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Sebring Florida: Where to Stay, Eat, Drink, and Play in this Adorable Town

Sebring Florida: Where to Stay, Eat, Drink, and Play in this Adorable Town

When I first visited Sebring Florida in the heart of the Sunshine State, I knew this was a very special place. From a world-class racetrack to the first state park in Florida, delicious restaurants that won’t break the bank to the nation’s only craft soda festival, Sebring is a Florida town worth visiting. Here is where to eat, drink, stay, and play in Sebring.

Updated Jan 2023.


In a time where authentic travel is on every radar, Sebring brings a host of opportunities in agritourism, sports, small-town charms, and a fantastic culinary scene. Sebring also has several freshwater lakes, making outdoor fun and fishing a must! You’ll also find amazing orange groves, numerous cattle ranches, and Old Florida charms around the area and the neighboring towns of Lake Placid and Avon Park.

Where to Stay in Sebring

Inn on the Lakes is the premier lodging in town. The property has 155 rooms, most freshly remodeled, on a beautiful lake with fabulous gardens and landscaping. Once you see the swimming pool deck, you may never want to leave!


Customer service, comfort, and hospitality are the hotel’s strengths, convenience, affordability, and amazing food at Chicane’s, the onsite restaurant. Each stay includes a fresh-cooked complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and free parking.

Hotel stays can be booked with golf privileges, too. 


Besides Inn on the Lakes, Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inn, and LaQuinta Inn & Suites, as well as other chain hotels, are in the area. 


Where to Eat in Sebring Florida

Sebring, Florida, is a treasure trove of delicious restaurants. Chicanes Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Inn on the Lakes hotel, with a fine-dining look but a casual vibe. The burgers, salads, and rollovers (Filet Mignon rolled around Pepperjack cheese) are noteworthy, but be sure to have the truffle fries as your side dish.


For dinner, go for the Filet Mignon, cooked to perfection and served with Irish steak butter. They also have stone crabs when in season; be sure to watch for those.

Save room for Bananas Foster—yum!


Nutmeg’s Cafe

Nutmeg’s Cafe is an adorable two-fold restaurant with a gourmet bakery and coffee shop, plus tasty sandwich and salad creations, with quiche and impressive side dishes. I loved the Mousetrap, a signature panini with five cheeses, spices, and artichoke hearts.

The English Pea Salad is a blast from the past and paired nicely with my rich sandwich.

Be sure to have a hand-dipped ice cream cone or cake pop when you finish your meal. The display of beautiful cupcakes, macarons, big cookies, and other sweets and pastries made it hard to narrow down my final choice.


Cowpoke’s Watering Hole

Cowpoke’s Watering Hole is the biggest restaurant I’ve ever seen outside of Disneyworld or something of that equivalent. The tables (which can seat 370 patrons) are needed as this local hotspot gets packed—the town loves it!

Between several different seating areas (and a thatched roof tiki hut) and rooms, guests are served thirst-quenching cocktails, superb steaks, and a huge variety of fresh seafood dishes.

Start your meal with Fried Green Tomatoes or the Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, but finish with a light and flavorful Florida Orange Cake. You won’t believe how moist and tasty this signature dessert is.


Faded Bistro & Beer Garden

Another cool place to eat and drink in Sebring is Faded Bistro and Beer Garden. This casual restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas with vibrant gardens and blooms everywhere.

Faded Bistro’s Charcuterie and Cheese Board is chock full of cured meats, artisanal cheeses, olives, honey, spreads, and pickled vegetables. Another dish we are big fans of are the Irish Nachos with a stout beer cheese, bacon, and green onions.


From craft cocktails to seasonal ingredient dishes, you will love the ambiance and menu selections at Faded Bistro. They are open for Sunday brunch, too. 


Appealing Food in Neighboring Towns

Locals love the famous Hookiemelt from Jaxson’s, a long-running restaurant in Lake Placid. Choose your style of chicken (fried, blackened, or grilled), which will be laid atop a bed of sour cream, onions, cheese, and wing sauce.

The plate is then baked and served ooey and gooey with tortilla chips. Caution: it is super addictive!

Pop over to the neighboring town of Avon Park for a delicious gluten-free orange soft-serve ice cream from Maxwell Groves, celebrating 86 years in business. You can also pick up fresh fruits (namely citrus), juices, and specialty locally bottled dressings, jams, and wines while you are there.  


What to Do in Sebring, Florida

Sebring’s two most popular attractions are the race track and golf. 

Sebring International Raceway is a NASCAR-owned park, but it is not the kind of race that occurs here. Instead, the track is the country’s premier high-speed endurance auto race track, with most luxury cars. Fun fact: Sebring International Raceway is also the oldest road racing track in the United States.


