Located between Orlando and Tampa, Central Florida’s Polk County offers more than a place to lay your head between theme park destinations. From unspoiled lakes and wetlands to historic landmarks, urban offerings to citrus groves to, yes, theme parks, there is a reason many Floridians say that Polk County offers everything. Here's 3 reasons why this hidden gem is the perfect Florida vacation for families:
If you are looking for outside adventures, Polk County offers many opportunities. Home to more than 550 fresh water lakes and 25,000 acres of unspoiled recreational parks, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, including air boating, kayaking and world-class fishing.
Of course, when people visit Florida, most want at least one not-so-close encounter with our state reptile, the alligator. The prime spot in the state to see these creatures in their natural habitat just happens to be in Lakeland at Circle B Bar Reserve, where you’ll also see everything from egrets to bald eagles. The ecosystem at Circle B Bar is so diverse, this 1267 acre park is home to 45 different butterfly species. It is easy to see why it is often called the best places to see wildlife in Florida.