Winter Haven has many meanings to many people. For some it's as literal as it sounds . . . we're the perfect haven from the harsh Winter months up North. To others, Winter Haven means living the lakeside lifestyle, with over 55 lakes to ski, wakeboard, paddleboard, kayak, flyboard, jet ski or simply watch the vibrant orange and pink sunsets from the dock. To children, or even just the child within, Winter Haven is home to the most beautiful, entertaining and interactive theme park and hotel in the world, LEGOLAND Florida Resort. And yet to others, Winter Haven is the future of economic development in Central Florida with the recent additions of the CSX Intermodal Logistics Center, the high speed internet network Florida Lamda Rail, the Advanced Technology Center at Polk State College and near to the state's newest STEM-focused public university, Florida Polytechnic University. Winter Haven can truly become the "something-for-everyone" destination to visit, work, play and stay!
More than 70,000 people call Winter Haven home, 39,500 of which live inside the City limits, taking advantage of its year-round recreation climate and central location. The City stretches over 40 square miles, eight of which take the form of sparkling, fun-filled lakes. Winter Haven is known as the Chain of Lakes City with two chains connected by a renovated canal. With 50 lakes inside the City limits, 22 boat ramps, 14 public docks and 30 waterfront parks, there is a multitude of fresh-water opportunities for both residents and visitors.
It’s that classic small town that chooses to differentiate itself with an understated cool vibe. Arts and culture, playful fun, music fusion, affordable homes, a craft brewery and local eateries are just a sampling of daily life.