What to Do Near Peace River Campground in Wauchula, FL
Despite its rural Central Florida location in Hardee County, we found plenty to do and see in and around Thousand Trails’ Peace River Campground: local restaurants in Zolfo Springs and Wauchula, Hardee County’s Pioneer Park just a bike ride’s distance from the park and even an afternoon trip to see the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions training at their winter home about 45 minutes away in Myakka City, Florida.
The weather in the January and February has been beautiful – warm, with typical Florida variations – anywhere from the mid-50s to the 80s during the day and some dips into the 40s at night, but we were usually treated to a nice 60ish sleeping temperature.
In Wauchula, only 4 miles or so from the campground, there’s quite a bit to see and do, and many national chains as well as local family-owned restaurants. We enjoyed tacos at Tacos Isabel, Taco Express and Taquitos Mi Mexico and we had terrific pizza and Italian fare at Giovanni’s Main Street Kitchen in the downtown area, as well as Mexican across the street at the Main Street Grille.
There’s a well-stocked Ace hardware store (with knowledgable staff!), a pretty typical Walmart (with Redbox, water dispenser and more) and a Winn-Dixie for groceries and such. National chains, including auto parts stores with heavy duty and truck parts, banks, fast food chains and other retail stores.
Only one mile from the campground, nearby Zolfo Springs has a few local restaurants, including the locally popular Pioneer Restaurant, family-run Acapulco Cafe and several local taquieras. There is also a small post office which has general delivery and a super cool tree out front. While you’re in Zolfo Springs, don’t miss Hardee County’s Pioneer Park including the Cracker Trail Museum and the wildlife refuge located there. Just a bike ride away, Zolfo Springs is a quaint if tiny little town that is worth an afternoon visit.
A little further afield, a forty-five minute drive from Thousand Trails Peace River campground is a terrific outing during the winter months: the grounds of the Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of Austria. The winter training grounds for the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions are located in Myakka City and during the winter months, there is a public show on Thursdays and Fridays at 3pm and on Saturday mornings at 10am.
The horses go through their paces, showing off their well-known fancy prances and tricks, jumps and other “Airs Above the Ground.” Donations are requested to help support the upkeep and training of these magnificent animals as well as rescue horse and ponies (Willy!). We felt quite comfortable donating $5 per person and paying for outrageously overpriced carrots for the horses.
We’re not done spending time in Hardee County, so look out for part two: Day Trips from Wauchula, Florida.