Winter Haven, Florida

The Location

Winter Haven is located in Polk County, Florida. The Central Florida city has a population of approximately 35,000 people. Known as "The Chain of Lakes City," Winter Haven is home to 50 lakes, including its famous Chain of Lakes. Considered a "haven" for those escaping wintery temperatures, Winter Haven enjoys warm to hot temperatures year-round. Winter Haven has a small town community feel with a vibrant arts and theater culture, as well as a growing medical and technology center in its downtown business district.

Arts and Entertainment

From arts and culture to food and outdoor activities, Winter Haven is full of fun for the whole family.

Residents can enjoy Winter Haven's numerous lakes with freshwater fishing, waterskiing, paddle boarding and kayaking, or watch a performance of Cypress Gardens Waterski Team on Lake Silver.

View the city's beautiful sunset at a lakeside restaurant or take in the LEGOLAND interactive theme park.

Arts and culture enthusiasts can enjoy art galleries, local music at the historic Ritz Theatre or Derry Down, or a show at the Theatre Winter Haven community theater.

Winter Haven has many successful recreational and competitive youth sports programs and the local high school has won state championships in several sports.


Polk County Public Schools provide public primary and secondary education. Winter Haven is also home to several private schools and Polk State College.

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