The Hardee County Visitor Center is a destination all of it's own. Located in the Wauchula Train Depot at 135 E Main St, you'll discover more than just brochures and information on things to do. Every space within the expansive, fully renovated Depot renders homage to the art, culture and history of Hardee County.
Of course visitors will find area information, too. Centrally-located on Main Street and northbound Highway 17, the Depot allows vacationers to find things to see and do or places to eat and stay.
Entering from the building’s north end where the newly paved parking lot sits, guests will be greeted by a colorful, eclectic mix of artist’s paintings in the Art Gallery. From country landscapes in acrylic to abstract scenes in oils and watercolor, the paintings are each unique but the artists all share a common experience having lived in the Heartland.
Just beyond the Gallery, the Gift Shop features a host of hometown goodies like homemade jams or one-of-kind litard pine candleholders. Glazed pottery are on display, along with edgy, folk-style art and sparkling jewelry. Written works from local authors are available and even locally-manufactured products like roasted peppers or raw honey are on sale. Souvenirs and postcards are also available to commemorate your visit.
The Depot even features a fossil display appropriate for prehistoric experts and novices, alike. The glass case only modestly displays the rich prehistoric past of Hardee County and the Peace River basin, also known as Bone Valley.
Whether you come for the treasures inside the building or you want to find out what fun lies beyond the brick walls, the Depot is the starting place for discovery.