Choose your own vacation speed.
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.
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 several 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: Cycling through Hammock State Park in Sebring. CENTER: Oranges are iconic to this area.