Orlando Attractions Update – Conveniently located between Tampa and Orlando, Central Florida’s Polk County invites you to unpack once and see it all! An easy drive to the world’s most popular attractions and Florida’s famous beaches, Central Florida’s Polk County is home to Florida’s newest attractions: LEGOLAND Florida and Safari Wilderness Ranch. These new experiences join some of Florida’s most historic, including Fantasy of Flight in Polk City – the world’s largest private collection of vintage aircraft; National Historic Landmarks Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, which features Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Child of the Sun” collection of architecture. “Child of the Sun” is the largest single-site collection of Wright’s work (12 completed structures) in the world.
Home to 554 lakes, Polk County offers ample opportunities to enjoy water sports, great fishing and adventurous airboat eco tours. Nature lovers will discover wonderful parks and trails to explore Florida’s natural beauty. Lake Kissimmee State Park in Lake Wales is home to more than 50 endangered species and offers 13 miles of trails to observe and study the abundant plant, animal and bird life. On weekends (October to April) one can experience Florida’s cowboy heritage with a living history demonstration of the early Florida “cow hunters” in an 1876-era cow camp. Another premier park is Circle B-Bar Reserve in Lakeland, home to Polk’s Nature Discovery Center and some of the best birding opportunities in Central Florida. For those desiring a bit more excitement, Westgate River Ranch Resort offers visitors a chance to saddle up and experience authentic Florida on horseback or watch real cowboys in a sanctioned Saturday night rodeo.
Warm, sunny weather combined with impeccably manicured greens and top-rated championship layouts make Central Florida’s Polk County a golfer’s paradise. In December 2012, the new Streamsong Resort and Spa will unveil two spectacular new, intertwining 18-hole courses by renowned golf course architects Tom Doak, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
With so many things to see and do, be sure to visit www.VisitCentralFlorida.org or please call 1-800-828-7655 to plan your holiday in Central Florida’s Polk County.