-875-5544 TheFireRestaurant.com

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s — American

Floridino’s Italian Kitchen — Italian

Carrabba’s Italian Grill — Italian 910 3rd St. S.W. Carrabbas.com

863-293-6635

Chef Neil’s Bistro — Soups, Salads

and Sandwiches

Chick Fil A – Fast Food

143 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-299-2697 Chick-Fil-A.com

Chili’s — American

699 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-299-9555 Chilis.com

Crispers — Soups, Salads and Sandwiches

Sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and chowders all made fresh. 416 Citi Centre St. 863-401-8899 Crispers.com

DiMaggio’s Pizzeria — Italian

Pizza, pasta and more. 6980 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-293-9200

Egg Haven — Breakfast

We serve breakfast all day, lunch favorites and daily specials. 301 3rd St. S.W. 863-268-8269 EggHavenWinterHaven.com

6370 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-5157 HurricaneWings.com

Idle Zone Bar and Grill — American

1915 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-326-1772 IHOP.com

*

397 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-297-5555 FiveGuys.com

Authentic Italian pizzeria. 326 W. Central Ave. 863-875-4894

Hurricane Grill and Wings — American

Fire — American

313 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-295-9080 AztecaMex.com

Bistro Pizzeria — Pizza

Serving great Cuban sandwiches and more. 3001 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-875-5636 276 Central Ave. 863-298-4340 HavanasCubans.com

Outdoor seating with drinks and food. 615 7th St. S.W. 863-875-7949

Azteca D’Oro — Mexican

300 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. BeefOBradys.com 863-293-9464

Havana’s Cuban Sandwich Shop — Cuban

Magical dining experience. 371 3rd St. N.W. 863-514-5382 ElmoLinda.com

Five Guys Burgers and Fries — American

Walk-ins welcome and takeout. 1612 Dundee Rd. 863-293-5805

STREAMSONG RESORT

SottoTerra – Italian

Great for breakfast. 1174 Havendale Blvd.

Cuban-American bakery and sandwich shop. 104 W. Central Ave. 863-292-9706

Southern-style food. 122 N. Commonwealth Ave. 863-984-1047

Steakhouse

A and G’s Family Restaurant — American

Chef Boy R G’s — Cuban

Country Angels Restaurant — American

Restaurant Fifty-Nine —

Pays tribute to original Mexican cuisine. 58 4th St. N.W. 863-298-0993 ElNortenosMexicanRestaurant.com

Arabellas Ristorante — Italian s

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily specials. 2215 S. Combee Rd. 863-606-5954 WestCaribbeanCuban.net

Just plain good. 709 E. Canal St.

El Norteno Restaurant — Mexican

WINTER HAVEN

Spirits

Home of the world’s largest calzone. 1919 6th St. N.W. 863-293-0077 FloridinosItalianKitchen.com

Giovanni’s New York Pizza — Pizza

Home of the Big Mama Pizza. 6959 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-9100 GiovannisNewYorkPizza.com

Golden Corral — Buffet

5722 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-9100 GoldenCorral.com

Gourmet Goodies — Ice Cream and Dessert

Specializes in gourmet cupcakes, cakes, cookies, ice cream and desserts. 68 4th St. N.W. 863-670-7113 GGCupcake.com

Wine, craft beer, desserts and gourmet lunches. 5535 Cypress Gardens Blvd., #150 863-318-8800 GrapeExpectationsFineWine.com

Harborside Restaurant —

*

Steaks, chops and seafood in a beautiful waterfront setting. 2435 7th St. S.W. 863-293-7070 HarborsideFL.com

Harry’s Old Place — Seafood

KC’s Big Dipper Frozen Custard — Ice Cream and Dessert

Freshly made frozen custard. 3080 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-324-7309 KCsBigDipper.com

Longhorn Steakhouse — Steakhouse

875 1st St. S.W. 863-295-7740 LonghornSteakhouse.com

Mama Dilo’s Deli – American

A Winter Haven institution for more than 30 years. 93 1st St. S. 863-294-3397 MamaDilos.com

Manny’s Original Chophouse — American

*

Good food, good value and nothing less. 1100 3rd St. S.W. 863-293-9349 MannysChophouse.com

My Nature’s Delight Cafe – Soups,

Salads and Sandwiches

Organic food items served daily. 3015 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-1778 MyNaturesDelight.com

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse – Asian Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar. 620 3rd St. S.W. 863-291-0295

Grape Expectations Fine Wine — Beer, Wine and Spirits

Steakhouse, Seafood

IHOP — American

*

Where the fish is always delicious. 3751 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-324-0301 HarrysOldPlace.com

Outback Steakhouse – Steakhouse

170 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. Outback.com 863-295-9800

Panera Bread – Soups, Salads and Sandwiches 137 Landings Blvd. Panera.com

863-293-4280

Pappy’s Grill — American

Biggest country boy breakfast around. 2073 Hwy. 92 W. 863-268-8240

Pasquales Pizzeria — Italian

*

Italian eats and pizzeria fare. 113 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-401-9333

Perkins — American

6005 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-875-0620 PerkinsRestaurants.com

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Southeast Eatery — Soul and Southern Style

Homestyle cooking. 3378 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-326-1110

Slyce Pizza Kitchen — Pizza

WINTER HAVEN (continued)

Pizzanos Pizza — Pizza

Premier pizza shop. 3062 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-318-1045 PizzanosPizzaAndGrinders.com

Randy’s Family Restaurant — American Great taste of corporate restaurant with mom-'n-pop prices. 106 Ave. I S.E. 863-875-5531

Red Lobster — Seafood 230 Cypress Gardens Blvd. RedLobster.com

863-294-8844

Richard’s Fine Coffees — Coffee Shop

Specializing in handcrafted dough, homemade sauces, and the use of all fresh, organic ingredients. 863-875-8000 1551 3rd St. S.W. SlycePizzaKitchen.com

Tanners Lakeside Restaurant * and Bar — American

Thai Haven — Asian

Unique Thai culinary experience. 309 W. Central Ave. 863-291-8085 ThaiHavenWH.com

The Deli Basket — Soups, A local favorite. 3078 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-325-9800

The Seasoned Stone – Specialty

Rick’s BBQ – Barbeque

Tijuana Flats — Mexican

Royal Asian Fusion – Asian Upscale Asian food. 844 6th St. N.W.

863-293-6888

Ruby Tuesday – American

5995 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-6300 RubyTuesday.com

Sakura Japanese Steak House – Asian

Delicious Japaense-style lunches and dinners. 787 3rd St. S.W. 863-299-3388 SakuraJapaneseSteakHouseFL.com

Schack’s Bar B-Que – Barbeque

Barbecue, wings, steaks and soup/salad bar. 3000 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-324-1537

Scores Family Sports Cafe – American Awesome food, great friends and a good time. 32 Ave. A N.W. 863-326-9506

Salads and Sandwiches

Serving coffees, espresso beverages, pastries, sandwiches and salads. 330 Ave. A N.W. 863-291-3082 RichardsFineCoffees.com Barbeque worth writing home about. 204 6th St. S.W. 863-299-0354 RicksBarBQ.com

feeling

New restaurant and bar destination on the beautiful Chain of Lakes. 1006 S. Lake Howard Dr. 863-662-5948 TannersLakeside.com

Homemade with fresh, local ingredients. Call for hours. 132 Ave. B S.W. 863-875-5756

5935 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-3262 TijuanaFlats.com

Tsunami Sushi — Asian

*

Traditional Japanese cuisine and sushi bar. 317 W. Central Ave. 863-293-2395 TsunamiSushi.US

Woody’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque

Great southern barbeque. 1088 Havendale Blvd. N.W. 863-297-5330 Woodys.com

Zaxby’s — Fast Food

797 3rd St. S.W. Zaxbys.com

GOOD TIMES ARE ALWAYS ON TAP AT THESE LOCAL SPOTS.

Beer Revolution — Lakeland 2972 Lakeland Highlands Rd. BeerRev.com

863-455-9555

Brass Tap — Lakeland 1515 Town Center Dr. BrassTapBeerBar.com/Lakeland

863-680-9994

Brew Hub — Lakeland 3900 Frontage Rd. S. BrewHub.com

863-698-7600

Grove Roots Brewing Company — Winter Haven

300 3rd Street S.W. 863-412-6373 GroveRoots.com Opening Mid-2016

Lakeland Brewing Company — Lakeland 640 E. Main St. LakelandBrewingCompany.com

863-630-0432

863-299-7200

Taste of Florida Café

Fresh Squeezed Juice • Florida Citrus Wines Gift Shop • Orangeberry Ice Cream Fruit Shipping Department • Catering

Somewhere Sports Bar and Grill – American Frosted mugs that never go empty. 5688 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-7524

Sonny’s Bar-B-Q — Barbeque 4600 Recker Hwy. SonnysBbq.com

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5900 Hwy 17-92, Haines City, FL 33844 863-956-1460 www.langcitrus.com


Pig out or chill out

Better yet, do both. Get your BBQ fix at one of our can’t‑miss rib joints, then satisfy your sweet tooth with a cool treat. Either way, grab napkins.

Our favorite BBQ joints:

The best in sweet and refreshing:

Curly Tails BBQ – Bartow

KC’s Big Dipper – Winter Haven

Peebles Bar-B-Que – Auburndale

Andy’s Igloo – Winter Haven

Schack’s BBQ – Winter Haven

YoDaddio Frozen Yogurt – Davenport

BubbaQues – Lakeland

Gelati Joe’s – Lakeland

330 Old Winter Haven Rd. 441 Old Dixie Hwy.

863-533-5685

863-967-3085

3000 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-324-1537 2444 U.S. 92 E.

863-665-4049

Jimbo’s Pit Bar-B-Q – Lakeland

1215 E. Memorial Blvd.

863-683-3777

Smokin’ Aces – Lakeland 5675 New Tampa Hwy.

863-937-9787

Smokin’ Jim’s House of BBQ – Auburndale 3615 Havendale Blvd.

863-965-0230

Carter’s Bar-B-Que — Mulberry 709 E. Canal St.

3080 Cypress Gardens Rd. 863-324-7309 703 3rd St. S.W.

863-293-0019

2250 Posner Blvd.

3601 S. Florida Ave. 4710 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

863-424-2444

863-646-3500 863-937-8893

Shake Shoppe – Auburndale 101 N. Main St.

863-967-3528

Frostbite Ice Cream and More – Frostproof 801 N. Scenic Hwy.

863-635-4222

Pelican’s Snoballs – Auburndale 1020 U.S. 92

863-514-9542

863-425-1983

Check Annual Events on page 68 for information on big annual BBQ events such as Pigfest in Lakeland, Ribs on the Ridge in Haines City and Smoke on the Water in Winter Haven.

