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ll too  often,  planning  the  itinerary  for  a  getaway  revolves   around  indoor  or  man-­‐made  fun  and  attractions.   Vacationers  feel  that  they  can  commune  with  nature  in  their   own  backyards  and  instead  opt  for  popular,  manufactured  fun   while  they  are  on  their  trip.  However,  anyone  who's  ever   been  on  a  Central  Florida  vacation  knows  firsthand  that  Polk   County  proves  a  major  exception  to  this  particular  holiday   mindset. Yes,  there  are  a  host  of  world-­‐renowned  theme  parks  and  fun   centers  located  just  outside  of  Polk  County  that  will  provide   endless  hours  of  vacation  thrills.  However,  this  special  Florida   region  also  offers  ample  opportunity  to  enjoy  the  great   outdoors  while  on  your  trip  as  well.  With  year  round  gorgeous   weather,  more  than  550  lakes,  extensive  stretches  of  Mother   Nature  at  her  finest  and  a  vast  assortment  of  camping  options   available,  there  are  countless  reasons  why  you  should  make   spending  time  outdoors  a  top  priority  when  planning  things   to  do  in  Central  Florida.  

ExFloring Cent-al  Florida  On  Foot Central  Florida’s  Polk  County  boasts  37  nature  parks  and  more   than  25,000  acres  of  environmentally  preserved  lands,   covering  varying  terrain  and  featuring  unique  and  diverse   flora  and  fauna.  No  matter  what  your  interest  or  hiking  skill   level,  you're  sure  to  find  the  perfect  trek  that  will  suit   everyone  in  your  traveling  party.  Some  of  the  area's  most   popular  eco-­‐friendly  locales:  

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ExFloring Cent-al  Florida

On Foot

St-eet Audubon  Center Beyond  serving  as  the  Lake  Region  Audubon  Society,  this   Winter  Haven  center  provides  shaded  trails  as  well  as  the   opportunity  to  view  some  of  the  area's  indigenous  birds.   While  walking  through  the  preserve's  several  miles  you  just   may  spot  creatures  such  as  Grasshopper  Sparrows,  Carolina   Wrens,  Northern  Cardinals  and  even  the  ever-­‐revered  and   majestic  Bald  Eagle.  The  Street  Audubon  Center  offers  visitors   a  chance  to  escape  the  hustle  and  bustle  of  everyday  life   lurking  just  outside  its  perimeters.  

Circle B  Bar  ReserKe Once  a  functioning  cattle  ranch,  Circle  B  Bar  Reserve  is  home   to  one  of  the  most  impressive  bird  habitats  in  Central  Florida   and  covers  more  than  1,200  acres  and  numerous  trails   through  freshwater  marsh,  hardwood  swamps  and  oak   hammocks.  The  meandering  trails  along  Lake  Hancock   provide  great  opportunities  to  observe  osprey,  eagles,   waterfowl  and  alligators.  Circle  B  Bar  Reserve  is  also  home  to   the  Polk  Nature  Discovery  Center  which  helps  visitors  of  all   ages  understand  the  delicate  ecosystem  of  Central  Florida   with  indoor  and  outdoor  classrooms  and  numerous  exhibits.    

Mosaic Peace  River  Park Located  in  Homeland,  Mosaic  Peace  River  Park  delivers  an  up   close  and  personal  look  at  local  forests,  bird  habitats  and   plenty  of  walking  trails  with  educational  exhibits  throughout   its  460  total  acres.

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On Foot

Lake Kissimmee  State  Park Nestled  just  outside  of  Lake  Wales,  this  reserve   houses  and  protects  more  than  four  dozen  rare  and/ or  threatened  species.  In  addition  to  possibly   spotting  deer,  fowl  and  even  bald  eagles,  Lake   Kissimmee  State  Park  also  offers  visitors  a  wide   range  of  activities  including  hiking,  boating  and   picnicking.  Pack  a  lunch  and  plan  on  spending  at   least  a  day  seeing  and  doing  everything  that  this   park  offers.

Allen David  Broussard  Catfish  Creek  State  PreserKe Allen  David  Broussard  Park  in  Haines  City  not  only  provides  guests  8,000  acres  to  roam  while  viewing  all   the  native  birds  and  wildlife  found  here,  it  also  sustains  seven  rare  plant  types  and  offers  visitors  six   beautiful  miles  of  trails  to  soak  up  all  that  Mother  Nature  has  to  offer.  

