Polk County

About Polk County Florida

Polk County is the fourth largest county in Florida and is bisected at the north end by the I-4 corridor connecting Orlando and Tampa.

Polk County has a long history of agricultural, residential, and industrial development and tourism due to its prominent citrus and mining industries and its strategic location on the historic Dixie Highway which connected Florida to tourists in the Midwestern United States. In the 1920s, Polk County boasted the most miles of paved roads in the South. Polk County produced many powerful state leaders and was considered by many as the cultural capital of the state. As a result, Polk County enjoys a number of established neighborhoods with magnificent historic homes and downtowns including 71 properties and districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, including two National Historic Landmarks (Bok Tower Gardens and the Florida Southern College Historic District, which is the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture).

Polk County continues to exploit its strategic location in the heart of Central Florida which has allowed it to become home to a number of major regional attractions and transportation hubs (some listed below). Polk County is placed in the middle of two major airports, Orlando International Airport and Tampa International Airport leaving many options for travelers.

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Arts and Culture

Polk County boasts a community of diversity and history, and with this diversity comes many forms of arts and culture. Polk County is home to many unique and historic venues that hosts plays, expos, and festivals of various types. Staying active and immersed in the arts and culture of Polk County comes easy when there is access to all of these amazing venues. Check out the links below for venues that are sure to keep your right side of the brain happy.

Polk Museum of Art   

Lakeland Community Theatre   

Harrison Center for the Visual & Performing Arts 

Imperial Symphony Orchestra

Seminole State College Performing Arts   

Lakeland Center   

Florida Air Museum at SUN ‘n FUN  

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitor Center 

Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven   

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