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Shopping

Sometimes, A LITTLE RETAIL THERAPY is just what the doctor ordered. From unique boutiques and local art galleries to vintage thrift stores and treasure-laden antique districts, Central Florida is fully stocked with all manner of lucky finds and one-of-a-kind gifts to take home. You’ll definitely need a memento of your trip.

after all, who can remember

everything?

BARTOW

Antiques on Main — Antiques

Antiques, collectibles and curiosities. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 375 E. Main St. 863-533-4383

Polk County History Center — Gifts

History center showcasing the art and history of Polk County. Tues.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., closed holidays. 100 E. Main St. 863-534-4386 PolkHistoryCenter.org

Smith & Jones Antiques — Antiques Bok Tower Gardens Gift Shop

AUBURNDALE

Sweet Magnolia Tea Bistro — Gifts

Tea room and gift shop specializing in bulk teas, lunch, children’s tea parties, baby/bridal showers and catering. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 212 Howard St. 863-965-1684 MySweetMagnolias.com

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Fine-quality antique furniture. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 575 E. Main St. 863-533-7635 DISNEY AREA/DAVENPORT

Central Florida Visitor Information Center — Gifts

Unique and authentic Florida souvenirs and post cards, fun kids’ items, everything alligator, local food and candies, historical and nature-themed books. Open daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 101 Adventure Ct. 863-420-2586

Webb's Candy Shop — Citrus

From their famous goat’s milk fudge to their unique citrus candies, Webb’s Candy Shop is a fascinating experience for children and adults alike. Daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m. 38217 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. 863-422-1051 WebbsCandyShop.com DUNDEE/LAKE HAMILTON

Marqueen's Antiques — Antiques

Bless This Mess — Antiques

Posner Park — Shopping Mall

Century Cottage Antiques and Gifts — Antiques

Antiques, collectibles and gifts. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 124 W. Bay St. 863-421-3533 Open-air shops, theatre and restaurants featuring Best Buy, JC Penney, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. Posner Blvd.

The Hotel Tea Room & Flower Corner — Gifts

Tea room, flower shop and gift shop. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The Flower Corner: Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. 301 W. Maple St. 863-421-0827 TheHotelDavenportFla.com

True Blue Winery and Bistro — Gifts

Featuring homemade blueberry and blackberry wine as well as muscadine, citrus, orange and peach wines. Mon.–Tues. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. 604 Pink Apartments Rd. 863-419-4400 TrueBlueWinery.com

Thrift and vintage shop. Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 129 E. Main St. 863-287-0459

Antique furnishings, jewelry, glassware, pictures, linen, clocks, chandeliers, candles, rugs and wreaths. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–4 p.m. 29890 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-438-0200

Davidson of Dundee — Citrus

Citrus-themed candy and gifts. Oct.–April: Daily 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; May–Sept.: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 28421 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-439-1698 DavidsonofDundee.com

Southern Comfort Antiques — Antiques

Southern Comfort Antiques was established in 2001 and is located in quiet Dundee, Florida. We are a 4,000‑sq.-foot air-conditioned mall with 25 dealers. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 29119 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. 863-439-4944


Art-O-Mat at Polk Museum of Art

The Gallery and Frame Shop — Gallery

LAKE WALES

All About Antiques — Antiques

We sell a variety of antiques, collectibles, shabby chic and painted furniture. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Closed August. 415 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-676-7411 Polk Mu

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Biggar Antiques — Antiques

FORT MEADE

Chinoiserie — Antiques

Specializes in European antiques, porcelain art, bronzes, furniture, lighting, rugs, mirrors and more. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 110 W. Broadway St. 863-285-8050 ChinoiserieAntiques.Blogspot.com HAINES CITY

ARTful Salvage — Gallery

Repurposed art including glass garden totems, bird feeders, bird baths and planters, etched mirrors, ever-blooming flowers, stained glass mosaic windows, tiered dessert plates, platters and stands. By appointment only. 863-438-6221 ARTfulSalvage.blogspot.com

Katros Groves — Citrus

Fresh Florida citrus. Open mid-Oct.–Apr.: Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 8043 Lake Lowery Rd. 863-956-1230

Lang’s Sun Country Groves & Fruit Shipper — Citrus

Soups, salads, sandwiches and wonderful desserts. Don't miss their grapefruit pie. Oct.–May: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 5900 U.S. Highway 17-92 W. 863-956-1460 LangCitrus.com

Ridge Island Groves — Citrus

Fresh juice, oranges, marmalades, orange ice cream, grove tour with you-pick citrus. Come out and try our fresh-squeezed orange juice! Oct.–May: Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 6000 Polk City Rd. 863-422-0333 RidgeIslandGroves.com

Not your typical antique shop! With more than 50 years in the business, an everchanging inventory and some of the most unique items to be found, Biggar’s has something for every collector. Sept.–July: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 140 W. Haines Blvd. 863-956-4853 BiggarAntiques.com

Lavender & Lace Tea Room & Gift Shop — Gifts

Special “TEA” bakery and gifts. Wide variety of whimsical and personal gifts and floral. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 430 N. Lake Shore Way 863-956-3998 LavenderNLaceTeaRoom.com

Potpourri Antiques and Gifts & Molly’s Paperie — Boutique

A great little shop in downtown Lake Alfred filled with gifts, fun and funky jewelry, Vera Bradley, imprintable invitations for every occasion, home decor and more! Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 144 W. Haines Blvd. 863-956-5535

Ron’s Tackle Box— Antiques

“Let’s go fishing!” Hosting the old Angler’s Antique Gallery. Mon.– Thurs. 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 6:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 380 S. Lake Shore Way 863-956-4990

Tela's Fabrics — Boutique

A high-end fabric shop located in Lake Alfred. Open Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 155 E. Haines Blvd. 863-956-1890

The Barn Antiques, The Stable Gifts — Gifts

Offering a unique shopping experience to suit anyone’s taste! A variety of items for every occasion. Open Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 101 C.R. 557-A 863-956-1363 StableHomeDecor.com

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. Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 1151 Tower Blvd. 863-678-1159 BokTowerGardens.org

Custom framing and original works by local artists. Offering prints and art supplies. Mon.–Tues., Thurs.–Fri. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Wed., Sat. 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.; Summer: Closed Sat. 249 E. Stuart Ave. 863-676-2821 TheGalleryandFrameShop.com

Village Kitchen Shop — Gifts

Visit us in historic Lake Wales for all your cooking, baking, home goods and bakeware needs. Mon.–Sat. 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 257 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-1146 VillageKitchenShop.com LAKELAND

360 Unlimited — Boutique

Bridgemaster Fishing — Gifts

Specializing in vintage clothing and accessories, retro furniture and home decor. Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–5 p.m. 911 S. Florida Ave. 863-683-0000 360Unlmtd.com

BSD Galleries — Gallery

1026 SoFlo Fine Arts Gallery & Marketplace — Gallery

Family owned and operated. Mon.–Fri. 6 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.–5 p.m. 2131 S.R. 60 E. 863-676-1009 Fine contemporary jewelry. Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m–4 p.m.; Nov.–Apr.: Saturdays only. 208 E. Stuart Ave. 863-679-2787 BSDGalleries.com

Eagle Ridge Mall — Shopping Mall

Major retailers with specialty stores, food and carousel. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–6 p.m. 451 Eagle Ridge Dr. 863-676-2300 EagleRidgeMall.com

Distinctive fine art, artisan jewelry, home and garden accessories, unique gifts and art-driven apparel. Tues.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m.; Jun.–Aug. by appointment. 1026 S. Florida Ave. 863-409-7901

A Kind Place — Boutique

Offers handmade, fair-trade and vintage goods. Tues. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Wed. 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thurs.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 1037 S. Florida Ave. 518-894-9409 AKind.Place

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House — Citrus

Baby Avenue — Gifts

A wonderful array of citrus-related gifts, food, books and more. 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 FloridasNatural.com

A baby and children’s boutique offering boys’ and girls’ clothing, unique accessories, nursery décor and much more. Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 3143 S. Florida Ave. 863-838-7974 BabyAvenue.com

Inglenook Antiques and Collectibles — Antiques

Bits Of Art — Gifts

Antiques and collectibles, books and lamp repair. Antique post card magnets for souvenirs. Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 3607 N. Scenic Hwy. 863-678-1641

Relics Reclaimed — Antiques

Antiques, collectibles and gifts. Wed.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 2509 S.R. 60 E. 863-241-7319

Unique gifts from all around the world, with a focus on American artisan products. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 4788 S. Florida Ave. 863-644-3795

Black Swan Bazaar — Antiques

Antiques, gifts, unique pieces and more. Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5  p.m. 229 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-510-5980 BlackSwanBazaar.com

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Vintage Warehouse Lakeland — Antiques

Shopping Lakeland Park Center — Shopping Mall

Anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, ROSS Dress for Less and Old Navy, Lakeland Park Center is just off of I-4 at Hwy. 98, N. in Lakeland. Hours vary by store. Lakeland Park Center Dr.

