Living in Lakeland

Located in sunny central Florida, Lakeland has something to offer everyone.

Raising a family?

Our close-knit community, affordable housing and strong educational system make Lakeland particularly appealing to families. A low cost of living and a great selection of neighborhoods make it easy to call Lakeland home.

Urban sensibilities?

Stroll downtown through the historic district or take in the lively arts scene. Plus, Tampa and Orlando, two of Florida’s largest and most dynamic metropolitan regions, are just a short drive away.

Outdoor enthusiast?

Lakeland is ideal for active lifestyles, from water skiing and fishing to parks and golfing. No matter your preference or passion, you’ll find plenty of things to do.

Sports Fan?

Tampa’s teams – the Buccaneers, the Rays and the Lightning, as well as the Orlando Magic – will keep you cheering year-round. Plus, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers Spring Training Camps liven up the winter season.

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Things to do

From shopping and entertainment to festivals and cultural venues, there’s always something to do in Lakeland. Unique and eclectic shops add to the city’s lively downtown, where First Fridays find shops staying open later and crowds enjoying performances and displays by local musicians and artists. A diverse arts scene includes The Polk Museum of Art, The Imperial Symphony, the Polk Theatre and The Lakeland Center, which houses diverse performing arts programs and major concerts.


Festivals All Year Round
Hollis Garden
Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and Florida Southern College
Polk Theater
Polk Museum of Art
Explorations V Children’s Museum
The Lakeland Center hosts shows, concerts, sporting events and a Broadway and Entertainment series
Tenorac Fish Management Area – conservation area with fishing, birding trails and 5 lakes
Lake Hollingsworth
Sun ‘n Fun Fly In
Downtown Lakeland Farmers Market
Detroit Tigers Spring Training


Disney World
Cape Canaveral
Universal Studios
Busch Gardens
Sea World
Various Performing Arts Centers, Tampa
New York Yankees Spring Training Camp, Tampa

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