About Central Florida Polk County and Orlando Attractions

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Polk County in Central Florida is located just minutes away from major attractions such as Walt Disney WorldDowntown DisneyRainforest CafeHard Rock CafeAdventure IslandAnimal KingdomEpcot, Sea World and The Dolphin EncounterDiscovery CoveAquatica,  Universal StudiosMGM StudiosIslands of AdventureAnimal KingdomDowntown DisneyUniversal City Walk,  Wet and Wild Waterpark,Gatorland, The new Winter Haven LegoLandPirates Cove Adventure GolfRipleys Believe It Or Not OdditoriumFun Spot Action ParkTD Waterhouse Centre Orlando Centroplex and Florida Citrus Bowl StadiumOrange County Convention CenterUniversity of Central Florida Arena,  Orlando Museum of Art,  Ron Jon Surf ShopOld TownPlanet HollywoodWalt Disney Pleasure IslandWide World Of Sports Complex,Lakeridge WineryHouse of Presidents and Presidents Hall of Fame, and The Holy Land all in the Orlando Florida vicinity.  Busch GardensFlorida AquariumLowry Park ZooSunken Gardens,Historic Ybor City, Titanic The ExperienceTampa Bay Preforming Arts Center,  Mosi Museum of ScienceDerby Lane Greayhound RacingTampa Bay DownsThe Florida Strawberry FestivalRingling MuseumWebster Flea Market,  and Weeki Wachee Springs with Mermaids in the Tampa area.  It's also just a short drive to Spaceport USA at the Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, and Sun Cruz Casino in Daytona.  Ocala's Silver Springs is a beautiful drive thru horse country and rolling hills.  Florida's Gulf and Atlantic beaches and Tampa and Orlando International Airports are also very accessible within 30-60 minutes .   Polk County also offers a wide variety of activities, from world-class golf and fishing to tennis and professional sports such as Orlando Magic Basketball  The Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay Devil RaysTampa Bay Lightening,  and spring training for the Detroit TigersAtlanta Braves, and the Tampa Bay Rays! The highest point in Peninsula Florida is in Polk County which is the National Landmark, Historic Bok Tower.  The Florida State Fair, the Ford Amphitheater, and The St. Pete Times Forum are just a short drive into Tampa as you will see by visiting the Tampa Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors and residents alike find themselves "in the middle of the magic" in Florida 's Central Region of Polk County. From fabulous attractions to fragrant orange groves, Central Florida is a thrilling combination of modern man-made attractions and century-old natural beauty. 

With more than 600 natural lakes and rivers stocked by the state to choose from, there are plenty of places to cast your line.  Polk County is  widely recognized as the "Black Bass Capital of the World." Over the years, the area has hosted many fishing tournaments both on the state and national level. The largest bass ever caught in Florida--over seventeen pounds--came from the waters of Polk County in 1986.  If the Angler in you is  dreaming of deep sea fishing you might visit Florida Fishing Charters, for deep sea fishing, fresh water fishing, saltwater fishing  and sport fishing in the gulf and atlantic!

Central Florida's Polk County as you will see at The Haines City Florida Chamber of Commerce  is one of the most beautiful, versatile and popular residential and vacation destinations in the state. Here you'll find everything under the sun except crowds and lines. Blessed with ever-present sunny skies and an average annual temperature of 72 degrees, Polk County is the perfect year round home or vacation setting for people of all ages and interests.  Polk County covers 2048 square miles and has a population nearing 480,000.  The Central Florida Visitor and Convention Bureau and The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce are great source's of information in regard to spending a day at the beach or at one of the world's most famous theme parks so conveniently located within or just a short drive from Polk County.   Whether a year round residence, traveling for vacation, sports or business, Central Florida offers the value and experience you deserve to last a lifetime! 

If golf is your game, there are more than 500 holes of golf at some of Florida's most highly rated courses. One such course is Diamondback Golf, designed by world-renowned golf course architect, Joe Lee.  The Par 72 championship course was carved out of 240 acres of virgin Florida forest. Diamondback's rolling tree-lined fairways, undulating greens and preserved wetlands create the ultimate atmosphere for all golf enthusiasts.  When you're tired of playing the game, you can watch some of golf's best at nationally recognized tournaments which are annually played on Polk courses. Much the same can be said for tennis which annually finds national tournaments in the area.  