Brooke Pottery — Gifts

Celebrating American fine craft and garden art. Jewelry, wood, pottery and glass. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 223 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-6844 BrookePottery.com

Dixieland Relics — Antiques

Vintage, retro, antiques and uniques. Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. 949 S. Florida Ave. 863-559-8356 Facebook.com/DixielandRelics

Explorations V Children’s Museum — Gallery

Educational and fun activities and gifts for kids of all ages. Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 109 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-687-3869 ExplorationsV.com

Gifts of Flight — Gifts

Located inside Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum, offers aviationinspired gifts for all. Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–4 p.m. 4175 Medulla Rd. 863-644-2431

Hattie’s Branches — Boutique

Chic boutique offering women’s and junior clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Mon., Wed., Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 1224 S. Florida Ave. 863-937-9193

Junk Price — Vintage

Up-cycled furniture, handmade and vintage items, home furnishings. Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 1214 S. Florida Ave. 863-450-8497

KRaP ART Kimberly’s Recycled Art Projects — Gallery

Creating functional art from found and repurposed items. Murals, faux finishes, trompe-l’oeil paintings, sculptures and jewelry. By appointment only. 454 E. Main St. 863-860-1711 Facebook.com/KRaPArt

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Lakeland Square Mall — Shopping Mall

Featuring Hollister, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, American Eagle, Old Navy and more. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–6 p.m. 3800 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-859-5414 LakelandSquare.com

Lakeside Village — Shopping Mall

Open-air shops, theatre and restaurants featuring Belk, Kohl’s, Ann Taylor Loft, Bed Bath & Beyond, boutiques and more. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–5 p.m. 1479 Town Center Dr. #203 863-616-9360 ShopLakesideVillage.net

Lloyds of Lakeland — Antiques

Two-story, multi-dealer antique mall featuring furniture, pottery, crystal, vintage jewelry, toys and collectibles. Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 301 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-682-2787 LloydsLakeland.com

Mayzie’s — Boutique

A gift apparel store that specializes in monogramming and personalization. Open Mon.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 4640 Cleveland Heights Blvd. 863-535-6299 Facebook.com/Mayzies

My Cottage Garden — Gifts

Tea and herb shop with more than 150 loose and bagged teas/herbs. Tea pots, accessories and samples. Tue.–Thurs. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Fri. 3 p.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 1 p.m.–6 p.m. 325 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-688-9686

Play It Again Sports — Sports Gifts

Buys, sells, trades and consigns new and used sports and fitness equipment. Mon.– Fri 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 2211 S. Florida Ave. 863-688-7757 PlayItAgainSportsCentralFlorida.com

Polk Museum of Art Museum Store — Gifts

Truly more than an art museum. Handmade items, gifts, artisan crafts and more. Sept.–May: Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun.: 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; Jun.–Aug.: Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 800 E. Palmetto St. 863-688-7743 PolkMuseumofArt.org

Proud Gator — Sports Gifts

Get all your Florida Gator gear here. Apparel, accessories, jewelry and more. Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–5 p.m. 700 S. Florida Ave. 863-683-3434 ProudGator.com

Pumpernack’s — Antiques

A little store with big treasures! Antiques, handmade one-of-a-kind items. Sat. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 233 N. Tennessee Ave. 863-944-9827

Scrounge Around Shop — Antiques

Antiques, collectibles, gifts and furniture. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. 848 Daughtery Rd. W. 863-858-5605

Simple Vintage — Antiques

Restores the simple beauty to vintage and antique pieces for you and your family to live with and love for years to come! Open Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 244 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-860-6876

Thom Downs Antiques, Inc. — Antiques

Featuring 16,000 sq. feet of European antiques, furniture, chandeliers and accessories. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 235 N. Florida Ave. 863-688-3269

Traditions Unlimited— Gifts

Featuring a variety of unique items such as teas, Lakeland Cats Meows and other Lakeland items. Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 221 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-683-7978

Two Hens and a Hound — Gifts

Unexpected items from local artists, artisans and authors. Custom framing and free-trade products from around the world. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 117 S. Kentucky Ave. 863-687-1944 TwoHensandaHound.com

Vintage/shabby chic/country primitive and more! A certainly eclectic mash-up of all the best junk we can get our hands and feet on! Thurs.–Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. 4308 Wallace Rd. 863-904-5683 VintageWarehouseLakeland.com WINTER HAVEN

Andy Thornal Company — Sports Gifts

Open since 1945, focusing on the outdoors including: fly fishing, knives, backpacking, kayaking, polarized sunglasses, boots and sandals. 336 Magnolia Ave. 863-299-9999 AndyThornal.com

Citi Centre — Shopping Mall

Nice open-air shopping center located in Winter Haven. Stores include Belk, Macy’s, Staples, Lowes, Pier 1 Imports and more. Hours vary by store. 700 3rd St. S.W.

Classic Antiques — Antiques

A unique antique emporium featuring thousands of items; specializing in costume and fine jewelry. Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 331 3rd St. N.W. 863-294-6866

Country Primitives Vintage Market — Antiques

More than 8,000 sq. feet of vendors. For all your primitive, shabby, reclaimed, boutique, vintage, rustic country and antiques needs. Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 251 Ave. A S.W. 863-291-3131 CountryPrimitives.Blogspot.com

Elonka — Boutique

Gallery designs by Florida artisans. Oil and acrylic paintings, prints, glass and brass sculptures, hand-painted porcelains, Armani figurines and jewelry. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sat. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 130 S.E. Plaza Rdwy. 863-293-5689

Helen’s Shoppe — Boutique

Ladies fashion apparel in Winter Haven. Sat. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 1149 1st St. S. 863-291-4567


Lasater Flowers — Gifts

Your one-stop shop for all your floral needs. Choose from a premium selection of cut flowers and greenery. Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 253 Ave. A S.W. 863-294-3231 LasaterFlowers.net

Little Studio Interiors — Gifts

Fine gifts and jewelry, featuring a full line of Vera Bradley, Pandora and Brighton products. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 60 4th St. N.W.

863-299-1099

M. Marie — Boutique

Unique boutique with women’s apparel. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 6380 Cypress Gardens Blvd. LoveMMarie.com 863-318-9600

Mama’s Attic — Antiques

Sherman’s Antiques — Antiques

Carries a full range of antiques and specializes in toys, estate sales, dolls and doll repair. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.–5 p.m. 1103 6th St. N.W. 863-224-0395 ShermansAntiques.net

The Art Cottage — Gallery

A home-style gallery. Daily Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. by appointment. 185 Ave. D. N.W. 863-294-2350

The Red Geranium & The Nest Boutiques — Vintage

A unique collection of 12 different boutiques and a “man cave.” Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 318 W. Central Ave. 863-291-8585

The Shop — Boutique

Specializing in jewelry, Victorian and oak furniture, Victorian lamps and glassware. Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 273 W. Central Ave. 863-875-4830

Winter Haven’s newest boutique gift shop featuring classic yet unique gifts for all occasions. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 329 W. Central Ave. 863-297-8027

Orchid Springs Curiosities and Antiques — Vintage

Treasure House Antiques & Collectibles — Antiques

Art, furniture, dishes, linens, books and an array of curiosities. Something for everyone. Tues.–Sat. 12 p.m.–6 p.m. and by appointment. 900 Orchid Springs Dr. 863-206-8782

Play It Again Sports — Sports Gifts

Buys, sells, trades and consigns new and used sports and fitness equipment. Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 621 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-294-9696 PlayItAgainSportsCentralFlorida.com

10,000-sq.-foot antique mall featuring treasures from the past, collectibles and new home décor. Tues.–Sat. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun.–Mon. 1 p.m.–5 p.m. 863-297-3046 232 6th St. S.W.

Treasures Unlimited — Antiques

Floral, antiques and gifts. Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 1169 1st St. S. 863-291-4132 WinterHavenFlowerShop.com

Start Fresh Kick off your vacation with a visit to our local u-picks and farmer’s markets. We’ve cherry-picked a few of our favorites below. Farmer's Markets Bartow Farmer’s Market

Fresh market in downtown Bartow. Wed. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Broadway and Main St. 863-519-0508

City of Winter Haven Main Street Market

Haines City Marketplace

With food, crafts and produce, there is something for everyone! Wed. 8 a.m.– 2 p.m. 6th St. & Main St. 863-421-3700 HainesCity.com/Farmers-Market/

International Market World

Local vendors selling plants, produce jellies, honey and baked goods. 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Ave. D N.W. and 4th St. N.W. 863-258-3561 MyWinterHaven.com/Special_Events.htm

Downtown Lakeland Farmer’s Curb Market

Located in Auburndale. More than 800 vendors, most under cover. Fri.–Sun. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 1052 U.S. Hwy. 92, W. 863-665-0062

Lake Wales Farmer’s Market

Food, plants, entertainment and wholesome farmers market. Sat. 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Closed in August. 200 N. Kentucky Ave. 863-944-7907

Local vendors provide produce, handmade crafts, breads and more. 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Stuart Ave. & Park Ave. 863-455-4219 LakeWalesMainStreet.com

u-picks (Seasonal; call for availability.) BMB Farms — Blueberries

4277 Old Eagle Lake Rd., Bartow

Kirkland Farms — Blueberries 2632 Old Medulla Rd., Lakeland

863-698-0239 863-604-2322

KirklandFarms.net

Lonesome Oak Blueberry Farm — Blueberries 2851 Thornhill Rd., Winter Haven

863-221-6548

Oponay Farms — Blueberries, Peaches, Blackberries, Strawberries 5135 Hancock Lake Rd., Lakeland 863-698-7994

OponayFarms.com

Ridge Island Groves — Citrus, Peaches, Blueberries 6000 Polk City Rd., Haines City

863-422-0333

Shady Oak Farm — Blueberries 3320 Shady Oak Dr. E., Lakeland

863-512-1547

RidgeIslandGroves.com LakelandBerries.com

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Best Western Auburndale Inn & Suites

57

• F $$-$$$

Centrally located between Orlando and Tampa attractions, near I-4. Only 12 miles from LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort. Deluxe 100% non-smoking rooms and suites, including in-room computers, high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator. Enjoy our sparkling heated pool and wake up each morning to a deluxe continental hot breakfast. 1008 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. 800-123-4567 Book.BestWestern.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 66 •

1035 N. Broadway Ave. StayInnBartow.com

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Sun Ray Motel 30 • • 5290 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-635-5527

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863-533-8070 See ad pg. 65 100 •

• • • • F $$ 863-533-0711

DISNEY AREA/DAVENPORT

• F $-$$

HAINES CITY

Florida FFA Leadership Training Center 5000 Firetower Rd. FLALTC.org

57 • • C $$ 863-439-7332

Rodeway Inn & Suites 50 • 605-B Moore Rd. RodeWayInn.com

BARTOW

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1565 N. Broadway Ave. IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress

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• • • F $$ 863-421-1310

State Motel 28 • • 35509 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-422-1331

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LAKE WALES

Camp Mack’s River Resort 40 • • 14900 Camp Mack Rd. CampMack.com

• C $$ 863-696-1108

Days Inn Clermont South 54 • • • • F $ 9240 Irlo Bronson Pkwy. 863-424-6099 DaysInn.com

Green Gables Inn 56 • • • • F $$ 21380 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-676-2511 GreenGablesFL.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Maingate South 74 •

Hampton Inn & Suites 78 • • • F $$$ 22900 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-734-3000 LakeWalesSuites.HamptonInn.com

4095 Hotel Dr. ChoiceHotels.com/Hotel/fla64

• • • F $-$$ 863-353-4510

Coral Ridge Inn 11 • • 40990 U.S. Hwy. 27 800-123-4567 CoralRidgeInn.com

• F $-$$

Days Inn & Suites Davenport 104 • 2425 Frontage Rd. DaysInn.com

• • • F $-$$ 863-424-2596

Holiday Inn Express - North 82 • • • • F $$$ 2953 Ridge Way 863-949-4800 HIExpress.com/LakeWalesNorth Lake Wales Inn 16 • • 18601 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-678-1700

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Prince of Wales Motel 21 •

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Hampton Inn Orlando Maingate South

