The quick growing city of Lakeland, FL offers a variety of fun all around. From shopping, to events, to outdoor activities, Lakeland has plenty to offer to keep you out-going and out of your house.
Whether you just want to catch a movie, hike trails through the swamps with dinosaur-like alligators, or find some of Lakeland’s best dining, there’s something for everyone’s taste and desire.
There’s a lot to do here, and we’re sure you’ll want to come back and visit again, so we put a list of attractions together for you to consider and choose from.
You’ll know you’re in Lakeland when you start seeing swans. The Swan has become the mascot of choice here, and you can find them in and around many of our lakes. These beautiful birds are fed and cared for by the City of Lakeland, and you can even take some bread or buy some feed and go meet them for free.
Circle B Bar Reserve, a great place to get out to, is home to some of the most impressive birds in the area, as-well as largest alligators. With over 1200 acres, you can find many places to hike, fish, bike, or photograph wild life.
Joker Merchant Stadium, a true memorial to the legacy of the Detroit Tigers, has been the home of spring training for the Tigers for a handful of decades. Previously a WWII flight training center, it still has hangars from then used today for events. If you’re around during spring season, and a sports fan, this is a fun one.
A lovely botanical garden, Hollis Garden, has over 10,000 flowers, ornamental shrubs, and native FL trees. This is a formal garden where often you will find people taking pictures of its beauty and occasionally wedding/prom pictures too.
Discover Aerospace at the Florida Air Museum at Sun n’ Fun. Find the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame here, along with many aircraft and information inside the museum. If aviation sparks an interest to you, this is something to surely check out.
Find Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College. Florida Southern College Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012 for being the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. Architecture can be very appealing, especially if designed by the world famous architect.
Although this may not appeal to everyone, if you have children, they will LOVE this place. Common Ground Park was Polk County’s first “inclusive play experience,” a term used to describe non-traditional play areas. Children of varying abilities and disabilities are able to play together side-by-side! This is a fairly large park, and if your schedule allows, children would love to visit.
This is a great place for people of all ages to get out and enjoy the outdoors. With attractions for all ages such as a kids museum, to a rooftop bar, Bonnet Springs Park is Lakelands new hot location. This place gets busy on weekends due to its recent opening, but be sure to check it out sometime, and even bring your pets!
Relive your glory days and catch a game at one of Lakeland’s most popular stadiums. Bryant Stadium is the home of the Lakeland Highschool Dreadnaughts and hosts their football and lacrosse games here, as well as some third party club games on weekends. If you are here during season, this is a great place to relive those Friday night lights, and watch the recent state champs compete.