Plant City has a great deal to offer visitors and tourists all year round whether you are in town for one of its world famous annual festivals – such as the Strawberry Festival – or taking a weekend break in the historic downtown district. This is a bustling commercial area that successfully combines the old with the new as modern shops and facilities compete with quaint old fashioned establishments where you can buy everything from the latest designer good to antiques. The streets are lined with ancient oak trees which provide not only aesthetic pleasure but also offer the comfort of shade from the sun during the hotter more humid months. This cosmopolitan area is full of hotels, bars and restaurants to keep both locals and tourists entertained whatever their tastes or requirement during their visit to this bustling city that is as rich in culture and history as the fertile soil on the surrounding fields and orchards. Many visitors to the area will take a trip on one of the agricultural tours where they can see for themselves how this land’s vast produce is grown and transported to markets across the country and overseas too.
The city also hosts numerous exhibitions and there are various museums in the area to suit all ages and interests whether one wishes to learn more about the historical side of the town or prefer to indulge in more artistic endeavors. There is also Dinosaur World in Plant City itself which is a must for families visiting with children. This has recently expanded and has doubled in size from the original park so there are many fun features and educational activities to suit children of all ages from the unique Dinosaur Play park for the under 5’s to the interactive Dig Site for older enthusiasts. This runs in conjunction with the museum’s superb range of authentic fossils and allows participants the experience of a fossil dig, ideal for budding paleontologists. You can view everything from life-sized dinosaur skeleton replicas – of which there are over 150 different ones all exhibited in an outdoor setting – to their eggs and even raptor claws however make sure you don’t miss the incredible animatronics dinosaur display and walk with some of the best known dinosaur species like the infamous T-Rex, as well as the Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Pterodactyl and Stegosaurus. If you want to take home a reminder of your visit, then souvenirs are available in the museum’s extensive gift shop range including authentic fossils and dinosaur memorabilia.
There are other museums covering a wide variety of subjects that are easily accessible from Plant City including the Mad Science Museum or the Vet memorial Museum in Brandon, the Zephyrhills Depot Museum in Summerhill, the Phosphate Museum in downtown Mulberry and the prestigious Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland. Sports fans may choose a jaunt to Boca Raton to visit the Sports Immortals Museum while those with a passion for outdoor activities will want to visit during one of many annual events covered by Lakelands Fun & Sun program.