513 S. Scenic Hwy.

44117 U.S. Hwy. 27 HamptonInn3.Hilton.com

Royale Inn 48 • 19071 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-676-7963

83 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-420-9898

863-676-1249 •

• F $-$$

Holiday Inn Express Orlando South 95 •

• • • F $$ 4050 Hotel Dr. 863-420-6611 HIExpress.com/OrlandoSouth

Vintage Inn 62 • • F $-$$ 541 W. Central Ave. 863-676-7925 VintageInnLakeWales.com

Ramada Inn 100 •

LAKELAND

43824 U.S. Hwy. 27 RamadaOrlandoSouth.com

• • • C $-$$$ 863-424-2120

Quality Inn Maingate South 154 • 44199 U.S. Hwy. 27 QualityInn.com/Hotel/flc70

• • • F $-$$$ 863-420-8888

DUNDEE

America’s Best Inn & Suites 79 • • • F $ 508 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-682-0303 AmericasBestInnLakeland.com Baymont Inn & Suites 67 • • • • F $$-$$$ 4375 Lakeland Park Dr. 863-858-9070 BaymontInns.com/Lakeland

Monticello Motel 25 • • F $-$$ 28500 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-439-3276 Red Roof Inn 100 • • • F $-$$ 28610 U.S. Hwy. 27 N. 863-438-2782 RedRoof.com

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Comfort Inn & Suites 102 • 3520 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. ChoiceHotels.com/FL713

• • • F $$-$$$ 863-859-0100

Courtyard by Marriott 78 • 3725 Harden Blvd. com/tpalk

• F $$-$$$ 863-802-9000 Marriott.

Crestwood Suites 122 •

• • • • F $$-$$$ 4360 Lakeland Park Dr. 863-904-2050 CrestwoodSuitesLakeland.com

Days Inn & Suites 72 • 4502 N. Socrum Loop Rd. com/hotel/17540

• • • F $$ 863-683-5095 DaysInn.

Economy Inn 20 F $-$$ 1224 E. Memorial Blvd.

863-683-7954

Hampton Inn 73 •

• • F $$$ 4420 N. Socrum Loop Rd. 863-816-2525 HamptonInn3.Hilton.com

Hampton Inn South 117 • • • F $$-$$$ 3630 Lakeside Village Blvd. 863-603-7600 HamptonLakeland.com

4141 S. Florida Ave. ImperialSwanLakeland.com

Lake Wire Inn 46 • 244 N. Florida Ave. 863-687-2530

939 W. Robson St. HoJo.com

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118 • • • • • F $-$$$ 863-688-7972

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863-647-2929

La Quinta Inns & Suites - East 103 • 4315 Lakeland Park Dr. LQ.com

• • • • F $-$$$ 863-815-0606

La Quinta Inns & Suites - West 119 • 1024 Lakeland Park Dr. LQ.com

• • • F $$-$$$ 863-859-2866

Motel 6 123 • • • C $ 3120 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. 863-682-0643 Motel6.com Paramount Lakeside Inn and Suites 130 • • 910 E. Memorial Blvd. ParamountLakesideInn.com

• • C $ 863-683-0477

Quality Inn & Suites 144 • 4645 Socrum Loop Rd. QualityInn.com

• • • F $$ 863-858-1411

Residence Inn by Marriott 78 •

Howard Johnson Inn Executive Center

LeMans Apartment Suites 50 • C $$ 1501 Shepherd Rd. LemansSuites.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 87 •

Lakeland’s newest premier hotel conveniently located off I-4 at exit 33. Featuring beautifully appointed deluxe guest rooms and suites with refrigerators, microwaves, free wireless Internet, heated pool and free full hot deluxe breakfast in a 100% non-smoking environment. Just minutes from the Detroit Tigers Spring Training/ Orlando area, Fantasy of Flight and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. 4500 Lakeland Park Dr. 863-595-4500 HIExpress.com/LakelandN

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3260 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. RamadaLakeland.com

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Imperial Swan Hotel & Suites 168 •

Hilton Garden Inn 105 • • • • F $$$ 3839 Don Emerson Dr. 863-647-0066 Lakeland.StayHGI.com •

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Spacious guest rooms feature contemporary decor, divided living and sleeping areas, one king plush Hyatt Grand Bed™, state-of-the-art media and work center with a 42” flat-panel high-definition television that easily integrates with laptops and other electronic devices, an oversized Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper, wet/dry bar and bathroom vanity with granite countertops. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and breakfast buffet. 525 W. Orange St. 8 63-413-1122 HyattPlaceLakelandCenter.com

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Best Motel 75 • • • • F $ 601 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-683-5961 LakelandsBestMotel.com

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Ramada Hotel & Conference Center 150 •

3701 Harden Blvd. Marriott.com/tpald

• • F $-$$ 863-688-8080 • • • • F $$-$$$ 863-680-2323

Sleep Inn & Suites 48 •

• • • F $-$$$ 4321 Lakeland Park Dr. 863-577-1170 ChoiceHotels.com/Hotel/fl728

Suburban Extended Stay 138 • • • F $-$$ 4335 Williamstown Blvd. 863-816-1700 SuburbanHotels.com


The Terrace Hotel 88 • • 329 E. Main St. TerraceHotel.com

• F $$-$$$ 863-688-0800

401 6th St. N.W. 5651 Cypress Gardens Rd.

3425 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. LakelandHotel.com

Florida Garden Motel 10 • •

Westmont Inn 63 • 1817 E. Memorial Blvd. 863-688-9221

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Mulberry Inn and Suites 62 • 2525 E. S.R. 60

863-425-2500

Westgate River Ranch Resort 150 • •

• • C $-$$$ 3200 River Ranch Blvd. 863-692-1321 WGRiverRanch.com

STREAMSONG

Streamsong Resort 216 • 1000 Streamsong Dr. StreamsongResort.com

• F $$$ 863-428-1000

WINTER HAVEN

Americas Best Value Inn 51 • 2275 8th St. N.W. AmericasBestValueInn.com

• • • F $ 863-401-8211

Banyan Beach Motel 23 • • 1630 6th St. N.W.

2345 8th St. N.W.

• F $-$$

863-293-3788

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Hampton Inn

See ad pg. 64 88 • • • F $$$ 202 Cypress Gardens Blvd. S.E. 863-299-9251 HamptonWinterHaven.com

Holiday Inn

See ad pg. 64 112 • • F $$$ 200 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-292-2100 HIWinterHaven.com

Howard Johnson Inn 90 • 1300 3rd St. S.W. HoJo.com

RIVER RANCH

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Cypress Inn & Trailer Court 21 • •

Value Place 121 • • C $ 4000 N. Florida Ave 863-284-5760 ValuePlace.com

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Travelodge 64 • •

• • F $-$$ 863-858-4481

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• • • • F $-$$ 863-294-7321

Lake Ida Beach Resort 20 • • • F $-$$ 2524 N. U.S. Hwy. 17 LakeIdaBeachResort.com

863-293-0942

Lake Roy Beach Inn 33 • • • • • F $$-$$$ 1823 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-6320 LakeRoyBeachInn.com Lakmar Resort Motel 34 • • • F $-$$ 2520 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. 863-956-1867 LakmarMotel.wix.com/pics LEGOLAND® Florida Resort 152 • 1 Legoland Way Florida.LEGOLAND.com

• • • F $$$ 877-350-5346

Magnuson Grand Conference Hotel 174 • • • • F $-$$ 5651 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 800-123-4567 MagnusonHotels.com Ranch House Inn & Suites 50 • • • F $-$$$ 1911 Cypress Gardens Blvd. RanchHouseMotel.com

LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort

863-324-5994

Winter Haven Suites and Conference Center 225 • 1150 3rd St. S.W. WinterHavenSuites.com

• • F $$ 863-294-4451

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AUBURNDALE

Town Manor on the Lake 555 S.R. 559 TownManor.com

863-984-4008

5 • • • 12+ F $149-$299

33 N. Lakeshore Blvd. 863-676-4470 ThreeOaksBedandBreakfast.vpweb.com

4

• • 12+ F $129-$189

4

LAKELAND

= Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association Member

F

$85

1st American Leisure

Price

Disney Executive Villas 4 6 • F D-$99 863-424-8837 W-$77 DisneyExecutiveVillas.com M-$2400

Easy Choice Vacation Homes 888-317-3687 EasyChoicePropertyManagement.com

126 • F

D-$79

Excel Villa Rentals

30 5 • F

D-$100

Exclusive Villas Florida

51 3 • • • C

D-105

80 3 • C

D-$105

Feltrim International

20 3 • • • C

D-$109

First Class Florida Villas

120 4 • F

D-$112

866-899-8661 ExcelVillaRentals.com

877-420-3535 FairwaysFlorida.com

12 5 •

877-247-5032 1stAmericanLeisure.com

863-353-0011 FeltrimInternational.com

F

D-$100

866-681-4977 FirstClassFloridaVillas.com

Five Palms Property Management & 30 3 • F D-$89 Villa Rentals W-$563 866-572-5675

Flamingo Properties

1st for Orlando Vacations

155 4 • • •

F

D-$75

AAA Sunstate Management

80

C

D-$99+

352-242-0351, 866-492-5049 Sunstate-Rentals.com

352-242-0351, 866-492-5049 Sunstate-Rentals.com

Advantage Vacation Homes

75 3 • • C D-$109 800-527-2262 W-$700 AdvantageVacationHomes.com M-$200

Amazing Vacation Homes Orlando

20 3 • • F

866-235-9362 AmazingVacationHomesOrlando.com

American Homes Network Rental and Management

866-420-4072 AmericanHomesRentals.com

Accommodations

D-$95

275 3 • F D-$106 863-424-2226, 863-475-1694 W-$700 ContempoVacationHomes.com

Fairways Property Management

DISNEY AREA/DAVENPORT

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F

Contempo Vacation Homes

877-383-4352 4EVF.com

Price

D = Daily W = Weekly M = Monthly Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Wireless Internet

HOMES & CONDOS

Pets Allowed

vacation

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access

863-687-7120

Number of Units

Shaw House

Bahama Bay Resort & Spa

140 • • • F D-$99+ 863-420-3332 W-$650 OrlandoRentaVilla.com M-$1800

Three Oaks Bed & Breakfast

877-299-4481 BahamaBay.com

7 • •

407-459-7878 MyFloridaVisit.info/en

Eagle Management

LAKE WALES

605 E. Orange St. Shaws-BandB.20fr.com

Celebration Home and Garden Property Management

Wireless Internet

Price Range Per Night

Wireless Internet

Children Welcome

Private Bath Credit Cards Pool

Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Number of Rooms

Breakƒasts BED &

= Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association Member

Pets Allowed

D = Daily W = Weekly M = Monthly Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access

HOMES & CONDOS

Number of Units

vacation

See ad pg. 66

E-$90

80 3 • • F

D-$85

498

D-$79

• F

30 7 • • F D-$75 800-501-1880 W-$500 FloridaVillas.com

Florida 5 Star 866-355-7827 Florida5Star.com

12 3 • • F

D-$99

Florida Dream Homes 32 7 • • F D-$86 407-896-2233 W-$600 FloridaDreamHomes.com Florida Finesse

88 5 • • • F

D-$85+

Florida Group Vacation Homes

20 4 • • F

D-$105

888-249-1277 FloridaFinesse.com 888-420-2840 FloridaGroup.com

Florida International Homes 125 3 • • • c D-$90 863-513-8838 W-$610 FloridaInternationalHomes.com Florida Preferred Properties Group

40 3 F D-$115 866-322-0560 W-$750 Florida-Villas.com


100 3 • • F

D-$120

Orlando Property Services

Florida Vacation Villas

65 3 • C

D-$150

Our Florida Concierge

Florida Villa Homes

15 5 • • • C

D-$125

Personal Touch Vacation Villas

Florint Vacations, Inc.

