Theatre Winter Haven
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven
Our beloved Theatre Winter Haven has been going strong since 1970 producing award-winning shows. Pre-COVID, TWH produced six shows every season, often performing to a sold-out audience. For now, you can support the arts at the Stadium Events held every Friday at the Chain O’ Lakes Stadium. These socially-distanced concerts will get your toes tapping and start your weekend off with a smile. Purchase tickets online.
2nd: The Ritz Theatre
3rd: Lake Wales Little Theatre
Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland
Set on 1,267 acres of nature reserves, this former cattle ranch has been the favorite spot for nature photographers from all over Florida. On the northwest shore of Lake Hancock, Circle B offers paved parking, hiking trails, picnic shelters, and some of the best bird-watching spots in Central Florida. Watch out for the alligators, some of them are very large. Open year-round.
2nd: Chain of Lakes Downtown Trailhead Park
3rd: Central Park
Best Movie Theater
Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas IMAX
5500 Grandview Pkwy, Davenport
FB: Cinépolis (5500 Grandview Parkway, Davenport, FL)
It’s no surprise they were voted the best! This 9-screen upscale theater offers some of the most comfortable seats around. Along with a full bar, you can order fancy snacks like their signature Prosciutto Truffle Flatbread or gourmet caramel popcorn to take to your seats. Watch a movie on the IMAX screen for a truly enhanced experience. This location is temporarily closed due to COVID. Stay up to date on reopening info online.
2nd:Regal Eagle Ridge Mall
3rd:Cobb Grand 10 Cinemas
Best Place for Live Music
1006 Lake Howard Dr SW, Winter Haven
Your pick for the best place for live music is a triple threat. Not only do they have the best bands playing on the weekends, but they also offer a beautiful view of the lake and a full-service restaurant and bar. Check out the schedule online or on their Facebook page for dates and times. Tanners also offers weekly specials, tournaments, and happy hours, find more info on FB.
2nd:Jensen’s Corner Bar
3rd:Gram Parsons’ Derry Down
Best Art Gallery
Lake Wales Art Center
1099 FL-60 E, Lake Wales
The Michael Crews Gallery inside the former church built in 1927, has been home to world-class art exhibits and live music. Named after a Lake Walean known for his love of the arts, the gallery hosts several shows per year. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Kids of all ages can join their online, on-demand classes on YouTube.
2nd:Polk State Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery
3rd: Ridge Art Association
Best Public Art Piece
“The Calm” Mural by David De La Mano & Pablo S. Herrero
225 Avenue B N.W., Winter Haven (west side of Heartland Church)
Depicting the silhouette of a whale – underbelly veined with white roots or bramble, with smaller figures riding it’s back – “The Calm” is part of a revitalization project spearheaded by Six/Ten. The over 60-foot long mural was completed by Spanish artists David De La Mano and Pablo S. Herrero whose work can be seen from Norway, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Taiwan, Paris, Spain, The UK, and Florida.
2nd: Outer Space Art Gallery Mural
3rd: Central Park Fountain
Best Visual Artist
Winter Haven-based mixed media artist, Trent Manning is internationally known for his distinct eerie otherworldly style. His work has a dark whimsicality with narratives attached to each collection. “My art is very much a reflection of my personality: a somewhat disillusioned cynic, with an odd sense of humor, who still clings tightly to his inner child,” Manning remarked.
Best Wedding Venue
2222 Lake Alfred Rd, Lake Alfred
What better place to join lives with your best friend than overlooking a Lake Alfred sunset on a brick-paved terrace backdropped by the stunning Adams Estate? Originally a private residence passed down through the generations, the property is now open to make your event timeless. The well-groomed classic space boasts a bridal suite, grooms cottage, estate house, terrace, and wedding garden. The Adams Estate even has four charming cottages to accommodate guests which also look out onto the lake.
2nd:Blue View Barn
Gonzalez Lugo Photography
5603 Struthers Ct, Winter Haven
Maryel and Alfredo are the unstoppable pair behind this photography company. Their love sparked and grew through capturing the love of others. The Gonzalez Lugo Photography portfolio is filled with big smiles, happy tears, dancing, friendship, and kisses and their reviews echo how friendly and professional they are while immortalizing their clients’ most special moments.
3rd:Paris Scott Photography
Brothers Billy and George McGill along with Mark Benfield from the previous band, Solidground teamed up with bass player Matt Paxton and drummer Doug Creekmore from the band Dreamcatcher along with Jack Moses on lead vocals and Michelle McGill on backing vocals to form Black Water. Their country band is steeped in southern and classic rock influence. They have played events like Rockin’ on the River and can bring their southern rock flair to weddings, private parties, and clubs as well.
3rd: Jill’s Cashbox
DJ Bracken Entertainment & Lighting
Twenty years of experience and the willingness to go above and beyond for clients has earned DJ Bracken Entertainment a premier reputation. Not only will DJ Bracken play music to keep your guests on their feet, he also offers services as the agenda coordinator, lighting specialist, and entertainer. One reviewer wrote, “My husband and I booked Bracken for our wedding and he was amazing! He had everyone out on the dance floor the whole time! Everyone was so pleased with the music selection! Thank you again for everything that went into making our day perfect!”
2nd: DJ MINi C Productions
3rd: Thom Bly: Triviosity Live Events
Best Tattoo Artist
Heather Fields, RN | Skinfinity Tattoo Company
5664 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven
Heather Fields is the founder and owner of Skinfinity Tattoo Company. She is a registered nurse who has been a tattoo artist for 14 years. Her shop bio notes, “She loves to do Neo-traditional and Photo Realism custom tattoo artwork, and anything with bright, bold colors, and smooth blends. Flowers, sparkly jewels, anything in nature, flowy backgrounds, gypsy-boho and curly-swirlies are her favorite.”
2nd: Chris Egan Revival Tattoo and Piercing
3rd: Soldiers of Ink
Fezzie Sparrow | Skinfinity Tattoo Company
5664 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven
Fezzie has really left her mark on the piercing scene in Polk County. As the Senior Body Piercer at Skinfinity Tattoo Company, not only does she strive for friendly customer service, but continuing education in her field as well. “Had a great experience with Fezzie. She is very professional and excellent on so many levels: knowledge, attitude, people skills, and patience. The shop was fun, private and most of all clean. A friend recommended this place to me and it definitely exceeded my expectations,” said one happy newly pierced client.
2nd:Pinky Pierce | Pinky’s Place