Florida Heartland ERO | tburroughs@co.okeechobee.fl.us | 1.863.697.6325 | ADDRESS:304 NW 2nd St. | Room 123 | Okeechobee, FL 34972

Family-friendly adventures in a Peace-ful, delightful paradise.

As a recreational paradise, the Florida Heartland is a bit of a paradox. After all, a Heartland “current event” could be a truly timeless experience. For example, the scenic and fossil-rich Peace River is a favored destination not only for boaters and nature lovers but also for fossil hunters seeking Pleistocene and Miocene treasures like fossilized shark teeth and mammal bones.  And with thousands upon thousands of gorgeous outdoor acres, “being active” can mean anything from hunting, hiking, biking and horseback riding to skiing to bird watching to golfing—or it can mean sitting back on a lazy afternoon floating with your fishing gear on the mighty Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest freshwater lake.


And while you may be sitting still at the Sebring International Raceway, that’s only because you’re riveted to your seat by the heart-pounding action on America’s oldest road raceway, where competitors have been thrilling audiences for over sixty years. Meanwhile, at DeSoto County’s Arcadia Rodeo crowds watch spell-bound by the death-defying duels between man and mighty beasts.


In the Florida Heartland, the stars may be overhead for campers enjoying the magnificent night sky—or the stars may be dazzling on the stage at the annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, four days jam-packed with the nation’s top musical performers.  


And although Heartland recreation is delightful for young people, retirees love it here, too. The family-friendly adventures of this Peace-ful paradise make everyone feel young at heart. In the Florida Heartland, the recreational options are unlimited, and so is the satisfaction. 


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Close to $1 Million for Infrastructure Improvements Awarded to Avon Park
01/10/2019 | The City of Avon Park, with the help of the Highlands County Economic Development office
Local College Awarded Nearly $2.3 Million for Manufacturing, Construction and Electronic Warfare Pro
11/16/2018 | Three new or expanded workforce training efforts will soon be launched in the Florida Heartland
Local High Schools Connect Students with Industry
11/05/2018 | The School Board of Highlands County and other community groups are employing innovative efforts
South Florida State College Launches Employee Training Courses
10/03/2018 | South Florida State College has launched a new catalog of corporate training. The courses award
Highlands County Secures $62,500 in Grant Funding From Florida DEO
09/10/2018 | Highlands County secured two grants from the Competitive Florida Partnership and Community Planning Technical Assistance