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About Visit Hardee

Our vision is to position Hardee County as Florida’s most desired family destination for a hometown fun experience.


In 2016, Hardee County enacted its first tourist tax and created a Tourist Development Plan for spending the revenues generated by the tax. The tourist tax, commonly known as the "bed tax," is levied on lodging room nights in the County for a term of six months or less.  

Peace River Explorations, Inc., the original name of what is now known as Visit Hardee, was formed in 2011 as a nonprofit entity and began providing tourism marketing for Hardee County. As of 2022, VH operates solely by self-funding through hosting 3 major events annually, partnerships, and private sponsorships from local businesses, as well as a marketing grant awarded in 2020, 2021, and 2022 from the Economical Development Council. VH's Board of Directors provides supervision over VH affairs.


Influence The Growth of The Local Economy Through Stimulating Day Trips and Overnight Stays to Hardee County

Strategic Goals

Strengthened Brand Awareness & Marketing
Expanded Meetings & Events
Ensured Organizational Sustainability
Improved Alignment & Community Engagement

Brand Promise

Hardee County is Florida's best hometown experience.
The community where genuine hospitality is a way of life and the diversity of travel experiences is matched by the warmth of its rural, riverfront communities.
It is Florida’s finest family travel experience.

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