Check out the ideas from the folks at YLakeland.com… This blog is dedicated to the college-age crowd, and they’ve listed 50 things to do in Lakeland.
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
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.
Find ideas by searching our Business Directory: Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Restaurants, Food & Beverages
There’s plenty to choose from when you’re planning your night out in Lakeland. From locally-owned, locally sourced bistros and fine dining to family-friendly experiences, you’ll find the perfect recipe for your dining experience. And, there’s no need to leave Fido or Fifi at home… Find a great place to dine with a pet-friendly patio!
Create your perfect recipe with the folks in our Business Directory: Restaurants, Food & Beverages
Shopping & Specialty Retail
Start your search in Downtown Lakeland, with an eclectic mix of vintage finds, boutiques, and bistro-style restaurants. Two large shopping centers, Lakeland Square Mall and Lakeside Village, offer national chain stores and locally-owned shops and restaurants.
Fresh fruits & veggies, plants, homemade sweets, and more can be found at the weekly Farmers Curb Market in Downtown Lakeland. Each Saturday from September through July, local farmers, jewelers, and artisans set up to showcase all that Lakeland and the surrounding area has to offer. Visit their Web site for additional information.
Find what you’re looking for in our Business Directory: Shopping & Specialty Retail
Sports & Recreation
Lakeland and the surrounding areas have earned a strong reputation as a sports hub. With outstanding sports marketing efforts as well as world-class recreational facilities, sports enthusiasts from around the country and the world make Lakeland a destination of choice.
An abundance of gorgeous golf courses allow players of all skills to enjoy the mild climate in central Florida.
As a bike-friendly city, Lakeland has demonstrated its commitment to improving the safety, convenience, and enjoyment for cyclists in our community. BeFly Bike Tours offers residents and visitors an opportunity to experience our beautiful city from a different vantage point – on two wheels!
The City of Lakeland is renowned for its luscious and clean parks, many of which are public-private partnerships. From Sunflower Pre-School Park to Common Ground Park for children of all abilities, and our new Skate Park, Lakeland welcomes you to enjoy all that our community has to offer! To learn more about the City’s Parks, visit LakelandGov.net.
Find even more way to enjoy the outdoors in our Business Directory: Agriculture, Fishing & Forestry and Sports & Recreation
Visit the Community Calendar for up to date information on events and happenings in the area. For events throughout Polk County, click through to VisitCentralFlorida.org.
Lakeland Pig Festival
Every January, more than 30,000 people enjoy Lakeland’s Annual Pig Festival. Attendees enjoy sampling food from 300 BBQ teams competing in various categories and for a chance to qualify for the America Royal Invitational, the largest barbeque contest in the world.
Major League Baseball Spring Training - Detroit Tigers
Celebrating their 78th year of Spring Training in Lakeland, the Detroit Tigers play and train in our state-of-the-art baseball complex, Joker Marchant Stadium.
Child of the Sun Jazz Festival and Urban Triathlon
Coordinated by the Lakeland Rotary, Florida Southern College continues to support the Child of the Sun jazz festival names for Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous architecture.
Sun ‘n Fun Fly In
Each April, tens of thousands of aviation enthusiasts travel to one of the world’s largest aviation events.
MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by the Lake
Begun in 1974 as a crafts fair on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library, Polk Museum of Art’s MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake has grown into one of Florida's premier outdoor art festivals.
Pops by the Lake
The imperial Symphony Orchestra celebrates summer with a special pops concert by Lake Mirror.
Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration
Each July, Lakeland residents and visitors gather around Lake Mirror Downtown for an Independence Day celebration including food, live music & fireworks!
September – June
Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts
The Festival of Fine Arts at Florida Southern College is an annual series of visual art exhibitions and live performances in theater, music and dance. Now in its 52nd year, the 2011-12 Season showcases artists from around the world and runs through June 4 with nearly 30 exciting events. The Festival also welcomes back the free to the public Child of the Sun Jazz Festival in April.
Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival
The display of more than 500 vehicles on and surrounding the restored 1920’s, art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade Downtown is one of the premier regional automobile shows in the southeastern United States.
This annual event in Downtown Lakeland celebrates the holidays with shopping, dining, music, horse-drawn wagon rides and more!