Introduction to Plant City, Florida
Plant City, Florida, in Hillsborough county, is 9 miles W of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 21 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Tampa - Saint Petersburg - Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 29,915 people live in Plant City.
Plant City History
Plant City was originally called Ichepucksassa after the Indian village that used to occupy the area. It got its current name after the commemoration of Henry B. Plant, who built the railroad and incorporated it with the South Florida Railroad. This had a significant contribution in the city’s commerce. Plant City is primarily an agricultural community, as it oncewas a large cotton center. But ever since the production of strawberries, it has become popular as the winter strawberry capital of the world.
Plant City and nearby Attractions
- Dinosaur World
- Airstream Ranch
- Mulberry Phosphate Museum
- The Florida Strawberry Festival
- Dr. MLK Cultural Arts Festival
Things To Do In Plant City
Plant City annually hosts one of the biggest events in the area, the Strawberry Festival. This concert draws popular performers and is held annually during the first week of March. The Dinosaur World is a fun outing for the kids and is open all the year round. Here one can dig for fossils or closely observe the several life-size dinosaur replicas. Also, there are various cultural activities including city parades, forums, leadership breakfasts, and community service projects that are organized by the Dr. Martin Luther King Cultural Arts Festival committee to promote awareness about African culture and history.
Plant City Transportation
The Lakeland Linder Regional Airport serves as Plant City's closest airport destination.
Plant City Higher Education
The University of South Florida is conveniently located in St. Petersburg.