The Detroit Tigers annual trip to Lakeland, Florida for Spring Training is a great reason to plan a weekend getaway to Lakeland. Their season this year begins on March 18th and runs through April 4th. Here’s the top 5 things to do while you’re in Lakeland.
Things To Do Before & After A Tigers Spring Training Game
1. Attend Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Our local makers and artisans can be found in downtown Lakeland every Saturday morning, and Farmers Curb Market is something you don’t want to miss. You’ll find art, jewelry, plants, kitchenware and décor, clothing, and accessories. Popular food and beverage vendors include DOU Bakehouse (French macaroons), Krazy Kombucha, Honeycomb Bread Bakers, Greenhouse Acai, and Orlando City Pasta.
2. Take a Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
The largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture is right here in Lakeland, on the campus of Florida Southern College. Book a tour today to see all 13 spectacular buildings on campus. Florida Southern College is only a few miles away from TigerTown.
3. Ax Throwing with Friends & Family
With walk-in ax throwing sessions starting around $20-$25 per person, this is a great activity for families and friends. Ax-Caliber has 14 available lanes, 2 pool tables, other games and big-screen TVs so there is fun for the whole group. You must be 18 years or older to throw, or 14 years of age with parent or guardian present. On-site “AX-perts” are available to train, help everyone, and ensure a fun and safe environment.
4. Get on the Water at Elite Cable Park
There’s no need to rent a boat, buy fuel and gear if you want to wakeboard while you are in town. You can get right on the water at Elite Cable Park in Auburndale since riders are pulled by an electric cable track rather than a boat. Guests can learn to water ski or wakeboard with a Get Up Guarantee Package that’s perfect for those who have never tried wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakeskating or kneeboarding. The Get Up Guarantee is the best way to learn how to ride.
5. Take a Mural Tour
Nothing screams “vacation” more than a cute photo in front of a freshly painted wall-mural. Lakeland is full of unique and “Instagram-worthy” murals sure to add some color to your feed. Be sure to read our blog post about Instagram worthy murals in Lakeland. Most of the murals we highlight are in the downtown and Dixieland area.
Restaurants Near Lake Morton
Have Breakfast or Lunch in Dixieland
Eat and drink like a local in Dixieland, a Lakeland neighborhood known for cool vintage shops and great food. Grab coffee at Concord Coffee, breakfast or lunch at Good Thyme LKLD, and enjoy brunch or dinner at Cob & Pen. Both restaurants have gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options.
We highly suggest you make time for Born & Bread Bakehouse! This bakery is open on Saturday and has been featured in Food & Wine, USA Today, and Bake Magazine.
You’ll find plenty of restaurants in the downtown area, including Nineteen61, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro, Mitchell’s Coffee House, and Cafe Roti. Revival, on Kentucky Ave., is a fabulous cocktail bar, and we also recommend Red Door Lakeland and The Poor Porker.
Where to Stay During Spring Training
Looking for a place to stay during your Spring Training vacation? Use the links below to get more information about hotels within just a few miles from TigerTown.