Located in the north-east corner of Polk County, Florida, United States, Loughman is part of Lakeland-Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lakeland historically has been a major agricultural center with citrus growing, processing, and distribution, and a large phosphate mining industry, while Winter Haven is a rapidly growing resort area with its proximity to Tampa Bay and Orlando. Loughman is strategically located in proximity to Disneyland in Orlando, and LEGO Land in Winter Haven, which makes it the best location for families to take advantage of its low cost of living, while going around to the best attractions. Read on to learn more about the best things to do around Loughman!
1. Historic Florida
Original 1930 Polk County Florida border marker at the county line. Polk County was at the time and still is a Citrus...Posted by Florida Sale Trail on Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Loughman was on the route of the Dixie Highway, which ran parallel to the line of US 17/92 and is now Old Kissimmee Road (Old Tampa Highway north of the Osceola County line). A monument dated 1930 marks the Polk County line with the nearby remains of the brick-paved highway.
Monument dated 1930
Address: Old Tampa Highway north of the Osceola County line
2. Circle B Bar Reserve
Roseate Spoonbill~ Circle B Bar Reserve - Polk County - FloridaPosted by Guiseppi's- Art in Nature on Saturday, 10 June 2017
The Circle B Bar Reserve is an area of protected lands in Polk County, Florida, comprising 1,267 acres (5.13 square kilometers) at 4399 Winter Lake Road (SR 540) near Lakeland, Florida. Many wildlife and birds found their home here in the preserve, you may expect to see white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs.
It has been designated as a Great Florida Birding Trail site under the program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The Polk’s Nature Discovery Center was built inside the reserve to provide environmental education featuring interactive displays about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the reserve.
Circle B Bar Reserve
Address: 39.96 kilometers or 24.83 miles from Loughman/33 minutes’ drive
3. Bok Tower Gardens
Designed by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Bok Tower Gardens was set in an informal woodland setting with views of the Singing Tower. Decorated by acres of ferns, palms, oaks and pines, they fashion a lush backdrop for flowering foliage and the spectacular seasonal color of azaleas, camellias and magnolias (a highlight of our spring peak bloom season), the gardens are the best place for photography, birdwatching and geocaching. Bok Tower Gardens is listed as one of the US National Historical Landmarks and opens 365 days a year. It provides the best place for picnics and family outings.
Bok Tower Gardens
Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Website: Bok Tower Gardens
4. Panther Point Trail at Marshall Hampton Reserve
You can now hike at the Marshall Hampton Reserve on the newly opened first section of Panther Point Trail, a 5-mile (8-kilometer) nature trail, overlooking Lake Hancock. The trail winds through oak hammocks, pastures, wetlands and artificial lakes providing visitors the best site for wildlife viewing and nature photography. It is also suitable for hiking, running, off-road biking and horseback riding.
Panther Point Trail
Address: 3115 Thornhill Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33880
5. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Martin Luther King Jr. Park is perfect for family picnics, fishing from the shoreline, sports outings, or just walking along the trail surrounding the lake. It houses Rollins College Women’s Softball Team and a leading-edge softball facility. It also has two basketball courts, two football/soccer fields, one multipurpose field and ample facilities for outings and events. Look out for the latest events at the park when you are there.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Address: 1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789
Website: Martin Luther King Jr. Park Florida
6. Walt Disney World in Orlando
From Loughman, you can take a 19-minute drive to the family’s favorite Walt Disney World in Orlando. Staying in Loughman and visiting Walt Disney World (the largest complex under Walt Disney companies) is a good money saver for families. Walt Disney World Orlando occupies 27,258 acres (110 square kilometers), about the size of San Francisco, or twice the size of Manhattan. It’s comprised of four theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The icon of Walt Disney World is the Cinderella Castle. You can get around by monorail, ferries or by walking.
Walt Disney World features over 20 rides and some of them are found only at the Orlando complex including Spaceship Earth, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can also watch the unique musicals only at Orlando like Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage and Finding Nemo – The Musical.
Do not miss the newly opened segment at the Animal Kingdom: Pandora — The World of Avatar!
Walt Disney World in Orlando
Address: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830
Website: Walt Disney World in Orlando
7. Legoland Florida
From Lougham, go south 35 minutes (25.5 miles or 41 kilometers) to the second Lego park in the US. Opened on October 15, 2011, the park is divided into 13 areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Duplo Land, Miniland USA, Kingdoms, Pirates Cove, Imagination Zone, Technic, Land of Adventure, Lego City, Chima, LEGO Friends, Ninjago, and a restored replica of Cypress Gardens. Legoland Florida opened a water park replacing the former Cypress Gardens “Splash Island” water park on May 26, 2012.
Address: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
Website: Legoland Florida
Tampa Bay is 68.1 miles (99.5 kilometers) away from Loughman. Join this Tampa Bay CityPASS tour to have the best savings and enjoy all that you can in Tampa Bay. The must-see attractions are included in this pass like Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chihuly Center.
Tampa Bay CityPASS
Went on a wild dolphin boat cruise today. Tampa Bay, you're beautiful.Posted by Andrew Logesky on Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Perfect wknd!! Aquarium and dolphin cruise in the Tampa Bay Another thing to check off my FL bucket list! Posted by Angela Hill on Sunday, 1 June 2014
This 75-minute cruise brings you from the Florida Aquarium into Tampa Bay, where you will see dolphins and other marine wildlife at a close distance like manatees, sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins and more. Grab the binoculars on the cruise and see how they live freely in the ocean.
Dolphin Cruise from The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay
Go around Loughman Florida
There might not be much for visitors in Loughman, but its surroundings are a definite thrill for families. The largest Disney Theme Park, the second largest Legoland, a Dolphin Cruise at Tampa Bay, and much more is within short reach for all kinds of activities and fun.
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