Bartow, Florida is one of America’s best small towns, where century-old oaks adorned with Spanish moss line the streets of Victorian homes and quaint bungalows. “Our history comes to life!” It’s not just a slogan or tagline; it has a special meaning for this community. It recalls a simpler time and traditional values. It represents a real sense of community – lending a helping hand. It stands for the entrepreneurial spirit of Bartow’s forefathers who built a thriving city by cultivating the land, developing new industry, and embracing education and quality of life.
When planning your trip to Bartow, schedule time to visit the Polk County History Center, L.B. Brown House, and Fort Blount Park. Plan to attend the Bloomin' Arts Festival, Bartow Craft Fair & Honeybee Festival or Movies on the Lawn. Plan to shop at one of the many boutique stores in the downtown area, and bring your appetite as Bartow is home to many locally owned restaurants.