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Pedal Your   W ay Through  Cent-al  Florida   While  st-olling  on  tPo  feet  through  

Polk CountQ  is  a  wonderf*l  way  to   exFerience  the  g-eat  outdoors,  it's  not  

the only  way.  The  region  also  offers  an   impressive  range  of  multi-­‐use  paths   and  t-ails  perfect  for  pedaling.  Didn't   pack  your  bike  for  the  t-ip?  Not  a   problem.  Both  LeRoy's  Bikeworks  and   Road  and  Trail  Bicycles  offer  riders  an   assor6Xent  of  rental  options  including  road  bikes,  mountain  bikes,  and  hybrids.  Renting  a   bicycle  during  your  stay  in  Polk  CountQ  is  a  g-eat  way  to  check  out  some  of  these  spots:

For6 Fraser  Trail This  well-­‐known  multipurpose  path  begins  in  Bartow  and   stretches  just  under  eight  miles  until  it  reaches  its  end  in   Lakeland.  Make  note,  cyclists  are  offered  two  pedaling   options;  the  scenic  trails  offers  lovely  scenic  vistas  that   weave  in  and  out  of  the  general  population.  However,  there   is  an  unpaved  connector  trail,  perfect  for  mountain  bike   enthusiasts  who  want  to  get  off  the  beaten  path  and  check   out  Circle  B  Bar  Reserve  on  two  wheels.

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Pedal Y our   W ay Through  Cent-al  Florida   TECO  Trail With  a  consistently  flat  trail  grade  perfect  for  all  skill  and   ability  levels,  TECO  trail,  located  in  Auburndale,  offers  5.5   miles  of  route  beginning  on  Denton  Avenue  to  Daniels   Road.  Looking  for  an  even  longer  ride?  Connect  with   General  James  A.  Van  Fleet  State  Trail's  and  access  more   than  29  miles  of  winding  trails  that  traverse  through  pine   forests  and  cypress  swamps.  While  you'll  have  ample   wildlife  viewing  opportunities,  this  route  can  prove   remote  so  plan  your  food  and,  in  particular,  water  needs   accordingly.

Chain of  Lakes  Trail As  the  name  implies,  this  route  offers  cyclists   ample  chance  to  peruse  many  of  Polk  County's   pristine  lakes.  This  3.2  mile  paved  route  proves  a   perfect  option  for  rookie  and  veteran  cyclists   alike  and  is  sure  to  deliver  pleasant  views  and   plenty  of  fresh  air  throughout  the  ride.

Loyce HarFe  Park Looking  for  a  cycling  challenge?  Definitely  check  out  Loyce   Harp  Park.  Built  on  old  mining  property,  this  seven  mile   stretch  offers  varying  terrain  and  cycling  encounters.  If   you're  not  afraid  of  getting  a  little  dirty  on  an  unpaved  ride   and  are  looking  for  a  strength  and  endurance  course  to   complement  the  scenic  vistas,  Loyce  Harpe  Park  is  the   route  for  you  and  your  travel  companions.

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ExFlore ExFlore  PPolk   olk  CCountQ   ountQ  

Via the  Water

With 554  lakes  within  its  boundaries,  land  activities  are  not  the  only  things  to  do  in  

Cent-al Florida.  One  of  the  best  ways  to  get  water  bound?  Par6ake  in  some  world  renowned   Florida  fishing  oppor6*nities  that  only  this  area  can  deliver.   There's  a  reason  why  Central  Florida  is  known  as   the  "Bass  Capital  of  the  World;"  the  water  here  is   (literally)  swimming  with  them.  Not  only  are  the   lakes  in  this  region  popular  for  sport  fishing,  but   the  Polk  County  phosphate  pits  have  recently   garnered  attention  as  a  bass  hotspot  favored  by   seasoned  anglers  as  well.   While  the  mighty  bass  thrive  in  abundance  here,   they  aren't  the  only  fish  that  has  piqued  the   interest  of  rookie  and  avid  anglers  alike  in   Central  Florida.  The  water  here  is  teeming  with  a   wide  variety  of  species  including  crappie,  catfish   and  bluegill.  No  matter  what  you're  looking  to   reel  in,  chances  are  you'll  find  it  during  your  Polk   County  trip.  

