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(2019 - Winter Issue)


For a memorable family vacation, consider Central Florida where you’re only 45 minutes from Orlando’s theme parks and from the Tampa International Airport. This natural wonderland features 554 lakes and more than 600 kilometres of nature trails. And Central Florida (Polk County) is filled with popular family attractions, including a world-class theme park of its own.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort reignites the child in all of us, with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. The park itself is an immersive experience in brilliant technicolor and best expressed with shouts of joy as kids view spectacular architectural LEGO marvels displayed throughout themed zones, among them The Great LEGO Race, an incredible virtual-reality rollercoaster.

The resort’s newest attraction, The LEGO Movie World, just opened in spring 2019. And April 2020 will see the opening of the third lodging choice on the property—Pirate Island Hotel. As with the existing LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, the new hotel will feature LEGO-themed decor.

LEGOLAND, however, is just one of many great attractions in Central Florida.

Safari Wilderness Ranch, for example, was named among the “10 Best Safaris in the U.S.” by Fodors.com. Here you can book a tour by kayak, camel or safari vehicle. The Circle B Bar Reserve was listed among USA Today’s “Top 50 Places to See Wildlife” and attracts hikers, photographers, painters and nature-lovers from around the world.

Built by a Dutch immigrant in 1929, Bok Tower Gardens is a unique attraction featuring beautiful landscapes, hiking trails, a boardwalk and a 62-metre “singing tower” carillon with some bells weighing several tons. At Florida Southern College in Lakeland, there are 13 extraordinary buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

If you love airplanes, visit Central Florida from March 31 to April 5 to attend the 46th annual SUN ’n FUN Aerospace Expo at the Lakeland Linder International Airport. It’s the second-largest event of its kind in the world and the whole family will be amazed at the daredevil aerobatics of the renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Where to stay? Accommodation options range from the luxurious Streamsong Resort & Spa, with three of the top golf courses in North America, to teepees at the rustic Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo, the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River.

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Let your imagination go wild on a Central Florida getaway at VisitCentralFlorida.org.

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