Sebring was founded in 1912. It was named after George E. Sebring, a pottery manufacturer from Ohio who developed the city. The village of Sebring, Ohio is also named for George E. Sebring (1859–1927) and his family.
The city's geography is dominated by 9,212-acre Lake Jackson, but 420-acre Dinner Lake and 137-acre Little Lake Jackson, which is the lake the villas overlook, are also within the city limits. Highlands County has more than 84 lakes, most of which are located in unincorporated areas of the county. Sebring lies on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge, a chain of ancient islands that is the native habitat for many rare plants and animals. Most of the area is rural and part of the Florida scrub ecosystem, with smaller areas of hammocks and cyrpress swamps, similar to those found at Highlands Hammock State Park, a popular attraction, located four miles west of Sebring.
Sebring's climate is a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters. Unlike most places with a similar climate classification, Sebring's rainfall is clearly seasonal, with approximately 57 percent of the total rainfall occurring in the June–September summer period.
Sebring is the home of the Sebring International Raceway, created on a former airbase, first used in 1950. It hosted the 1959 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix, but is currently best known as the host of the 12 Hours of Sebring, an annual TUDOR United Sports Car Championship race.
Local Points of Interest: Highlands Hammock State Park, Historic Downtown Sebring, Lake Jackson’s Pier Beach, Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA), Highlands Little Theatre, Circle Theatre, Highlands Art League, South Florida State College, Military Sea Services Museum, Toby’s American Clown Museum & School, Sebring International Raceway, Children’s Museum, Henscratch Farms, Lake Placid Town of Murals & Caladium Capital of the World.
History & Art Enthusiasts
- Historic Harder Hall Hotel
- Downtown Sebring buildings
- Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park
- Auto Racing Museum at Sebring International Raceway
- South Florida State College Museum of Florida Art & Culture
- Antique Car Shows
- City of Charm-Avon Park
- City on the Circle-Sebring
- Town of Murals-Caladium Capital of the World-Lake Placid
- Historic Train Depot/Museum
- Military Sea Services Museum
- Seminole Indian Reservation & Museum
- Clown College & Museum
- Highlands Art League/Highlands Museum of the Arts/The Yellow House Gallery
- Solomon’s Castle – 60 minutes away
- Swim with Manatees or Dolphins
- Peace River Fossil Hunting/Canoe/Kayak
- Highlands Hammock State Park
- Archbold Biological Station & Learning Center
- Bird watching-bird rookerie at Harder Hall Resort Club
- Everglades National Park
- Caladium Fields in Lake Placid (Caladium Festival, late July each year)
- Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail-honoring endangered plants of the Lake Wales Ridge-Avon Park
- Indian Prairie Safari-tours of working cattle ranch-Lake Placid
- Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park-Lake Placid
- Bok Tower, Lake Wales