Prefer to  be  on  the  water  rather  than  in  it?  Locals  and  t-avelers  alike  will  love  the  many  facilities  that   offer  boat  rentals  that  provide  an  entirely  new  perspective  on  the  many  water  creat*res  and  plant  species   that  g-ow  in  abundance  here.   Camp  Mack's  River  Resort  offers  a  diverse  boat  selection  and  even   offers  guided  tours  to  ensure  you  and  your  crew  do  not  miss  a  thing.   Other  places  such  as  Jennings  Resort,  Grape  Hammock  Fish  Camp,   Chain  of  Lakes  Kayak  Rentals,  and  Westgate  River  Ranch  Resort  run   the  rental  gamut  from  kayaks  to  motorboats  and  everything  in   between.  No  matter  what  your  speed,  preference  or  group  size   (Memory  Makin'  Guides  in  Frostproof  actually  offers  pontoon   cruises)  you'll  find  the  perfect  vessel  to  set  sail  in  during  your   vacation.  Best  of  all,  the  area  touts  enough  public  boat  ramps  to   ensure  maximum  convenience  getting  in  or  out  of  the  water. Copyright © 2013 Central Florida Visitors & Convention Bureau  •  2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale FL 33823  •  1-800-828-7655

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Camping The Ultimate  Polk  CountQ  Advent*re Not  quite  ready  to  let  the  outdoor  excitement  end?  Fortunately,  visiting  Central  Florida  means  you  don't   have  to.  Polk  County  offers  a  wide  range  of  camping  options  for  nonstop  outdoor  fun  and  excitement.   Whether  you're  looking  to  pitch  a  simple  tent  and  rough  it,  or  would  prefer  a  little  more  protection  from   the  elements  (and  more  access  to  modern  conveniences)  you'll  find  the  perfect  campsite  situation  that   suits  your  entire  traveling  party.   With  so  much  to  see,  do  and  enjoy,  it’s  no  wonder  that  getting  outdoors  tops  many  travelers'  lists  of   things  to  do  in  Central  Florida.

Outdoor  Advent*re  Resource  Guide   Allen  David  Broussard  Catfish  Creek  State  Preserve:  With  ample  stretches  of  hiking  trails  and  gorgeous  scenery  that   provides  shelter  for  rare  creatures  and  plant  life,  Allen  David  Broussard  delivers  a  distinctive  natural  experience.   Camp  Mack's  River  Resort:  Looking  for  outdoor  adventure?  Offering  activities  such  as  nature  tours,  fishing  and  even   boat  and  cabin  rentals,  Camp  Mack  is  sure  to  deliver. Camp'n  Aire  RV  Resort:  A  safe  and  friendly  RV  park  that  caters  to  seniors,  Camp'n  Aire  offers  a  wide  range  of   features  and  amenities  for  a  fun  trip. Chain  Of  Lakes  Kayak  Rentals:  Located  in  Lake  Alfred,  Florida,  this  rental  facility  is  dedicated  to  all  things  kayak.  Half   day,  full  day  and  even  guided  tour  rates  are  available  for  a  customized  boating  trip. Circle  B  Bar  Reserve:  Recognized  by  USA  Today  as  "One  of  51  Great  Places  to  See  Wildlife."  Circle  B  Bar  Reserve   offers  a  wide  range  of  outdoor  activities  such  as  hiking,  horseback  riding  and  fishing.  A  must  see  for  any  outdoor   enthusiast. Grape  Hammock  Fishing  Camp:  This  family-­‐owned  facility  offers  guests  access  to  a  wide  range  of  features  and   amenities  including  a  public  boat  ramp  for  convenience.     Jennings  Resort:  Offering  boat  rentals  and  a  range  of  accommodations,  Jennings  Resort  is  the  perfect  place  to  call   home  during  an  outdoor  Florida  adventure. Lake  Kissimmee  State  Park:  Not  only  does  this  state  reserve  house  and  protect  50  creatures  in  danger  or  of  concern,   but  it  also  offers  living  history  demonstrations  for  a  unique  outdoor  experience  perfect  for  all  ages. Memory  Makin'  Guides:  As  a  full-­‐time  professional  bass  fishing  service,  Memory  Makin'  Guides  has  all  the  equipment   and  experience  you'll  need  to  reel  in  a  monster. Street  Audubon  Center:  Though  surrounded  by  modern  development  and  housing,  the  Street  Audubon  Center  is  a   Polk  County  haven  for  several  types  of  bird  species  and  offers  visitors  up  close  sightings  and  educational  information.

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