Living in Lakeland

Ideally situated in sunny central Florida among nearly 40 lakes, Lakeland has something to offer everyone. An easy driving distance to both Tampa and Orlando means that you'll have access to two major airports, plus the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

Raising a family? Our close-knit community, affordable housing and strong educational system make Lakeland particularly appealing to families. A low cost of living and a great selection of neighborhoods make it easy to call Lakeland home.

Urban sensibilities? Stroll downtown through the historic district or take in the lively arts scene. Plus, Tampa and Orlando, two of Florida's largest and most dynamic metropolitan regions, are just a short drive away.

Outdoor enthusiast? Lakeland is ideal for active lifestyles, from water skiing and fishing to parks and golfing. No matter your preference or passion, you'll find plenty of things to do.

Sports fan? Tampa's teams – the Buccaneers, the Rays and the Lightning – will keep you cheering year-round. Plus, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers Spring Training Camps liven up the winter season.

Things to do
From shopping and entertainment to festivals and cultural venues, there's always something to do in Lakeland. Unique and eclectic shops add to the city's lively downtown, where First Fridays find shops staying open later and crowds enjoying performances and displays by local musicians and artists. A diverse arts scene includes The Polk Museum of Art, The Imperial Symphony, the Polk Theatre and The Lakeland Center, which houses diverse performing arts programs and major concerts.


  • Festivals All Year Round
  • Hollis Garden
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and Florida Southern College
  • Polk Theater
  • Polk Museum of Art
  • Explorations V Children’s Museum
  • The Lakeland Center hosts shows, concerts, sporting events and a Broadway and Entertainment series
  • Tenorac Fish Management Area – conservation area with fishing, birding trails and 5 lakes
  • Lake Hollingsworth
  • Sun ‘n Fun Fly In
  • Downtown Lakeland Farmers Market
  • Detroit Tigers Spring Training
  • LegoLand
  • Disney World
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Universal Studios
  • Busch Gardens
  • Sea World
  • Various Performing Arts Centers, Tampa
  • New York Yankees Spring Training Camp, Tampa

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