Founded in 1851, Bartow is a friendly Southern community rich in history and heritage, where visitors can stroll beautiful tree-shaded streets while admiring the architecture of homes and buildings built during the late-17th and early-18th centuries, including the L.B. Brown Home.
"The City of Oaks and Azaleas" offers visitors a look into the area's colorful past, with huge live oaks, dogwood trees, azalea and camellia gardens in full bloom and the Polk County Historical Museum featuring a vast array of historical exhibits and displays.
Families will enjoy the numerous parks in Bartow for picnics, ball games, tennis matches and good, wholesome fun on the playground. With its own public golf course and proximity to a variety of others, Bartow is popular with golfing enthusiasts.
The downtown antique district, complete with specialty shops and boutiques, antique stores, tearoom cafes, restaurants and friendly people, is perfect for an afternoon of shopping and dining.
After a day filled with history, spend your nights in turn-of-the-century elegance at one of Bartow's beautiful bed and breakfasts.
Although Bartow is the quintessential small town, Polk County's capital city is not far from some of the state's largest attractions. Located only 60 miles from both Tampa and Orlando, Bartow lets visitors experience the charm of a small town steeped in history, while just a short drive away from the thrills of big-city attractions.