We moved to Winter Haven Florida to escape the snow of the Northeast. Unlike neighboring Orlando, the little community I live in here in Winter Haven is peaceful and quiet. We have parks and shopping centers, but we don't have billions of tourists.
We take our kids to Legoland for fun, it is less crowded than the big amusement parks. We have a theater, place to enjoy fishing, and airboat rides are fun. When we want to eat at the best restaurants, Orlando is up the road on I4. Living in Winter Haven puts us right in the middle of Kissimmee and Tampa, where shopping, food, and attractions are abundant.
The best areas in Winter Haven are the numerous state parks within an hour of my home. We have our choice of the Gulf of Mexico beaches or the Atlantic Ocean beaches, we are right in the middle of each. Tropical storms tend to miss us here too, another reach I lover Winter Haven.