Polk City, Polk County, FL 33868
About Polk City, FL
If you’re looking to climb in a time machine while in Polk County consider visiting Polk City.
In 2020 Polk City had a population a little under 2,500 residents. The small city located in Polk County has a total area of 5.08 sq mi for which 0.58 sq mi are water. It became recognized as the town of Polk City on April 3, 1925, and was named after the 11th U.S. President – Janes Knox Polk.
Things To Do in 33868
When you’re in Polk City you can switch between walking, riding a bike, or driving your car.
Start your day at the Fantasy of Flight. It is a beautiful aviation museum that shows you Early Flight, WWI & World War II with a sensory sight & sound immersion experience.
Then you can hop over to the Van Fleet Trail named after General James A. Van Fleet, who was a distinguished combat commander in both World Wars and the Korean War. This is a Florida State Park and has a little less than a 30-mile abandoned portion. The entire trail is about 12 feet wide and is mostly flat and straight, except for a small curve towards the end of the southern part of the trail.
If you’re driving, you don’t have to worry about gas because there are at least two gas stations that you could stop at on either side of the city. There’s one Sunoco Gas Station & one Circle K Gas Station.
When you get hungry, stop at Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Polk City BBQ, The Purple Pit Stop, or Country Angels to fill up before going on your next adventure! (And for picky eaters – there’s also a Domino’s!)
All of these places are located in the heart of the city and right next to them is the Polk City Elementary School. Across the street, you can find the local fire station and a little more south is the beginning of the famous Van Fleet Trail.
To best plan for your trip you should know that the hottest month in Polk City is in July/August with an average high of 94 degrees and a low of 72. The coldest month is during the month of January with a high of 74 & low of 49. You can expect the rainiest days to be during the summer months June-Sept.
Points Of Interest
When you start at the Fantasy of Flight you can then take a 30-minute drive North to the beginning of the Van Fleet Trail.
(1) Start on Camp Gilead Dr to FL-33 N/Commonwealth Ave N in Polk City, then go southeast on FL-559 S toward Camp Gilead Dr. Turn left onto Camp Gilead Dr., after that take a right to get onto FL-559 N/Broadway Blvd SE.
(2) Follow FL-33 N to Oil Well Rd in Lake County. Turn right onto FL-33 N/Commonwealth Ave N. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto FL-33 N and follow Oil Well Rd to Salyers Rd.
(3) Finally, Turn left onto Oil Well Rd, turn right at Water Rd, & turn right onto Salyers Rd. You’ve arrived at Van Fleet Trail.
From Polk City Elementary School Head southwest toward E Arborvitae Ln. Turn right onto E Arborvitae Ln and then Turn left onto Commonwealth. Turn right on Berkley Rd and the trailhead will be on your right.