Winter Haven is a great place to call home for many reasons. The cost of living is typically lower than the national average, making Winter Haven a practical place to settle. While enjoying the lower cost of living you won’t have to travel far for the most popular vacation destinations and restaurants in the world . . . but you’ll find there is a lot to do and see right here in Winter Haven. We are located almost directly in the middle of the state, located about 45 minutes in either direction from Tampa and Orlando and just an hour and half from some of the most beautiful beaches. Our City parks, trails and other recreational amenities have grown significantly throughout the past decade, enlarging our opportunities for our residents to experience the great outdoors. You can hop on a bike and enjoy any of the 13 miles of trail that Winter Haven offers. You can head down to the lake and paddle board through the Chain. You can stroll our lovely, walkable downtown as well as our newest addition, South Central Park. You can take your kids to our playground and splash pad to cool off from the Florida sun. You can enjoy a game of tennis or pickle ball at the newly renovated City tennis courts. Take your furry friend on a walk around the Lake Howard trail. The list is never ending! Whatever you chose to do, Winter Haven has wonderful activities for you and your family to experience the Florida sunshine and beautiful lakeside views.
Winter Haven also gives you the opportunity to live more and drive less! Walkability is a key component to a successful downtown. Walkability from your door, to your business, to your dinner, to your entertainment is even better! Downtown developers are focusing on creating a live-work-play community. In 2019, 20 more units will be added and over the next 5 years an additional 130 are currently planned. In addition to new construction, developers are focusing on revitalizing the surrounding downtown neighborhoods, including Downtown Lake Howard Oaks District and the Lake Martha Neighborhood. Entrepreneurs are bolstering the livability opening a 24-hour gym, yoga studio and coffee shops.
The City of Winter Haven has made sizable investments in to the downtown core including rails-to-rails bike and running paths, a brand new Winter Haven tennis center and a renovated Senior Recreation Center. In 2019- 2020 we will see the development of a downtown Skate Park, a transformation of Lake Silver's Martin Luther king Jr. Park, the addition of a boardwalk dock on Lake Howard to include boat slips and, last but certainly not least, the opening of the Chain of Lakes Complex which will house the Lakeland Magic, national athletic competitions and so much more. The future possibilities are endless here in Winter Haven! Read our Winter Haven Magazine to see what it's like to live here in Winter Haven.
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