16 3 • • C

D-$105

Premier Home Management

Florida Spirit Vacation Home

800-996-4314 FloridaSpiritVacation Home.com 800-424-3380 MyFloridaVacationVillas.com 863-232-9240 FloridaVillaHomes.com 863-232-9240 Florint.com

Price

Wireless Internet

Pets Allowed

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access

Number of Units

Price

Wireless Internet

= Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association Member

Pets Allowed

D = Daily W = Weekly M = Monthly Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access

HOMES & CONDOS

Number of Units

vacation

73 3 • • F D-$129 866-398-0434 W-$900 OPSETC.com M-$3000 30

863-420-4092 OurFloridaConcierge.com

• F

D-$100

35 5 • • F D-$100 863-438-4007 W-$700 PersonalTouchVacationVillas.com M-$1800

40 3 • • • F 863-421-6115 PremierVacationHomesOrlando.com

D-$115 W-$805

Flynns of Florida 10 3 • • C D-$99 863-438-4334 W-630 FlynnsofFlorida.com

Really Florida Vacation Homes 40 3 • • F D-$150+ 863-588-1680 ReallyFlorida.com

Frontline Florida Property Management

Regal Palms Resort & Spa

25 5 • F D-$100 866-812-8470 W-$700 FrontlineFlorida.com

Gemini International Vacation Villas 800-635-1130 GeminiWorldWide.com

15 2 • F

D-$120

Go Florida USA

8 7 • F D-$105 407-612-6139 W-$600 GoFloridaUSAVillas.com

GreenWay Property Management and Vacation Rentals

407-517-4693 GreenWayPropertyManagement.com

30 3 • • F

D-$99

Hayes Vacation Home Rentals

RMG Vacation Villas

866-552-2764 RMGVacationHomes.com

Special Dreams Management

50 7 • • • F

D-$99

Stoneman Vacation Villas

18 3 • • • F

D-$95

800-914-5154 StonemanVacationVillas.com

Homes of America

50

Sunsplash Vacation Homes

863-420-7775 FloridaVIPVacations.com

• F D-$100+

55 4 • • • F D-$120 800-505-1359 W-$800 Sunsplash.com M-$2300

Time Out Florida Villas

IPG Florida Homes Direct

800-311-7105 IPGFlorida.com

400 3 • • • F

D-$90

12 3 • F

D-$100

8 3 • F

D-$85

Tropical Escape Vacations

54 4 • • • F

D-$150

54 3 • • F

D-$99

Vacation A Way

5 5 • F

D-$100

Victoria Park Resort

24 3 • • • F

D-$119

Villa 4 U Florida

75 3 • • • F

D-$155

877-906-8898 TimeOutFloridaVillas.com

866-409-8598 TropicalEscapeVacationHomes.com

USA Vacation Homes and Spa

Neptune Property Management

40 3 • • F D-$80 863-353-9878 W-$600 NeptunePropertyManagement.com

866-242-9922 USA-Vacation-Homes.com

Nordic Property Management

863-227-5281 VacationHomes-Pools.com

863-223-2550 NordicPropertyManagement.com

Orlando 4 Ever

D-$99

D-$59

100 3 • • F

800-919-1226 RentOrlandoProperties.com

26 5 • F

43 6 • F

Homes4UU Vacation Homes

Liberty Vacation Homes

D-$79+

Sovereign Vacation Villas

407-348-9166 SovereignVacationVillas.com 888-486-4132 Special-Dreams.com

888-746-5446 Homes4UU.com

300 • • • F

Southern Select Villas Vacation Homes 30 3 • • • F D-$99 863-420-1488 W-$700 SouthernSelectVillas.com

30 3 • • • C D-$70 800-847-8110 W-$450 HayesVacationRentals.com M-$1500 D-$99

See ad pg. 65

877-477-2567 RegalPalms.com

90

• • F

D-$69+

26 3 • • F D-$100 407-201-1521 Orlando4Ever.com

800-905-4712 VictoriaParkResort.com 877-613-6263 Villa4UFlorida.com

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201 Fish Haven Rd. FishHavenLodgeFla.com

DISNEY AREA/DAVENPORT (continued) 863-420-1999 EliteFloridaVactionHomes.com

16 5 • • F

20 • F 863-984-1183

Hickory Oaks 18 • • • F Price

Wireless Internet

Fish Haven Lodge Mobile Home & RV Park Pets Allowed

= Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association Member

Minimum Night Stay Pool Handicapped Access

D = Daily W = Weekly M = Monthly Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Number of Units

AUBURNDALE

HOMES & CONDOS Vista Park Resort

D-$170

267 Chipman Ln.

863-984-4150

10 • • F 863-984-1144

Lake Juliana Boating & Lodge 600 Lundy Rd. Lundyville.com BARTOW

Welcome Homes USA

50 3 • F D-$70 407-390-9000 W-$500 WelcomeHomesUSA.com M-$1600

The Good Life RV Resort 400 • • • • • • 6815 S.R. 60 E. 863-537-1971 sites.google.com/site/goodlifervresorts/

LAKELAND

DISNEY AREA/DAVENPORT

Lakeland Rental Properties

Florida Camp Inn

40 7 • F D-$99 863-709-8400 W-$425

Native Palm Properties 863-647-1679 NativePalmOnline.com

30

• • F

W-$425

Villages at Lake Highland

20 30 • • • F D-$71 866-222-3822 M-$2199 MadisonApartmentGroup.com

1000 Main St. FloridaCampInn.net

503 • • • • • • • • F 863-424-2494

Kissimmee South RV Resort 220 • • • • • • • C 3700 U.S. Hwy. 17-92 N. 863-424-1286 CarefreeRVResorts.com/RV-Parks/Florida/Kissimmee-South

Lake Magic RV Resort 470 • • • • • • • C 9600 U.S. Hwy. 192 W.

863-420-1300

WINTER HAVEN

Mouse Mountain RV Camping Resort

FLCondos4Rent.com 5 • • • F D-$43 440-946-9044 M-$1200 FLCondos4Rent.com

7500 Osceola Polk Line Rd. 863-424-2791 mousemountainrvresort.com

John Wood Realty

2525 Frontage Rd.

800-248-2491 JohnWoodRealty.com

Villages at Lake Ned

866-222-3822 MadisonApartmentGroup.com

Number of Sites

vacation

Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Tent Camping Dump Station Hookups Laundry Pool Pets Allowed Showers Handicapped Access Wireless Internet

RV & More

CAMPGROUNDS

20 30 • F M-$2000

302 • • • • • • F

Orlando SW/Fort Summit KOA 250 • • • • • • • • F 863-424-1880

Outdoor Resorts at Orlando 979 • • • • • • • F 20 30 • • • F M-$2199

9000 U.S. Hwy. 192 RentWithORO.com

863-424-1407

Rainbow Chase RV Resort 160 • • • • • • • F 6300 Lake Wilson Rd. RainbowChaseRV.com

863-424-2688

Themeworld RV Resort 282 • • • • • • • • F

Climate in Polk County

2727 Frontage Rd. ThemeworldRV.com

High (F) Low (F) Rain ___________________________________________________________________ JANUARY 74°F 51°F 2.4in _______________________________________________________ FEBRUARY 76°F 52°F 2.7in _______________________________________________________ MARCH 82°F 56°F 3.4in _______________________________________________________ APRIL 86°F 60°F 2.0in _______________________________________________________ MAY 91°F 67°F 3.8in _______________________________________________________ JUNE 94°F 72°F 7.0in _______________________________________________________ JULY 95°F 73°F 7.5in _______________________________________________________ AUGUST 94°F 74°F 7.3in _______________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER 92°F 73°F 6.3in _______________________________________________________ OCTOBER 87°F 66°F 2.3in _______________________________________________________ NOVEMBER 80°F 59°F 2.1in _______________________________________________________ DECEMBER 75°F 53°F 2.1in

Greenfield Village RV Park 12 • • • • • • •

AVERAGE HIGH AND LOW T EMPERATURES AND RAINFALL

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Accommodations

863-424-8362

DUNDEE 1015 S.R. 542 W.

863-439-7409

FORT MEADE

Hammock Lake MH & RV Park 97 • • • • • F 1801 U.S. Hwy. 17 S.

