Everything you look for in a Central Florida vacation is right at your fingertips in Lakeland. The mild weather and warm sunny days attract visitors to the events and attractions that make Lakeland one of Florida’s most colorful and exciting vacation destinations.
Lakeland is surrounded by Florida’s legendary attractions. Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and LEGOLAND Florida are all less than an hour’s drive away. Local attractions offer fun and excitement for the whole family as well, including Fantasy of Flight and Bok Tower Gardens.
Conveniently located with easy access to Orlando and the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Tampa and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Lakeland’s charm and natural beauty make it an ideal location for your Florida vacation. Air travelers will find Lakeland’s location on Interstate 4 in the heart of Central Florida ideal. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport accommodates any size corporate jet, charter jet of private plane.
Getting Around in Lakeland
Lakeland's proximity to Interstate-4 adds to the magnetism of the City for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. I-4 boasts three travel lanes in both directions along the entire Polk County corridor. In addition to I-4, motorists have the additional options of using the In-town Bypass and the Polk Parkway. The In-town Bypass makes east and west bound traffic in and out of downtown Lakeland trouble-free. The Polk Parkway is a limited access toll road connected to I-4 that eases the access to the interstate for those in the southern part of the city.
Expansion of the Amtrak system brought the convenience of passenger rail service to Lakeland. The carrier’s station, located downtown overlooking Lake Mirror, enables passengers to board trains for Miami, Jacksonville, and beyond. Nearby Winter Haven is also home to a passenger boarding station.
The public transit service provided by the Citrus Connection has something to offer everyone in our area, whether you ride or not. The fact is that an affordable, working mass transportation system is important to local commerce, life, and progress. It gets people to work, medical appointments, shopping, and recreation and it makes our communities safer and saves valuable resources—and all of that adds up to a boost in our area’s quality of life.
Citrus Connection service is available Monday through Saturday, offering many routes in the Lakeland area as well as providing direct connections with Bartow, Auburndale and Winter Haven. Full information about routes and fares is available at RideCitrus.com. A route finder called FindMyRoutes.com is also available to assist with your travel plans.
Citrus Connection, in conjunction with the Winter Haven Area Transit and Polk County Board of Commissioners, recently opened a Regional Mobility Call Center. The call center receives all calls related to transit and para-transit service, providing simplicity for callers by offering one number for any transit need as well as providing economies of scale for the transit systems. This is the first major step towards the consolidation of all transit services in the County as defined in Polk County’s transit plan for the future, MY RIDE.
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