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.


What's New!

Mark your calendars for May 1-2, 2015 for the next Savor the Flavor Mexican Food Festival. Watch the video for a few highlights from last year's festival.

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Upcoming Events.

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Hops on Main

Mar 13, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 Hops on Main is a beer tour that will take participants throughout historic downtown. 


Lushes 'n Brushes

Mar 19, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A fun painting and wine tasting class. 


Dirty Foot Mud Run

Mar 21, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

4-5 Mile Course and 30+ Challenging Obstacles at Hardee Lakes Park


Latest News.

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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December 3, 2014

A Frozen Florida Christmas Lighting Contest CANCELLED

The 2nd annual lighting contest scheduled for December 12-13 and December 19-20 has been cancelled.

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