863-285-9560

FROSTPROOF

Camp Inn RV Resort 796 • • • • • • 10400 U.S. Hwy. 27

CampInnRVResort.com

863-635-2500


Tent Camping Dump Station Hookups Laundry Pool Pets Allowed Showers Handicapped Access Wireless Internet

Number of Sites

Number of Sites

Wireless Internet: F = Free, C = Charge

Tent Camping Dump Station Hookups Laundry Pool Pets Allowed Showers Handicapped Access Wireless Internet

RV & More

CAMPGROUNDS

Rainbow RV Resort 325 • • • C

LAKELAND

700 County Rd. 630A 863-635-7541 SunRVResorts.com/Community/RBW

Gator Creek Seniors RV Park 50 • • • • • •

Southern Pines Resort 315 • • • • • • • C

Lakeland Carefree RV Resort

1622 Hwy. 630 W. SouthernPinesRVResort.com

10545 U.S. Hwy. 98 N.

863-635-5713

1501 W. Commerce Ave. CentralParkofHainesCity.com

351 • • • • • • • • C 863-422-5322

Oak Harbor Lodging & RV Park 200 • • • • • • F 10000 Lake Lowery Rd. OakHarbor-RV.com

230 • • • • • • • C 900 Old Combee Rd. 863-687-6146 CarefreeRVResorts.com/rv-parks/florida/lakeland

Morgan’s RV Park 32 • • • • • •

HAINES CITY

Central Park of Haines City

877-956-1341

4411 S.R. 542 E.

3929 U.S. Hwy. 98 S. Sanlan.com

Lelynn RV Resort 347 • • • • • • C 1513 S.R. 559

RIVER RANCH

863-439-1350

Bud’s RV Park & Marina

31 • • • • • • •

863-696-2274

Bullock’s Landing 44 • • • • • 863-676-0000

Camp Lester 6 • • • • F 863-696-1123

Camp Mack’s River Resort 265 • • • • • F 14900 Camp Mack Rd. CampMack.com

863-696-1108

863-638-1015 22

• • • • • F

863-439-2031

3200 River Ranch Blvd. WestgateRiverRanch.com

863-692-1321

WINTER HAVEN

Cypress Campground & RV Park

200 • • • • • • • • F

7400 Cypress Gardens Blvd. 863-324-7400 CypressCampground.com

Cypress Gardens Mobile Home & RV Park 1951 Lake Daisy Rd.

120 • • • • • • F

863-324-3136

4320 Dundee Rd. S.R. 542 EastHavenRVPark.com

863-324-2624

5601 Cypress Gardens Rd. Hammondell.com

863-324-5775

4800 Eloise Loop Rd. LakeshorePalms.com

40 • • • • • • • F 863-324-1339

863-692-9882

Grape Hammock Fish Camp 69 • • • • • • • F 1400 Grape Hammock Rd. GrapeHammock.com

Westgate River Ranch Resort 15 • • • • • • • C

Lakeshore Palms Travel Park

Coleman Landing at Shady Oaks Recreation Area 54 • • • • • • 1450 Shady Oaks Dr.

863-692-1116

Hammondell Campsites 48 • • • • • • F

Cherry Pocket Steak & Seafood Shak 3100 Canal Rd. CherryPocket.com

30529 River Ranch Blvd. RiverRanchRV.net

East Haven RV Park 73 • • • • •

Camp’n Aire RV Resort 100 • • • • • • • F 15860 U.S. Hwy. 27 CampnAire.com

863-984-1495

River Ranch RV 554 • • • • • C

LAKE WALES

14400 Reese Dr.

863-665-1726

POLK CITY

32000 U.S. Hwy. 27 ParadiseIslandRVPark.com

2041 Thompson Nursery Rd. BullocksLanding.com

863-665-9631

SanLan RV and Golf Resort 500+ • • • • • • • F

Paradise Island RV Park 180 • • • • • • F

1700 Tiger Lake Rd. BudsRVPark.net

863-858-0340

863-692-1500

Harbor Waterfront Resort 12 • • • • • • • C 10511 Monroe Ct. 863-696-1194 TheHarborWaterfrontResort.com

CampgroundS Abound! Head to http://polk-county.net/boccsite/our-community/parks/campgrounds/ for even more opportunities to experience Central Florida’s great outdoors.

Jennings Resort 12 • • • • • • • • F 4325 Jennings Fish Camp Rd. JenningsResort.com

863-439-3811

Lake Wales RV & Campsite 112 • • • • • • • • F 15898 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-638-9011 LakeWalesCampgroundResort.com

Thomas Landing 30 • • • • • 3952 Sam Keen Rd. 863-397-0221 ThomasLandingFishCamp.com

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200 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880

863-292-2100 Fax: 863-292-2101 www.hiwinterhaven.com

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Events

Seasonal Events

Spring to life Savor youR SUMMER Goodbye, winter doldrums. Relish every springtime moment with these fabulous outdoor activities.

MLB Detroit Tigers Spring Training – Lakeland DetroitTigers.com

863-686-8075

Lake Wales Art Festival – Shores of Lake Wailes LakeWalesArtsCouncil.org

863-676-8426

Bloomin’ Arts Festival – Bartow BartowArtGuild.com

863-519-0508

Mayfaire-by-the-Lake – Lakeland PolkMuseumofArt.org

863-688-7743, ext. 237

SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo – Lakeland Sun-n-Fun.org/FlyIn.aspx 863-644-2431

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To squeeze the most out of your summer vacation, check out these activities to keep the fun going after the sun goes down.

Thunder on the Ridge – Lake Eva Park, Haines City HainesCity.com

863-421-3700

*There are annual 4th of July events across the county.

Silver Moon Drive In – Lakeland

Two screens showing first-run double features seven nights a week.

SilverMoonDriveIn.com

863-682-0849

Annual Summer Music Series – Lake Wales BokTowerGardens.org

863-676-1408

Westgate River Ranch Rodeo – River Ranch Saturday Nights, 7:30 p.m.

WestgateRiverRanch.com

863- 692-1321


Monthly Events 1ST THURSDAY

First Thursday — Winter Haven

PlayGrounds Go ahead,

Run wild.

These playgrounds are big on fun, light on the wallet and perfect for those “play it by ear” kind of days.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally — Lakeland 1ST FRIDAY

Play areas, climbing structures and a splash water area with activities for children as young as toddlers. 730 E. Orange St.  

Chain of Lakes Downtown Trailhead Park — Winter Haven

A transportation themed interactive playground with picnic facilities and access to the chain of lakes trail. 611 3rd St. N.W.  

Common Ground Park — Lakeland

First Friday — Lakeland

Event has a different theme each month. Food, live music, shopping. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. DowntownLakelandFL.com 863-510-9723

Pickin’ in the Park — Winter Haven

Community sing-along in Central Park, songbooks. 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. MyWinterHaven.com 863-291-5656 1ST SATURDAY

Antiques, Art and Oddities — Lake  

Downtown City Park — Auburndale

A well-shaded downtown playground with picnic areas. Multiple play areas and structures are available for kids of all ages. 119 W. Park St. 

Kiwanis Park — Lake Wales

Ample picnic space with grills are available. The park also features a playground, skate park and ball fields. 100 N. Lake Shore Blvd.  

Lake Eva Aquatics Center — Haines City

Featuring a competition pool, children’s pool, splash pad and water slide. 321 S. 6th St.  

Lake Eva Park — Haines City

A recreational park on the banks of Lake Eva with a playground, picnic facilities, boat ramp, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and walking trails. 555 Ledwith Ave.  

Simmers-Young Park — Winter Haven

2ND THURSDAY

Food Trucks line Munn Park. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Barnett Family Park — Lakeland

A popular playground with an inclusive play experience for children of varying abilities and disabilities. 1000 E. Edgewood Dr.

Different theme each month. Food, shopping, music. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MainStreetWH.com 863-295-9422

A recreational park with multi-purpose and soccer fields, picnic facilities, fishing pond and playgrounds. 339 American Spirit Rd.  

Wales

Open through the streets between Stuart and Park Ave. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. LakeWalesMainStreet.com 863-412-6960

Community Yard Sale — Davenport

Located on Bay Street. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Oct. – May). 863-421-3533

Car Cruisin’ — Winter Haven

Streets rumble with classic cars. Downtown Central Park 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (not held in Dec.). MyWinterHaven.com 863-291-5656

2ND FRIDAY

Praise in the Park — Winter Haven

Local church bands perform in Central Park, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Sept. – May). MyWinterHaven.com 863-291-5656

Vintage Flea Friday — Winter Haven

An outdoor vintage market hosting more than 150 vendors from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. CountryPrimitives.Blogspot.com 863-291-3131

2ND SATURDAY

Antique Fair — Bartow

Offers unique and one-of-a-kind items that you won’t want to leave without. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 863-519-0508 3RD FRIDAY

Dulcimer Night — Winter Haven

Concert and instruction in Central Park. 5:30 p.m. Sept. – May (4th Friday in Mar.). MyWinterHaven.com 863-291-5656

Friday Fest — Bartow

Live music, kids’ games, food and lots of fun in the downtown streets. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 863-519-0508 3RD SATURDAY

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Show — Winter Haven

On Lake Silver at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. 4:30 p.m. Nov. – Feb., 6 p.m. Mar. – Oct.

Uptown Yard Sale — Bartow

At The Oaks parking lot, 2 blocks south of Main. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 863-519-0508 4TH FRIDAY

Last Friday — Lakeland

Enjoy shops, dining discounts and live music. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Dixieland neighborhood. 863-499-0929

Join Us and Jam — Winter Haven

Brings local musicians together for a great time of music in Central Park. 6:30 p.m. (Sept. – May). 863-297-9387

Downtown Friday Night — Fort Meade

Music, food and fun. 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FortMeadeChamber.com 863-285-8253 4TH SATURDAY

Car Show — Lake Wales

Custom, classic, antique and cars of particular interest. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. in downtown. LakeWalesMainStreet.com 863-207-3402

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Annual Events

art fairs To From

jazz festivals

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING EXTRA GOING ON IN POLK COUNTY. Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Show —

You might be surprised to learn we’re home to the nation’s second-largest airshow, MLB Spring Training and some of the biggest and best BBQ throwdowns in the country. Read on for a full list of the annual events in our area.

Fort Meade

Antique engines and tractor parts, antiques flea market, old cars and saw mill. FloridaFlyWheelers.org 863-285-9121

Ribs on the Ridge — Lake Eva Park

For specific dates and more detailed information, please call the number listed or head to VisitCentralFlorida.org and click on the events tab. Events subject to change.

