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Plant City

Known for Festival, Historical Building and Football

Snap photos of the fascinating buildings in the historic residential district and try the fruit from the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

How do you get to Plant City?

Plant City is a historic town with fun family activities and extensive shopping options. It is known for its high production of winter strawberries that account for a large percentage of the nation’s harvest. Explore this welcoming town and enjoy the world-renowned succulent strawberries.

Visit the city in March for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival. Enjoy the range of entertainment at the 11-day festival, including musical bands and beauty pageants. Browse the flea market stalls, purchase strawberry shortcake and let kids enjoy the fairground.

Bring children to Dinosaur World, which has more than 200 life-size dinosaur replicas. Embark on a self-guided tour of this museum and try the Triviasaurus Rex Game Show. Learn the history of dinosaurs in the region and pan for minerals and gems. Another town highlight is the Metals & Nature garden. Inspect its array of wrought iron statues and see colorful peacocks and parrots.

Get a sense of the local culture by chatting with friendly residents and wander through the charming streets of the Downtown Plant City Historic Residential District to see almost 200 historic buildings. Go to the Bing Rooming House Museum to learn about its building, formerly used to lodge African Americans who were prohibited from staying in whites-only hotels and restaurants.

Note that the region has a Gulf Coast climate, consisting of hot and humid weather that leads to spectacular summer storms. Plant City was named after railroad contractor Henry B. Plant, rather than the strawberry plants, as you might expect.

The town is between Tampa and Lakeland in the western part of central Florida. Arrive at Tampa International Airport and rent a car to drive east for 37 miles (60 kilometers) to get here. Alternatively, fly to the smaller Plant City Airport or ride the Amtrak Silver Star train to Tampa or Lakeland.

Plant City is a busy hub of entertainment that provides background on the region’s history of dinosaurs and strawberries.

Things to do in Plant City

Experience a thrilling combination of gravity, water and state-of-the art rides and slides at this water park for all ages.

This waterfront museum boasts a rich collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and 20th-century fine art.

Hands-on animal activities, a manatee hospital and children’s rides are among the top attractions at this popular animal park.

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Go to a screening of a rare classic film in this historic theater palace that has a special place in the hearts of Tampa’s local residents.

Embark on a colorful exploration of Florida’s ecosystems and aquatic habitats at this popular aquarium.

With more than 200 life-size dinosaur models and many interactive games and activities, this educational theme park is great for families.

Take the kids to this dynamic theme park for a day full of exciting rides, LEGO® brick creations and the chance to build your own LEGO®robots. 

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Take a journey to the heart of “real Florida” as you spend time on a thrilling airboat ride. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy the fresh air, and take in the glorious sights on display in this gorgeous wetland environment.

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