Central Florida Vacation Guide - 2012 Edition

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Visit Central Florida's 2012 Free Vacation Guide

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  • How to use this Guide -Flip straight to where you want to go by first referring to the color tabs then find your section quickly by flipping the upper right corner to let the color tabs show you the way.

    Look for the Insider Tips boxes for handy info.

    Map . ......................................... 2

    Welcome . ................................. 4

    Fun Must Sees . ........................ 6

    Fun Adventures / Attractions . .... 10

    Outdoor Fun . .......................... 20 Fun on the Water .................... 22 Fishing Fun . ........................... 24 Hunting /Shooting Ranges . ..... 27 Cycling . .................................. 28 Extreme Sports . ..................... 29 Golfing . .................................. 30 Spectator Sports . ..................... 33 Back-to-Nature / Parks . ........... 34

    Dining . ................................... 40

    Shopping . .............................. 46

    Accommodations . ................... 50

    Annual Events . ....................... 63

    Visitor Services . ...................... 66

    Hi! My name is Jake. Look for my notes about some of my favorite things

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  • Fun...its in our Nature.Welcome to the perfect destination for a family friendly fun vacation or just a quiet retreat for the two of you ...

    Welcome to the perfect destination for a family friendly fun vacation or just a quiet retreat for the two of you ...

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  • Our attractions, both natural and man-made, are sure to thrill young and old alike. Brilliant blooms explode with color in our many gardens, and rare wildlife call our parks home. Our 554 lakes allow for the best water sports around. From world-class bass fishing to water skiing, our warm weather makes these activities possible any time of the year.

    Indoor activities abound as shopping, dining, museums and theatres allow for adventure in their own unique way. Dine in one of the many restaurants in our friendly downtowns specializing in local flavor, and shop the antiques and gift shops that line the streets.

    Affordable accommodations range from quaint bed & breakfasts to national hotel chains to vacation rental homes something for every budget. Were a quick drive to Tampa and Orlando, and an easy drive to Floridas world-famous beaches. So stay awhile and get the most fun for your vacation dollars.

    ...Visit Central Floridas Polk County and get the most for your vacation dollars!

    ...Visit Central Floridas Polk County and get the most for your vacation dollars!

    elcome to Central Floridas Polk County, where wide-open spaces meet up with sparkling lakes, fragrant orange groves,

    exciting attractions and unique downtowns. Our unmatched beauty, with abundant culture and history, makes us the perfect location for a fun family vacation or a quiet retreat.

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  • LEGOLAND Florida Winter HavenFloridas newest theme park is dedicated to families with children ages 2 to 12, offering a unique mix of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including LEGO models and other interactive elements for the whole family to enjoy. The 150-acre park is comprised of ten different Lands including Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, XTreme, Imagination Zone, Pirates Cove, LEGO Club House and DUPLO Village. Activities abound, where kids can get their own LEGOLAND drivers license, put out a blaze at Fun Town Fire Academy, tame a LEGO-themed dragon coaster or enjoy a pirate live-action, water-stunt show along the shores of Lake Eloise and adjacent to beautiful botanical gardens. The newly opened LEGOLAND Water Park features a wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and an interactive water-play structure DUPLO Safari.

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  • Bok Tower Gardens Lake WalesLocated on Iron Mountain, one of the highest points in peninsular Florida, Bok Tower Gardens historic beauty is a treat to all the senses. Explore 250 acres of serene gardens surrounding the parks signature 205-foot marble and coquina carillon tower. Listen for the soothing chimes as you tour the grounds, including the historic Pinewood Estate.

    The Florida Air Museum at Sun n Fun LakelandAviation history reaches new heights with a rich variety of aircraft and artifacts covering the history of flight. Step back in time with an extensive collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia including rare artifacts such as models of the Spruce Goose and some of Hughes personal flight suits, medals and trophies.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture LakelandLegendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright came to Lakeland in 1938 to create a great educational temple in Florida. He designed 18 structures for Florida Southern College to resemble buildings rising out of the ground and into the sun. Twelve structures were built, and you can admire them on a guided tour or free walking tour.

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    Fantasy of Flight Polk CityFire up your imagination and set course for the spirit of adventure that has inspired aviators for over a century. Experience flight simulators, interactive exhibits, loads of kids activities, expert guides, and tram tours that place you behind the scenes of real working restoration and maintenance shops. Get up close to more than 60 of the worlds most legendary aircraft including the B-26 Marauder, B-24 Liberator, and P-51 Mustang plus you can climb aboard a real B-17 Flying Fortress. For your own high-flying adventure book a Hot Air Balloon ride or reserve a seat on Waldo Wrights Open Cockpit Biplane. Push your limits on Wing WalkAir a four-story ropes course featuring over 30 separate challenges and towering to heights of up to 50 feet with 600 feet of screaming zip line! Or you can set a more leisurely pace and climb aboard an old fashioned trolley as Orlampa Tours takes a step back in time with a seasonal grove, heritage and nature experience.

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    If you are looking for fun things to do that are certain to please kids of all ages and are great vacation activities, check out these ideas! Visitors can do them all at any time of the year.

    No absolutes here ... just a few ideas for fun things to do! Read on for many more.

