Parks and Recreation

We’re paws-itive you’ll find a new park, pet supply store, or groomer to take care of your four-legged friends.
From food and drink to retail and attractions — we asked you for what hidden gems make Lakeland the best and you delivered.
If reading is your activity of choice, try one of these Swan City spots the next time you crack open your favorite novel.
We’ve all wondered about the names behind some of our local parks and places of interest. Pull back the curtain on the history behind their monikers.
Get ready to “Gather, Eat, Chill” at Bowen Yard in downtown Winter Haven.
See how Lakeland’s running trails and local support earned made it a Runner Friendly Community for the next five years.
Dive into the history behind the Lakeland Country Club and learn how you can become a future member.
Tell us what you’re hoping to do, see, and experience for the first time this year. We’ll share the best responses in our Lakeland bucket list.
From city offices to your favorite grocery stores, here’s when you can expect closures during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Choose my fate — if you dare.
Average daily walking trips dropped by 36% in the US between 2019 and 2022 — see how Lakeland compares.
Wondering how the city plans to protect its swans, where you can sit, or when you can place your chairs? Keep reading to learn how this year’s parade will work and ask us your additional questions.
Bonnet Springs Park will host a Birthday Bash to celebrate its first year of operations. See what’s on the schedule and what milestones the park has achieved this year.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or trying to launch a new habit, check out this guide for running gear, planning your routes, finding a pack, and more.
We’re on a mission to map out Lakeland’s top destinations for foodies, art lovers, and pet parents. Learn how you can help.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or the next Tiger Woods, these 13 golf courses in Lakeland are sure to make for a good round.
The former eLibrary will close its doors on Saturday, Sept. 2, and the new library is expected to open on Monday, Sept. 18.
Whether you’ve made Lakeland your home base for years or you’re just learning the ropes, our city offers adventures + opportunities for adults of all ages.
It’s written in the stars... and the skyline.
Heading out on a beach trip? Fill your bag with our favorite items from Six & Main to bring Lakeland with you wherever you go.
We’re exploring a few of our reader recommendations for beachy road trips around Lakeland, Florida.
The results are in from the United Community Needs Assessment — see how Polk residents rate their quality of life in different categories.
Go for a swim in these public pools, water parks, and rental pools around Lakeland.
Swing, batta — we’re looking at the rest of the Lakeland Flying Tigers’ season and the special events that make it a can’t-miss addition to your summer schedule.
See willows, oaks, and more grown from those owned by big names right here in one of Lakeland’s public gardens.
Florida Thunderstorm Season runs from May 25-October 10 in West Central Florida. You don’t have to stay inside when rainy days come. Keep exploring Lakeland with these indoor activities.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme is “Look Around, Look Within.”
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