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Nature & Outdoors in Central Florida


Hiking: Colt Creek State Park offers over 12 miles of beautiful, multi-use trails which make for great horse-back riding, hiking and biking opportunities.


Airboat Tours: Seasoned guides know their open water and marsh lands well. Their intimate knowledge on locations of birds and wildlife will give you a thrilling tour.


Birding: Polk County is home to more than 300 bird species including the Blue Heron, the Bald Eagle, the Wood Stork and the Florida Scrub Jay.

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Fun for the Family: Going back to nature is fun for the entire family. Check out Circle B Bar Reserve for hiking, fishing, and the Polk Nature Discovery Center.

The Great Outdoors

Welcome to the land of unmatched natural beauty and Old Florida charm

Swim, Hike, Fish, Bike… Explore the Fun that’s in our Nature

Chances are, if you’re looking for things to do in Central Florida, your current itinerary probably already has a list of the many man-made attractions that this world-renowned region is famous for. Yes, there are virtually endless opportunities for synthetic fun and thrills while enjoying a visit to Polk County. However, if you’re looking for some exciting, organic things to do in Central Florida, you won’t be disappointed.

Polk County, with its all year round warm temperatures and more than 550 lakes, offers travelers a wide range of distinctive opportunities to soak up the Florida sun while communing with Mother Nature. You just need to know where to look (or walk, or pedal).

Things To Do In Central Florida On Foot

Think standing in line for an adventure park ride is the only thing your feet are good for while in Polk County? With 37 nature parks nestles on more than 25,000 preserved acres, this region offers nature lovers a vast assortment of foot-friendly trails and terrain. Consider your travel party’s hiking skill level when visiting any of these popular outdoor hotspots:

Cycling Through Your Sunshine State Vacation

Traveling around Polk County with a crew of avid cyclists? The area touts an extensive list of multipurpose trails and paths, offering numerous choices for those who love pedaling. Be sure to check out trails like the Fort Fraser Trail, TECO Trail, Chain of Lakes Trail, General James A. Van Fleet State Trail and Loyce Harpe Park to find a cycling stretch that delivers the perfect distance and endurance lever for everyone in your party.

If you don’t have your own wheels with you this trip, BeFly Bike Tours, LeRoy’s Bikeworks and Road and Trail Bicycles offer and assortment of rentals.

Get Out On The Water And Enjoy Some Florida Fishing

Anxious to get a closer look at some of the hundreds of lakes in the region? Gather up the crew and embark on a fishing adventure. Polk County, aka the “Bass Capital of the World” is teeming with chances to reel in an amazing catch. For an extra Florida fishing thrill, be sure to check out some of Polk County phosphate pits that have recently received international acclaim as some of the best angler areas in the region.

Of course, bass aren’t the only fish found in these lakes. Veteran and first time anglers can get out on the water for a change to hook a wide range of species such as bluegill, crappie and catfish.

Whatever you love about the outdoors, you can find it in Polk County. Hiking, cycling and fishing are all great ways to enjoy the natural wonders that a Central Florida vacation can deliver. To request the new Celebrate Nature Guide or to purchase the Central Florida Lakes Map call 800-828-7655. If you love nature and the outdoors, take a look at the great Outdoor and Nature Trip Ideas to plan your Central Florida vacation!