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Lakeland Vacation Rentals

Lakeland is a family favorite just a short drive from Disney

Lakeland is a vibrant community located along I-4 between Tampa and Orlando. With a population just over 100,000, the city limits cover 74.4 square miles.  Lakeland has many lakes that are community focal points, providing scenic areas for recreation. In fact, much of Lakeland’s culture and iconic neighborhoods are built around the 38 named lakes found in the community. 

Aiming to take an incredible family vacation to Lakeland this year? Ditch the traditional hotel and opt for a vacation rental instead. We have plenty of properties available in Lakeland on FamilyVacationRentals.com. Whether you’re looking for a luxury retreat or a kid-friendly home with an arcade, you can find it on our site.

Lakeland, Florida travel advice

Lakeland historically has been a major agricultural center with citrus growing, processing, and distribution, and a large phosphate mining industry mainly to the west. Winter Haven is a rapidly growing resort area to the east, and both places, taking advantage of a strategic location between major Florida centers of Tampa Bay and Orlando and relatively low housing costs, are becoming retirement and family living destinations.

Downtown Lakeland is a vital and enjoyable place for residents and visitors. It has been dubbed “Lakeland’s living room” and truly embodies the community spirit of Lakeland.  There are quaint shops, casual restaurants, pubs, craft breweries and fine-dining experiences to be found in and around the historic brick buildings that surround the historic Munn Park town square. 

Lakeland Climate

Thanks to central Florida's subtropical climate, Lakeland is known for mild winters. The summer heat can be sweltering and this region is also known for its high humidity levels, which can make the heat feel more intense.

Family-friendly activities in Lakeland

Lakeland strikes a balance between small-town living and resort-style amenities. The area is home to several public golf courses and state parks, while downtown hosts a variety of restaurants and shops. Iconic Lake Mirror is a favorite place to walk and jog. Lakeland also boasts natural parks like the Circle B Bar Reserve, a 1,267-acre reserve with numerous trails and beautiful views of Lake Hancock.

The area is also home to several museums, including the acclaimed Polk Museum of Art and the Florida Air Museum. And come spring, residents can watch the Detroit Tigers prep for the upcoming baseball season at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Visitors to Lakeland will love the history of the city and will surely enjoy museums such as the Polk Museum of Art, which features exciting exhibitions by featured artists and a permanent collection that includes pieces by some of the most notable names in art—Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, and Henri Matisse to name a few! 

As a visitor and a resident, there is a dynamic array of things to see and do on any given day.  You might want to start by taking a stroll around the historic Francis Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror, stopping to take in the beauty of the majestic Hollis Garden—a classical botanical garden that is part of Lakeland’s parks system—or by taking a brisk walk on one of the City’s many multi-use paths.  You might want to wrap up your day with a leisurely picnic at one of the picnic tables around Lake Morton—a designated bird sanctuary and home to Lakeland's iconic swans—followed by a trip to the Lakeland Public Library and Polk Museum of Art (located just off of Lake Morton).

Lakeland Restaurants

You might recognize Lakeland, FL, if you are a fan of the movie "Edward Scissorhands"; it was filmed there in 1990. Dining in Lakeland gives you the quintessential Florida experience. The atmosphere of the local restaurants is relaxed and welcoming. Your meals should include some delectable Florida staples like gator nuggets, strawberry shortcake, and Southern barbecue. The nearby farms and swamps as well as the Gulf of Mexico provide everything one needs to sample the unique fare here. Whether you are in the mood for down-home cooking complete with pulled pork and corn bread or a fresh piece of grouper, you will find a restaurant to suit any taste and budget. Just a short drive from both Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland is a winning spot to take in some fine Florida dining. - via OpenTable

Family Events in Lakeland

Lakeland's central location affords visitors and residents access to many local attractions and also attractions from the surrounding cities of Orlando and Tampa. Flight enthusiasts can't miss the annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, the second largest event of its kind in the world and is Florida’s largest annual flight/fly-in convention. Classic car enthusiasts won't want to miss the annual MIDFLORIDA Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours, which draws top car collectors from all over the southeastern United States during this renowned showcase of classic automobiles.

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