Haines City Travel Guide

  • View of Haines City from the Old Hotel Penthouse
    View of Haines City from the Old Hotel...
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  • Haines City Railyard Square
    Haines City Railyard Square
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  • Lake Elsie
    Lake Elsie
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Haines City Things to Do

  • Old Residental Homes in Haines City

    The town has only a few residential homes of architectural interest and many of these have fallen into disrepair as they are occupied by unemployed, drug using, residents of the central core in the city.

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  • Old Presbyterian Church

    The Landmark Baptist College also purchased the Old Presbyterian Church building. I believe the Presbyterian Church has moved into newer facilities elsewhere in town. The old church typifies the style of architecture of southern USA churches.

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  • Polk Hotel: Views of the City

    The penthouse suite of the Polk Hotel has sweeping views of Haines City. Unfortunately, I had to shoot these images through the glass windows, so the colors are a bit brownish.

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  • Polk Hotel: Interior Views

    The Hotel was named after the Haines city father who built it, but today the once delux interior is party obsured by the business of the modestly endowed Bible college. Thanks to my hosts however, I was able to take these images. Four of these are from the first floor lobby area, while the last is of the windows in the now empty top floor penthouse...

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  • Polk Hotel: Exterior Views

    The Polk Hotel is now occupied by the Landmark Bible College. The building is the tallest in the central Haines City area and is off both architecture and historic interest. The 9 story Italian Rennaisance building attracted my eye early on in my walk, so the opportunity to go in and up to the top was worth extra effort. In addition to its...

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  • Lake Eva and the City Park

    Lake Eva and Lake Tracy are about the same size, but Lake Eva seemed much larger. I couldn't walk around it in the time that I had. Lake Eva has a nice sand beach and park on the north end. Elsewhere the lake is mostly bordered by large residential properties, and private docks. The east side appeared very nicely bordered by a sandbar, marsh...

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  • Walk by Lake Elsie

    Lake Elsie is a small pond off business hwy 17 in central Haines City. There's an interesting sign that says "Don't feed the alligators", but the pond seemed too small for any to live there.

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  • Walk Around Lake Tracy

    Lake Tracy is one of many lakes in the Sand Ridge region, and one of two sizeable large ones, where boating is possible, close to the old center of Haines City. I pretty much walked all sides of this lake, which is between Hwy 17 and the old downtown. Residential homes surround most of the lake, with a small boat landing and the citris grower...

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  • Walk Around Railyard Square

    Around the central square where the farmer's market is held are a number of two story commercial buildings of mostly ordinary architecture that date back to before the 1920's when Haines City was a booming agricultural industry town and rail depot. In the square itself is a donated brick plaza that includes a donation from President Bill Clinton....

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Haines City Hotels

  • Westgate Grenelefe

    3200 State Road 546 E, Haines City, FL 33844

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Rodeway Inn & Suites

    605 B Moore Road, Haines City, Florida, 33844, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

  • Howard Johnson Haines City

    1504 US 27 SOUTH, Haines City, FL 33844

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Haines City Restaurants

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    by atufft Updated May 12, 2008

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    I walked for awhile before I could find a local restaurant worth considering, and that was open. Homestyle Chicken and Fish did come highly recommended though. I ordered a 3 piece catfish filet meal that included cold slaw and french fries. I also asked for a small order of fried okra, and then included an unsweetened ice tea with lemon as my drink. This was plenty of food. I could have simply ordered the 2 piece dinner. I walked to the central plaza near the railroad depot to eat my food. The catfish wasn't greasy, as the corn batter was slightly on the dry side like I like it. The french fries were sizeable and not greasy either. The little balls of deep fried okra were just OK, nothing special here. Hours: M-Th & Sat 9:30am - 10:00pm, Fri 9:30am to 11pm.

    Fried Catfish Filet Dinner To GO Haines City Fast Food at It's Best Haines City Fast Food at It's Best
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Haines City Transportation

  • Citgo Truck Plaza

    The Citgo Truck Plaza on Hwy 17 is where I left my big rig. There's a good restaurant buffet here, but I didn't use the showers. The bathrooms were down half the time I was there. Anyway, this place provides a good landmark for finding your way back into the old downtown off of Hwy 17. Needless to say, I didn't spend any time in the "new" part of...

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  • W.H.A.T. transport

    There's a local bus system that runs around town called W.H.A.T (Winter Haven Area Transit). I didn't use it as I walked just within the old central core of the city. Some locals may not even be aware of the system but it's there and I did see a bus go by. I think it costs $1-.

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Haines City Local Customs

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    by atufft Written May 12, 2008

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    Apparently, the city has managed to attract redevelopment money for the center of the city based partly on its ability spread out suburbs around it. These images are about a project near Lake Eva. I have also among these images a detail of the bank building that once financed the boom town days.

    Haines City Redevelopment Plan Old Haines City Building Being Saved Public Facilities Near Lake Eva Railyard Plaza Bank Building Haines City Lake Eva Basketball Courts at Dusk
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Haines City Warnings and Dangers

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    by atufft Written May 12, 2008

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    As I walked through a neighborhood of Haines City, poor white young adults eyed me suspiciously. I was told at the Bible College that drug use and unemployment are serious problems in the Haines City center area. Overall though, I didn't see anything to fear during my walk, except the horrible spelling I found on this sign :-)

    Warning Sign in Haines City
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