The little town of Sebring, Florida, is about an hour’s drive north of Lake Okeechobee. It was founded in 1912 by George Sebring, who planted an oak tree to symbolize the sun. He said that all the town’s streets were to radiate out from it. The oak tree is long gone, but a plaque in a little park commemorates it.
This is a quiet town for most of the year, but if you book a room in a budget hotel in Sebring in March, you could be in time for the annual 12 Hours of Sebring Contest. This is an endurance car race held at the Sebring International Raceway, which is ten miles east of town. It attracts tens of thousands of motor racing fans, so reserve your accommodations in a discount hotel in Sebring early. One of Sebring’s most interesting buildings is the Kenilworth Lodge. This is a Spanish style hotel that was built by George Sebring himself in 1916. Four miles west of Sebring is lovely Highlands Hammock State Park. It is very popular with cyclists and hikers. You can also take a tram ride and hopefully see some wildlife. Avon Park is 12 miles north of Sebring. This community is famous for its antique shops and flea markets. You can also visit the Avon Museum, which is in a restored, pink stucco train station.