Winter Haven, FL (WTH)
The community took its current name in 1885 in an effort to promote the area's balmy climate. It is also known for an extensive system of more than fifty fresh-water lakes connected by a canal.
1800 7th Street SW
Winter Haven, FL 33880
Annual Station Ridership (FY 2017): 20,598
- Facility Ownership: CSXT
- Parking Lot Ownership: CSXT
- Platform Ownership: CSXT
- Track Ownership: CSXT
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The Winter Haven station was built in 1925 by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. This Mediterranean Revival style structure had limited renovations in 2007 at a cost of $42,000.
The original American settlers in this part of central Florida arrived in the 1860s, making their living growing strawberries, eggplant, guavas, tomatoes, peaches, and peppers. The area that would become the city was platted by Blount and Whitledge in 1884. Though the town was called Harris’ Corner, after the owners of its first mercantile store, the official name was chosen as “Winter Haven” in 1885 after a suggestion by P.D. Eycleshimer, describing its balmy climate. At the turn of the 20th century, local agriculture had expanded to include citrus groves, floral nurseries, a canning factory, and headquarters of the Florida Growers Association. Winter Haven incorporated as a city in 1911.
Winter Haven encompasses two strings of fresh-water lakes connected by a canal which was constructed in the 1920s. This project was begun with the organization of the Twenty Lakes Boat Course Club in 1915; this system of more than fifty lakes is the reason the city is nicknamed, “The Chain of Lakes City.”
The city’s waterways are also the setting for Florida’s first and oldest theme park, Cypress Gardens, which opened in 1936. Tourism since became a mainstay of Winter Haven. With its botanical gardens, Cypress Gardens became known for its boat rides and southern belle hostesses as well as family entertainment. Performance waterskiing also originated at Cypress Gardens in 1941. In October 2011, LEGOLAND Florida opened, having engulfed and renovated the original Cypress Gardens, which is now one of its many family-friendly attractions.
Amtrak provides both ticketing and baggage services at the Winter Haven station, which is served by four daily trains.
Station Building (with waiting room)
- 25 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags equivalent to 'left luggage' in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.