Holiday itinerary for Lakeland, FL

A holiday guide to must-see attractions, restaurants, and activities for out-of-town guests in Lakeland, Florida.

A path through Hollis Garden with trees on either side

Hollis Garden offers a free tour of Lakeland’s trees?

Photo by LALtoday

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The holidays are almost here and if you’re hosting out-of-town guests, it’s time to step into the role of “official Lakeland tour guide.” We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors and show your folks around like a total pro.

lakeland swans

LALtoday and your inbox go together like Lakeland and swans.

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🏙️ Sightseeing

Is it even a trip to Lakeland without seeing the swans? You can also take your visitors to Hollis Garden for the perfect holiday family photo. And if there are any art buffs in the group, head to the Polk Museum of Art.

🥘 Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, Hillcrest Coffee, Mitchell’s Coffee House, and Black & Brew are all offering a range of seasonal drinks. If you’re looking for a different kind of brew, Swan City is home to fabulous breweries with Swan Brewing and Dissent Craft Brewing Company being two local hot spots.

Get ready to get your grub on because we’ve got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. You can’t miss these classic Lakeland restaurants that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Our personal picks include brunch at Biscuits and Benedicts and dinner at Il Forno Italian Restaurant.

Feeding animals like antelope up close at Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, FL

Choose your own adventure to see animals up close + personal.

Photo by @linalunamar

🎳 Activities

If your visitors are ready for some outdoor fun, grab a pastry from Born & Bread Bakehouse and head to Bonnet Springs Park for a winter outing. The Safari Wilderness Ranch is another great way to wow your relatives.

The exterior of a cottage with a blue door and shutters.

The interior is coordinated to the blue of the exterior. | Photo via Vrbo

🛏️ Stay

If your visitors aren’t planning to crash with you, here are some places to stay:

Charming Luxury Cottage
This newly renovated cottage is just five minutes away from Downtown.

Colonial Lakeland Historic District
A spacious, modern home with a private balcony off the master bedroom in the charming historic district.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.