Blog Cabin: Lakeside

DIY Network went lakeside in the City of Winter Haven, FL for its Blog Cabin 2014 location. Fans helped enovate a beautiful 1920s home into a one-of-a-kind luxury retreat at

Explore the plethora of things to do in and around the charming City of Winter Haven and its Chain of Lakes. And remember, nearby Orlando beckons with some of the country's best amusement parks, restaurants and nightlife.

1. Fun Things to Do in Winter Haven, FL

Paddleboarding Winter Haven
An hour from Orlando, Winter Haven, FL, is home to 50 lakes, luring bass fishing and waterskiing enthusiasts alike. Slip on your skis, and get out your fishing rod, its time for fun on the lake.

2. Best Lake Getaways

Lake of the Ozarks
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At some of the world's most popular lake destinations, you'll find spring breakers flocking to "Party Cove," and tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the mystical Loch Ness monster.

3. Orlando's Top 5 Attractions

Univeral Orlando Resort
2012 Univeral Orlando Resort
From Shamu to the infamous boy wizard, see which hot tourist attractions made our Top 5 list in Orlando, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Gatorland.

4. Universal Orlando

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort
It's family fun time! Take an amazing adventure through Universal Orlando Resort to experience Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk.

5. Disney on a Budget

Disney on a Budget
Travel Channel has a few helpful tips on how to save money on lodging, tickets, food and transportation to make your magical dream trip become a reality.

6. Orlando's Best Local Restaurants

Seasons 52
Seasons 52
Known for it's amazing amusement parks, Orlando has some hot spots for foodies. Check out our list of the city's best local restaurants, which include Seasons 52 and "big food" at Graffiti Junktion.

7. Top 7 Orlando Escapes

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
Cirque du Soleil
See our fun suggestions on how to unwind and explore your adventurous side while visiting Orlando -- go skydiving, check out an amazing Cirque du Soleil show and more.

8. Orlando's Best Cocktails

David's Club
Hilton Orlando
Whet your palate after a long day. Visit one of these Orlando bars or lounges to sample of of the city's best cocktails, including the Burning Cocktail at Rocks Bar.

9. Guide to Orlando's Hottest Nightlife

Paint the town red and check out Orlando's hottest nightclubs -- heat things up at Fire Lounge, chill out at Icebar or show off your best salsa moves at the Latin Quarter.

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