From Citrus Groves to Craft Breweries: Exploring Polk County’s Rich Agritourism

When it comes to experiencing the heart of Central Florida, there’s more to discover than just theme parks and bustling cities. Venture a little further and you’ll find Polk County, a hidden gem nestled between Orlando and Tampa Bay. Known for picturesque landscapes and agricultural abundance, Polk County offers a unique agritourism experience that allows visitors to connect with nature, learn about farming traditions, and indulge in fresh, locally produced delights.

Polk County’s Agritourism

U-Pick Farms

Polk County’s fertile soil and favorable climate have led to a thriving community of groves and u-pick farms. Imagine strolling through endless rows of fruit-laden trees, handpicking your own juicy oranges and peaches or delicious blueberries. At Ridge Island Groves, you can experience the joy of gathering your own citrus fruits and indulge in homemade orange juice or soft serve ice cream. Meanwhile, Whitehead’s Blueberry Farm offers the unique opportunity to pluck blueberries right off the bush. Check out our U-Pick blog for more information!

Farmers Markets

For a taste of authentic local flavor, don’t miss out on Polk County’s vibrant farmer’s markets. These bustling hubs of community showcase a variety of fresh produce, artisanal products, and crafts. The Winter Haven Farmers Market and the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market are just a few examples where you can sample fresh, farm-to-table delights and interact with the farmers who put their hearts and hands into every product. Check out our events calendar for upcoming markets throughout Polk County!

Agritourism Events and Festivals

Throughout the year, Polk County comes alive with a plethora of agritourism events and festivals. From celebrating the citrus heritage, at the Orange Blossom Festival to indulging in mouthwatering BBQ in the BBQ Capital of Florida at the many BBQ festivals, these events offer a unique blend of entertainment, education, and delectable treats. Bok Tower Gardens also hosts many agritourism events in their outdoor kitchen throughout the year. 

Farm Tours and Animal Encounters

For those eager to get up close and personal with farm life, Polk County’s agritourism scene has something in store for you. Take a guided safari tour at Safari Wilderness Ranch and interact with animals in their natural habitat, or visit Bok Tower Gardens to experience the serenity of a historic garden that perfectly blends nature and art. For animal enthusiasts, visit Circle B Bar Reserve for an opportunity to spot wildlife, including alligators, birds, and other native species in their natural habitat.

Culinary Experiences

Indulge in the culinary wonders of Polk County by exploring the farm-to-table and locally made dining options. Many restaurants in the area take pride in sourcing their ingredients locally, ensuring that every dish is bursting with freshness and flavor. From classic Southern comfort food to innovative gourmet creations, Polk County’s dining scene is a testament to the region’s rich agricultural heritage. Check out our A-Z Dining Guide for some of Polk County’s great dining options!

Polk County’s agritourism offerings provide a refreshing escape from the usual tourist attractions, allowing visitors to embrace the beauty of nature, connect with the land, and savor the flavors of the region. Whether you’re picking your own fruits, strolling through farmer’s markets, or engaging in hands-on workshops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re seeking an authentic Central Florida experience that combines the charm of rural life with the comforts of modern amenities, Polk County’s rich agritourism is calling your name.

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