Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida approximately halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Due to Lakeland’s proximity to these big cities, residents are just miles away from all the festivities that occur there. On the homefront, Lakeland consists of beautiful residential homes, booming businesses, historic colleges, and plenty of scenic nature trails.
Colt Creek State Park is full of natural wonders. With more than 5,000 acres of native Central Florida habitat, this is the perfect place to see nature as nature intended. There are many different activities that can be done here. With more than 15 miles of multi use trails, visitors can walk or run, ride a bike, or ride a horse if they want to. Canoeing and kayaking are two of the water related activities that can be done here. Cold Creek State Park is home to many white tailed deer, American alligators, otters, birds, and butterflies, as well as the threatened gopher tortoise and the Sherman's fox squirrel.
Family-owned and operated in Central Florida dedicated to the production of raw Florida honey. Featuring unprocessed, natural Orange Blossom Honey, Gallberry Honey (aka Wildflower honey), and a unique Florida Allergy Honey Blend.
A feel good coffee shop offering some of the best lattes, teas, and bistro style food in Lakeland. Black & Brew has two locations, one in downtown Lakeland and the other at Lake Morton, attached to the Lakeland Public Library. Black & Brew offers indoor and outdoor seating and a relaxing atmosphere.
Florida Southern College was founded in Orlando in 1883 as a United Methodist school. It is now located in Lakeland. It offers about 50 undergraduate, pre professional, and graduate programs. It as been called one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.
Florida Technical College is a two-year college with degree programs in healthcare, food and beverage, beauty, and criminal justice. It has locations in DeLand, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, and Cutler Bay.
Offering locally roasted beans and locally baked goods, Hillcrest is a growing addition to the best of Lakeland coffee. Hillcrest Coffee features a homey atmosphere and a beautiful patio to enjoy the caffeine classics.
Headquartered in Lakeland Florida, Publix is a staple to Floridians all over the state. Publix opened it's first store in Florida in 1930 and with it's famous "Where Shopping is a Pleasure", Buy one get one deals and famous chicken and bakery, it's no wonder Floridians rave about it to out-of-towners. Named one of the best places to work and employee owned, Publix keeps it's employees happy.
Southeastern University is a Christian liberal arts college in Lakeland, Florida. It was founded in New Brockton, Alabama in 1935 and moved to Lakeland in 1946. It is associated to the Assemblies of God, and is the largest school in that system in the United States with over 3,000 students and growing each year.
University of South Florida was founded in 1956 and now has more than 48,000 students. Located in the Tampa Bay area with 14 colleges and 3 schools, USF main campus in Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee.