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Things to Do in Lakeland

Lakeland is a city of rich history and an up-and-coming future. Strategically located at the heart of Florida’s High Tech Corridor, Florida Poly is within 60 miles of more than 11,000 technology and engineering firms. 

That’s more than 70% of Florida’s high tech industry. It’s also halfway between Tampa and Orlando, which makes the region’s theme parks weekend destinations. With the downtown commanding stunning views of city lakes, Lakeland has the gentility of a Southern city and the vibe of an urban lifestyle. It’s a convenient and affordable place to live, close to the campuses of the University of Central Florida and Florida Southern College, which makes it easy to meet other young adults with similar interests.

Location Benefits

Lakeland is conveniently located along Interstate 4, Florida’s 132-mile-long highway that links the state’s east and west coasts. To the east is the city of Orlando, known for its international tourist attractions, world-famous resorts and dining, premier shopping and entertainment venues. 
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Beaches

Some of Florida’s best beaches are located within an hour’s drive of Lakeland. Whether you prefer the calm, warm waters and white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, or surfing the waves of the Atlantic, you’re never far from a day in paradise.

In addition, Lakeland offers plenty of water-based activities, including fresh-water fishing, skiing, airboat rides and kayaking around its many lakes and connected waterways.

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Downtown

Lakeland is a city that thrives on history and community involvement. Along its Main Street and intersecting roads, Lakeland is comprised of well-known restaurants, local shops, historic venues and coffee house hotspots.

Every month, Downtown Lakeland hosts its First Friday event, showcasing free entertainment, live music and activities from local establishments. The downtown area also hosts a weekly Farmers Curb Market, offering organically grown groceries, freshly ground coffee and tea, retail and food from local venues.

Experience Life as a Floridian

The opportunities and amenities found in Lakeland mirror any big city but definitely have that small town feel. 
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Lakeland offers incredible internship and networking experiences for Florida Poly students, with future employers just a short drive away. Lakeland’s prime location allows students to experience life as a Floridian in an accessible and affordable way. 
Living in Lakeland
 
 

Booming Industries

Agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and the medical industry all play huge roles in the success of Lakeland’s economic development. Here’s a list of some of Lakeland’s well-known companies:
  • Mosaic, a phosphate and mining Fortune 500 company
  • Florida Department of Citrus
  • Publix Super Markets Headquarters
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in the state
  • Welldyne, a robotic pharmaceutical distribution center
  • Saddle Creek Logistics, an integrated distribution and fulfillment company
  • Geico Insurance Services
  • GTECH, a technology-driven lottery and gaming company

Lakeland Hot Spots

There are also many free things to do – biking, kayaking and skateboarding to name just a few. Want to spend a day at the beach? Visit a renowned theme park? Or attend a popular sporting event? Lakeland’s got students covered.
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Joker Marchant Stadium

In 1966, the city of Lakeland established Joker Marchant Stadium as the official Spring Training facility for the Detroit Tigers. 

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Sun N' Fun

Lakeland is home to the Florida Air Museum and the nonprofit, aviation-centered organization called Sun n’ Fun. Each year, Sun n’ Fun hosts one of the nation’s largest airshows and fly-ins. 

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Parks and Recreation

Boating, paddleboarding and kayaking are also popular at these sites and at Lake Hollingsworth and Banana Lake.