SEBRING, Fla. (May 11, 2018) – Located just 60 miles south of Disney World, Sebring offers a myriad of unique family-friendly offerings. From stomping grapes to viewing colorful caladium fields, classic cars on display in historic downtown to cycling country roads and even an all ages triathlon, Sebring, and nearby Avon Park and Lake Placid, is Florida’s off-the-beaten-path, affordable destination you won’t want to miss this summer.
Heartland Triathlon (June 9-10); heartlandtri.org
Experience what other triathletes are talking about! Swim in the clear, spring-fed waters of Lake Jackson. Ride on the smooth, fast bike course on the open roads north of Sebring. Run the historic downtown Sebring Circle Park to the finish line! Celebrate your finish with your friends and family at one of the best food and beverage spreads seen in our sport. The Heartland Triathlon, which features Sprint, Olympic and Youth races, is an event created by triathletes for triathletes and their families.
Caladium Festival (July 27-29) ; lpfla.com/caladium.htm
Caladiums are grown in large fields in Lake Placid, the nation’s caladium capital, and have been compared to the tulip fields in Holland for their beauty. The 40+ varieties of red, white, and pink, and all combinations of the colors is truly a work of art. The annual caladium festival celebrates this beautiful plant with caladium field tours, art competitions and vendors, bulb and plant sale, antique cars, and live entertainment.
Henscratch Farms Grape Stomp (Aug. 11); www.henscratchfarms.com
Henscratch Farms is home to award-winning wines, U-Pick muscadine and scuppernong grapes, strawberries, & blueberries (seasonal), 200 free-range chickens and a country store. Every August, Henscratch celebrates with a Grape Stomp. Come unleash you inner Lucille Ball complete with a Lucy Look-A-Like Contest, all you can eat grapes, live music, make your own wine label, ice cream and more.
Tour of Sebring (Sept. 1-3); tourofsebring.com
Enjoy one, two or three days of bicycling in the gently rolling hills of Sebring. Riders will especially appreciate our low traffic roads, friendly motorists, citrus groves, cattle ranches, and small towns typical of rural Central Florida.
Summer Attractions – Open Year Round
Maxwell Groves; shopmaxwellgroves.com
Everyone loves this little country store with all the local citrus fixins’ including fresh squeezed orange juice, local honey, gifts, and fresh orange ice cream. Come sit on one of the orange rocking chairs and relax on our front porch. A great place for families to stop and experience Florida’s citrus heritage.
Highlands Hammock State Park; www.floridastateparks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock
One of Florida’s oldest parks, Highlands Hammock has 15 distinct natural communities on 9,000+ acres and several are designated as imperiled or of concern, such as the Florida scrub, scrubby flatwoods, and cutthroat seep. It is one of the highest-ranking parks in Florida for endemic biodiversity, and it is known for its beautiful old-growth hammock and thousand year old oaks. An elevated boardwalk with an historic catwalk traverses cypress swamp, and visitors may observe alligators, birds and other wildlife. Many visitors enjoy bicycling the scenic three-mile loop drive or hiking the park’s nine nature trails. Picnicking, camping, bird watching, and ranger-guided tours of the park are other popular activities. The tram tour, which is fully accessible, allows visitors the unique opportunity to view birds, alligators, turtles, deer and other wildlife relatively close-up, in areas of the park that are restricted to public access. Catch-and-release fishing and picnicking are available nearby. Highlands Hammock provides a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground. A recreation hall is available for rental, as are several picnic pavilions.
Sugar Sand Distillery http://www.SugarSandDistillery.com
Florida’s only estate-grown sugar cane distillery recently opened to rave reviews. Distillery and field tours are available as well as tastings. Guests can gather at the bar and listen to the descriptions of each of the drinks they are about to taste. Samples of rum, vodka, whiskey, and moonshine are poured into small plastic cups, and if you like what you’ve tasted, full-size bottles are available to purchase.
Sebring Kart Racing; www.sebringkartracing.com
For kids and most adults, the odds of driving Audi, Ferrari or Porsche sports cars at an average speed of 120 mph around the curves and straightaways of the Sebring International Raceway are practically non-existent. But Sebring Kart Racing allows everyone the chance to at least get close to the experience of driving in the big leagues with karts that run up to 40 mph on a track that mimics the famous Sebring raceway.
In Sebring, you’ll find nearly 100 crystal clear lakes for fishing and boating, more than a dozen of Florida’s most affordable golf courses, one of Florida’s oldest state parks, and a reminder of why everyone loves authentic Florida. Our gently rolling hills, orange groves and charming small towns make this a relaxing country getaway with a central location. For more information, http://www.VisitSebring.com or call (800) 545-6021.