Landmarks and Attractions Around Winter Haven

Discover the best things to see and do in sunny Winter Haven, Florida.
By: Chris Kuhn
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LEGOLAND® in Winter Haven, Fla.

Visitors can explore 150 acres of rides, shows and a botanical garden at this innovative theme park specially made for families with children ages 2-12, and it lies right in the heart of Winter Haven.

Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla.

Located in nearby Polk City, this interactive attraction is home to more than 100 rare and vintage aircraft and offers those fascinated with flight a unique glimpse into these magnificent pieces of history, and the restoration and maintenance behind them.

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla.

With 50 acres of rich Olmsted gardens and a 205-foot neo-Gothic Singing Tower carillon, this unique Lake Wales attraction has provided a serene backdrop for many events over 85 years, including Live at the Gardens, its popular evening concert series.

Ritz Theater in Winter Haven, Fla.

For more than 50 years, this historic theater has been a celebrated icon of Winter Haven’s heritage and site for special film and music events, fundraisers, weddings, school reunions and more. Since the launch of comprehensive restorative efforts, it continues to serve as a key cultural venue for the area.

Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Fla.

The Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland hosts six to eight traveling art exhibits every year, such as this past fall exhibition “Paintings of the Space Age,” featuring art on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Bark in the Park in Winter Haven, Fla.

Held in Central Park in April, this popular annual Winter Haven event celebrates all things canine and features a dog agility course, wiener dog races, pet vendors and a perfect opportunity for dog lovers throughout the area to mingle with other pooch parents and their “kids.”

Chain of Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, Fla.

The City of Winter Haven hosts a number of competitive youth sports programs including soccer, softball and swimming, with meets held throughout the year at the Chain of Lakes Complex featuring an Olympic pool named for Rowdy Gaines, past gold-medal Olympian born and raised in the area.

Canals in Winter Haven, Fla.

The City of Winter Haven is home to more than 50 lakes that either touch city limits or are located within them, with 24 of them connected by a series of canals. Thousands of water enthusiasts travel throughout this chain annually.

Waterskiing in Winter Haven, Fla.

Doing their part to keep the rich history of Cypress Gardens alive and well, a group of volunteer water skiers, many of whom were past members of the attraction’s popular ski shows, perform for spectators free of charge on a regular basis upon Lake Silver.

Kayaking in Winter Haven, Fla.

Kayaking is a popular sport in the “Chain of Lakes City,” and with Winter Haven’s UPKEEP program, a public Kayak use and educational tour initiative, everyone can get a chance to enjoy the lakes from this unique perspective.

Paddleboarding in Winter Haven, Fla.

The sport of paddleboarding has quickly grown in popularity with participants of all ages and fitness levels taking part. These participants at Paddleboard Winter Haven demonstrate the unique combination of serenity and gentle fitness requirements the easygoing water sport entails.

Lake Maude Nature Park in Winter Haven, Fla.

The Lake Maude Nature Park is one of 36 parks in the area where both residents and visitors can enjoy a series of trails, well manicured green spaces and nature, at home and untouched.

Central Park of Winter Haven, Fla.

Winter Haven hosts more than 100 special events annually in downtown and in Central Park, which serves as host to display selected art sculptures year-round in partnership with the Polk Museum of Art and City of Lakeland as part of the museum’s Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Downtown Winter Haven, Fla.

Since 1995, Downtown Winter Haven has seen a combined reinvestment in its buildings, city design and infrastructure of $30.6 million and the net gain of 77 new businesses to launch and line its streets.