Se­bring: Travel at your own pace

Travel Guide to Florida - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY STEVE WIN­STON

Se­bring is known for its fa­mous speed­way. Yet, when peo­ple visit, they’re of­ten amazed to find so much more, in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful peace and quiet for those seek­ing re­lax­ation. In fact, Se­bring and the sur­round­ing ar­eas of Avon Park and Lake Placid, bill their multi-faceted va­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties as “Choose Your Speed.”

Here, you’ll find some­thing to suit ev­ery pace, whether it’s loung­ing on a dock and watch­ing the sun set or wit­ness­ing some of the most ex­cit­ing auto en­durance racing on Earth.

SEE AND DO

Although the pop­u­la­tion of the City of Se­bring is only about 10,500, once a year this beau­ti­ful, slow-paced lit­tle town be­comes the cen­ter of the auto en­durance racing world, host­ing the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed 12 Hours of Se­bring en­durance race at the renowned Se­bring In­ter­na­tional Race­way. Known for its rough sur­face, it’s Amer­ica’s old­est en­durance race track and con­sid­ered the birth­place of Amer­i­can en­durance racing.

The nearby town of Lake Placid is called “The Cal­a­dium Cap­i­tal of the World,” af­ter the fields of the beau­ti­ful plants in bloom here, es­pe­cially in late sum­mer and early fall. Ev­ery July, a Cal­a­dium Fes­ti­val fea­tures food, en­ter­tain­ment, arts and crafts for sale, and tours of the cal­a­dium fields. Lake Placid is also known for its in­ter­est­ing his­tory and nearly 50 color­ful out­door mu­rals. Pur­chase a mu­ral tour book (US$3) at the Lake Placid Cham­ber to be­gin your walk­ing tour and see if you can find the hid­den item in each mu­ral.

For more en­ter­tain­ment, the High­lands Lit­tle The­atre in Down­town Se­bring pro­vides lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment while the Alan Jay Wild­stein Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Avon Park hosts world­class per­for­mances.

OUT­DOOR DE­LIGHTS

With nearly 100 fresh­wa­ter lakes, the Se­bring area is a great place to en­joy wa­ter sports and recre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties such as kayak­ing, pad­dle­board­ing, wa­ter­ski­ing, boat­ing and more. And the 27,000-acre Lake Is­tok­poga is renowned as one of the top tro­phy bass fish­ing lakes in the South­east US.

Tee off at one of seven cour­ses on the “Cit­rus Golf Trail,” where the prices are low, the cour­ses are chal­leng­ing, and nat­u­ral beauty sur­rounds you. In fact, many cour­ses sit in the mid­dle of or­ange groves, where, in sea­son, the sweet smell of blos­soms in bloom per­me­ates the air.

TOP: One of 50 mu­rals in Lake Placid. CEN­TER: 12 Hours of Se­bring event.

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