Discover The Sunshine State

Located between Orlando and Tampa, Central Florida’s Polk County offers more than a place to sleep between theme park visits. From unspoiled lakes and wetlands to historic landmarks, citrus groves, and, yes, theme parks, there is a reason Floridians say that Polk County offers everything.

There are ample outside opportunities when you visit Central Florida. Home to more than 550 fresh water lakes and 25,000 acres of recreational parks, you can enjoy everything from water skiing and kayaking to fishing. If you would rather watch giant reptiles, visit Circle B Bar Reserve, often dubbed one of the best places to see wildlife in Florida, or Lake Kissimmee State Park, whose 13 miles of trails feature abundant plant, animal and bird life.

For a more placid outdoor stroll, Central Florida is home to two historic area attractions, Bok Tower Gardens and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun” architecture on the Florida Southern College campus. “Child of the Sun” is the largest single-site collection — with 13 structures — of the architect’s work, as well as his most southern example. Bok Tower’s world-famous 205-foot art deco “singing” carillon tower is surrounded by gardens and features the highest elevation in peninsular Florida. Guests are welcome to stroll in the shadow of the tower while listening to the carillon — a series of bells played by a keyboard — while viewing scenic Florida vistas. It is easy to see why Bok Tower has remained a popular tourist attraction since the late 1920s.

Polk County is also home to Florida’s newest attractions: LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Safari Wilderness Ranch. LEGOLAND is a theme park built around everything Lego, from roller coasters and a water park to 4-D movies, a hotel and beach resort, and plenty of opportunities to build. For a taste of Africa, Safari Wilderness Ranch offers visitors the opportunity to be amongst Asian and African wildlife roaming free. You can choose to ride in a canopied bus amongst the beasts, or opt of a more up-close experience by using a kayak, camel or llama.

For golfers, no visit to Florida is complete without a stop at Streamsong Resort. The luxury property overlooks three highly acclaimed golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue and the newly opened Streamsong Black. These unique courses utilize the site’s natural contours, sand dunes and native grasses to offer a golf experience reminiscent of the links-style courses of the British Isles, not palm trees and water hazards.

So no matter what you have in mind as you visit The Sunshine State, a visit to Florida would be incomplete without a visit to Central Florida’s Polk County.

Go to VisitCentralFlorida.org or call 1-800-828-7655 to plan your vacation in Central Florida’s Polk County.

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