Lakeland is in its Eras era

We’ve matched some of Taylor Swift’s lyrics to our favorite local sites and stories.

A white fountain moves water from pool to pool, framed by palm trees.

We’re in our Eras era.

Photo via @thewanderingconk

This week marks the return of Taylor Swift to the Tampa Bay area — and the highlight of your city editors’ year. To prepare for her Eras Tour stop just 40 miles from Lakeland, we’re imagining a few local spots and stories as the singer’s lyrics.

So I sneak out to the garden to see you. — “Love Story
If we were sneaking out to a romantic garden getaway, it would be in Hollis Garden.

Skyline over Lake Mirror at night

This view is “the best thing that’s ever been mine.”

Photo by @crescent_luuna

Speak Now
Do you remember all the city lights on the water? — “Mine
How could we forget downtown’s reflection on Lake Mirror?

I still remember the first fall of snow, and how it glistened as it fell. I remember it all too well. — “All Too Well (10-Minute Version)
We weren’t there, but Lakeland’s great snowfall of 1977 remains one of our favorite stories.

Gator + Snake at Circle B Bar Reserve

Spotted: Us in our Reputation era at Circle B.

Photo by Linda Waring at BirdWalk Photography

Are we out of the woods yet? — “Out Of The Woods
Hopefully you can find your way out of Circle B Bar Reserve on your next hike.

I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined. — “Look What You Made Me Do
Bring your list of family names to the Lakeland History & Culture Center for genealogy research.


It’s not a “Cruel Summer” with so many Flying Tigers games to attend.

Photo by @jessicasreyna

Take me out and take me home. — “Lover
Take us out to the ballgame — a Lakeland Flying Tigers game, to be exact — so we can cheer the runners to home base.

Take me to the Lakes where all the poets went to die. — “The Lakes
Our 38 lakes have certainly inspired local poets, songwriters, and artists.

Are you a Lakeland lyrical genius? Send in your own local, Swift-inspired match-ups and we may share them.

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