Welcome to Florida's Freshwater Frontier.  Amidst lush cabbage palms, pristine rivers and lakes rests Florida's Heartland.  Adorned by the unique elements of original Florida, visitors to our area enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of antique towns and wide-open spaces under sun-kissed skies.
 

 
Delightful shops, charming antique stores, quaint cafes and restaurants can be found in each of our uniquely different historic downtowns.  Treats and treasures galore await your arrival as you are welcomed by warm and friendly proprietors.
Relax and unwind in one of the area's many historic bed and breakfasts.  Experience old Florida charm and southern hospitality while staying at the Clewiston Inn, Kenilworth Lodge, Jacaranda Hotel or Santa Rosa Inn to name a few.  Or, if the marina atmosphere is more your style, head to Roland and Mary Ann Martin's Marina where you can take advantage of fine lodging, delicious restaurants, and scenic lake tours.

Florida’s Freshwater Frontier is a special place, a birder’s paradise that provides year-round bird watching opportunities. Our mild climate, geographic location and diverse habitats attract hundreds of bird species.  More than 470 species occur here.

Whenever you visit, Florida’s Freshwater Frontier birding has something to offer. Some species, like limpkins, occur here year-round, while others, like swallow-tailed kites and painted buntings come to Florida to raise their young in spring and summer. Other migratory species only pause to rest and feed before or after crossing the Gulf of Mexico in October and April.
 
The Seminole Indians pride themselves in being the unconquered tribe of Florida.  Today the ancestors of the Seminole tribe embrace their heritage and culture and strive to share it with visitors from near and far.

During the mid 1800s the original Florida Cowboys, otherwise known as Crackers, would drive cattle on horseback from the Gulf of Mexico through the Heartland to the Atlantic Ocean where they were then shipped to Cuba. 
To preserve this part of Florida's heritage, the Florida Cracker Trail was developed and is now one of the country's Millennium Trails.  Every March the Florida Cracker Trail Ride is re-enacted and guests from all over take part in the journey.  Florida's Heartland is also known for its many rodeos that offer thrills and chills for all ages.  For more information, http://www.crackertrail.org
 

Click here to view the
Florida Freshwater Frontier &
Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Initiative Annual Recap Newsletter
 

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Discover Charming Towns, Pristine Wildlife Habitats and Florida's True Heritage

Florida's Freshwater Frontier ● P.O. Box 1196 ● Sebring, Florida 33871-1196 ● (863) 385-4900
info@flaheartland.com

This project received financial assistance from VISIT FLORIDA
Enterprise Florida
The Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development

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