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Get ready to “Gather, Eat, Chill” at Bowen Yard in downtown Winter Haven.
From media to government resources, check out this list of who you should be following if you live in Lakeland and want to keep up on the city’s goings on.
Get answers to these frequently asked questions about affordable housing options and qualifications in Lakeland.
Lakeland’s restaurants are deserving of recognition — see who our readers think deserves a prestigious James Beard Award next year.
It’s the sweetest time of year — Florida Strawberry Festival time. Read our guide so you don’t get in a (strawberry) jam.
Eat and Drink
Whether you’re feeling salty or sweet, check out these snacks to satisfy your next craving.
Plain, with cream cheese, or topped with an egg, bagels are sure to be a hole in one. Order one from these local bakeries, delis, and cafes.
When cravings hit, level up your dessert game at one of these local sweet shops and makers in Lakeland, Florida.
Got a hot new fling? Hoping to spice things up with your longtime partner? We’re here to help plan your next date in Swan City.
Travel and Outdoors
In need of a one-day getaway? We’re sharing our readers’ favorite things to do, see, and eat in towns within a quick drive of Swan City.
See how Lakeland’s running trails and local support earned made it a Runner Friendly Community for the next five years.
This local plant nursery will offer deals on all native trees during Florida Arbor Day weekend, so you can beautify your space.
Whether you’re looking to learn more about this micro-city’s extensive history or hoping to try the perfect Cuban sandwich, here’s what you need to know about taking a day trip to Ybor City.
New to Lakeland
Need that big backyard for the kiddos to roam? Or does a vibrant street scene draw you in? Our fun quiz will help you pick the Lakeland neighborhood that’s right for you.
While you really can’t go wrong in Swan City, this quiz will guide you to the perfect Lakeland neighborhood just for you.
Check out our guide to the many meaningful murals you can find around our city.
In this guide to schools in Lakeland, we’ll explain all the options, including charter schools, school choice, demographics, enrollment information, and more.
Real Estate
Check out the floor plans, renderings, and price range of this complex within walking distance of downtown Lakeland’s hot spots.
As this food hall gets closer to opening, see the latest renderings of the 14,000-sqft indoor and outdoor space coming to The Depot 303 in downtown Mulberry.
The 16,650-sqft building previously home to a Ford dealership and antique store just hit the market — keep reading to learn more about the historic property and tell us what you’d like to see occupy it next.
You told us which empty buildings could be converted into affordable housing.
City
Create the city you want to live in by applying to serve in these volunteer roles.
The list of best-performing cities considers the economy, resiliency, and growth of 400+ cities. See where Lakeland ranked.
As admission deadlines loom, don’t miss out on applying to one of Lakeland’s local colleges.
We’ve got the ultimate list of Lakeland events you don’t want to miss out on each year. Mark your calendar for these community celebrations.

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