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Things to Do in Lakeland

Lakeland, the largest city in Polk County, is home to the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world at Florida Southern College, Circle B Bar Reserve, Detroit Tigers Spring Training, and Safari Wilderness.

Located just off of Interstate 4, between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland offers visitors many things to do. Enjoy shopping at the many boutiques in the Dixieland Historic District as well as the Downtown area, and eat like a local at our numerous locally owned restaurants. If you prefer to stay, dine and shop in the same area, Lakeside Village may be the perfect spot for you. Numerous onsite hotels are within walking distance to restaurants and shops.

Places to Go and Things to See in Lakeland

While you’re in town, be sure to feed the swans at Lake Morton and tour some of Lakeland’s most notable structures, including The Terrace Hotel, Polk Theatre, and Polk Museum of Art. Here’s to hoping you get a few ideas for things to do in Lakeland on your upcoming trip.

  1. See a movie at the historic Polk Theatre.
  2. Visit the museums: Polk Museum of ArtExplorations V Children’s Museum and Florida Air Museum.
  3. Pile into the car and enjoy a first-run movie at the Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre. Be sure to visit the nostalgically decorated refreshment center where you’ll find photos of drive-in theatres from days gone by.
  4. Visit the Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday.
  5. Stroll down the Frances Langford Promenade and through Hollis Garden, a botanic garden set in a neo-classical architectural setting with patterned flower beds, public art and fountains.
  6. See a show at RP Funding Center, Lakeland Community Theatre, or Imperial Symphony Orchestra.
  7. Sample food from 20+ food trucks during the Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally.
  8. Stop by Born & Bread Bakehouse on Saturday morning and enjoy a fresh baked cruffin, breakfast roll or a slice of cake.
  9. Visit Florida Southern College and tour the world’s largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
  10. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Concord Coffee, Hillcrest Coffee, Mitchell’s Coffee House or Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro.
  11. People watch downtown while dining at Nineteen61 or Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille.
  12. Check out the craft beer: Brew HubCob & Pen, Craft + Kitchen, Swan Brewing and Red Door Lakeland.
  13. Go on a wildlife safari by vehicle or camel back at Safari Wilderness.
  14. Find out why USA Today Travel recognized Circle B Bar Reserve as one of the 51 Great Places to See Wildlife in 2011. Hint: lots, and lots, and LOTS of alligators, ducks, birds, bald eagles, and butterflies.
  15. Take in a baseball game during Detroit Tigers’ spring training season or Lakeland Flying Tigers’ minor league season. The Tigers have called Lakeland home every February-March since 1934.
  16. Eat at some of our Local Favorites: Café ZuppinaCafe RotiHarry’s Seafood Bar & Grille or Abuelos Mexican Restaurant.
  17. Hike through pine forests, cypress domes and open pastures in the Green Swamp Wilderness Area at Colt Creek State Park.
  18. Drink and enjoy live entertainment at The Poor Porker, Revival, and Union Hall.

Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce can provide additional information about the area.


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