Highlands County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The Highlands County Visitor and Convention Bureau has a wealth of free information about activities in Highlands County. This information includes golf opportunities, bass fishing in local lakes and many special events which take place in the County. The Visitor and Convention Bureau is located at 501 South Commerce Avenue in Sebring. 1-800-545-6021 or check online at www.VisitHighlandsCounty.com
Take a trip north on Highway 27 to Avon Park and turn right on Main Street. Continue to the famous Hotel Jacaranda (Built in 1924). Browse through the beautiful lobby and have a delicious buffet lunch in the dining room. After lunch stroll down the hall to the Art Studio and Gallery. (Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.)
Return to Highway 27 and turn left to South Florida State College; turn left on College drive then right into the campus. As you drive past the Theater for the Performing Arts you will see the remarkable cooling tower, which by itself is a piece of art. Attached to the theater visit the Museum of Florida Art and Culture (www.mofac.org) which is open Wed., Thurs. and Friday 12:30 to 4:30 PM.
Sebring is home to a talented group of performers at the Highlands Little Theater. For details call 863-382-2525 or check online at www.highlandslittletheatre.org
Near the Little Theater visit Highlands Art League which is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday through Friday. For details call 863-385-5312 or online at www.highlandsartleague.org.
Tucked away in the back side of the Sebring Library building is the Sebring Historical Society. See the history of Sebring and Highlands County displayed in colorful, user-friendly style. Open Monday – Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Phone 863-471-2522 or online at www.sebringhistoricalsociety.org.
Visit historic downtown Sebring on the Circle for some shopping. Visit the Children’s Museum, open Tuesday – Sat. www.childrensmuseumhighlands.com.
The Museum is one block from the Circle on North Ridgewood. Admission is $4.00 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit Highlands Hammock State Park, a true nature center where one can often see alligators, deer browsing in the wild orange grove and other native animals and historic “Hammock” vegetation. Walk the many trails and boardwalks through native Florida flora and fauna. Have lunch at the Hammock Inn in the park and visit the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum located there. Camp at the outstanding park campgrounds and enjoy nature at its finest. www.floridastateparks.org/highlandshammock
South of Sebring on Highway 27 is Lake Placid, “Town of Murals”. Turn right on Interlake Boulevard and stop at the Caladium Arts and Crafts Co-op. Browse for a while and ask for a printed guide to the lovely painted murals for which the town is famous. Plan to spend a few hours visiting the beautiful murals which highlight the history of Florida and Lake Placid.
Lake Placid is also home of Toby’s Clown School, Museum and Gift Shop. Located at 109 Interlake Blvd. Call 863-465-2920 for operating hours.