There are many attractions available for families visiting Plant City whether you are seeking educational or cultural enlightenment or action packed family fun. While the area has a great many golf courses for golfing enthusiasts, the Pirates Lair Family Fun Center offers a more light hearted alternative for both kids and adults with its pirate themed 3-D Blacklight Mini-Golf Course. The adventure begins with an exclusive CGI video – shown amid a magnificent background of pirate wall art – as an introduction to all the site has to offer before you start your official tour which continues around a glowing waterfall backdrop until you arrive at the start of the 18 hole course with its unique glow-in-the-dark features. Special 3-D glasses are of course provided to help bring the course to life and allow you to make the most of its key elements. If your family still have some energy left at the end of the course then there are a selection of arcade games for your further enjoyment and a tournament sized air hockey table for those who wish to challenge each other to a game here. There is also a fully stocked café and snack bar selling a variety of food and beverages including snacks, treats, soft drinks and coffee.
For those who are interested in the history and culture of Plant City then the Pioneer Heritage Museum is a must for a family visit. This was set up several years ago by the RHSS and the local Association for Childhood Education who cooperated to found this establishment as a museum facility to honor the city’s past. There are differing themed exhibitions held here regularly throughout the year as well as permanent displays relating to the development of Plant City from the mid 19th century onwards. These include school memorabilia, vintage clothing, antique furniture and household items alongside antique cameras and photographs, historic medical items, and railroad memorabilia. This mode of transport proved to be one of the most important aspects of the city’s development as it provided an outlet to ship the produce that was grown in this area in abundance thanks to its burgeoning agriculture industry. Not surprisingly, the museum is also home to various agricultural equipment from across the ages however the building in which this is all housed, is of particular significance in itself as it was originally an old school building that was renovated as part of a historic preservation program while its architectural features are also much admired. The museum staff all work on a voluntary basis and admission is free. Opening hours are from 1pm to 5pm Thursday to Saturday and tours can be arranged for both individual and group bookings.
The Museum of Science and Industry can be found in Tampa, just 17 miles east of Plant City is another great family-orientated attraction that is worth a visit as it offers more than 450 hands-on activities on site including the only Imax Dome Theatre in Florida as well as a Planetarium and Butterfly Garden.