City of Lakeland, Florida

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. 

Colt Creek State Park

Lakeland Center is a multi-purpose arena and theatre located in Lakeland, Florida and home to the Central Florida Jaguars elite indoor football team and the Florida Tropics soccer team. 

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Downtown Farmers Curb Market is located in Downtown Lakeland where the community invites locals for food, live music from a featured local artist, and handmade goods.

Florida Polytechnic University was established in 2012 in Lakeland as a university of engineering and technology dedicated to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

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.

Polk County’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive non-public school, Lakeland Christian School has remained committed to God’s truth and academic excellence.

The Lakeland Square Mall is one of Polk county's best shopping centers. It has many options for shopping and dining as well as a Cinemark movie theater to catch the latest flicks.

The Polk Theatre was built in Lakeland in 1928 as a vaudeville and movie theatre. It underwent restorations in 1999 and is today a venue for performances and private events.

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. 

This food truck features a mix of old school and modern techniques with menu updated frequently.

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.