Meet your new year’s resolutions in Lakeland, Florida

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Looking to meet your new year’s resolution in Lakeland? From feeling fit to finding more family time, check out our local resolution recommendations below. 

Cook more meals at home

  • Publix Aprons Cooking School, 4730 Florida Ave. S. | Take a class led by professional chefs. Whether you’re looking for a solo experience, a date night, or a family-friendly lesson, book a class here to learn new culinary skills and recipes
  • What’s Cooking Lakeland, 6935 S. Carter Rd. Ste. 6/7 | Children + teens can book a class here to learn the basics of food preparation. Pro tip: host your private birthday party here for a finger-lickin’ fiesta their friends won’t soon forget. 

Read more books

  • Crash Bookshop, 3125 US 98 Ste. 1 | Lakeland’s newest independent bookshop, Crash Bookshop prioritizes collaboration with local businesses, features local authors, and works to build community connections. 
  • Inklings Book Shoppe, 2120 S. Combee Rd. | This used bookshop offers new and previously owned novels. Pro tip: if a specific title you’re searching for isn’t in stock, the staff will order you a brand new copy.  
  • Pressed Lakeland, 213 E. Bay St. | Pressed made downtown Lakeland home in 2021 and since then has featured local authors, served locally made baked goods, coffee, and tea, and hosted community events. Stop by for new + used books

Start a business

  • Catapult Lakeland, 502 E. Main St. | Members of this coworking space on Lake Mirror have access to a commercial kitchen, maker space (fitted with a wood shop, metal shop, and 3D printing lab), and meeting rooms. Entrepreneurs can choose to work from the coworking space, dedicated desk, or private offices.   
  • The Well, 114 E. Parker St. | This new coworking space coming soon to downtown east will feature a recording studio, podcasting and video production studio, and community enrichment programs. The ribbon cutting ceremony for The Well is slated to occur on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. 

Spend more quality time with family

  • Florida Children’s Museum, 1025 George Jenkins Blvd. | With a planned opening in 2022, this state-of-the-art children’s museum (formerly known as Explorations V Children’s Museum located on Kentucky Avenue,) will have 47,000-sqft. of indoor + outdoor multi-sensory exhibits, including a 100-ft Blinky the Alligator playground
  • Rec Room, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | Families with older children can stop by this bar arcade for a night of games + beverages. Brought to downtown Lakeland by the owners of Cob & Pen, this spot is known for its new and nostalgic arcade games (we’re talking everything from pinball to Mario Kart)
  • Family Fun Center, 4825 S. Florida Ave. | Are you a mini golf guru or an arcade aficionado? Either way, you can find something for family members of all ages at this 40-year establishment on Lakeland’s south side. 
  • Public parks, locations vary | Who says you have to drive to Disney World for a magical park? Take the family to one of Lakeland’s 70+ public parks (yes, you read that right) for a day of fresh air and fun. From walking trails to dog parks and pools, you can read about some of our favorites here

Join a gym

  • Restoration Fitness & Nutrition, 2025 Bartow Rd. | Meet with a registered dietitian for a custom nutrition plan or a personal trainer for sessions designed for your specific goals. Pro tip: Book a free introduction to see if it’s the right fit for you. 
  • 9 Round, 3604 Harden Blvd. | Interested in kickboxing? This dedicated kickboxing gym offers a free one-on-one session so you can try it without the commitment. 
  • Vital Fitness, 2500 Drane Field Rd. Ste. 113 | Specifically designed to help busy professionals find the time they have to work out, Vital Fitness offers personal training, community classes, and nutrition coaching to fit your schedule.  
  • Lakeland Group Fitness, 4688 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Described as “a gym for Lakeland,” Lakeland Group Fitness boasts members from all walks of life with a variety of fitness levels and goals. Schedule a free consultation to see if it works for you. 

Didn’t see one that fit your needs? Check out five more local fitness spots, from cycling studios to women’s only studios, here

Practice self-care

  • DayDreams Spa, 1463 Town Center Dr. E. | Head to Lakeside Village for a massage, facial, or medical spa service. You can book your service here
  • Rafa Natural, 244 N. Kentucky Ave. | Meet your skincare goals with organic products from a locally owned store. You can shop for your new year necessities in store or online
  • Pura Vie Holistic Studio, 115 Traders Alley | From massage therapy to facials and yoga, this holistic studio offers services and products in the heart of downtown Lakeland.  
  • Viva Vitality, 1035 S. Florida Ave. Ste. 208 | Viva Vitality is the name, and medical-grade skincare is the game. Stop by this locally owned Dixieland med spa for treatments + products Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.