Davenport Florida is a quiet small town neighbor of Disney World, placed just off the beaten path, situated along US 17, and just east of US 27.  As you will see by visiting The City of Davenport Florida ChamberDavenport has remained largely unchanged by the impact of world-size tourism just to the north. The rolling hills of the Lake Wales Ridge, stretching south for about 100 miles from this point in northeast Polk, provide an idyllic setting for the town of Davenport. Only two square miles in size, and with a population of less than 2,000, Davenport is nonetheless in the center of a booming residential area. The rapid expansion of the Disney complex just to the north, coupled with thousands of vacant acres of land formerly used for citrus production, have drawn dozens of new subdivisions to the area. The Heart of Florida Hospital recently occupied a new structure just west of Davenport, further stimulating growth in the area.  Governed by a commission/ Manager form of government, Davenport provides a variety of recreational opportunities to its citizens, including a public swimming pool, four ball fields, two tennis courts and basketball complexes, and two childrens parks with playground equipment. Davenport also offers summer youth recreation and adult sports programs.

Winter Haven Florida hosts the most famous Polk County attraction which is the 223-acre new Legoland.  The Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce  is an excellent source for lodging for you or your guests.  The gardens are known the world over for its premier botanical gardens, world-famous water ski revues and old-fashioned Southern hospitality.  At this botanical paradise, guests meander through a wonderland of free-flying butterflies, meet the world famous Southern belles, stroll past gigantic topiaries, thrill at the high octane ski shows or take a leisurely electric boat ride through a maze of landscaped canals. Winter Haven is surrounded by 23 fresh water lakes, which either touch or are contained within the City limits.  14 of the lakes, and growing,  are connected by a system of navigable canals.  The Winter Haven Chain of Lakes is a boater, fisherman's paradise!  Winter Haven is the proud site of  Theatre Winter HavenThe Polk County Fair and the Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame. Here you'll see the world's largest collection of water ski photos, displays and equipment. Among the featured exhibits are the skis that Ralph Samuelson rode when he created the sport in Lake Pepin, Minnesota in 1922 as well as many vintage photographs of the pioneers of the sport. Winter Haven plays host to the annual Polk County Florida Citrus Festival.  Bird watchers will be pleased to discover the 42-acre Lake Region Audubon Nature Conservatory in Winter Haven. with winding nature trails and a boardwalk over the waters of Lake Ned provide excursions into the world of nature, where visitors can observe numerous species of wildlife. Famous for its bird-watching, the conservatory is home to over 140 species of birds, including a flock of bald eagles, red-tailed hawk and green-backed heron.

Neighboring Winter Haven is Lake Alfred Florida.   Lake Alfred Florida provides excellent recreational facilities for its residents. Lion's Park is a paradise that offers swimming, boating, a children's playground, covered picnic shelter and tables, and barbecue grills. The City offers lighted tennis courts, lighted shuffle board courts, three lighted baseball fields and a two full-court lighted basketball courts. A public 9-hole golf course is available in the Cypress Greens Golf and Tennis Community. There is also numerous 18-hole golf courses located in close proximity.  Some of the most popular local activities are boating, fishing, and water skiing. These activities can be enjoyed year around on the hundreds of area lakes - the majority of which are spring fed. Seven of these lakes are in the City of Lake Alfred, with boat ramps and access to the north Winter Haven Chain of Lakes. 

Visitors can find another level of excitement at two aviation attractions in the area. Fantasy of Flight in Polk City Florida.  Polk City Florida displays more than 30 vintage aircraft as well as high tech simulators which enable visitors to experience the thrill of flying.

Lakeland Florida is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland and Polk County offer residents and visitors a wide variety of sports, entertainment, cultural and educational opportunities. Lakeland is the heart of Polk County and it is Lakeland’s charm that creates a beautiful blend of a small town feel with the convenience and amenities of much larger cities. In Lakeland, you can experience the Sun 'n Fun Air Museum which features a large assortment of home-built and sport aircraft as well as a small collection of 1930's era airplanes.  The Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland Provides a hands-on, fun-filled adventure in learning for children and their families and is a must see!  The Polk Museum of Art is more than an art museum as their is something for everyone.  The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is indeed fortunate to be in a Lakeland where audiences appreciate quality symphonic music. The Symphony has spectacular live orchestral performances lined up just for you.  Over the years, the goals of serving the community by providing musical experiences that challenge the senses and warm the heart haven't changed, and the orchestral literature selected especially for the season's musical buffet will do just that.  While in Lakeland , a trip to the campus of Florida Southern College will put you in the middle of the largest group of buildings designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The college, built in the 1940's with the help of students, only had enough money to build 12 of the structures Wright designed. Most of the buildings are open to the casual visitor to the college. A walking tour of the campus includes the only planetarium Wright ever designed as well as small but splendid chapels.  Polk County 's historic districts offer a glimpse of the past. Lakeland's Munn Park boasts the largest collection of antiques in the area with more than 60 independently owned shops housed in restored buildings dating back to the early 1900's. Antique districts can also be found in Lake Alfred, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Bartow, Frostproof, Haines City and Davenport Florida. 

