If you’re hosting out of town guests in Lakeland, but aren’t sure where to take them or what sights to see, we’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors.
If your visitors are not staying with you, but looking for a hotel recommendations, here are some locals’ approved places to stay:
The Terrace Hotel Lakeland, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 329 E Main St. | $130+
This classic boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown. Each suite has a private bedroom, bathroom overlooking the city + Lake Mirror.
This relaxing RV Resort features cabana cabin rentals on a beautiful private property surrounded by Florida greenery.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland, 511 W Lime St. | $154+
Located by the RP Funding Center, this hotel has 24/7 gym access + a pool to keep visitors refreshed from the Florida heat.
Is it even a trip to Lakeland without seeing Hollis Gardens? You can also take your visitors to the Mass Market Wall at 822 N. Massachusetts Ave. for the perfect family photo. If you’ve got any architectural buffs in the group, head to Florida Southern College’s Water Dome — constructed by the one + only Frank Lloyd Wright.
Food + Bev
Lakelanders also love The Joinery, Mojo Federal Swine & Spirits, Taco Bus, and Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant and recommend satisfying your sweet tooth at Mayday Ice Cream (located inside of The Joinery)—order “The Aviator” ice cream.
And if you’re gluten free, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out this list of 20+ local restaurants with gluten free options.
Let the kids — or grandkids — run around + explore Common Ground Playground or plan your escape with the whole family at the Lakeland Escape Room. You can also check out Family Fun Center for arcade games and mini putt-putt that will tug on your nostalgic heart strings.
See a kid friendly show at the Lakeland Community Theatre—which has featured all sorts of lively musicals such as Spongebob Squarepants the Musical + Mamma Mia.
If your visitors are ready for some outdoor fun, we have a variety of parks to explore. Grab some fresh guava pastries from La Imperial Bakery + head to Lake Morton for a picnic. Walking around the lake bird-sighting is the perfect way to get some fresh air while taking in all of the beauty Lakeland has to offer.
One of the best things about our city is our proximity to some amazing hiking spots. Here is our guide to a range of hikes in the area.
Temps can get pretty warm in Florida, so spend a day exploring at our Polk Museum of Art to stay indoors. Better yet — check out a film at our Polk Theatre. This historic spot is a local icon, where the one + only Elvis Presley came to perform live.
If you’ve got any sports fans in the group, check out the various sports leagues in our area to skim for game schedules.