By Charlotte Flach
From the kid-friendly hotels at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to luxury golf and spa hotels, natural beauty and family fun is never far away in Central Florida’s Polk County.
Get close to the action
Villas are a perfect option for families. They’re great value, have homely amenities and are within close proximity to Central Florida’s attractions. Those in the Davenport area and Haines City are ideally located for reaching major theme parks, including Walt Disney World and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
Villas range from cozy two-bedrooms to extravagant seven-bedroom homes with a movie room. HomeBeds has a large selection in Davenport, most of which have private pools.
X marks the spot
Well-known hotels include the Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland, the Hilton Garden Inn, the new Courtyard by Marriott in Winter Haven, and the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott in Lakeland, which opened in June 2020.
Families can choose from three hotels at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in Winter Haven, including the newest addition, Pirate Island Hotel, which opened in summer 2021. Every stay comes with a free family-style breakfast, nightly pirate fun and in-room treasure hunts.
Relax and indulge
For luxury lovers, Streamsong Golf Resort and Spa sprawls over 16,000-acres. Award-winning golf courses, bass fishing, sporting clays, and four on-site restaurants are joined by a lakefront infinity pool and spa with a grotto.
Or there’s Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, located along the Kissimmee River, for the ultimate dude ranch experience.
The 1,700-acre resort features Luxe Teepees, Glamping, Saddle Club Rail Cars and RV camping and features championship Rodeos and a night street party on Saturdays.
New for 2022
Travellers can pull up in their own RV or stay at an on-site cabin at Camp Margaritaville RV Resort in Auburndale. RV spots come with a charcoal grill, and the one-bedroom vacation cabana cabins can sleep up to six. From the 147-foot water slide to local sightseeing tours, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained.
Or clients can go for the full African Safari experience with deluxe camping at Safari Wilderness. During the day guided safaris can be taken on camel-back, or by ATV, kayak or customised vehicles.