Introduction to Winter Haven, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida, in Polk county, is 14 miles E of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 44 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is located in the Lakeland - Winter Haven metropolitan area. Winter Haven has a population of 26,487.
Winter Haven History
The Thornhills were the first family to move into the area which is presently known as Winter Haven. They came in the 1860s. They were then followed by several other families. The area was plotted in 1884 by Blount and Whitledge. The name ‘Winter Haven’ was adopted by the people of the area in 1885. It was suggested by an early settler P.D. Eycleshimer, who based it upon the fact that the city had a very pleasant climate during winter. The city was incorporated in 1911.
Winter Haven and nearby Attractions
- Cypress Gardens
- Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame
- Bok Tower Gardens
- Baytree Golf Club
Things To Do In Winter Haven
Winter Haven has adopted the motto “The Chain of Lakes” for its city, as it has 41 lakes in and around its limits. It is famous as the water skiing capital of the world. It is a great place for boating, fishing and other kinds of water sports. The Cyprus Gardens is a famous theme park which has lush botanical gardens. It has floral festivals, water ski shows, and bird and reptile shows arranged on a regular basis. The Boston Red Sox play run their Spring training camp in Winter Haven.
Winter Haven Transportation
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is Winter Park's closest major airport.
Winter Haven Higher Education
Adult education is provided by nearby Polk Community College.