Polk County

Polk County is located in Central Florida east of Tampa Bay bordering Sumter, Lake, Osceola, Highlands, Hardee, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. 

Polk County was established in 1861 from portions of Brevard and Hillsborough counties and named for James Knox Polk, 11th President of the U.S.

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Population - 2000
483,924
Population - 2010
602,095
Population - 2015 Est
633,052
Land Area (sq mi)
1,798
Water Area (sq mi)
213
Total Area (sq mi)
2,011
Average Rainfall
50
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
61

The Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park is home to one of the rarest scrub habitats in all of Florida. The park is a whopping 8,000 square acres consisting of 6 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of equestrian trails. The park has amazing rare plants and animals making it one of the best parks in Florida for wildlife viewing. Come prepared to track across rough and rare scrub habitats while seeing some of Florida's protected wildlife such as the scrub-jay, scrub lizard, and bald eagles!

Lakeland Center is a multi-purpose arena and theatre located in Lakeland, Florida and home to the Central Florida Jaguars elite indoor football team and the Florida Tropics soccer team. 

Polk County School District is headquartered in Bartow, Florida. The school district consists of more high schools than it does elementary schools. Over 50 traditional school and numerous charter and virtual schools exist in Polk County. Student in Kindergarten through 8th grade are required to wear uniforms.

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All Saints Academy offers preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school instruction.  College preparatory learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive to students of all religions and backgrounds.  At All Saints Academy, we are committed to transforming the world one student at a time so he/she can reshape the future.  That’s why we inspire every student to be an independent thinker, principled leader, and humble learner.  

Auburndale Dog Park is a local park with equipment for you animals and a grass area to play. Also, it has a nature trail as well for the pet owners to enjoy.

BayCare is a non-profit organization that provides a vast array of services at 15 hospitals all throughout the Central Florida and Tampa Bay regions. Some of the services they provide are acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness.

Downtown Farmers Curb Market is located in Downtown Lakeland where the community invites locals for food, live music from a featured local artist, and handmade goods.

Come to Eagle Ridge Mall for all the classic mall stores and so much more. There are no shortage of fun activities your kids can enjoy while you shop, including a Regal Cinema movie theater and a bowling alley.

Florida Polytechnic University was established in 2012 in Lakeland as a university of engineering and technology dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

Florida Southern College was founded in Orlando in 1883 as a United Methodist school. It is now located in Lakeland. It offers about 50 undergraduate, pre professional, and graduate programs. It as been called one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. 

Florida Technical College is a two-year college with degree programs in healthcare, food and beverage, beauty, and criminal justice. It has locations in DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.

Polk County’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive non-public school, Lakeland Christian School has remained committed to God’s truth and academic excellence.

The Lakeland Library system has three branches, both in Lakeland. It is a part of the Polk County Library Cooperative and cards are available to all residents of Polk County.

The Lakeland Square Mall is one of Polk county's best shopping centers. It has many options for shopping and dining as well as a Cinemark movie theater to catch the latest flicks.

The Polk County Library Cooperative is made up of many different libraries in Polk County. It includes libraries in Auburndale, Bartow, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven.

Polk County offers 40 parks and 11 mini-parks to its visitors as well as 40 boat launching sites, 120 sports fields, 27 youth athletic leagues with more than 12,000 participants.

The Polk Theatre was built in Lakeland in 1928 as a vaudeville and movie theatre. It underwent restorations in 1999 and is today a venue for performances and private events.

The Putnam County Library System has five libraries in Palatka, Crescent, Interlachen, Melrose, and Bostwick.

This food truck features a mix of old school and modern techniques with menu updated frequently.

Southeastern University is a Christian liberal arts college in Lakeland, Florida. It was founded in New Brockton, Alabama in 1935 and moved to Lakeland in 1946. It is associated to the Assemblies of God, and is the largest school in that system in the United States with over 3,000 students and growing each year.

For families homeschooling students age 11 to 18 and living in Central Florida, this teen only group includes activities, field trips, etc. will be geared toward the middle to high school level/age group.