Visit Central Florida represents Polk County, Florida. Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa, and an easy drive to Central Florida attractions and the Gulf and Atlantic beaches. Polk County offers something for everyone, including Florida’s newest attractions, LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Safari Wilderness; and some of Florida’s most historic; including Bok Tower Gardens, Westgate River Ranch Resort (the Southeast’s largest dude ranch), and Frank Lloyd Wright’s 13 structures at Florida Southern College. With 554 freshwater lakes, the area offers great fishing, adventurous airboat eco-tours, and exciting water sports. Wonderful parks, preserves, and trails captivate visitors with Polk County’s natural beauty.

1. ) What is your destination most known for? 

Our largest attraction is LEGOLAND Florida Resort, but we have so much more than that. Visit Central Represents Polk County, FL, the fourth largest county in the state – an area larger than Rhode Island. We brand as Florida’s Sweetest Spot because we are in the heart of Florida, with so much to see and do.

2.) During this time, how can we enjoy your destination?

Come and see us! I tell journalists to reach out to me if they have plans to visit Florida, so we can look at options to work together.

3.) What hidden gem should not be missed when visiting your destination?

The Frank Lloyd Wright architecture collection at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. It’s the largest one-site collection of his work, in the world. Nearby Bok Tower Gardens, with its “Singing Tower” carillon is also a lovely attraction.

4.) What’s one feature that can’t be missed when visiting your website?

Our Blogs… as we have a wonderful webmaster who is constantly updating our site with blog posts about “the latest and greatest” that our destination has to offer. Peppa Pig and accommodations at Camp Margaritaville RV Resort and Safari Wilderness Ranch are some things to look up.

5.) How did you hear about NATJA, why did you join?

I don’t recall how I heard about NATJA but I’m always looking for new avenues to meet journalists, so I imagine someone referred me from another organization or conference.

6.) Is there anything else you feel travel media should know about your destination?

Check out our website to view or order a copy of our brand new (last week) 74-page travel guide… AND register to win a trip to the new (and world’s first) Peppa Pig Theme Park in Winter Haven, FL, just steps from LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

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