During my visit, the track was taken over by Ferrari Challenge comprised of  both professional racing teams and gentlemen drivers (those who can afford the vehicles and drive as a hobby).

The biggest event is the annual Twelve Hours of Sebring (March), which is part of the prestigious American Le Mans Series. Ooh-la-la, it even sounds fancy!


Golf is a huge draw. There are 13 courses (Citrus Golf Trail) in the area, including Pinecrest Golf Club and Country Club of Sebring. Two PGA Qualifier tournaments are also held in Sebring. Due to the affordability and sheer number of courses, Sebring has earned the title of being one of America’s best golf value destination. 


Besides racing and golf, there is a darling downtown with local shopping at Linda’s Books, Groovy’s Records and More, and The Grateful Hearts Do It Yourself Craft Studio & Boutique, to name a few.

Stop in Top Hat Coffee for a tasty drink or Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works for a walk down memory lane as you browse craft sodas from around the country. There are several dozen different sodas in stock. 

A Special Event in Sebring

Each April, the town hosts the Sebring Soda Festival, the only one in the country, where hundreds of people come to taste flavored sodas, get to know Sebring, Florida, and have some good wholesome fun.

There are arts and crafts, live entertainment (The MoonRays four-part harmony musicians were this year’s act), a classic Show and Shine car show, food trucks, and a kid’s fun zone with face painting, games, sand art, and a Spiderman bungee.


A few of my favorite soda samples included Boylan Black Cherry, Fanta (orange and grape for the win!), Jarrito’s Tamarind, and Dad’s blue Cream Soda. The most popular flavor for kids is Avery Soda’s Unicorn Yak.


Mon Cirque Wine Bar

Stop by the way cool Mon Cirque Wine Bar for a glass of vino (or a cold craft beer). While you are there admiring the circus-themed space, you may wish to have a go at the aerial hoop, which was a  nice bonus and great for Instagram photos.


Sugar Sand Distillery

Or, if you prefer a stiff cocktail, check out Sugar Sand Distillery’s Tasting Room,  making moonshine, rum, vodka, and whiskeys. They are the only open-air distillery in the county and Florida’s only estate-grown sugar cane distillery. Don’t miss the Lake Placid Rum…it’s fantastic.


Get Outdoors at Highlands Hammock State Park

Highlands Hammock State Park opened in 1931, four years before Florida even had a state park system. Here, you will find canopies of gorgeous oak hammocks over swampy areas, nine hiking or walking trails, and 9,000 acres to explore.

One path includes an elevated boardwalk through a picturesque cypress swamp that is merely inches from the reflective waters. It is stunning.

Highlands Hammock is an excellent choice for birdwatching, and you will often see photographers there capturing nests of baby birds and rare birds. For those interested in camping, the park has 143 single-family campsites with water and electric hookups. Be aware of the wildlife as you may see Florida panthers or black bears inside the park.


Lake Placid, Florida

Nearby, in the town of Lake Placid, are many cool murals to see and photograph, including scenes of orange groves, Native Americans, wildlife, clowns, cattle, and more. The town also boasts 27 freshwater lakes, so the fishing is out-of-sight in Lake Placid, some of the best in the state.

For more great fishing, head back to Sebring’s Lake Istokpoga for trophy bass, gar, and catfish.


Sebring, Florida: Soaring High

Florida is full of so many cool towns, and Sebring has been my best find in ages. I hope you will make your way to it and see it for yourself. I feel quite sure that once the secret is out about how attractive the town’s offerings are, Sebring will be a Central Florida destination that everyone will want to visit.

To learn more about Sebring, visit the tourism site


Thanks to Visit Sebring for hosting my visit. As always, reviews and opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.

Read about more great places to see in Florida:

Your Guide to Visiting Melbourne

33 Things you Won’t Want to Miss in Key West 

A Day Trip to Winter Park

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Mirela | The Travel Bunny

Thursday 16th of May 2019

It looks like a really nice trip that you put together! I really love the restaurant and bar selection, with my favorite being Mon Cirque Wine Bar. It looks like a really cool place to have a glass of wine.


Thursday 16th of May 2019

You had me at gluten free orange icecream! All the cakes look amazing too. Looks like a fun place to visit for sure.

Rhonda Albom

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

The name Sebring conjures up images of auto racing but I never knew that the track was owned by NASCAR. The gluten-free orange soft-serve ice cream from Maxwell Groves sounds like a real treat.


Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Wow, I wasn't familiar with Sebring, but you had me at truffle fries, along with Florida orange cake and ice cream. The filet and the charcuterie board look good too. It will take some hiking in the Highlands Hammock park to work it all off. And I will be wondering, what does unicorn yak soda taste like?


Wednesday 15th of May 2019

I thought a lot like cotton candy. ;)


Monday 13th of May 2019

The street art looks really interesting, that's always what I look for when I visit a new city!

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