Through this site you will discover Haines City and Northeast Polk County - our restaurants, shopping, and recreation, as well as our industry and opportunity. Centered in the fast-growing northeast section of Polk County, Haines City is now Polk’s third largest city. Residents and visitors enjoy our beautiful lakes, championship golf courses, sports venues, and much more. Haines City offers much for the nature lover; shopping and dining experiences bring people to our picturesque downtown; families have discovered the many facest of the new Lake Eva Park and Aquatic Center. Stop by the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce to learn more about our friendly hometown quality of life conveniently nestled between the big cities of Orlando and Tampa. Looking for a place with plenty to do? Look no further. The Northeast Polk region offers a multitude of festivals, parades, and annual events to keep your calendar full all year!
The Heart of Florida Senior Games come to Haines City each January, offering the over-55 group a great way to compete and have fun! Hundreds of residents and visitors participate in Olympic-type contests, conducted over a five day period. The Senior Games continue into March with table tennis and basketball events.
Do you want to tantalize your taste buds? If so, come to January's “Taste of Haines City.” Your entry ticket gives you an opportunity to sample the specialities of over two dozen Polk County restaurants and private caterers. The hungry crowd enjoys the variety of food and beverages presented each year.
Haines City's Ribs on the Ridge has fast become the largest rib contest in Florida. Held in February at Lake Eva Park, the two-day event draws professional and amature BBQ cookers and tasters from near and far.
Celebrating our national independence day is high priority for Haines City, prompting one of the largest day-long events in the County, “Thunder on the Ridge”. Into the night, the park is jam packed with people enjoying non-stop events. Nationally recognized entertainment, family activities, food vendors and a car show keep crows entertained, waiting for the grand finale: Polk County’s largest fireworks display.
The Annual Pig Roast & Political Rally hosted by the Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce also attracts state attention and attendance. Held in August for 2019, organizers extend an invitation to all local, county, state and national legislative candidates. With some years attracting as many as 1,000 attendees, the Pig Roast is considered Central Florida’s largest political rally. Visit the Pig Roast & Political Rally page of our website for more details!
If you haven’t seen snow - here is your chance at Haines City’s “Glitter Glisten and Snow”! This family event coincides with the City’s annual Christmas Parade where Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special appearance. These two family events feature a photo op with the famous Claus couple, roasted chestnuts and cider, holiday crafts, a variety of entertainment, strolling carolers and SNOW!