Kayaks, swans, and architecture: Five can’t-miss tours of Lakeland

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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Learn the secrets of the loggia by taking a free lake tour. | Photo by @thelaltoday

One of the best ways to learn about Lakeland is by playing tourist in your own city. Get out and try one of these five tours in and around Swan City to learn something new.

Frank Lloyd Wright Tours

Tour Florida Southern College, home to the world’s largest concentration of structures designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Choose a self-guided tour or an in-depth tour led by a docentboth are available daily for reservations.

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Keep an eye out for native plants, animals, and fish along your tour. | Photo by @lakelandparkrec

Guided Kayak Eco Tours

See Lakeland from a new point of view. Call or email to make your reservation to paddle 1.5 miles from Lake Parker to Lake Crago as guides point out native wildlife along the way.

Historic Walking Tour

Learn more about the Munn Park Historic District from local historians on this walking tour. Go inside historic buildings and end your tour with $10 in market bucks to spend at the Farmers Curb Market. Go here to register for the next tour.

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You won’t be-leaf how many trees you can find on this tour. | Photo by @heyyitsashley

Lakeland’s Urban Forest

Did you know that the City of Lakeland manages over 56,000 trees? Use your smartphone to branch out and take a self-guided tour of Lakeland’s cataloged tree collections. Walk through the Lake Morton Flowering Tree Collection or the Hollis Garden Fruit Tree Collection to see 130+ of these trees. Bonus tour: Check out these celebrity trees while you’re in Hollis Garden — admission is always free.

Lake Mirror Historic Tour

Walk the Frances Langford Promenade around Lake Mirror to go back to Lakeland’s beginnings in the late 1800s. These tours, offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month, even take guests in the famed loggia.

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