A little off the beaten track in Mulberry Florida, you can travel to The Mulberry Florida Chamber of Commerce  and see an exceptional collection of more than 3,000 petrified fossils, ranging from the skulls of a rare three-toed horse and six-horned antelope to an 18-foot skeleton of a 10 million year old Baleen whale. Mulberry is not only the "Phosphate Capital of the World," but also Florida's 'Bone Valley' where these creatures lived and died millions of years ago before they were found in the area during commercial digging for phosphate.

While in Mulberry, don't miss the City Lights/Cypress Nights in Bartow Florida during the Christmas season!  Recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the top 100 events in North America, this initiative is a countywide tourism and Christmas decoration program to attract tourists to Polk County with its grand light displays and holiday celebrations. Sponsored by the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau and area Chambers of Commerce, this program attracts hundreds of buses loaded with visitors to the area.   Each participating city has a specific theme and Bartow Florida is known as the "The City of Nostalgia". Make a point to go and enjoy the carriage rides through the beautifully decorated neighborhoods!  

A true high point in any visit to Polk County is a trip to Lake Wales Florida and  Historic Bok Tower Gardens just north of The Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, in Lake Wales Florida. Built on the highest point in peninsular Florida, Bok Tower, a National Landmark  is one of the state's most famous and beautiful landmarks. Although its place in the Central Florida landscape is well known, its unique structure and beautiful gardens are less familiar. The 205 foot tower is constructed of pink and gray Georgia marble and coquina stone from St. Augustine. The carillon houses 57 bronze bells which range in weight from 17 pounds to 12 tons which ring out daily recitals across the hills of Central Florida. Visiting musicians and moonlight recitals are scheduled throughout the summer and winter. The surrounding 157 acres of gardens and nature trails feature azaleas, camellias and magnolias, and provide habitat for a colony of wood ducks and 126 other wild bird species.  Trophy Bass fishing awaits you at Camp Mack's River Resort which is located on a sheltered bend of the Kissimmee River just two miles north of Lake Kissimmee and one mile south of Lake Hatchineha in Lake Wales.  Year after year, these two lakes produce big bass. Families from around the world use Camp Mack as their headquarters, while fishing for trophy Florida Largemouth Bass, Crappies (Specks), Shell Crackers and Bluegills.  Chalet Suzanne Country Inn and Restaurant  in Lake Wales has been making guests welcome for over 70 years, whether you come by car or plane .. for a single meal or several ... for one day or more. This enchanting Inn of 30 rooms, nestled on a 100 acre estate, is a gracious oasis amidst the excitement of Central Florida attractions, catering to discriminating guests of all ages. Each Chalet guestroom greets you with cordial warmth, delightfully different, with the comforts of private entrance, private bath, air conditioning, telephone and television. The sparkling pool, lake and airstrip are only a few steps from your courtyard or patio. The essence of the Chalet's reputation is its cuisine, food that Gourmet Magazine calls "glorious" ... served in a unique setting of five quaint rooms on many levels, overlooking the lake. Every corner glows with antiques, stained glass and old lamps from far away places. Before you leave, seek out these whimsical spots ... The Swiss Room, Wine Dungeon, Gift Boutique, Autograph Garden, Chapel Antiques, Ceramic Salon, Airstrip and last but not least, the Soup Cannery, where those delicious soups, which have even been to the Moon, are processed for gift giving all over the globe. Chalet Suzanne is a subtle balm ... a lovely memory that stays hidden in your heart.   Lake Wales is also host to The Lake Wales Historic District.  This beautiful area is home to more than 30 of Central Florida's finest restaurants and most interesting shops, offering art, antiques, gifts, as well the fascinating National Register architecture structures on adjoining streets within the District.  The annual Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day Festivities, Veteran's Day Parade & Patriotism Celebration, Arts on the Avenue Festival, and Christmas Festival are events you will not want to miss!  The area is fast becoming the region's Entertainment District, and there's plenty of musical entertainment offered each week.  The Lake Wales Depot Museum is a resource center for the collection, conservation, exhibition, and study of materials pertaining to the history of Lake Wales, Florida. The Lake Wales Museum and Cultural Center, popularly known as The Depot Museum, serves as the means by which the historical record of Lake Wales --both past and present-- may be preserved and shared with the citizens of the community.  The visitor center at Florida's Natural is a must-see for travelers through Central Florida. What a homey feeling visitors have when they walk through the doors of the cracker syle house. Take a few minutes to walk through the gift shop. Have a glass of Florida's Natural® Brand juice, choose from several variety of flavors and visit the museum area and theater. The theater is cool and comfortable as you sit and watch Florida's Natural Brand juices develop from the tree to the glass. Relax for a few minutes on the front porch. The rockers will be waiting for you!  A little known slice of Florida history comes alive in Polk County at the Lake Kissimmee Cow Camp. Here, the life of the Florida cracker cowboy or 'cow hunter' is recreated as visitors travel back in time to the year 1876. The cow hunters work at a frontier camp where cows are rounded up and branded each spring in an authentically recreated world of Florida as it was a decade after the War between the States. Lake Kissimmee State Park also features 13 miles of nature trails through habitat for bald eagles, hill cranes, turkeys and bobcats. One of Florida's best-known free attractions is Spook Hill, in Lake Wales. Spook Hill is located just a few blocks from the National Historic District.  This mystery of nature attracts many thousands of visitors each year. 