Florida BBQ Association-sanctioned contest and entertainment. HainesCity.com 863-421-3700

FEBRUARY

Brewz Crewz Craft Beer Festival — Lakeland JANUARY

Alafia River Rendezvous — Homeland

Southeast’s largest pre-1840s living history encampment. FloridaFrontiersmen.com

Bluegrass Bash — Lake Alfred Clogging and bluegrass music at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve. MyLakeAlfred.com 863-291-5272

Winter Dog Day at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Leashed, friendly dogs are invited to visit the Bok Tower Gardens for a special day. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

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Lakeland Pro Rodeo Classic — Lakeland

First-class rodeo entertainment — Sanctioned by the PRCA. LakelandProRodeo.com 863-781-4620

Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Swap Meet — Fort Meade

Antique engines and tractor parts, antiques flea market, old cars and saw mill. FloridaFlyWheelers.org 863-285-9121

Lakeland PigFest — Lakeland

Features 150 competition barbeque teams; benefits Lakeland-area charities. LakelandPigFest.org 863-519-3082

Craft beer festival in downtown. BrewzCrewz.com

Visitor Information Center Spring Training Day — Davenport

Free family event featuring prize giveaways, games and more. VisitCentralFlorida.org 800-828-7655

Mardi Gras — Lake Wales

Smoke on the Water — Winter Haven

Barbeque cook-off with great entertainment and prizes. BoysandGirlsBBQ.com 863-287-3075

Tigers BBQ — Lakeland

“Welcome back” family friendly barbeque hosted by the Detroit Tigers. LakelandChamber.com 863-688-8551

Major League Scramble with Detroit Tigers —

Lakeland

Features a parade of festive floats and Krewes, a family friendly event. LWMardiGras.com 863-676-2455

Spend a day on the golf course with Tiger legends, current players and coaches. CentralFloridaSports.com 863-551-4750

L.B. Brown Heritage Festival — Bartow

Winter Florida AutoFest — Lakeland

Celebrating the legacy of a former slave turned businessman. LBBrown.com 863-534-0100

Four-day event, hosted by Carlisle Events. CarlisleEvents.com 717-243-7855


Peak Bloom at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Rebel Spring Games — Winter Haven and Auburndale

See thousands of flowering plants create an explosion of color through mid-March. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

More than 100 college softball teams compete throughout the month. RebelSpringGames.com

Lake Wales Art Festival — Lake Wales

Bloomin’ Arts Festival — Bartow

Juried show, more than 100 exhibitors, food, entertainment and kids’ activities. LakeWalesArtsCouncil.org 863-676-8426 MARCH

RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational — Polk County

More than 200 college baseball teams play 800 games throughout the month. RussMattBaseball.com

Some of the southeast’s finest artists plus quilts, cars, flowers and kids’ art area. BartowArtGuild.com 863-519-0508

Central Park Art Festival — Winter Haven

Juried art festival, 100 vendors, entertainment, food and kids’ activities. RidgeArt.org 863-291-5661 APRIL

Original Florida Highwaymen Weekend Extravaganza — Davenport

SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo — Lakeland

Dine with original Florida Highwaymen and enjoy a free art show. MyDavenport.org 863-419-3300

International aviation convention and fly-in and the nation’s second-largest air show. Sun-n-Fun.org 863-644-2431

Florida Strawberry Festival — Plant City

Child of the Sun Jazz Festival — Lakeland

Annual celebration of the strawberry in Central Florida. FLStrawberryFestival.com 813-752-9194

International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Daily concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. with world-renowned guest carillonneurs. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Spring Obsession — Lakeland A celebration of gardening, art and music in Munn Park, downtown. SpringObsession.org

Lakeland VW Classic — Lakeland

Music, food and Volkswagen show with more than 45 trophies for different classes. LakelandVWClassic.com

Kathleen Area Heritage Day Festival — Lakeland

Sugarcane grinding, syrup making, arts & crafts, entertainment and kids’ activities. KAHSatSocrum.com

Major League Baseball Spring Training — Detroit Tigers — Lakeland

Ring in baseball season with affordable tickets and theme nights. DetroitTigers.com 863-686-8075

Live jazz music, food and craft vendors, fun runs/walks, and more. COTSLakeland.com

Bark in the Park — Winter Haven

Pet friendly event, live music, pet parade, weiner dog races and more. MainStreetWH.com 863-295-6422

Wingin’ It — Winter Haven

Wings, bands, brews and a competition chicken cook-off. WinginItFestival.com

MAY

Mayfaire-by-the-Lake — Lakeland

One of Florida’s premier outdoor art festivals showcasing hundreds of artists. PolkMuseumofArt.org 863-688-7743, ext. 237

Mid-Florida Bike MS — Polk City

NMSS Mid-Florida Chapter’s annual two-day, 150-mile bike tour. NationalMSSociety.org/CitrusTour

IRONMAN Florida 70.3 — Haines City

Red, Brick & Boom — Winter Haven

Multi-day celebration of the 4th of July at LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort. Florida.Legoland.com 877-350-LEGO (5346)

Scenic 17 Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon — Babson Park

USAT-sanctioned event featuring a sprint triathlon, sprint duathlon and youth race. Scenic17Triathlon.com SEPTEMBER

Cosmic American Music Festival — Winter Haven

Haines City’s Lake Eva Park hosts the perfect family-friendly triathlon. IRONMANHainesCity.com

A music festival benefitting Gram Parson’s Derry Down. CosmicAmericanMusicFestival.com 863-295-9422

Celebrate Summer — Davenport

Latino Fest — Haines City

Stop by our Visitor Information Center to find out what we have to offer in family fun and activities. VisitCentralFlorida.org 863-420-2586 JUNE

Pink Day at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Celebrates cancer survivors, raises funds and shares the love of plants, flowers and gardening. BokTowerGardens.org JULY

Thunder on the Ridge — Haines City

The largest fireworks display in Polk County. HainesCity.com 863-421-3700

Concert Under the Stars — Lake Wales

The Gardens’ premier outdoor live music event. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Celebrate the tremendous sounds, sights and tastes of Latino culture. HainesCity.com 863-421-3700

Dog Day of Summer at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Pet friendly event for one special day in September. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408 OCTOBER

Grillin’ and Chillin’ — Lake Alfred

Annual BBQ competition, entertainment and vendors at Lion’s Park. MyLakeAlfred.com 863-291-5272

Lakeland Hispanic Festival — Lakeland

More than 40,000 gather on Lake Mirror celebrating Hispanic culture and heritage. ClubHispanodeLakeland.com 863-644-536

Cookie Concert — Lakeland Family concert featuring the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. ImperialSymphony.org

Battle of Bowlegs Creek Heritage Festival — Fort Meade

Celebrating the heritage of Polk County’s only Civil War action — the Cow Battle. FortMeadeChamber.Iconosites.com 863-285-8253

Boktoberfest

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Fall Harvest Festival — Davenport

Pumpkin decorating contest, kids’ activities and more. VisitCentralFlorida.org 863-420-2586

ZombieFest — Lakeland Fall Fest — Winter Haven

Craft show, kids’ zone, haunted house, pumpkin patch and more at Polk State College. Polk.edu/FallFest 863-298-6866

Munn Park Garden Extravaganza — Lakeland

Free family day of activities with more than 50 plant, garden and art vendors in Munn Park. 863-370-4065

Fine Swine at the Pit — Mulberry

Teams from throughout the U.S. compete in a barbeque cook-off. FineSwine.org 863-559-2409

Annual Cracker Storytelling Festival — Homeland Heritage Park

Well-known storytellers promote Florida heritage to all ages. 863-534-4340

Boktoberfest — Lake Wales

Celebrate the start of the fall gardening season at this plant sale. Boktoberfest.com 863-676-1408

Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival — Lakeland

Displaying more than 600 vehicles, attracting more than 35,000 spectators a year. LakeMirrorClassic.com

Pioneer Days — Lake Wales

Crafters, re-enactors, Antique Car Parade, architectural carriage tours and more. CityofLakeWales.com 863-678-4182 x 270

Oktoberfest — Winter Haven

Beer tasting, pretzels, brats and live music. MainStreetWH.com 863-295-9422

Ghoul’s Night Out —

Winter Haven

Family Halloween event at Central Park. MainStreetWH.com 863-295-9422

Buckingham Terror’s Haunted House — Lakeland

Community event engaging teens. Not recommended for kids under 10. BuckinghamTerror.org

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Scare zones, live music and makeup artists that 30,000 “zombies” attend annually. LakelandZombieFest.com 863-844-2040

Wings ‘n Things Youth Aerospace Weekend — Lakeland

Weekend aviation fun/activities at the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the Sun ‘n Fun Convention Campus. Sun-n-Fun.org 863-644-2431

Brick-or-Treat — Winter Haven

Weekend event, themed treat stations and an all-kids costume contest at LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort. Florida.Legoland.com 877-350-LEGO (5346) NOVEMBER

Red Ribbon Run Half Marathon — Lakeland

Route winds through scenic Lakeland, start and finish at the Lake Mirror Complex. RedRibbonHalf.com

Horse Creek Festival — Davenport

Main streets will be lined with booths displaying different art media of Florida. HorseCreekFestival.org 863-419-3300

When Pigs Fly South — Lakeland

Barbeque competition at the Aerospace Center for Excellence on the Sun ‘n Fun Convention Campus. Sun-n-Fun.org 863-644-2431

Fall Florida AutoFest — Lakeland

Four-day event, hosted by Carlisle Events. CarlisleEvents.com 717-243-7855

39-Mile Scenic Highway Yard Sale — Frostproof Yard sale from Frostproof to Haines City; collectables, antiques and treasures for sale. RidgeScenicHighway.com

Brick-o

r-Treat

CornFusion Crop Maze & Fall Festival — Lakeland

20 acres including a pumpkin patch and an 8-acre crop maze. SmithRanchLakeland.com

Biennial Quilts & Tea Festival (2016) — Davenport

Biennial festival with quilts, vendors, tea and accessories, classic cars, and more. QuiltsandTea.com 863-422-4507

Florida Flywheelers Fall Fuel Up — Fort Meade

Antique tractors and cars, hit-and-miss engines, food, flea market, parades, and antique village. FloridaFlywheelers.org 863-285-9121

County Fair at the Museum — Fort Meade

Cake auction, crafts, barbecue, entertainment, kids’ activities, fresh produce. 863-285-8253

Kathleen Historical Society Fall Festival — Lakeland Arts and crafts, kids’ activities, pioneer skills demonstrations and more. KAHSatSocrum.com DECEMBER

Festival of Wreaths — Bartow

Striking wreaths, decorated by local businesses, individuals and organizations. www.PolkHistoryCenter.org 863-534-4386

Holiday Home Tour at Bok Tower Gardens — Lake Wales

Tour the 20-room Mediterranean style Pinewood Estate decked out for the holidays. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Orange Blossom Revue — Lake Wales

Barbecue competition, craft beer, kids’ area, live entertainment and shopping. OrangeBlossomBBQ.com

Lake Wales

A rts Show

Sunset & Symphony Holiday Concert — Lake Wales

Outdoor concert with the Orlando Philharmonic in the shadow of Bok Tower. BokTowerGardens.org 863-676-1408

Christmas Bricktacular — Winter Haven

Select dates in December. Special appearances by LEGO ® Claus and LEGO ® Toy Solider at LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort. Florida.Legoland.com 877-350-LEGO (5346)

Carols in the Park — Winter Haven

Crafts and holiday festival in Central Park, downtown. MainStreetWH.com 863-295-9422

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade — Winter Haven

Evening parade of brightly lighted pleasure boats through four canalconnected lakes. 863-293-2138

