Fun Away from the Fields

Family Fun In and Around Polk County


We love the fact that a huge number of attendees make the Homeschool World Series a vacation for the whole family. There is certainly no shortage of family fun in the area for before, after, and even during the tournament week. Just don’t wear the players out too much!

Theme Parks / Amusement Rides

Disneyworld – 30 min. NE in Buena Vista
Universal Studios – 40 min. NE in Orlando
Legoland – 15 min. SE in Winter Haven
Busch Gardens – 50 min. W in Tampa
SeaWorld – 35 min. NE in Orlando
Discovery Cove – 40 min. NE in Orlando
FunSpot America – 30 min. NE in Kissimmee
International Drive – 40 min NE in Orlando

Beaches / Water Attractions

Clearwater beach – 90 min. W past Tampa
St. Pete beach – 90 min. W near Largo
Siesta Key beach – 1h45 SW past Sarasota
Cocoa beach – 90 min ENE I-4/528
Indian Harbour beach – 1h45 E
Vero beach – 2 hrs ESE Hwy 60
Orlando Watersports Complex – 50 min NE
Nona Adventure Park – 50 min NE
Elite Cable Waterskiing – Auburndale
Aquatica – 40 min NE in Orlando
Lake Hollingsworth – 20 min. W in Lakeland
Lake Morton – 20 min. W in Lakeland

“Pick your own” Fruit Farms / Treats

Ridge Island Groves – 20 min. E in Haines City
Showcase of Citrus – 50 min. N in Clermont
Southern Hill Farms – 45 min. N in Clermont
Hancock Groves – 60 min. NW in Dade City
Pelican’s SnoBalls – Auburndale

Off the Beaten Path

Polk Museum of Art – Lakeland
Hollis Garden – Lakeland
Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales
Safari Wilderness Ranch – Lakeland
Spook Hill – Lake Wales
Dinosaur World – Plant City
Florida Air Museum – Lakeland
Proctor’s Goat Farm – Winter Haven
Living Water Cruises – Winter Haven
Gatorland wildlife/zipline park – Orlando
“Spirit of the Swamp” Boat Tours – Kissimmee
Solomon’s Recycled Castle – Ona
Westgate River Ranch – River Ranch
Frank Lloyd Wright tour – FL Southern College

The Board of Directors of the HWSA want to thank the City of Auburndale and Polk County for their continued partnership and hospitality to our tournament. Please enjoy your stay in Florida’s Sweetest Spot for Fun! You’ll find more information about attractions and a discount pass option on the Polk County Tourism site