Are you looking to discover something different in a day trip from Brevard? Why not visit enchanting Sebring in central Florida. The city of Sebring has a lot to offer for the entire family, including a historic downtown, exciting Sebring Raceway, the best children’s museum in the state, inexpensive accommodations, good restaurants and a host of fresh water lakes.
When you arrive in Sebring, start your visit by going east around attractive Big Lake Jackson. As you drive around the lake, make your first stop the historic Kenilworth Hotel.
This magnificent hotel was built by George Sebring, the city’s founder, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of this almost 100-year-old operating hotel. They don’t make hotels like this any more.
Sebring’s downtown area along Circle Park offers an extensive collection of historic buildings, many restaurants and is an educational walking tour for the entire family.
The Children’s Museum of the Highlands is also located in downtown Sebring.
This museum for children ages 1 to 12 provides a delightful and fun place to learn and explore. For more information, go to childrensmuseumhighlands.com or call 863-385-5437. The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays.
Located just off Circle Park, and overlooking Lake Jackson, is Sebring’s Cultural Complex. Here you can explore The Historic Society Archives, Highlands Little Theatre, Highlands Museum of the Arts and Sebring’s Public Library. This is a nice walking area.
Continue driving around Big Lake Jackson and enjoy the many fine homes overlooking the lake.
Back on Route 27, you may want to visit the outstanding Highlands Hammock State Park. This is one of Florida’s oldest parks and is just four miles west of Route 27 on County Road 634. The Florida State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum here features a display about the park’s history. Guided tours are available. For more information, call 863-386-6094 or go to floridastateparks.org/highlandshammock.
Don’t miss Sebring’s International Raceway, America’s oldest and most famous road racing track. Visit the raceway at any time and you will usually find many club members racing their cars. A great view of the raceway is from the veranda of the Chateau Elan Hotel where you can see the drivers maneuver the legendary Sebring hairpin curves.
Sebring is located in the region called the spine of central Florida along Route 27. The lovely cities of Lake Wales and Avon Park are north of Sebring. Lake Placid is just a few miles south, all on Route 27.
To get to Sebring from Brevard County, take I-95 south to Exit 147. Go west on Route 60 to Indian Lakes Estates. At Indian Lakes Estates, take Routes 630 and 17 south to Route 27. Take Route 27 south to Sebring.