Winter Haven Florida is located about one hour southwest of Orlando and equal distance to downtown Lakeland Florida. The city is located just south of Interstate-4 and is known as the "The Chain of Lakes City".
Winter Haven and Lakeland are two of the fastest growing location in the state of Florida. With good reason I might add. With a location filled with beautiful lakes and some of the most reasonably priced lakefront homes it is no surprise the area is getting so much attention. As we all know people 55 plus years of age choose to live here because of the lack of a state income tax and very affordable housing. To compliment that Winter Haven has a thriving list of medical service providers for virtually every need.
Wet your appetite yet? Well maybe this will help. The downtown area of Winter Haven is amazing. The streets are laid out north to south and east to west. None of this craziness you see in some cities. It will take you no time at all to be navigating like a local professional. Traffic is steady and normally commuting within the city has but a few choking points. Normally you can get around them fairly easily especially if you are just a bit patient. Traffic here is nowhere near as challenging as Orlando or anywhere around Disney.
Winter Haven has it's own amusement park and it is surprisingly large and great to visit. Legoland is located just off of Cypress Gardens Blvd on the shore of Lake Eloise. You will find it about 1/2 way between the southern portion of downtown and US-27 on the east side of the city, more on US-27 later.
Winter Haven has some spectacular local parks. Downtown you have Central Park and Trailhead Park. Both very nice just a little bit different. Trailhead Park lives up to it's name but also has a lot to offer children and parents alike. You can see around 20 photos of what Trailhead Park has to offer by clicking here. On the south side of Trailhead park you can find Central Park. Central Park is more of a place to hang out downtown. It is a beautiful shaded area filled with art and a nice courtyard. Of course there is plenty of seating and a lot of shops nearby, hey you are downtown. You can see some photos of Central Park by clicking here.
I often find myself doing a lot more work inside than I like. Thankfully I have a beautiful lakefront home and it tempts me to go outside. Central Florida is often very tempting for those of us who are or used to be "outdoorsy" or athletic. Winter Haven has a lot to offer people like that. Here are just a few of the local highlights.
The Winter Haven Tennis Complex is awesome. My reflexes have always been just a little to slow to be very competitive but I certainly like to watch and play tennis. The complex is located right next to Trailhead Park and there is plenty of parking and 9 professional quality courts
Boating and water sports are all around you. Yes they actually are all around you. Winter Haven Florida has around 50 lakes inside of the city limits. Even more lakes than the 35 which are inside f Lakeland. Not to mention this is "The Chain of Lakes City". There are actually 2 separate chains. The Northern Chain of Lakes and The Southern Chain of Lakes. Both have their perks but most importantly the median price of a lakefront home in the city has been under $400,000 for the last 3 months. That is about 1/3 of what you would pay for anything on the Butler Chain of lakes in Windermere which is about an hour to the northeast. You can literally ski, fish, jet ski etc. all day long on the chain. Get a lakefront home with a dock and you are all set.
Like many Americans my wife and I love to go and eat. Especially when one of our sons brings their family or even our grandchildren to town. Sure we have a nice grill but it is still nice to have good quality choices for dining. Winter Haven once again has you covered. You can find just about every popular restaurant chain represented here in town. Or you can visit one of the local favorites which is usually what we do. I have comprised a list of the most popular restaurants in the city and surrounding area and you can view it here. I like really good food and I am picky when it comes to how it tastes. They say that when you break 50 you begin to loose your sense of taste. I do not see it that way at all. After eating about a hundred tons of food you just get to where you have preferences. I have been to each of the places listed and would go back without hesitation.
Moving to Winter Haven Florida. If what you have read above sound good than reach out to us. We live local and know the area very well. It will probably surprise you to hear the average home here sells for just over $200,000 which is absolutely amazing. Especially when you consider I can be at Disney in less than an hour or close to it. US-27 is located on the east side of the city. Close to it is where you want to be if Disney and Orlando are of interest to you. I live out west because of the serenity of my gated community. Either way you choose this is a wonderful and beautiful city with everything yo could possibly need. The lakes, laid back way of life and much much more are waiting for your arrival here in Winter Haven Florida.