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55+ popular local Facebook groups

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Living in a time of social distancing can make life pretty isolating sometimes, to say the least. The digital age lets us connect with people on the other side of the planet. But what may get overlooked is that it also lets us tap into our local communities in ways we never could before.


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Just in the Lakeland, Polk, and Central Florida areas, there are dozens, if not hundreds of community-based groups, joined by tens of thousands of locals. Bonus: We threw in a few of our favorite Florida groups as well.

Community Facebook Groups

For those moving to the Lakeland-Polk-Central Florida area, looking to connect with others.

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Community Facebook Groups | GIF via Giphy

Lakeland, FL
πŸ‘₯ Members: 5,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Lakeland Word of Mouth
πŸ‘₯ Members:1,200+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

We Live in Lakeland, FL
πŸ‘₯ Members: 2,600+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Moving to Lakeland, FL
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,100+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

863 Crime Watch
πŸ‘₯ Members: 14,300+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Neighborhood Facebook Groups

For those in specific local neighborhoods, wanting to share news and communicate with others in their neighborhood.

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Dixieland Historic Neighborhood Association
πŸ‘₯ Members: 500+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Lakeland Area Neighborhood Page
πŸ‘₯ Members: 200+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Association – Lakeland
πŸ‘₯ Members: 80+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Ashwood Lakeland Neighborhood
πŸ‘₯ Members: 60+

πŸ”“ Status: Private

Lake Morton Neighborhood Association (LMNA)
πŸ‘₯ Members: 800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Outdoors Facebook Groups

For those who are outdoor enthusiasts + love getting out and adventuring.Β 


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Lakeland Runners Club
πŸ‘₯ Members: 2,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Spring Hunters
πŸ‘₯ Members: 37,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Florida Trail Hikers
πŸ‘₯ Members: 2,900+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Hiking Enthusiast
πŸ‘₯ Members: 3,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Hiking Alliance
πŸ‘₯ Members: 3,800+
πŸ”“ Status: PublicΒ 

Hiking Junkies of Central Florida
πŸ‘₯ Members: 700+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Central Florida Paddlers
πŸ‘₯ Members: 6,300+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Lakeland Plant & Garden Swappers
πŸ‘₯ Members: 500+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

TryThis Facebook Groups

For those looking to communicate with other locals who share the same hobbies or to learn how to pick up a new skill.


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Lakeland Area NaNo
πŸ‘₯ Members: 60+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

β€œLakeland Rocks”
πŸ‘₯ Members: 31,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Polk County Clipped
πŸ‘₯ Members: 800+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

LkLd Creative Makers
πŸ‘₯ Members:1,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Watch Facebook Groups

For those looking for local entertainment.


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Lakeland-Winter Haven Comedy
πŸ‘₯ Members: 400+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Theatre
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,100+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Lakeland Where’s the music tonight?
πŸ‘₯ Members: 200+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Dish Facebook Groups

For those who know food talk is the first language + want to communicate with others on the local food scene.

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Lakeland Food Group
πŸ‘₯ Members: 5,400+
πŸ”“ Status: PublicΒ 

Polk Eats
πŸ‘₯ Members: 600+
πŸ”“ Status: PublicΒ 

Food Lovers of Lakeland
πŸ‘₯ Members: 480+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

ForPets Groups

For those wanting to connect with other pet owners, share information about lost pets, or find a new pet.


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Polk Pet Page
πŸ‘₯ Members:13,500+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

*Lost & Found Pets of Polk County Florida*
πŸ‘₯ Members: 26,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Polk County Pets
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

TheBuy Facebook Groups
For those wanting to purchase locally. Think of this as a digital yard sale.

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Lakeland Florida Video Game And Electronics Yard Sale Group
πŸ‘₯ Members: 3,500+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Polk County buy & sale..
πŸ‘₯ Members: 40,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

North Lakeland Yardsale
πŸ‘₯ Members: 25,600+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Central Florida Cheap Cars
πŸ‘₯ Members: 9,500+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Everything is Free in Polk County
πŸ‘₯ Members: 3,200+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Polk County For Rent
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Lakeland Garage Sale
πŸ‘₯ Members:17,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

ForParents Facebook Groups

For those looking to connect with other parents locally.


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Lakeland Family Fun
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,400+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Lakeland Florida Moms
πŸ‘₯ Members: 3,400+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Lakeland Moms Group
πŸ‘₯ Members: 4,900+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Polk County Homeschoolers
πŸ‘₯ Members: 900+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Special Needs Playdates and Support Group – Polk County, Florida
πŸ‘₯ Members: 1,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Mom Swap Lakeland – Baby Stuff ONLY
πŸ‘₯ Members: 2,700+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Job Facebook Groups

For those looking for a new job or wanting to post about a new job.


Job Facebook Groups | GIF via Giphy

Jobs in Polk County
πŸ‘₯ Members: 17,100+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Casting
πŸ‘₯ Members: 15,500+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Polk County and Central Florida Employment Opportunities
πŸ‘₯ Members: 12,500+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Polk.Work Polk County Jobs And Employment
πŸ‘₯ Members: 6,600+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

#FloridaMan Facebook Groups

For those who know #FloridaMan is our state’s superhero.

#FloridaMan Facebook Groups | GIF via Giphy

Florida Man
πŸ‘₯ Members: 20,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida Memes
πŸ‘₯ Members: 605,00+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

#HurricaneStrong
πŸ‘₯ Members: 468,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida, See it Like a Native
πŸ‘₯ Members: 37,100+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Florida: Weird, Wild, and Wonderful
πŸ‘₯ Members: 6,400+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Florida Winter Memes
πŸ‘₯ Members: 4,800+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

#TBT Facebook Groups

For those local historians that can rave all about Old Florida.


#TBT Facebook Groups | GIF via Giphy

Old Florida
πŸ‘₯ Members: 11,200+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Old Forgotten Florida
πŸ‘₯ Members: 13,600+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Old, Abandoned and Interesting Places – Florida
πŸ‘₯ Members: 33,200+
πŸ”“ Status: Public

Exploring Florida’s Historic + Abandoned Site
πŸ‘₯ Members: 26,000+
πŸ”“ Status: Private

Additional Notes

  • Note: This is not a comprehensive list.Β 
  • If you know of additional Facebook groups you think should be added to this list, please either email us at [email protected] or drop the link in the comments below.
  • DYK the difference between private vs. public Facebook groups? Read here.

– LALtoday team (Abby + Kaylee)