Welcome Peace River Explorations

Welcome to the official tourism site of Hardee County, Florida. At Peace River Explorations, our mission is to promote the discovery of Hardee County and the Peace River by providing visitors with comprehensive information about the area's rich heritage, natural beauty, exquisite art and unique culture.

Browse the site or drop by our Visitor Information Center in the beautifully renovated Historic Train Depot in downtown Wauchula at 135 E Main St.


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Experience the heritage of Hardee County through interactive learning, engaging activities and hands-on crafts at the historic Wauchula Train Depot.
For children who have completed grades K-5th. 

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Upcoming Events.

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Cupcakes for kids

May 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Each child will take home 6 beautifully summer-themed decorated cupcakes.


Cake Decorating

Jun 9, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Create a beautiful ombre design in buttercream using a rose piping technique. 


A Blessed Mess: No-Rules Painting Class

Jun 25, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

There's no rules in this painting class. Just bring an idea (and a friend), we'll provide pallet wood and art supplies for your custom creation.


Latest News.

March 9, 2015

Cracker Kids Camp: Learning our Legacy Early Registration Starts Today!

Cracker Kids Camp is now registering kids! Early registration is $65 until May 29th. 

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March 2, 2015

Chamber & PRE Partnership

The Hardee County Chamber of Commerce is making moves in more ways than one. In a new partnership with Peace River Explorations, the Hardee County Chamber of Commerce will be relocating to Wauchula’s Historic Train Depot. There, the current Executive Director of Peace River Explorations, Jessica Prescott, will also serve as the Executive Director for the Chamber.

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February 2, 2015

Peace River Pro Rodeo Classic

After two decades, professional rodeo returned to Hardee County on January 23rd & 24th. The Peace River Pro Rodeo Classic was the second stop in the Seminole Tribe PRCA Rodeo Series. The event included bull riding, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling and more.

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November 26, 2014

Depot Holiday Hours

The Depot will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 28th. It will reopen Saturday, November 29th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm for Shop Small Saturday. 

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