Sebring is located in Highlands County, right in the center of the Florida peninsula. The city is probably best known for hosting the annual Twelve Hours of Sebring endurance car race at the Sebring International Raceway. Sebring is also a Mecca for golfers, offering no fewer than 18 championship golf courses. Other outdoor activities in the area include hiking, biking and camping at the Highland Hammock State Park and excellent birding at Lake Istokpoga Park. Those seeking a cultural aspect to their visit can tour the Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art or catch a performing arts production at the Highlands Lakeside Theatre. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Highland Hammock State Park
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Located in Highlands County, about 6km west of Sebring, the Highland Hammock State Park is a popular recreational area. The park protects some incredibly old-growth trees, some of which are thought to be over a thousand years old. You can explore the park by car along a scenic 5km loop drive or pull on your hiking boots and set off on foot. There is a raised boardwalk through the bald cypress swamp area which allows excellent bird watching and nature observation. Various hiking and walking trails include an 18km trail suitable for cycling and horse-back riding. The park is a great place for nature lovers to park their RV or set up camp and enjoy getting back to nature.
Highland Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872, Phone: 863-386-6094
2.Sebring International Raceway
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During WWII Sebring’s Hendricks Army Airfield was a training base for B-17 pilots. After the war the airfield’s runways became home to the Sebring International Raceway which hosted its first sports car endurance race in 1950. Today the raceway boasts three tracks and has a reputation for being rough and bumpy, as drivers navigate what used to be landing fields. The raceway is a magnet for petrol-heads from all around the country and hosts several annual races including the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (November) and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. You can join fellow fans on the stands or opt for a more comfortable race day in one of the lounges or private suites.
Sebring International Raceway, 113 Midway Dr, Sebring, Fl 33870, Phone: 863-655-1442
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Fed by the Arbuckle and Josephine Creeks, Lake Istokpoga is the fifth largest lake in Florida. Most people visit the lake to enjoy a day of fishing and boating, some staying for a few nights at one of several fish camps, cabins or camp sites with hookups for RVs. There are several boat ramps dotted around the lake and on the north shore you will find Lake Istokpoga Park, which is very popular with birders. While you are out fishing you can be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife along the shores of the lake including squirrels, wild hogs, alligators and water birds.
Lake Istokpoga, 127 Istokpoga Park Access Rd, Sebring, FL 33876, Phone: 863-402-6813
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4.Military Sea Services Museum
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The Military Sea Services Museum is an interesting attraction for anyone wanting to know more about the history of the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The original small museum was established in 1998 but was extensively damaged by Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. After extensive repairs and renovations, the museum is now delighted to welcome visitors to their upgraded facility where you can see many historic documents and photos, a large collection of Sea Services flags and uniforms, ship artefacts and a special display dedicated to the USS Highland and her crew who took part in many significant WWII navy engagements.
Military Sea Services Museum, 1402 Roseland Ave, Sebring, FL 3870, Phone: 863-385-0992
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5.Highlands Little Theatre (Highlands Lakeside Theatre)
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The performing arts have been alive and flourishing in Sebring since the early 1930’s when the original “Little Theatre” was established. Today the Highlands Lakeside Theatre (Formerly called the Highlands Little Theatre) still provides an outlet for enthusiastic local performers who produce a full calendar of theatrical productions each year. The Theatre offers training programs for aspiring performers of all ages and offers scholarships and youth camps to anyone interested in becoming an entertainer. There is always something entertaining on the menu and your visit to Sebring would be incomplete without attending at least one exciting production at the theatre.
Highlands Lakeside Theatre, 356 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870, Phone: 863-385-2175
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Lakeshore Mall is an indoor shopping Mall where you can buy just about anything you may need during your visit to Sebring. Bealls and Belk are the main anchor tenants in the Mall and there are several other interesting retail outlets. Unfortunately, the current climate has resulted in many of the original stores like JC Penny and Sears to close their stores in this Mall. When you need a break from all the shopping you can enjoy a coffee, meal or snack at one of the outlets in the Food Hall or catch a movie at the Lakeshore Cinema. There is also an on-site massage therapist and two nail parlors.
Lakeshore Mall, 901 US Hwy 27N, Sebring, FL 33870, Phone: 863-471-9500
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7.Big Star Dogs
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Former Miami DJ and radio personality Lazaro Lorenzo had always dreamt of opening his own restaurant. In 2017 he decided to realize that dream and moved to Sebring with his family to open Big Star Dogs. What to expect from your visit? Big Star Dogs offers a laid-back atmosphere, great service and a brilliant selection of all beef or vegetarian hot dogs. There are hot dogs from just about all over the US including a Coney Island Dog, Chicago Dog, Cuban Dog and the most famous of all, the Big Star Dog. If you are not in the mood for a hot dog you can choose from a variety of burgers, sausages and sandwiches served with sides of your choice.
Big Star Dogs, 4208 US Hwy 27S, Sebring, FL 33870, Phone: 863-451-5673
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