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Looking For Summer Fun On Your Central Florida Vacation? Just Add Water

Planning a Central Florida vacation this summer, but worried that Polk County can be a bit on the “balmy side?” Lucky for you, there are lots of fun ways to stay cool and refreshed while enjoying the Florida sunshine.

Water Sports & Fishing

When looking for a fine dining experience in Polk County, you can leave the jacket and tie behind and enjoy the upscale ambiance in more leisurely attire. Polk County’s restaurant scene offers distinctive dining experiences that will tantalize the taste buds.

With 554 fresh-water lakes in Central Florida’s Polk County, there are ample opportunities to beat the heat and experience a great Central Florida vacation. You can learn to water ski, wakeboard or even barefoot ski with a champion ski instructor here. You can also do stand-up paddle boarding on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, or go all “Iron Man” with the cutting edge extreme watersport of flyboarding.

Ready to test your fishing skills on your Central Florida vacation? You’ve come to the right place; Polk County is also considered the Largemouth Bass Capital of the World and fishing is one of the most popular things to do in Central Florida. Hire an expert fishing guide or rent a boat to venture out on your own. Just make sure you have the proper safety gear and a Florida freshwater fishing license. If you’d rather just observe the wildlife, you can rent a kayak or pontoon boat for a leisurely trip, or schedule an exhilarating eco-airboat tour.

Fun For The Whole Family

Want to keep cool while looking cool to the kids? Take them all to LEGOLAND® Florida on your next Central Florida vacation. The park boasts more than 50 rides, shows and attractions; plus their LEGOLAND® Water Park featuring the Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides, the Joker Soaker multi-level playground and the DUPLO® Splash Safari, an interactive water-play structure for toddlers. Spend some time at the waterpark and alternate between wet and dry attractions in the main park to truly maximize your fun over the course of your day.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the epic battles that take place during the Pirates’ Cove live action water ski stunt show; it’s truly a can’t miss Central Florida attraction. Find yourself needing another spritz to cool off after the show? Head across the park for a ride on the AQUAZONE Wave Racers and be sure to visit LEGOLAND®’s recently expanded DUPLO Valley including a new splash and play area for the smaller tykes.

Your Home Away From Home

After a fun-filled day of water adventure, there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing dip in a pool, especially if it’s your own private pool. Polk County is home to a wide variety of accommodation types, including luxurious and affordable vacation rental homes. Capping off a day of fun and excitement by returning to your own multi-bedroom home, complete with your own private pool can make your summertime Central Florida vacation one to remember.

Central Florida’s Vacation Getaway Sweepstakes

This month’s lucky winner of our Central Florida’s vacation getaway sweepstakes was Ann Torino from Roswell, GA. When informed of her win, Ann announced, “We are very excited and plan to schedule our vacation for late July or early August before the kids go back to school.” Looks like Ann and her family will get to see for themselves everything a summertime Central Florida vacation offers travelers of all ages.

Ann’s Prize Package includes:

  • 4 days/3 nights’ stay at The Hyatt Place in Lakeland, Florida
  • 4 tickets each to: LEGOLAND® Florida and Bok Tower Gardens
  • $50 dining certificates at Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

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