There is a reason Trip Advisor rates Hollis Garden as the second best places to spend the day in Lakeland – it’s delightful, and only a short walk from the happening downtown Lakeland scene (i.e. ultimate dining and shopping).
Hollis Garden – Downtown Lakeland’s Botanical Beauty
This manicured beauty boasts more than 10,000 flowers, beautiful fountains, and a picturesque view of Lake Mirror. Music actually plays as you drift through the rose garden, butterfly trail, and down a grand staircase of neoclassical design. When you find yourself gazing over lovely Lake Mirror, you’ll be grateful you thought to bring your camera.
Barnett Family Park
While Hollis Gardens’ beauty has the ability to captivate visitors of all ages, your young children may crave a little more excitement. Thankfully, you kind find it right next door at Barnett Family Park. Multiple climbing structures, a splash zone, giant bronze gator and company of other children will keep your children occupied for hours.
Frances Langford Promenade on Lake MIrror
The multi-faceted Frances Langford Promenade, amphitheater and Loggia on Lake Mirror play host to a wide range of special events including movies, concerts, a classic car show, wine festival, swan derby and more.
Shopping and Eating in Downtown Lakeland
Right next door to the garden is the Garden Bistro, and just a short walk away is Lakeland’s newest brewery, Lakeland Brewing Company, and Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille. Downtown Lakeland also offers a fun retail scene where you can score one-of-a-kind gifts.
Lake Morton Neighborhood
Lake Mirror’s neighboring lake, Lake Morton, provides additional acreage of fun.
Red Door Wine Market – A homey wine bar featuring an eclectic, seasonal New American menu, plus craft beer, California wines and live music. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Mister Fish - Family-owned takeout founded in 1968, serving seafood dinners, baskets, and sandwiches. Local get their food to-go, and walk down to the Lake Morton’s multiple park-style seating sites around its parameter, so they can enjoy their food AND views.
Polk Museum of Art – A small but mighty museum with free admission every day (regular hours Tuesday – Sunday). You can score especially neat gifts in their gift shop.
Nature – Lake Morton is one of the best lakes to spot world-famous swans, duck, geese, white pelicans, and other bird species. Just remember that if you decide to drive the lake, the birds have the right of way.