Hardee County is located in central Florida east of St. Petersburg. The county has an area of 637 square miles, and a population of around 28,000. It was formed in 1921 from DeSoto County, and Wauchula was set as its county seat. The county was named after Cary A. Hardee, who was the governor of Florida at the time of the county’s creation.

Residents of Hardee County enjoy a high quality of life. There are many activities to partake in on the weekends, and the weather almost always cooperates. There are many boat ramps throughout the county which provides the opportunity to kayak, canoe, or paddle board through the waterways that meander through the landscape.

Community life is an important focus for those who live in Hardee County. Festivals, parades, community sports and clubs, and fairs are abundant through every season and bring members of the county together. Hardee County is also a haven for small business which makes for lively shopping.

The county is also home to the Center for Great Apes which provides a sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued from less-than-ideal living situations, as well as the Hardee Wildlife Refuge where guests can view Florida panthers, bears, alligators, and other animals from the boardwalk above. There are many other educational opportunities as well such as museums, and history tours.

Those who live in Hardee County are at no loss for interesting and exciting activities, and find themselves part of a tight knit and friendly community that makes living in the area well worthwhile.