Fueled by Fun
When the sun shines, people flock to Polk County, bringing with them valuable dollars that bolster a thriving entertainment, arts and tourism industry. Whether they’re hitting the links at Streamsong Resort, catching a ball at a spring training game, strolling along the peaceful trails at Bok Tower Gardens or spending the day with the kids at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, they know Polk County has something for everyone.
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The economic impact from the Detroit Tigers, who have held spring training at Tigertown in Lakeland for 83 years, and the arts in Polk County totals more than $90 million. Add tourism to that and these three industries are positively affecting our economy to the tune of more than $100 million. That helps keep about 25,000 people employed in the leisure and hospitality industries here.
And there’s good news on the horizon for tourism as 2018 likely set a record with more than 120 million people visiting Florida. That tops 2017’s record year.
Nestled between the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean beaches, Polk County relishes its position as a leader in entertainment, arts and tourism.
The arts are plentiful in Polk, where the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College displays original artwork and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra provides patrons with classical music at its best.
And entertainment abounds. The Polk Theatre shows classic movies, the RP Funding Center hosts Broadway plays and community theaters thrive in the county’s largest cities. And now, smaller venues like Gram Parsons’ Derry Down are giving local and national entertainers a place to showcase their talents.
Sports tourism and recreation, where friends gather to fish and boat, shoot hoops, play golf, or attend any of the baseball, softball, soccer and other tournaments held throughout the year, fuel the tourism flames. Those who want a more leisurely experience might spend a day at the annual Sun ‘n’ Fun Fly-In, take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College or attend any number of festivals held throughout the year.
No matter what your preference, Polk County has something for you. So swing by and catch a ballgame, a play or a ride on a LEGOLAND Florida Resort roller coaster. You won’t be disappointed.
- Bok Tower Gardens
- Circle B Bar Reserve
- Detroit Tiger’s Spring Training
- Fantasy of Flight
- Florida Southern College / Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
- LEGOLAND Florida Resort
- Safari Wilderness Ranch
- Seaworld Orlando
- Streamsong Resort
- Sun n’ Fun
- Universal Orlando Resort
- Walt Disney World Resort
- Visit Central Florida
Leading Education Programs
Webber International University – Hospitality Business Management: Students of Webber’s Hospitality and Business Management program receive training and experience in key facets of Hospitality Business Management. Graduates of the program are prepared to face business management challenges presented in hospitality and service.
University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management: Located in nearby Orlando, FL, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management is a major asset to the tourism industry and a leader in hospitality education. This nationally-recognized program is housed in the largest facility ever built for hospitality management education and is one of the few in the country to offer a Hospitality Management Ph.D.