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Explore a Piece of Polk County’s Past in Kathleen’s Historic Socrum Community

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, General

Did you know that Central Florida’s Polk County is rich with history? One historic spot in particular, a stop on the Heritage Trail, is the Bethel Baptist Church located in the historic Socrum community of Kathleen. Socrum was one of the earliest settled areas in Polk with families that arrived more than 150 years ago […]

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New Farmers Market at Polk Outpost 27 Visitor Center Boosts Daily Visitation

Posted on October 14th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, Event, General, Nature, Shopping

The new Farmers Market being held on Thursday’s at Polk Outpost 27 (Polk County’s Official Visitor Information Center) in Davenport has resulted in heightened visitation for the center. The seasonal farmers market began on Thursday, September 4 and will continue there every Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., through May 2015. Visitor attendance at […]

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Local Favorites Highlights Dixieland

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, Dining, General, Shopping

Have you explored Dixieland? This historic part of Lakeland, located on South Florida Avenue, is a tight-knit community of shops, restaurants and art galleries. With its own unique vibe, this district, with origins dating back to 1907, offers something different from other areas in the county. Fresh, funky, vintage, thrifty, artistic, eclectic and majestic are […]

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Lake Mirror Park Designated as One of 10 Great Public Spaces in US

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by

Categories: General, Nature

Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland, Florida Designated as One of 10 Great Public Spaces in America by the American Planning Association APA Recognizes 30 Great Places in America The American Planning Association (APA) announced that Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland, Florida has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces for 2014. Each […]

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River Ranch Introduces Cattle Drive Experience

Posted on September 27th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, General

Westgate River Ranch Introduces Cattle Drive Experience for Groups in Florida Cowboy Country Groups can now participate in the ultimate cowboy teambuilding adventure: working together on horseback to drive a herd of cattle across open plains. Just an hour south of the Disney area, groups can now find the ultimate outdoor teambuilding adventure – a […]

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New Hours at Polk County Visitor Center

Posted on September 24th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, General, Upcoming

Polk County’s official visitor information center, Polk Outpost 27, will change its hours of operation on October 1, when the center begins opening at 8 am and closing at 5 pm, one hour earlier in both the morning and evening.  Currently the center is open from 9 am to 6 pm. Polk Outpost 27 has […]

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Polk Outpost 27 Surpasses $1 Million in Attraction Ticket Sales

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, General, Uncategorized

Polk Outpost 27 (Polk County’s Official Visitor Information Center) has sold more than $1 million in Attraction Tickets through early August, eclipsing the stellar sales numbers of last fiscal year, 2012-13. Nearly a quarter of the tickets sold were for LEGOLAND Florida. Visitation numbers at the center in August were greater than anticipated. Polk Outpost […]

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AirVenture Provides Opportunity to Distribute SUN ‘n FUN Brochure

Posted on September 9th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, General, Uncategorized

Joni Allen worked with the local accommodations industry to create the 2015 SUN ‘n FUN Friendly Accommodations brochure. Thirty-one Polk County hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rental home / condo property management companies participated in the new brochure and are offering special rates for the next SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In and Expo (April […]

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Local Favorites Highlights Lavender N’ Lace Tearoom

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by

Categories: Attractions, Dining, General

Whoever believes tea parties are only for children has not been to Lavender N’ Lace Tearoom in Lake Alfred, Florida. This enchanting tearoom offers both the young and the young at heart a true tea party experience. Step into the refreshing cottage through the picturesque outdoor patio, and delve into delightful options of soups, salads, […]

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Tourism Website Sees Huge Increase in Traffic, Sparked by July 4 Fireworks & Events

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by

Categories: General, Uncategorized

PCTSM’s tourism website, www.VisitCentralFlorida.org, saw a tremendous increase in traffic on July 3 and 4, by visitors to the site searching for information on July 4th celebrations and events. Traffic for the two days increased 235% over the average daily traffic in July. This record volume was the result of a great deal of work […]

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