Lake Mirror. Lakeland, Fla. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
One of the fastest growing cities in Florida, Lakeland creates a beautiful blend of small-town atmosphere and big-city convenience and amenities.
Centrally located between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland boasts a skilled work force, educational opportunities, convention facilities, quality healthcare, public transportation, and ample leisure activities and cultural events.
Lakeland's cultural venues include the RP Funding Center, which offers a diverse lineup of programming all year long; the historic Polk Theatre; the Polk Museum of Art; and Sun'n Fun, which attracts thousands of visitors to its annual Fly-In.
Mayfaire-by-the-Lake annual art festival. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Another favorite spot for residents is Lakeland’s Lakeside Village, a thriving development with numerous shops, restaurants, hotels, and other attractions.
Lakeland’s quality of life is supported by the variety of arts and cultural opportunities the surrounding area offers for students, residents, and visitors. The major attractions of Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, Sea World and Legoland are all less than an hour away. The Gulf of Mexico beaches are less than 60 minutes to the west of Lakeland, while the Atlantic Ocean beaches are 90 minutes to the east.
Detroit Tigers spring training. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Lakeland and the surrounding area is also a sports hub. Numerous Major League Baseball teams hold spring training in Florida, including the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland.
To learn more about Lakeland, visit:
- City of Lakeland
- History of Lakeland
- Joker Marchant Stadium
- Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
- Lakeland Public Transit
- Visit Florida
- County Offices