Plant City is a historic town with fun family activities and extensive shopping options. It is known for its high production of winter strawberries that account for a large percentage of the nation’s harvest. Explore this welcoming town and enjoy the world-renowned succulent strawberries.

Visit the city in March for the annual Florida Strawberry Festival. Enjoy the range of entertainment at the 11-day festival, including musical bands and beauty pageants. Browse the flea market stalls, purchase strawberry shortcake and let kids enjoy the fairground.

Bring children to Dinosaur World, which has more than 200 life-size dinosaur replicas. Embark on a self-guided tour of this museum and try the Triviasaurus Rex Game Show. Learn the history of dinosaurs in the region and pan for minerals and gems. Another town highlight is the Metals & Nature garden. Inspect its array of wrought iron statues and see colorful peacocks and parrots.

Get a sense of the local culture by chatting with friendly residents and wander through the charming streets of the Downtown Plant City Historic Residential District to see almost 200 historic buildings. Go to the Bing Rooming House Museum to learn about its building, formerly used to lodge African Americans who were prohibited from staying in whites-only hotels and restaurants.

Note that the region has a Gulf Coast climate, consisting of hot and humid weather that leads to spectacular summer storms. Plant City was named after railroad contractor Henry B. Plant, rather than the strawberry plants, as you might expect.

The town is between Tampa and Lakeland in the western part of central Florida. Arrive at Tampa International Airport and rent a car to drive east for 37 miles (60 kilometers) to get here. Alternatively, fly to the smaller Plant City Airport or ride the Amtrak Silver Star train to Tampa or Lakeland.

Plant City is a busy hub of entertainment that provides background on the region’s history of dinosaurs and strawberries.

Known for

Festivals, Historical Buildings and Soccer

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Where to stay in Plant City

Fish Hawk
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Fish Hawk

Fish Hawk is a welcoming neighborhood.

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Top Hotels in Plant City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hampton Inn by Hilton Plant City
2.5 out of 5
2702 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City
$78/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
4.7/5Exceptional! (214 reviews)

"Nice beds, clean everywhere! Beautiful bathrooms and good breakfast and dining area."…"

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2019

Hampton Inn by Hilton Plant City
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Plant City
2.5 out of 5
2102 N Park Rd, Plant City
$72/night
Jul 28 - Jul 29
4.6/5Wonderful! (228 reviews)

"Excellent customer service and very friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Plant City
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Comfort Inn Plant City - Lakeland
2.5 out of 5
2003 South Frontage Road, Plant City
$71/night
Aug 11 - Aug 12
3.7/5Good! (242 reviews)

"I would definitely stay here again, very comfortable, rooms large ."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2019

Comfort Inn Plant City - Lakeland

Popular things to do in Plant City

Dinosaur World
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Dinosaur World

With more than 200 life-size dinosaur models and many interactive games and activities, this educational theme park is great for families.

Florida Aquarium
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Florida Aquarium

Embark on a colorful exploration of Florida’s ecosystems and aquatic habitats at this popular aquarium.

Lowry Park Zoo
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Lowry Park Zoo

Hands-on animal activities, a manatee hospital and children’s rides are among the top attractions at this popular animal park.

Adventure Island
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Adventure Island

Experience a thrilling combination of gravity, water and state-of-the art rides and slides at this water park for all ages.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Tampa Theater
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Tampa Theater

Go to a screening of a rare classic film in this historic theater palace that has a special place in the hearts of Tampa’s local residents.

Top activities in Plant City

Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets
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Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets

$125

Right now is a moment to capture. To crave. To savor together. Because now, more than ever, Walt Disney World® Resort has more to see, do, taste and experience than ever before. 4 Theme Parks. 2 Water Parks. 1 World.

LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Florida Tickets

$70

Immerse yourself in the playful and imaginative world of LEGO® at LEGOLAND® Florida. Dedicated to entertaining families with children between the ages of 2 and 12, this highly interactive theme park features more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions all geared towards the LEGO builder in you.

Wild Florida Airboat Ride - 30 Minutes
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Wild Florida Airboat Ride - 30 Minutes

$29

Take a journey to the heart of “real Florida” as you spend time on a thrilling airboat ride. Soak up the sunshine, enjoy the fresh air, and take in the glorious sights on display in this gorgeous wetland environment.

Two Hour Sunset Cruise of the Chain of Lakes Winter Haven
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Two Hour Sunset Cruise of the Chain of Lakes Winter Haven

$43

Experience the incredible history and amazing beauty of the real Florida! You will begin your cruise by boarding a brand new Pontoon boat with plush couch style seating and an electric Bimini top for shade.

Wild Florida Wildlife Park
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Wild Florida Wildlife Park

$11

Take time to visit the diverse animal exhibits at Wild Florida while enjoying the peace and serenity of the verdant landscape. See gators, porcupines, tamarins, wild boars, and many more animals on this enjoyable wildlife walk.

One Hour Sunset Cruise of the Chain of Lakes Winter Haven
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One Hour Sunset Cruise of the Chain of Lakes Winter Haven

$27

Experience a stunning sunset and abundant wildlife on ancient Florida lakes! You will begin your cruise by boarding a brand new Pontoon boat with plush couch style seating and an electric Bimini top for shade.