Whether you’re just visiting the area or a lifelong resident of Polk County, there is so much history in and around our county that you need to see. These are the top historic sites in Central Florida that any and everyone should visit.
Historic Sites in Central Florida
With history rooted in every corner of the county, Central Florida is known for its citrus, agriculture, and phosphate mining. Take a trip around one of Florida’s largest counties and see historic landmarks from 205 foot singing towers to 100+ year old houses turned museums.
1. Polk County History Center
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If you’re looking for a way to get some fresh air and something fun to do with your friends or family in Lakeland, plan a day for visiting murals in Lakeland. Make it a Mural Scavenger Hunt!
Murals in Lakeland
Local favorites include the popular angel wing mural, Oranges at the Yard on Mass, and the Mass Market rainbow wall. Whether you’re looking for your next Instagram-worthy background, a fun selfie wall, or just out to enjoy these beautiful works of public art, you’ll have fun exploring the city while looking for murals in Lakeland.
Gillian Fazio Murals
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We’ve put together a list of popular murals in Winter Haven and hope you can visit at least a few during your next family vacation or weekend getaway.
One of the highlights of a trip to Winter Haven (besides our popular Chain of Lakes) is discovering the modern murals peeking through downtown alleyways and on sides of buildings. Some of these murals are by local artists, while others were curated by internationally recognized artists. Because of all the amazing art, downtown’s canvas is a great place for any kind of photo session.
Murals in Winter Haven
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Enjoy a fantastic concert under the stars as this fan-favorite event returns to an all-new Bok Tower Gardens venue – the Oval Lawn. Now a four-part series, CenterState Concerts Under the Stars is a co-production of the Lake Wales Arts Center and Bok Tower Gardens.
Concert Under the Stars at Bok Tower Gardens
Guests will experience amazing music, starlit nights, and the beautiful setting for a truly unique concert experience.
From Brazil with Love
Friday, March 12, 7:00 p.m.
Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar perform a bossa nova experience for all ages during From Brazil with Love. Enjoy...
With the day of love quickly approaching, it is that time to book appointments, make reservations, and solidify your plans to make for a very romantic day for you and your loved one. Here’s a guide with some ideas on how to spend your Valentine’s Day in Central Florida.
How to Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Central Florida
With COVID-19 in mind, we’ve included outdoor activities and restaurants that offer to go options.
Valentine’s Day in Winter Haven
Start your morning out with a romantic coffee date at Richard’s Fine Coffee or N+1 Coffee
Visit Central Florida to experience family-friendly attractions such as LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, Bok Tower Gardens, Safari Wilderness, pick oranges, peaches and blueberries, see performances at our award winning theatres, or enjoy our wonderful weather while hiking, cycling or during an airboat ride.
Whether you are visiting Central Florida’s Polk County or have lived here for more than a decade, discover the more than 50 places and activities that we think everyone should experience in Central Florida!
Our MUST-SEE Attractions
Bok Tower Gardens
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Mid-Century Modern (MCM) fans are familiar with Lakeland and Polk County because of Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution to the design of Florida Southern College. Those same fans will appreciate the design style of Gene Leedy, a talented architect from Winter Haven. Visitors will recognize Gene Leedy’s modern designs throughout Winter Haven, which is just 30 minutes away from Lakeland.
Gene Leedy: Modern Architecture
Polk Government worked with Polk County History Center staff to develop the video below. Get to know the works, life, and community of this renowned innovator Mid-Century Modern Architect.