The Mulberry Phosphate Museum chronicles the history of the phosphate mining industry in Mulberry and Central Florida. The museum used to be a freight and passenger train station. In the Main Gallery, visitors can see the fossils of ice-age mammals and ancient sea creatures that inhabited Central Florida millions of years ago. Outside the Main Gallery, two additional exhibits detail the "Story of Phosphate" and the history of Mulberry. The museum also has a special area where visitors can dig for small fossils and a train caboose that children can play in.
The Mulberry Cultural Center, located across the street from the Phosphate Museum, opened in 2015 and displays traveling exhibits from the state of Florida. There are monthly classes in a variety of areas, offered. Call 863-354-6570 for program information.
Neighboring Winter Haven welcomes a new theme park, LEGOLAND Florida. The new park entertains families with interactive attractions, live shows, rides, restaurants, and gift shops, all on a beautiful 150-acre landscape. Everything about LEGOLAND Florida is designed to stimulate children aged 2 to12.
Airplane enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy a visit to South Lakeland Regional Airport, which hosts an Annual Fly-In every "Superbowl Saturday". The airport is home to South Lakeland Sport Aviation, which builds and sells light aircraft and offers pilot training; and Skydive Tampa Bay, an applauded skydiving school with world-champion instructors and over 30 years of experience.
Just a few miles north, is the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, home to the Sun n' Fun International Fly-In and Expo. This annual festival celebrating all things aviation, includes aircraft judging, a hot-air balloon launch, teacher's workshops, student tours, live music, and food from local restaurants.
Lakeland Linder is also home to the Florida Air Museum, which showcases specimens of vintage airplanes of every type, from antiques and classics to ultra-lights to war-birds. The museum is best known for its large collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia.
If golf is your game you can choose from two great courses.
Eaglebrooke Golf course is an 18-hole, regulation length golf course with a short layout that rewards a good shot, and plenty of natural obstacles to challenge you. The Country Club offers wonderful buffets weekly and happy hour specials. Call: 863-701-0101 for more information.
Streamsong Resort/Golf/Spa features two spectacular courses with a seamless integration of indigenous and man-made terrain. The resort offers thirteen large and small meeting rooms to accomodate 10 - 600 individuals. Leisure activites includ a grotto-style full spa, guided bass fishing, sporting clays, tennis, fitness center and lakeside infinty pool. The resort offers five distinct dining options as well. Call: 863-428-1000 for more information
Those who prefer to stay on land will find plenty to do in Mulberry's parks. Loyce E. Harpe Park, built on reclaimed phosphate mine land is a favorite site for mountain bikers. There is also a baseball/softball field, a boat ramp, a soccer field, a picnic area, and a playground, even the dogs can join in on the fun at DiOGi Dog Park.
Spence Field offers a public swimming pool, basketball hoops, skateboard park and covered stage that offers free concerts on the 4th Saturday of each month. There is a free Farmer's market every 4th Saturday of each month, too. Call 863-354-6570 for vendor information.
Speckled with lakes, Mulberry is a prime location for fishing, boating and water skiing. Dees Ski Centre founded in 1951 is the longest continuously running ski school in the U.S. The Ski Paradise Ski Club is a popular site for ski tournaments. Skiers of all levels can use their practice facility to practice everything from jumping to slalom. They offer camper hookups for those visiting the area, too.