Outdoors and Recreation
From yoga to weight lifting to HIIT workouts, there are an abundance of ways to stay fit in Lakeland.
We’ve rounded up 13 great hikes all within an hour of Lakeland and well worth exploring.
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.
Weak or strong? Learn what type of mayor Lakeland has and why it matters.
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.
We connected with BringFido – the ultimate pet-friendly resource and compiled a few recommendations of patios and restaurants where you and your pup can enjoy an outing together.

Arts and Culture
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.
Check out some of our favorite camera-ready locales for every Instagrammer in Lakeland. Plus, see which local landmarks made the list.
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.
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.
From cottage cheese to lottery tickets, there are some amazing things manufactured in Lakeland.

Dine and Shop
It’s easy to go beyond dinner and movie in Lakeland. Check out these date ideas and impress that special someone with your creativity.
We tried the iced coffee at 10 Lakeland coffee shops and are ready to make recommendations. Plus, we included a few additional coffee shops in the Polk County area.
We’re breaking down all you need to know about parking – from parallel spots, garages, lots, valet, and accessible options.
We narrowed down the list to 17 restaurants that encompass history, serve those classic dishes (like ‘za + okra), and have that strong, local pull.

Attractions and Events
A guide to must see attractions, restaurants, and shows for out of town guests in Lakeland, FL.
Be a tourist in your own town. Get out and try these five fantastic tours in and around Swan City to learn something new.

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