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    Museums arent just for Viewing. Parents can enjoy watching their children experience art in an interactive way at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Pg. 13

    Ride an Airboat. Feel your adrenaline flow as you skim across the surface of marshes and lakes. Outdoor guides help you spot gators and other Florida wildlife! Pg. 23

    Delectable Delights. See genuine Florida citrus candy being made. The kids can shop for their favorite vacation keepsakes at Davidsons of Dundee. Pg. 14

    Play in Barnett Park. A kid-friendly park with an interactive water fountain and climbing elements.Soft surfaces for those occasional stumbles. Pg. 13

    Family Movie Night at a Drive-In. Take a trip back in time and see a first-run movie in one of the last authentic drive-ins in the country. Pg. 67

    Hike the Trek Ten Trails. Visit the featured trails in Polk County and enjoy great places for geocaching. Pg. 39

    Explore Explorations V. A fun learning center with three floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits. Pg. 13

    Delicious Dining. Family friendly dining with lots of kids-eat-free options are found all around Polk County. Pg. 40-45

    Visit Polks Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve. Includes an interactive nature center featuring exhibits, a trail bordering Lake Hancock. Pg. 37

    Cycling for All. Whether your family looks for easy trails or more challenging terrain, the area offers something for everyone. Pg. 28

    Picnic Perfection. Theres not a more beautiful place on earth for a family picnic than Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. The kids can enjoy feeding the squirrels in this natural Florida setting. Pg. 12

    Be Adventurous. Take the kids on an early morning, hot air balloon ride. (40 height minimum) Pg. 29

    Saddle Up. Experience an authenticdude ranch at Westgate River Ranch where the whole family can ride horses or see a rodeo on Saturday night. Pg. 38

    Back to the Future. Celebrate the early life and times of a Central Florida county in a hands-on childrens area in a 1908 historic courthouse at the Polk County Historical Museum. Pg. 13

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  • Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau www.VisitCentralFlorida.org 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823800-828-7655, 863-551-4750FAX 863-551-4740

    Polk County Sports Marketingwww.CentralFloridaSports.com

    Every effort has been made to provide an accurate comprehensive guide to our area. However, phone numbers, hours and prices are subject to change without notice. The omission of any business does not imply a negative judgment or quality rating, nor does the listing of a business imply recommendation or assurance of quality.

    The official Vacation Guide for the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau is designed and published by: CNP Clark/Nikdel/Powell 62 Fourth St., NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 863-299-9980

    Copyright 2012. All rights reserved;reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

    Photo Credit: All photos presented in this guide are either the property of the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau or the Bureau has been given exclusive rights for use in this guide.

    Learn about all that Central Florida has to offer, and allow our friendly staff to assist with lodging, attractions, tee times for local golf courses, restaurants and shopping.

    Sit back in comfort in the Bright House theatre and enjoy a presentation showcasing the area.

    Try your hand on the putting green. Visit Discovery Dock to find out about nature-based activities.

    Pick up an authentic Polk County souvenir in our store.

    With so much to do in the area, you cant miss this opportunity to learn about everything here in Polk County.

    101 Adventure Court, Davenport, FL 33837(Hwy. 27, mile south of I-4, exit 55)

    800-828-7655 or 863-420-2586, Fax 863-420-2593

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    Take in a movie or live performance at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland. Built as a vaudeville/movie palace in 1928, the Polk Theatre is one of only a few atmospheric theaters in existence today.

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    In this place of contrasts, you can enjoy world-class attractions, float above the Florida wilderness in a hot air balloon, skim across alligator-inhabited waters on an airboat, have a picnic in a serene garden and cruise through a chain of lakes. Visit world-class museums, art galleries and even experience exciting performances at historic theatres. Whether youre an art or nature lover, history buff or wild adventurer, youll have plenty to see and do in Central Floridas Polk County.

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    Hours and prices are subject to change without notice. Please call to confirm.

    Prices (reflect one adult paying regular admission) $ = under $10 $$$ = $20 - $49$$ = $10 - $19 $$$$ = over $50

    ATTRACTIONSLEGOLAND Florida Winter Haven LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. The largest LEGOLANDPark in the world features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions; plus restaurants, shopping and beautiful botanical gardens. The LEGOLAND Water Park features a wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and an interactive water-play structure DUPLO Safari. LEGOLAND Florida is located 45 minutes from Orlando and downtown Tampa. Check website for days and hours. $$$$ See ad inside front coverOne LEGOLAND Way (The former site of Cypress Gardens)

    (I-4, exit 55. Take U.S. Hwy. 27 S. Turn right on S.R. 540, 4 mi. on left.)

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    The LEGOLAND Florida Water Park and the FOrD Driving School are a part of LEGOLAND Florida

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    Bok Tower Gardens Lake WalesInspiring visitors with Olmsted gardens, majestic belltower with daily 1 and 3 p.m. carillon concerts and Pinewood Mansion. Caf, gift shop. National Historic Landmark. Open daily 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 5 p.m.) $$ See ad page 191151 Tower Blvd. (I-4, exit 55 and proceed S. on Hwy. 27 for 23 mi. Follow signs.) 863-676-1408 www.boktowergardens.org Map grid G-7 Fantasy of Flight Polk CityExperience more than 60 rare and vintage aircraft, flight simulators, interactive exhibits, kids activities, costumed storytellers and expertly guided tours. Ride the tram which takes you from the Art Deco style hangars across the 250 acre private airfield for a visit to real working restoration and maintenance shops. Guests have a rare opportunity to witness vintage aircraf...