About Lakeland, FL

Nestled among about 40 lakes in the heart of central Florida, Lakeland is one of those rare places that truly is in the middle of everything.

With Tampa and Orlando each less than an hour away, you’ll benefit from access to two major airports—not to mention easy access to attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Busch Gardens. The white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are an hour west, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches are just 90 minutes east.

Conveniently located off Interstate 4, Lakeland is Florida’s 19th largest city, with a regional population of almost 100,000. This growing community offers a skilled workforce, a healthy economy, quality healthcare, excellent transportation, a low crime rate, abundant recreational activities, rich culture, and—of course—exceptional educational opportunities.

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Weather

Lakeland is located in central Florida, where frost is rare even during the winter months, and spring begins in February. Fact is, Lakeland has about 330 days of sunshine each year and an average temperature of 73 degrees.

 
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Economic Conditions

Lakeland is located in the heart of central Florida. Our location puts opportunities in Tampa and Orlando within reach. To learn more about the economy of Lakeland, visit the Lakeland Chamber or the Lakeland Economic Development Council.

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Shopping and Dining

Lakeland features a variety of shopping and dining options. Check out Downtown Lakeland (dubbed “A Little Mecca of Cool!”) for eclectic shops and local favorites like Black and Brew and Palace Pizza. And just beyond downtown, explore a range of shopping and restaurant options at Lakeland Square Mall on the north side or Lakeside Village on the south side.

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Accommodations

Lakeland offers a variety of great lodging options, however, we recommend that you make reservations for accommodations as soon as you know when you are going to visit.

See our recommendations  

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Things to Do in Lakeland

Home to a vibrant downtown, professional sports, a diverse arts scene, numerous museums and theaters, lots of outdoor recreation, and a full slate of outdoor festivals, Lakeland offers plenty of things to do! Where to start? Check out YLakeland, a blog that connects students with what’s going on right now.