If you’re hosting out-of-town guests in Lakeland, but aren’t sure where to take them or what sights to see, we’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors.
If your visitors are looking for hotel recommendations, here are some local-approved places to stay:
The Terrace Hotel Lakeland, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 329 E Main St. | $130+
This classic boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown. Each suite has a private bedroom and a bathroom overlooking the city and Lake Mirror.
This relaxing RV Resort features cabana cabin rentals on a beautiful private property surrounded by Florida greenery.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland, 511 W Lime St. | $154+
Located by the RP Funding Center, this hotel has 24/7 gym access and a pool to keep visitors refreshed from the Florida heat.
Is it even a trip to Lakeland without seeing Hollis Gardens? You can also take your visitors to the Mass Market Wall at 822 N. Massachusetts Ave. for the perfect family photo. If you’ve got any architectural buffs in the group, head to Florida Southern College’s Water Dome — constructed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright.
Eat and drink
Locals also love The Joinery, Mojo Federal Swine & Spirits, Taco Bus, and Scarpa’s Italian Restaurant and recommend satisfying your sweet tooth at Mayday Ice Cream (located inside of The Joinery) —order “The Aviator” ice cream.
And if you’re gluten-free, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out this list of 20+ local restaurants with gluten-free options.
For the whole family
Our family-friendly list wouldn’t be complete without the Florida Children’s Museum, which opened in November 2022 at the 168-acre Bonnet Springs Park, complete with an aerial walkway through the treetops, a 500-sqft treehouse, a lagoon for kayaking, and more.
Plan your escape with the whole family at the Lakeland Escape Room, or check out Family Fun Center for arcade games and mini putt-putt. See a kid-friendly show at the Lakeland Community Theatre —which has featured all sorts of lively musicals such as Spongebob Squarepants the Musical and Mamma Mia.
Let the kids — or grandkids — run around and explore Common Ground Playground or grab some fresh guava pastries from La Imperial Bakery and head to Lake Morton for a picnic. Walking around the lake bird-sighting is the perfect way to get some fresh air while taking in all of the beauty Lakeland has to offer. Looking for gators? Load up the car and spend the afternoon exploring Circle B Bar Reserve’s alligator alley.
One of the best things about our city is our proximity to some amazing hiking spots. Here is our guide to a range of hikes in the area.
If you’ve got any sports fans in the group, check out the various sports leagues in our area to skim for game schedules.