Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, within an hour?s drive of both Tampa and Orlando. Lakeland retains its Old Florida charm with a traditional downtown that boasts pretty Mirror Lake, which is surrounded by a historic promenade. With 38 lakes, the city really is a land of lakes. Several have resident swans that are descendants of two royal swans bestowed on the city by Queen Elizabeth in 1954.
Downtown Lakeland is also the site of regular festivals and programs, including monthly food-truck rallies in Munn Park, and First Friday events that feature free music and themed activities.
History and architecture are important parts of Lakeland?s personality. Florida Southern College, established in 1883 and located in central Lakeland, has 2,000 students and features a number of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The campus sits on a hillside overlooking scenic Lake Hollingsworth, and has more than once been named the nation?s most beautiful by the Princeton Review.
Lakeland residents enjoy the local theaters and museums, but also easily access events and programs in Tampa and Orlando via I-4.
Renting in Lakeland
Those seeking apartments for rent in Lakeland can choose from a variety of options, including historic districts with vintage character in town and newer apartment complexes with lush landscaping and pools outside the city?s core. Rental prices in Lakeland are more affordable than in major-metro markets in Florida.
The Detroit Tigers ? Detroit's Major League Baseball team comes to Lakeland annually for spring training at Joker Marchant Stadium, north of downtown.The Polk Museum of Art ? This popular museum hosts modern and contemporary art collections and exhibits.The Florida Air Museum at SUN ?n FUN ? An aviation museum and education center that features a major air show every spring.The Polk Theater ? A busy downtown theater that's been called a mini Radio City Music Hall because it has 1,400 seats and maintains the ornate details of its 1928 ?movie palace? origins.Circle Bar B Reserve ? This nature preserve draws visitors from around the state. It's just minutes outside of town and features hiking, picnic facilities and a nature center.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed many buildings on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, including this chapel. (Photo courtesy of Ebyabe.)
Downtown Lakeland is adjacent to Lake Mirror and its landscaped promenade. (Photo courtesy Ebyabe.)