There are plenty of things to do right here at the resort and plenty of friendly folks around to share them with. We have a pool and spa, as well as a pickleball court, shuffleboard courts, a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits, pool tables, a recreation hall with card tables and games, a lounge with a large screen television and comfortable furniture, and a meeting hall for live entertainment during the busy season and family reunions and birthday parties during the off season.
The Peace River is world famous for fossils from 1 to 5 million years old. The river cuts through deposits of land and ocean layers yielding numerous sharks’ teeth and mammal fossils like elephant, horse, giant turtle, llama, bison and other vertebrates from when Florida was under water. Fossil hunting can be done right off the shore of the resort offering a unique historical experience.
If you want to venture away from the park, there are plenty of local things to meet your sightseeing needs. This area houses several animal refuges and sanctuaries, many of which can be visited by the public. The Hardee County Animal Refuge is the nearest in proximity to our park and offers the opportunity to see bears, otters, panthers, ostriches, owls and more.
Also housed in Wauchula is The Center for Great Apes. This sanctuary is for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. The facility is not a zoo, but visits can be arranged if you call ahead.
Nearby Ona, Florida is home to the Sixteen Hands Horse Sanctuary. This haven for equines is dedicated to providing a lifetime home for unwanted, abused and neglected horses and burros. They welcome visitors and volunteers, requesting only that you call ahead to make arrangements.
In the winter months, the Royal Lipizzaner horses practice their shows and offer the opportunity for the public to view them in action for an outdoor arena performance. In visiting these practice shows you will be able to lend support to both the humans and the magnificent horses that team up together to excecute their fascinating manuevers.
Highlands Hammock State Park is just 30 minutes away and has 9 trails on a scenic 3 mile loop for biking or casual hiking. It has an
elevated boardwalk that traverses an old-growth cypress swamp.
Picnicking is another popular activity as are ranger-guided tours of the
park. A museum showcasing the history of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m. -
3:30 p.m. and music in the park is offered seasonally.
When you have finished excavating, exploring and communing with nature for the day, you can come and sit around the campfire and swap stories with the new friends you have made. Bring along some music and sing campfire songs as the sun sets and the stars start to shine. Maybe even make plans for the next day’s adventure. No matter how much or how little you do want to do during your time here, we will strive to make your visit one you won't forget.