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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Local favorite! Largest concentration of native Florida wildlife outside of the everglades. If you've ever wanted to see an alligator, there are no shortage of them sunbathing in the park!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Museum
“The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is a private, non-profit, and nationally accredited art museum in Lakeland, Florida. It is a member of the Florida Association of Museums, is ranked among the top art museums in the state of Florida, and is a Smithsonian Affiliate. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“No list of Lakeland restaurants would be complete - and no trip to Lakeland complete - without what is arguably the best known eatery in Lakeland. It's Cajun, it's creole, it's seafood. The crawfish etouffee is excellent. You may want to call ahead, but we've never had to wait too long just walking up.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“A really beautiful, free classical botanical garden on the Lake Mirror downtown.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Theatre
“Their website polktheatre.org says it best, "The architect, J.E. Casale, an Italian-born immigrant, recreated a Mediterranean village in the heart of Central Florida. Flanked by Italianate walls with niches, sconces, and faux balconies and windows, the patron’s eye was drawn toward the stage and the full scale Italian renaissance “townhouse” setting that dominates the Polk’s interior. The mezzanine lobby, accessible by ornately tiled staircases, featured twisted columns, delicate cornice and molding work, and brass banded terrazzo floors. All of this splendor sat under the watchful eye of a starry ceiling. Painted a deep, royal blue, it fascinated patrons with its twinkling stars and sunrise/sunset effect. Because this simulated a natural setting, it was called an “atmospheric” theatre."”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Near the historical district of Lakeland is one of the most adored areas of Lakeland. Nearly 1 mile around you will see some if the most beautiful and graceful swans. Feed the bountiful local ducks and seasonal geese. The black swans were brought over from the Queen of England as a gift to the Mayor in the 1970s. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Delicious drinks, soups, salads and sandwiches in a relaxed yet hip atmosphere downtown. Enjoy the outdoor seating and view of Munn park.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Fountain
“You can find excellent food, cinema, and a variety of stores only in a one place ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Restaurants, bars, yoga, an awesome farmers market, multiple lakes - the beautiful Historic Downtown Lakeland is a really fun place to walk around!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Iconic locally owned steakhouse famous for their mouthwatering huge slabs of beef. Make sure to get a reservation because they book up fast. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Great wine selection, good food, indoor and outdoor seating. Less than ten minute walk away.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“LOCAL FAVORITE! If you only eat one thing while you're in town - this should be it! Locals line up around the block for pastries. EVERYTHING is good. Only open on Saturday morning and Wednesday evenings, but worth the wait.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“ Food truck rally at Munn Park on the second Thursday of every month. Great selection of unique foods and a nice way to walk around and enjoy the sights and shopping in downtown Lakeland. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Intimate, upscale restaurant downtown offering Latin American cuisine with a modern twist. Great for celebrating a Special occasion or just to treat yourself! Any dish we have ever had here is AMAZING. Make sure to make a reservation. Closed mondays. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best upscale Italian restaurant in Lakeland. It is family owned and operated and has a long tradition in Lakeland of serving great food. A good date night option. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Local fave! The best pizza and cannoli in the city. Located in the heart of downtown Lakeland.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cajun / Creole Restaurant
“No list of Lakeland restaurants would be complete - and no trip to Lakeland complete - without what is arguably the best known eatery in Lakeland. It's Cajun, it's creole, it's seafood. The crawfish etouffee is excellent. You may want to call ahead, but we've never had to wait too long just walking up.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Delicious drinks, soups, salads and sandwiches in a relaxed yet hip atmosphere downtown. Enjoy the outdoor seating and view of Munn park.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Iconic locally owned steakhouse famous for their mouthwatering huge slabs of beef. Make sure to get a reservation because they book up fast. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Great wine selection, good food, indoor and outdoor seating. Less than ten minute walk away.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Intimate, upscale restaurant downtown offering Latin American cuisine with a modern twist. Great for celebrating a Special occasion or just to treat yourself! Any dish we have ever had here is AMAZING. Make sure to make a reservation. Closed mondays. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best upscale Italian restaurant in Lakeland. It is family owned and operated and has a long tradition in Lakeland of serving great food. A good date night option. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Local fave! The best pizza and cannoli in the city. Located in the heart of downtown Lakeland.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Cheesecake Fan? Ok...go here. Im not saying anything else...you will LOVE it.”
  • 6 locals recommend

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