Cen­tral Florida

From or­ange blossoms and sparkling lakes to ar­chi­tec­ture and top cui­sine, visit Cen­tral Florida for the best the state has to of­fer

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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.

THE SUN­SHINE STATE

A visit to Polk County must in­clude out­door ac­tiv­ity since it is home to more than 550 fresh­wa­ter lakes and 25,000 acres of recre­ational parks. If you’ve ever dreamt of glid­ing across the wa­ter on an air­boat then this is your chance, or you can en­joy some­thing a lit­tle more ac­tive, like wa­ter ski­ing or kayak­ing.

Of course, Florida also fea­tures a wide and ex­otic ar­ray of flora and fauna to dis­cover. To see the best of it in the wild, visit Cir­cle B Bar Re­serve, of­ten dubbed one of the best places to see wildlife – and al­li­ga­tors – in Florida, or Lake Kis­sim­mee State Park, whose 13 miles of trails fea­ture abun­dant plant, an­i­mal and bird life along­side for­est, flood­plain and prairie land­scapes, as well as lakes Kis­sim­mee,

Tiger and Ros­alie.

LO­CAL HIS­TORY, LO­CAL FLAVOUR

If out­door ad­ven­ture isn’t your style, Cen­tral Florida still has it cov­ered. From the largest sin­gle­site col­lec­tion of Frank Lloyd

“A visit to Polk County must in­clude out­door ac­tiv­ity since it is home to more than 550

lakes and 25,000 acres of recre­ational parks. If you've ever dreamt of glid­ing across the wa­ter on an air­boat, this is your chance, or try wa­ter ski­ing

or kayak­ing”

Wright’s ar­chi­tec­ture on the Florida South­ern Col­lege cam­pus, to the Ipanema-meets-grits culi­nary mash-up of Posto 9, Cen­tral Florida’s Polk County shines cul­tur­ally. Other must-dos in­clude stop­ping by the Poor Porker for freshly made beignets and live mu­sic, or strolling through the farm­ers mar­kets, held daily, weekly and monthly.

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