6 of Our Favorite Things to Do in Auburndale, FL
Updated November 30, 2022
Auburndale may just be one of Florida’s best-kept secrets! Located in the heart of Central Florida, this adorable town is situated directly between Orlando and Tampa, and is an ideal place to live, work, and play. The small community is full of sun, fun, and events, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature.
If you are searching for a new home in Auburndale, Florida, here are six of the best reasons to call Auburndale home.
1. Games and Fun at Lake Myrtle Sports Park
Are you into sports? Whether you play or enjoy watching athletic endeavors, this multi-purpose sports complex has an impressive nine collegiate-size baseball fields, eleven lighted soccer fields, and is home to an abundance of events. From youth athletics to collegiate tournaments, volleyball to lacrosse, and events such as the Cornhole Pros Shootout and National Dog Agility Championships, there’s almost always something going on at Lake Myrtle Sports Park.
Lake Myrtle Sports Park is also home to the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame. At this unique museum, celebrate top athletes, teams, and special events hailing from right here in Polk County. Visit the Hall of Fame to learn more about the 83 inductees from 12 different sports that have been recognized as the best at their game.
2. Take a Trek on the Auburndale TECO Trail
The popular 6.6-mile paved Auburndale TECO Trail starts at Denton Avenue near Lake Myrtle in Auburndale and heads north to Polk City where it connects with the General James A. Van Fleet Trail. Ideal for walking, jogging, cycling, or rollerblading, with much of the trail shaded, it’s an enjoyable place for a casual stroll or more strenuous exercise. You may even see bald eagles or other wildlife along the way!
The trail passes through Lake Myrtle Sports Park and this dog-friendly path also provides access to the Auburndale Dog Park where your best friend can run and play while you sit in the shade. The dog park includes play equipment for your pup, separate areas for small and large dogs, and a perennial doggie favorite – a fire hydrant.
3. Hit the Water at Elite Cable Park
Florida is known for being a prime watersports destination, and Auburndale is home to one of water enthusiasts’ favorite places – Elite Cable Park! This unique destination is a full-sized cable park designed for wakeboarders of every skill level. If you’re just starting out, take a one-on-one coached lesson on the “Little Bro” cable system. Once you’ve learned the basics and are ready for more adrenaline, the full-sized cable with UNIT features (jumps, ramps, and rails) is ideal for learning new tricks. You can even try your hand at waterskiing, wakeskating, and kneeboarding at the park!
If you have kiddos aged 9 to 15, get them signed up for one of the best summer camps around. The summer camp program at Elite Cable Park not only includes wakeboarding lessons, gear, and plenty of time on the water to hone their skills, but also off-water activities.
When you visit the park, plan to enjoy lunch at Tantrums Lakeside Grill, which offers sandwiches, tacos, seafood baskets, and rice bowls, as well as a variety of cold treats – all ideal to cool off after a day on the water! The best part? Enjoy these tasty treats on a cool deck overlooking all of the watersports action!
If you are new to watersports, no worries – Elite Cable Park has an impressive Pro Shop with items for purchase or rent including boards, helmets, life vests, and more. And, if you’re a seasoned rider, memberships make it easy to hit the water as often as you’d like.
4. Spend the Day at Walt Disney World Resort
It goes without saying that one of the perks of living in Central Florida is enjoying convenient access to the happiest place on Earth – Walt Disney World! While not actually in Auburndale, it's situated just 26 miles or a short 30-minute drive away, which means Walt Disney World can easily become a frequently visited destination when you call Auburndale home. With four incredible theme parks continually introducing exciting new shows and attractions (we are extra excited for the brand-new Tron Lightcycle Power Run, coming later this year), having convenient access to this magical place is forever one of our favorite things about living in Central Florida.
If you prefer to shop, dine, and stroll, check out Disney Springs! This unique destination is reminiscent of Florida’s old-world waterfront towns and includes more than 100 shops, over 60 dining options, and 20+ different attractions, shows, and events! Shop at high-end retail stores, bowl a game at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, catch a show at the House of Blues - or, do it all! And, with a variety of dining options at Disney Springs, there is truly a meal for every palette and occasion, whether you are out with the fam or having an adults-only date night. Best of all, Disney Springs is admission free.
5. Unique Shopping and Delicious Eats at International Market World
Speaking of shopping and dining, living in Auburndale gives you access to visit one of Central Florida’s unique destinations – International Market World! Officially it's a flea market but this unique spot features so much more with music, shopping, food - even alligators and circus shows! The venue is home to more than 1,200 vendors, artisans, and farmers selling everything from farm-fresh produce to tools, clothing, sporting goods, and one-of-a-kind treasures.
Open Wednesday – Sunday every week, the market also offers prepared-to-order food concessions, special events such as the Spirit of the Buffalo Pow Wow and Winter Rodeo, and family-friendly shows including the circus shows. Best of all, it's free to attend the market and enjoy the entertainment.
6. Go Home to Enclave at Lake Myrtle
Auburndale is home to so many amazing destinations, and we think your home should be the best one of all! At Enclave at Lake Myrtle, you’ll find new construction homes in Auburndale, Florida with 3 to 6 bedrooms, up to 3,141 square feet of living space, and desirable features such as open-concept living space, a private owner’s suite, and flexible use rooms.
Enclave at Lake Myrtle is situated between two of our favorite places, the Lake Myrtle Sports Park and the Auburndale Dog Park, and has exclusive access to the Auburndale TECO Trail. Just minutes from highways and all of these exciting things to do in Auburndale, you can’t beat living in this phenomenal location!
Homes are now selling at Enclave at Lake Myrtle with pricing from the high $200’s! To learn more about the neighborhood, available homes, and living in Auburndale, call or email our Auburndale New Home Specialists and schedule your VIP appointment today!
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