Spend a Weekend in Lakeland

By: Peyten Palo

See how much fun you’ll have when you plan a weekend in Lakeland, FL. Tour the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture (13 structures!) when you visit Florida Southern College and enjoy locally owned restaurants and bakeries like Nineteen61 and Born and Bread Bakehouse.

Things to Do During a Weekend in Lakeland

Bonnet Springs Park

This incredible new city park has so much to do! Visit the galleries, explore miles of pristine walkways and trails, take a bike, get a bite to eat, or enjoy the lake. Bonnet Springs Park is an oasis of recreation, wellness, entertainment, dining and so much more. Designed for everyone this park offers free shuttles to help you get around, the best playgrounds for the kids, plenty of flora for gardening enthusiasts, and workspaces for students and remote workers. The park also hosts lots of events, so be sure to check their website for upcoming concerts and festivals!

Mural Tour

If you’re looking for a way to get some fresh air and something fun to do with your friends or family in Lakeland, plan a day for visiting the murals all around Lakeland. Make it a Mural Scavenger Hunt! Local favorites include the popular angel wing mural, Oranges at the Yard on Mass, and the Mass Market rainbow wall. Whether you’re looking for your next Instagram-worthy background, a fun selfie wall, or just out to enjoy these beautiful works of public art, you’ll have fun exploring the city while looking for murals in Lakeland.

Born & 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., and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Online ordering opens Tuesday evening.

1113A S. Florida Ave. (enter from back patio)

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 1:00 p.m. After the market don’t miss the charming Pressed Books and Coffee shop, just a few steps away.

210 E. Main St.

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.


Open for both lunch and dinner as well as Sunday brunch, Nineteen61 offers a wide variety of modern Spanish style with Latin American and Southern propensities. They also offers vegetarian and gluten free options.

215 E Main St.

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.

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.

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

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.

For more unique restaurants and things to do while in Lakeland, follow us on Instagram or check out our 50+ Ways to Experience Winter Haven & Lakeland blog.

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