Hardee County Parks and Recreation

Pioneer Park Days

Offering a wide array of historical and athletic attractions to its residents, Hardee County is a surprising visit for many. From festivals and historical museums to world class softball facilities, let’s dive into some of what Hardee County has available.

Pioneer Florida

Dedicated to the preservation and presentation of pioneer era Florida, is the Cracker Trail Museum. Originally known as Pioneer Park museum, which is the park the museum calls home in Zolfo Springs. It has existed for over 50 years. Local donations keep the collections in the museum ever growing. It features a blacksmith shop, a locomotive engine, a cabin, a smokehouse, amd numerous historical articles. Come appreciate the history of Central Florida at: 2822 Museum Drive, Zolfo Springs, FL 33890.

Pionner Park is also home to the annual Pioneer Park Days, one of the largest and also the oldest antique tractor, farm equipment, and steam engine shows in the Southeast. 300 flea market booths showcase art pieces, antique tools, and other crafts. Admission is $5.00 to enter the festival and see the more than 200 exhibits on display.


Hardee County is also home to the Mildred W. and Carl E. Carlton Recreational Complex, an extensive park which accommodates a large variety of athletic sports. Girls Fastpitch Softball and Men’s slowpitch are both featured at the complex, which has been home to a large number of state and regional championship teams in both divisions. In addition, there is also league play in men’s and women’s church league softball, co-ed softball, and varsity and JV fastpitch as well as junior girls fastpitch softball. Other sports include swimming, high school soccer, racquetball, and high school cross country.

These are just some of the features of Hardee County, and I hope you’ll come take a visit and enjoy a lesser known gem living in the heart of Central Florida.