Known for its citrus fruits, Lakeland is located 35 miles east of Tampa and 55 miles southwest of Orlando. It's just an hour drive from Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. Many tourists have found the best accommodations at hotels in Lakeland, especially commuters between Tampa and Orlando. It's a comfortable getaway from the big city environment and an ideal destination for people who enjoy golf courses, museums and galleries.
The Lakeland Center on West Lime Street is a multi-purpose complex that hosts everything from large concerts, theatrical performances, conventions and sporting events. The Center is conveniently located near several Lakeland hotels.
Lakeland has several multi-cultural restaurants. Some of the best places to eat include Elena's Cuban Cafe, Tapatio's Restaurant Mexicano, Bosphorous Turkish Kitchen, Harry's Seafood, Bar and Grille and Romero's Pizzeria.
Lakeland is home to educational attractions such as Explorations V Children's Museum, Polk Museum of Art, The Florida Air Museum and the Hollis Garden at Lake Mirror Community Park. Golf enthusiasts can also enjoy some of the best courses in Florida, including Eaglebrooke, Cleveland Heights, Lone Palm and Bramble Ridge.
Downtown Lakeland has many stores on Main Street, not far from Lakeland hotels, for enthusiasts who enjoy art and antiques. On North Kentucky Avenue, the popular Farmers Curb Market is open Saturday mornings, offering fresh produce and entertainment.
Catch a local college basketball game at the Florida Southern College. Fans of professional sports need only drive a half hour to Tampa to see the Buccaneers NFL team at Raymond James Stadium or the Rays MLB team at Tropicana Field.