Founded by Abraham Munn, Lakeland was incorporated January 1, 1885. Excellent railroad service in the mid-1890's quickly made Lakeland one of the premier cities in all of Florida. From the winter strawberry crops of the mid-1890's to being the 3rd city in all of Florida to have electric light, Lakeland is innovative and progressing.
Lakeland continues to grow, develop and become one of the most sought after places to live in the state. Employment opportunities are constantly emerging; major retailers are becoming major anchors in new retail centers and national & international performances headline performing arts venues.
Lakeland takes pride in our community, and has its own identity. Retaining the charm of a small town, Lakeland is made up of great people – people from all walks of life and from all age groups. Simply put, these people are proud to call Lakeland home, and you will be too!
Numerous options are available to those looking for homes and accommodations in Lakeland and the surrounding area. Homes and neighborhoods matching a wide spectrum of needs for individuals and families alike exist in our bustling community. Selections include waterfront property, historic homes, custom-designed homes, golf course communities, modern condominiums, rental apartments and country estates with all amenities included. Whether you’re looking for that community you never have to leave, a home close to downtown in an eclectic or historic neighborhood, or something on the water, Lakeland has a home to offer you. Apartments, Realtors, Home Builders, and many other businesses in the Real Estate and Construction fields can be found here.
Arts & Culture
Lakeland’s quality of life is supported by the variety of arts & cultural opportunities for residents and visitors. Home to many museums and theatres, Lakeland is also proud to boast the Nation’s largest single-campus collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture.
Performing and Visual Arts
The Lakeland Center
TheLakelandCenter.com | (863) 834-8100
Harrison Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
HarrisonArts.com | (863) 499-2855
Imperial Symphony Orchestra
ImperialSymphony.org | (863) 688-3743
Lakeland Community Theatre
LakelandCommunityTheatre.com | (863) 603-7529
PolkTheatre.org | (863) 682-7553
Explorations V Children’s Museum
ExplorationsV.com | (863) 687-3869
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture & Visitors Center
FLSouthern.edu/FLLWCtr | (863) 680-4444
Polk Museum of Art
PolkMuseumofArt.com | (863) 688-7743
Florida Air Museum at SUN ‘n FUN
FloridaAirMuseum.org | (863) 644-2431