Ah, summer in Florida. Is there anything like it? In honor of summer in all her flaming glory (it’s hot out there, y’all), we’ve rounded up the best ways to cool down this summer, plus all the info you need to make a day of it.
Note: COVID-19 restrictions may still be in place at several of these locations, so we recommend double-checking before you head out.
Pools + splash pads
🏊 Simpson Park Pool | 1725 Martin Luther King Ave. | GA $4 | Before cooling off in the pool, make sure to take advantage of all the amenities the Simpson Park Community has to offer – like a gym, tennis court + playground.
🏊 Lakeland Family YMCA | 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | Monthly membership $36+ | Two indoor heated pools – including one therapy pool + one 25-yard lap pool with a dive well and saltwater/saline sanitation system.
🏊 “Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool | 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven | GA $2+ | Get the gold. This Olympic-sized competitive pool is used for competitive swimming, swim instruction, and recreational use. Peep the diving boards.
🏊 Splash Pad at Barnett Family Park | 730 E. Orange St. | Free | Right up the top of the amphitheater, this splash pad also features a picnic area + labyrinth. Check out the brand new water bucket feature.
Bonus: Check out this guide from Lakeland Mom on kayak rentals in Central Florida.
🛥️ Lake Hollingsworth | Lake Hollingsworth Dr. | Free | Undoubtedly one of the most well-known lakes in Lakeland, enjoy a scenic walk, kayak + take in the surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, or catch a water ski show.