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Welcome to our flock: A snowbird’s guide to Lakeland, FL

Between October and April, roughly one million adults move from northern states to temporary residences in Florida — are you one of them?


You can become a Swan City expert in no time.

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Lakeland’s most iconic bird is the swan, but we have a special place in our hearts for another avian — the snowbird. Defined as a northerner who moves to southern states (like Florida) during the cooler months, many snowbirds call Lakeland home during the holiday season and even into the new year.

Whether you’re a long-term part-time Lakelander or joining the flock this year, keep reading for our snowbird’s guide to Swan City.

Recreation + things to do

A wide shot of the Crenshaw Canopy Walk at Bonnet Springs Park.

Take a walk among the treetops on the Crenshaw Canopy Walk at Bonnet Springs Park.

Photo by LALtoday

Health + wellness

A massage bed and potted plant in a dimly lit room

Nothing makes us feel like a Lakelander like a facial at Moodie Studios.

Photo by LALtoday

Live like a local


Just imagine — this could be your view on your morning walk.

Photo by Gregory Mills

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