Christmas in the Village — Fort Meade

Santa comes to town, along with vendors and more. FloridaFlywheelers.org 863-285-9121

Mistletoe Marketplace — Eagle Lake

Christmas crafts, music, hayrides, food, lights, train display and Santa. 863-293-4141

Glitter, Glisten and Snow! — Haines City

Chestnuts, cider, pictures with Santa, entertainment and chance to play in snow! HainesCity.com 863-421-3700

Kids’ New Year’s Eve — LEGOLAND® Florida, Winter Haven

Celebrate a kid friendly midnight, 7 p.m., with fireworks and a DJ dance party. Florida.Legoland.com 877-350-LEGO (5346)


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Separate play and exercise areas for small and large dogs. 318 Denton Ave. 863-965-5545

Bark Park at Veterinary Healthcare Associates – Winter Haven Multiple areas for large and small dogs with a lake on property. Day passes are $5. 3025 Dundee Rd. 863-324-3340

DiOGi Dog Park – Mulberry Separate areas with covered benches, drinking stations, play tunnels and structures and a dog washing station. 500 W. Carter Rd. 863-534-6911

Lake Crago Dog Park – Lakeland

Multiple areas featuring covered areas, water fountains and a doggie shower. 525 Lake Crago Dr. 863-834-6035

Poinciana Dog Park – Poinciana Located in Kissimmee (outside of Dundee) Water stations, rinse stations, exercise equipment and a covered area with a picnic table. 5109 Poinciana Pkwy. 863-534-6000

Simmers-Young Park – Winter Haven Each fenced-in area has a bench shelter with drinking station and a washing station. 339 American Spirit Rd. 863-534-6911

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Visitor Services

choose EVeRything ELSE IF THERE’S ONE THING that can take the steam out of any vacation, it’s

worrying about the what-ifs. But you have a secret weapon: this handy visitor services guide. It’s like having your local pal’s phone number scribbled on a note in your pocket. You might not need it, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

Because you never know when you might need a limo. Or a walk-in clinic. medi c a l S ervi c es MEDICAL CENTERS

WALK-IN CLINICS 

Hours subject to change

Bartow Regional Medical Center 863-533-8111

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic

863-687-0200

Owl Now Urgent Care

863-644-7337

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

863-422-4971

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic

863-858-8000

Premier Walk-In Clinic

863-644-3400

Ridge Medical Associates

863-679-8000

Minute Clinic (inside CVS)

321-677-0531

Watson Clinic Urgent Care

863-680-7271

2200 Osprey Blvd. BARTOWREGIONAL.COM

40100 U.S. Hwy. 27 HEARTOFFLORIDA.COM

2309 N. Blvd. W., Suite A RIDGEMEDICALASSOCIATES.COM

Lake Wales Medical Center 410 S. 11th St. LAKEWALESMEDICALCENTER.COM

Ridge Medical Associates 405 S. 11th St. RIDGEMEDICALASSOCIATES.COM

Bartow

Davenport

Davenport

863-676-1433

Lake Wales

863-679-8000

Lake Wales

Lakeland Regional Medical Center 863-687-1100 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd. MYLRH.ORG

Lakeland

Winter Haven Hospital

863-293-1121

200 Ave. F N.E. BAYCARE.ORG/WHH

Winter Haven

Winter Haven Women's Hospital 863-294-7010 101 Ave. O S. E. BAYCARE.ORG/WHWH

Winter Haven

101 Magnolia Ave. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM 1045 U.S. Hwy. 17 S. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM

Suncoast Medical Central Florida, LLC

863-420-8384

Primary Care of Dundee

863-439-7377

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic

863-858-8000

43378 US Hwy. 27 Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. SUNCOASTPREMIERMEDICAL.COM 28279 U.S. Hwy. 27 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 602 U.S. Hwy. 17-92 N. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM

Davenport

Dundee

Haines City

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

1611 S.R. 60 E. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

1429 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 4435 U.S. Hwy 98 N. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.- 5p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic 3810 S. Florida Ave. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM

Visitor Services

Bartow

7575 Osceola Polk Line Rd. Davenport 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. MINUTECLINIC.COM

Doctor Today Walk-In Clinic

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Auburndale

Lake Wales

863-687-0200 Lakeland Lakeland

863-619-5100 Lakeland

3240 S. Florida Ave. Daily 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. OWLNOWURGENTCARE.COM

5676 S. Florida Ave. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. PREMIERWALKINCLINIC.COM 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.- 11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. WATSONCLINIC.COM

Lakeland

Lakeland

Lakeland

Xpress Care at Lakeland Highlands 863-393-9472 2190 E. C.R. 540-A Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. WATSONCLINIC.COM

Lakeland

First Help Urgent Care Clinic

863-984-8000

Doctor Today Walk-in Clinic

863-858-8000

First Help Urgent Care Clinic

863-299-8485

First Care Winter Haven

863-299-2420

Urgent Care – Cypress

863-325-8185

235 N. Commonwealth Ave. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. UC-WALKIN.COM 700 1st St. S. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. DOCTORTODAYTLC.COM

320 1st St. S. Daily 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FIRSTHELP-URGENTCARE.COM

400 1st St. N. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. FIRSTCAREWINTERHAVEN.COM

7375 Cypress Gardens Blvd. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. CYPRESSWALKIN.COM

Polk City

Winter Haven

Winter Haven

Winter Haven

Winter Haven


Vis itor S ervi c es Visit our state-of-the-art interactive Visitor Information Center. Located just off Interstate 4 and Highway 27, our staff is the most energetic and knowledgeable team of Polk County enthusiasts. Discount Attraction Tickets are available for various attractions throughout Central Florida, including LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

Central Florida’s Visitor Information Center 101 Adventure Ct. VISITCENTRALFLORIDA.ORG

800-828-7655 Davenport

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Visit Central Florida – Corp. Office 800-828-7655 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd. VISITCENTRALFLORIDA.ORG

Auburndale

Tr ans p ortati on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 863-834-3298 3900 Don Emerson Dr. LAKELANDAIRPORT.COM

Lakeland

Orlando International Airport

407-825-2001

One Jeff Fuqua Blvd. ORLANDOAIRPORTS.NET

Orlando

Frostproof 11 E. Wall

Haines City

35610 U.S. Hwy. 27

407-585-4000

1200 Red Cleveland Blvd. ORLANDOSANFORDAIRPORT.COM

Sanford

Tampa International Airport

813-870-8700

4100 George J. Bean Pkwy. TAMPAAIRPORT.COM

Tampa

Lake Wales

2704 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. BROWNSSEAPLANE.COM

Winter Haven

Lake Wales Municipal Airport

863-678-0080

440 S. Airport Rd. CITYOFLAKEWALES.COM

Lake Wales

Small World Tours and Cruises

863-420-0156

863-425-4414

400 N. Church Ave.

RENTAL CARS

863-676-3445

LAKELANDCHAMBER.COM

Mulberry

863-956-2243

Bartow

863-688-8611

863-688-8551

35 Lake Morton Dr.

Brown’s Seaplane Base

5001 U.S. Hwy. 17 N. BARTOW-AIRPORT.COM

Preston USA, Inc.

LAKE-ALFRED.COM

Lakeland

Winter Haven

863-422-3751

863-875-7800

115 E. Pomelo St.

863-533-1195

863-293-7808

LAKEWALESCHAMBER.COM

Lake Alfred

Bartow Municipal Airport

J B Coachline, Inc.

HAINESCITYCHAMBER.COM

340 W. Central Ave.

Orlando Sanford International Airport

863-635-9112

FROSTPROOFCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE.COM

401 Ave. B N.W.

MULBERRYCHAMBER.ORG

863-293-2138

WINTERHAVENCHAMBER.COM

Avis Rent A Car

800-331-1212

800-527-7000

South Lakeland Airport

863-701-0000

120 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 863-682-1415 448 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-299-9375 BUDGET.COM

Westgate River Ranch Resort

863-692-1321

Enterprise Rent A Car

7500 Coronet Rd. THEREALSOUTHLAKELANDAIRPORT.COM 3200 River Ranch Blvd. WGRIVERRANCH.COM

Mulberry

River Ranch

Winter Haven Municipal Airport 863-298-4551 2073 U.S. Hwy. 92 W. AIRPORT.MYWINTERHAVEN.COM

Winter Haven

Plant City Municipal Airport 4007 Airport Rd. PCAIRPORT.NET

813-752-4710 Plant City

800-RENT-A-CAR 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 2073 U.S. Hwy. 92, Winter Haven 863-956-1631 ENTERPRISE.COM

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Auburndale

245 E. Lake Ave.

Bartow

510 N. Broadway Ave.

Dundee

310 Main St.

Fort Meade

214 W. Broadway, Ste. B

Hertz Rent A Car 863-967-3400

MYAUBURNDALECHAMBER.COM

863-533-7125

BARTOWCHAMBER.COM

863-439-3261

TOWNOFDUNDEE.ORG

863-285-8253

FORTMEADECHAMBER.COM

800-654-3131

117 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 863-683-2003 460 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-298-0651 HERTZ.COM

CHARTER BUS SERVICE Annett Bus Lines ANNETTBUSLINES.COM

Holiday Coach Lines HOLIDAYCOACHLINES.COM

PRESTONUSA.BIZ

SMALLWORLDTOURSANDCRUISES.COM

PUBLIC BUS SERVICE Citrus Connection

863-688-7433

Greyhound Bus Lines

863-682-3107

1212 George Jenkins Blvd., Lakeland

RIDECITRUS.COM

303 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland GREYHOUND.COM

TAXI SERVICE Polk Airport Transportation.

863-665-8151

Checker Cab Co.

863-665-8151

Imperial Cab LLC

863-968-9494

Shooting Star Taxi

863-420-0108

All of Polk County

205 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 863-687-4332 448 Cypress Gdns. Blvd., Winter Haven 863-295-9285 AVIS.COM

Budget Car & Truck Rental

JBCOACHLINE.COM

All of Polk County

Winter Haven, Auburndale, Haines City, Lakeland Davenport, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Dundee

LIMOUSINE/SHUTTLE SERVICE Eddie's Limousines and Transportation Lakeland

863-614-7661

H&H Transportation Lakeland

863-859-9711

Kat & Son Transportation Lake Wales

Lily's Limo Service Winter Haven

863-207-4200 863-651-3010

Luxury Limousines International Winter Haven

Sundance Limousines Lakeland

863-513-3334 863-512-3334

AMTRAK 863-655-5547 863-688-2114

AMTRAK.COM

600 Lake Mirror Dr., Lakeland 1800 7th St. S.W., Winter Haven

800-872-7245 863-683-6368 863-294-9203

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