DAVENPORT — The summer tourism season is still at its peak across Central Florida, but for Florida families, the summer fun ends in mid-August when schools reopen and the kids head back to the classrooms.
One of the region’s top tourism offices is combining the public’s love for area attractions with the upcoming school season in an event that kids are unlikely to want to miss.
Visit Central Florida’s Welcome Center will host a free Back to School Kick-off event on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering something fun for the kids and adults alike.
What’s Happening at the Back To School Kick-Off?
The first 400 students to attend this kickoff will get a free backpack for their school supplies. As the Welcome Center notes, the child must be present at this event to receive a backpack.
Since there will still be several more weeks until the schools open their doors, the adults attending this event can take advantage of a special deal on BOGO tickets. If they buy a one-day combo ticket to Bok Tower Gardens, they get a second ticket free.
Bok Towers has been charming visitors since 1929. Located just an hour south of Disney World, it offers flower-lined paths, hundreds of birds, and a 200-foot tower that plays music every half hour. The gardens were created a a century ago by publisher and philanthropist Edward Bok in an effort to discourage commercial development in the area.
The Back to School Kick-Off will also feature:
- A caricature artist
- Free school supplies
- Kid-friendly giveaways from local vendors
- Participating vendors that include Staples, Wawa, Bond Clinic, Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep, and many more.
To learn more about this event, call 863-420-2586.
What is the Polk County Visitors Center?
Located in Davenport in the Four Corners area, the Welcome Center assists visitors and area residents by providing tourism information about Polk County, which is home to some of the region’s most popular attractions, including Legoland Florida. The welcome center sells discounted tickets for many Central Florida attractions.
The Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and located at 101 Adventure Court along U.S. 27, a half-mile south of I-4 at Exit 55.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book When I Woke Up, You Were All Dead. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.