A tiny town tucked between Clinch Lake and Lake Reedy in the south east corner of Polk County, in the central portion of Florida is Frostproof Florida. As you will see by visiting the City of Frostproof Florida This area is known as part of the ridge, a series of long, slow rolling hills of various types of sand, limestone, lakes and creeks. Natural history for the area shows the center of Florida was once a long sand bar that grew into rolling sand dunes and over millions of years became the Florida we know today. Evidence of white beach sand can still be seen in what are called scrub islands, patches of land, undisturbed by development, that have plant and animal life found no where else on Earth. The east side of Frostproof is sheltered by 26,000 acres of the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. To the north and east of the city is The Nature Conservancy's Tiger Creek Preserve, another 4,805 acres of protected lands. Longleaf pine forest, scrub oak islands, oak hammocks with stands of cypress and lob-lolly bays in the wetter areas, with tannin water creeks and lakes make up most of this preserved land which consists of The Nature ConservancyLake Wales Ridge Program and Lake Wales Ridge State Forest.

Polk County's Green Swamp offers an ecosystem with few intrusions from the industrialized world, leaving the habitat truly natural and undisturbed. Within Green Swamp, visitors can canoe and fish in the headwaters of five rivers, bike along abandoned railroad corridors -- including the 28-mile long Polk County Rail Trail that passes through the swamp -- or simply marvel at the spectacular natural beauty of this rare habitat. The swamp is the wintering ground for numerous migratory birds and even panthers have been spotted on occasion.

Other popular destinations very accessible from Polk County in Central Florida that you will want to see whether as a resident or visitor are The Florida Keys and Key West, Mount. Dora  host of the annual Mount Dora Craft Festival held downtown on the backdrop of beautiful Lake Dora, Tarpon Springs world famous Sponge Docks, deep sea fishing, and antique shops and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico sunsets,  Florida Everglades and the Ten Thousand Islands are all rare and beautiful places our State is so proud of. 

Whether it's fishing or golf, baseball or water skiing... or a quiet stroll amidst nature's beauty, you'll find it in Polk County in Central Florida.... a World  Favorite Destination, "in the middle of the magic!"

Central Florida Manufactured Home Sales, "The Thompson Team" is a Leading Sales Team, Top Sales Associates, and Million Dollar Producer in Central Florida Leased Land Communities. The Thompson Team specializes in Manufactured Homes, Mobile Homes in  Senior, 55+, Snowbird, Retirement, and Family Communities on leased land within 5-30 minutes of Disney! When you decide to work with The Thompson Team you are assured of the highest standards, ethics and professionalism in your next Real Estate transaction,  as the Thompson Team delivers dedicated service, and commitment to you which will equal phenomenal results! Whether you are looking for a Senior, 55+, Snowbird, Retirement, or Family Community, there are 200+ Manufactured Home, Mobile Home Communities in the five counties we service.  We proudly service Polk, Orange, Osceola, Highlands, Hillsborough, Hardee, and Lake Counties.  The Communities in these developments have a variety of amenities to offer ranging from the simplest with just a clubhouse and pool... to a premier five-star golf,tennis,fishing, and boating Community.

The Thompson Team proudly holds the licensure to sell Manufactured Homes, Mobile Homes in leased land Communities making them one of the major Realtor service oriented Sales Professionals in Central Florida's, Polk County. The special license needed for listing and selling Manufactured Homes, Mobile Homes is issued through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Very few firms are as experienced and, or qualified to hold this special licensure. View Central Florida Manufactured Home Sales, The Thompson Team website for Florida Manufactured Homes For Sale at www.PamThompsonTeam.com and let us know when you will be in the area and we will make arrangements to show you everything that fits your specific needs, wants, dreams and desires! 

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