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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.

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 at Florida Southern College. Here’s to hoping you get a few ideas for things to do in Lakeland on your upcoming trip.

adults gathered around table at Cob & Pen in Lakeland, FL drinking beer and sharing small bite plates of deviled eggs, dip, french fries and wings

Cob & Pen

Unique Places to Eat

1. Stop by Born & Bread Bakehouse on Saturday morning and enjoy a fresh baked cruffin, breakfast roll or a slice of cake.

2. Enjoy a cup of coffee at Concord Coffee, Hillcrest Coffee, Mitchell’s Coffee House or Black & Brew Coffee House & Bistro.

3. People watch downtown while dining at Nineteen61 or Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille.

4. Check out the craft beer: Brew Hub, Cob & Pen, Craft + Kitchen, Swan Brewing and Red Door Lakeland.

5. Eat at some of our Local Favorites: Café Zuppina, Cafe Roti, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille or Abuelos Mexican Restaurant.

2 couples eating beignets at The Poor Porker in Lakeland, FL

The Poor Porker

6. Drink and enjoy live entertainment at The Poor Porker, Revival, and Union Hall.

7. Enjoy 9 unique food vendors, all under one roof, at Lakeland’s first food hall: The Joinery.

8. Looking for a refreshing smoothie, boba tea, or acai bowl on a hot Florida day? Stop by Tea Largo for an Instagram worthy snack!

9. Get a free steak on your birthday or just go to taste the best hand-cut and seasoned steaks at Texas Cattle Company.

10. Have bottomless mimosas with brunch at Frescos or enjoy a fine dining setting with delicious eggs benedict at Terrace Grille.

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

Scout & Tag in Lakeland

Shopping in Lakeland

11. Visit the Downtown Farmers Curb Market on Saturday.

12. Stop by downtown on the First Friday of every month and enjoy the local artisans and market.

13. Find the best antique home décor, plants, and gifts at Scout & Tag.

Trees and flowers at Hollis Garden in Lakeland, FL. Lake Morton in background of photo.

Hollis Garden

Lakeland Activities

14. See a movie at the historic Polk Theatre.

15. Visit the museums: Polk Museum of Art, Explorations V Children’s Museum and Florida Air Museum.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. See a show at RP Funding Center, Lakeland Community Theatre, or Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

19. Sample food from 20+ food trucks during the Thursday Squared Food Truck Rally.

4 people inside Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel20. Visit Florida Southern College and tour the world’s largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

21. Go on a wildlife safari by vehicle or camel back at Safari Wilderness.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Hike through pine forests, cypress domes and open pastures in the Green Swamp Wilderness Area at Colt Creek State Park.

25. Bring out your creative side through painting pottery or making mosaics at PicassoZ Art Café.

26. Search for clues, solve puzzles, and work together with your friends and family to beat the clock and escape the challenge within 60 minutes at one of Lakeland’s two escape rooms: Lakeland Escape Room or Escapology Escape Rooms Lakeland.

27. Throw axes to your heart’s content while sipping local coffee, beer or wine at Lakeland’s own Ax-Caliber.

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


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