Introduction to Fort Meade, Florida
Fort Meade, Florida, is 22 miles SE of Lakeland, Florida and 42 miles E of Tampa, Florida. It is in Polk county. The city is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area. The population of Fort Meade is 5,691.
Fort Meade History
Fort Meade is one of the oldest cities in Polk County. In 1849, during the Seminole Indian Wars, the area was a military road connecting Tampa to Fort Pierce. The name of the city was kept in honor of an army personnel who explored the area. Fort Meade was first incorporated in 1885, and again in 1915.
Fort Meade and nearby Attractions
- Polk Museum of Art
- Historic Bok Sanctuary
- Paynes Creek State Historic Site
- Highlands Hammock State Park
- Fort Meade Recreational Area
Things To Do In Fort Meade
Those interested in history can pay a visit to the Polk County Historical Museum to learn more about the social, political and the cultural history of Polk County and central Florida. Steve Martin's Natural Encounters is a popular wildlife sanctuary. At the Highlands Hammock State Park, camping, biking and horseback riding opportunities are available. The Fort Meade Recreational Area is a popular spot fo canoeing, fishing and hiking.
Fort Meade Transportation
Tampa International is the nearest major airport.
Fort Meade Higher Education
The closest colleges and universities include the Travis Technical Center, Polk Community College, the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College.