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Spend a Weekend in Lakeland

By: Jessica Roberts

We just published a video on YouTube showing how much fun a weekend in Lakeland, FL can be for you and your friends.

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Visiting Lakeland

See how much fun you’ll have when you visit Lakeland, FL. Tour the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture (13 structures!) when you visit Florida Southern College. Enjoy locally owned restaurants and bakeries like Red Door Lakeland and Born and Bread Bakehouse.

Recreate this weekend by visiting the businesses featured.

Born And Bread Bakehouse

Born and Bread Bakehouse

What started as a booth at the Saturday Lakeland Farmer’s Market has grown into an early morning rite of passage for folks in the Central Florida area. From European style pastries and bread to cheesecakes, biscuits and cruffins – a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin – you’ll quickly see why people stand in line, often around the block, for treats from Born & Bread Bakehouse.

Open only on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online ordering opens Tuesday evening.

1113A S. Florida Ave.

People and vendor tents along Kentucky Ave. in downtown Lakeland during Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday morning.

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market

This 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers. Downtown Farmers Curb Market is open Saturdays 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

210 E. Main St.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Head to Florida Southern College for an intimate look at the largest one-site collection of this influential architect’s work. Featuring 13 stunning structures in all, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “College of Tomorrow” is still considered one of the country’s most strikingly unique campuses nearly 80 years later. Whether you choose to take the guided tour or explore on your own, you’re sure to leave inspired.

840 Johnson Ave.

Group of adults sharing cheese board and drinking cocktails on the front patio at Red Door Lakeland, FL

Red Door Lakeland

Open for both lunch and dinner, Red Door Lakeland offers a wide variety of eclectic season dishes as well as a solid standard menu, this wine bar bistro also offers vegetarian and gluten free options.

733 E. Palmetto St.

2 people reading trail sign overlooking lake at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, FL

Circle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve is a prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the Polk Nature Discovery Center and learn about Polk County’s ecosystems through hands-on activities or climb around on the indoor play area that’s perfect for kids. A weekend in Lakeland wouldn’t be complete without an alligator sighting, which can be safely done from the preserve’s pier or shoreline.

4399 Winter Lake Rd.

bread and pastries from Honeycomb Bread Bakers in Lakeland, FL being served as a meal at home

Honeycomb Bread Bakers

Who knew there were three different styles of sourdough bread? The folks at Honeycomb Bread Bakers do! They are dedicated to creating a flaky bite of heaven every day. From baguettes to challah, bagels to cinnamon rolls, everything is handcrafted.

Farmers Curb Market on Saturdays

two adults looking at greeting cards on wall display at Twenty Seven in Lakeland, FL

Twenty Seven

Twenty Seven is a paper goods and lifestyle brand all about whimsy, colors, retro inspiration and hope. The shop shares a space with Honeycomb Bread Bakers.

213 E. Bay St.

The Poor Porker

The Poor Porker

Beignets and tacos and beer, oh my! A mix of food trucks, shabby chic and beer hall, The Poor Porker is as diverse and eclectic as its clientele. The beignets – hot, fresh and covered with powered sugar – are the stars of the show. However, the bar, with an array of beer, cider, wine and even sake to sample, shouldn’t be missed.

801 E. Main St.

2 females shopping for Lakeland themed t-shirts inside Scout & Tag in Lakeland, FL

Scout & Tag

Take a little piece of Lakeland home with you. Scout & Tag is a lovely gift shop full of Lakeland themed housewares, accessories and gifts.

244 N. Kentucky Ave.

Union Hall

Union Hall

An entertainment and event venue, Union Hall features live music acts, a full bar and plenty of room to mingle. A bevy of food trucks provide a variety of culinary treats.

1023 S. Florida Ave.

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