You may be asking “why Lakeland?” From neighborhoods to schools to our favorite coffee spots, we’ve made it easy to answer this question by creating an ultimate guide to living, working + experiencing the city.



From how to register your car to where to put your recycle bin, this overview will give you everything you need to know to get established as a Lakeland resident.
Need that big backyard for the kiddos to roam? Or does a vibrant street scene draw you in? Our fun quiz will help you pick the Lakeland neighborhood that’s right for you.
From comedy shows and Broadway tours to local organizations supporting Lakeland’s arts community, we’ve rounded up 19 places to get your arts and culture fix around Swan City.
Explore the leading economic drivers in Lakeland, from exciting, new technology to top leaders in growing and distributing delicious eats.

A newcomer’s guide to Lakeland in partnership with the Lakeland Economic Development Council

Live
From how to register your car to where to put your recycle bin, this overview will give you everything you need to know to get established as a Lakeland resident.
In this guide to schools in Lakeland, we’ll explain all the options, including charter schools, school choice, demographics, enrollment information, and more.
Need that big backyard for the kiddos to roam? Or does a vibrant street scene draw you in? Our fun quiz will help you pick the Lakeland neighborhood that’s right for you.
From churches to mosques to synagogues to temples, Lakeland is home to a wide array of religious organizations.
Experience
From comedy shows and Broadway tours to local organizations supporting Lakeland’s arts community, we’ve rounded up 19 places to get your arts and culture fix around Swan City.
This list of volunteer opportunities in Lakeland includes everything from packing food for children in need to fostering pets.
We’re highlighting the top parks that Lakeland has to offer — complete with splash pads, playgrounds, WiFi, walking trails and even a few dog-friendly spots.
There’s a reason they call it Lakeland. With 38 lakes, this guide takes a deep dive into the must-visit spots and how best to enjoy our city’s most iconic features.
Work
Lakeland has experienced abundant growth and development over the past several years. Check out the city’s 15 largest employers, and learn a thing or two about each of them.
Explore the leading economic drivers in Lakeland, from exciting, new technology to top leaders in growing and distributing delicious eats.
With many companies transitioning to hybrid or remote work models in recent years, Lakeland’s options for remote workers have continued to expand.
Need a new job or new connections for professional development? Try one of these networking opportunities in Lakeland to take the next step in your career.
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Get an inside glimpse at downtown Lakeland’s newest coworking space.
What makes Lakeland the Swan City, and who built all of that Frank Lloyd Wright architecture? If you want to sound like a local or just brush up on your knowledge of Lakeland’s iconic and quirky history, this is for you.
A holiday guide to must-see attractions, restaurants, and activities for out-of-town guests in Lakeland, Florida.
Finding the right school for your family can be a challenge — but we are here to help. Check out our list of the top elementary, middle, and high schools in Polk County based on Florida Department of Education ratings.
Check out winter and holiday events happening in and around Lakeland in this seasonal guide.
As Lakeland continues to grow, we’re keeping an eye on upcoming developments and recently opened businesses.
From yoga to weight lifting to HIIT workouts, there are an abundance of ways to stay fit in Lakeland.
Check out some of our favorite camera-ready locales for every Instagrammer in Lakeland. Plus, see which local landmarks made the list.
A guide to must see attractions, restaurants, and shows for out of town guests in Lakeland, FL.
We’ve rounded up 13 great hikes all within an hour of Lakeland and well worth exploring.
Films and movies that were shot on location in Lakeland from the ‘90s to now.
We asked locals what iconic landmarks best represent and evoke the spirit of Lakeland and then ranked the top six.
Our guide may even make you want to grab your passport and head for Japan or Jamaica.
From media to government resources, check out this list of who you should be following if you live in Lakeland and want to keep up on the city’s goings on.
Here’s how Lakeland is nationally ranked in 13 important categories, including safety, home value, and places to start a business.
This city boasts top-ranked medical providers and specialty services. Our comprehensive guide will help you find the care you need — whether you’re new to town or just looking around.
We’ve compiled a list of 9 local creatives whose work add vibrancy and light to the city.
Actors from Broadway and Hollywood have called Lakeland home, along with singers, MLB pitchers, football stars and even a fashion magazine cover girl.
Here’s a few of our recommendations for some of the best spots in Lakeland to bring your work laptop. Pretty sure they’ll beat that corner office view.
We’re recapping some major developments that broke ground or finished up in 2022.
It’s easy to go beyond dinner and movie in Lakeland. Check out these date ideas and impress that special someone with your creativity.
Weak or strong? Learn what type of mayor Lakeland has and why it matters.
While you really can’t go wrong in Lakeland, this quiz will guide you to the perfect neighborhood just for you.
From cottage cheese to lottery tickets, there are some amazing things manufactured in Lakeland.
From a swan-filled lake to mid-century modern architecture, see why South Lake Morton was named the #7 best neighborhood. If you haven’t explored, it might be time to rediscover why so many people love to call it home.
With five local colleges calling Lakeland home, it’s no surprise this city is a smart place to live.
Be a tourist in your own town. Get out and try these five fantastic tours in and around Swan City to learn something new.
Whether you’re looking for a charming bungalow or a stylish mid-century modern stay, Lakeland’s short-term rentals offer something for everyone looking for a staycation.
Whether you’re looking for your next leisure read, a book for the whole family, or a thrilling fictional novel, we’ve got a list of books written by local authors in Lakeland.
For the days when driving isn’t possible (or you’re hoping to save the mileage on that sweet ride), check out our guide to walkability and public transportation.
Swan City is home to three professional and minor league sports teams that bring major excitement. Whether you consider yourself a hooper, batter, or striker, there’s a team for you to root for.
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