Plan a stay you’ll never forget at one of these unique places in Polk County, FL

Polk is full of special places to stay that offer guests a break from traditional motels and hotels — check out our favorites in and around Lakeland, Florida.

RV campsite with tropical trees, tiki hut, and outdoor living area

Park your RV here and relax under your own personal tiki hut.

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We all need a staycation or a trip to a different city from time to time. Whether you’re a Lakelander feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special Central Florida experience, picking the perfect home away from home is crucial.

We went looking for unique lodgings around town that showcase that Lakeland spirit. Choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway at one of these spots in or around Lakeland.

Modern chic

A woman sitting on a bed in a cozy tent.

Wake up in a cozy glamping-style tent at Safari Wilderness.

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Safari Wilderness Ranch, 10850 Moore Rd., Lakeland
Take vacationing (or staycationing) to a wild new level at this animal safari ranch. Camp out in furnished tents on wooden decks and enjoy a panoramic view of the animal herds. Overnight guests also have access to sundown safaris, mountain biking, and animal encounters.

Streamsong Resort, 1000 Streamsong Dr., Bowling Green
Outdoor adventures meet indoor luxuries at this thoughtfully designed resort. And it’s not just for golfers — make reservations at the spa or many restaurants, then head outdoors for archery, bass fishing, and other experiences.

Cozy cottages

A woman stands in front of a blue tiny home.

Make one of Margaritaville’s Cabana Cabins your cozy home for a few days.

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Camp Margaritaville, 361 Denton Ave., Auburndale
Book a Cabana Cabin and enjoy amenities like pools, parks, restaurants, and a tiki bar for an upscale trip. RV and motorhome owners can also park here for great views of Lake Myrtle. Pro tip: Motorhome sites come equipped with a private tiki area.

Love Lodge, Lithia
Now that’s what we call glamping. Enjoy all the nostalgia of a classic log cabin while soaking in modern amenities in a spacious environment fit for the whole family. Did we mention this spot is pet-friendly?

Here’s the theme

Airplanes lined up on grass at SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo

How often do you get to camp alongside aircrafts?

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SUN ‘n FUN, 4075 James C. Ray Dr., Lakeland
Get close to all the aviation action SUN ‘n FUN has to offer with year-round RV and dry tent camping. Reserve a spot for a few days or a few weeks — discounts are available for monthly campers. Enjoy aircraft displays, natural golf cart paths, and activity fields.

Mission to Mars Extreme Private Attraction, 302 Ronald Reagan Pkwy., Davenport
There’s no astronaut training required for an out-of-this-world stay. This luxury travel experience is designed for groups. With 20 suites, a lazy river rocket, and the world’s largest private residential 3D video wall, this stay is one you won’t forget.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Winter Haven
Choose from the LEGO bungalows at Beach Retreat, treasure hunts at Pirate Island Hotel, or different themed rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel. Pro tip: All options include free, family-style breakfast and separate bunk-style sleeping areas for kids.

Historic hideaways

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The Terrace Hotel is within walking distance of Harry’s Seafood and other eateries.

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Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora
Book a room in Florida’s oldest operating hotel. As the name suggests, the inn’s cozy accommodations have views of Lake Dora. These quaint rooms are decorated in the traditional American style — choose from buildings in the Lakeside, Gables, Terrace, or Sunset Cottage buildings.

The Terrace Hotel Lakeland, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 329 E. Main St., Lakeland
Lakeland’s oldest operating hotel can be found in the heart of downtown. Book a stay here to be in the center of the hustle and bustle, from Saturday farmers markets to First Fridays.

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