florida southern college is best known for it's collection of frank lloyd wright buildings on campus. wright started designing campus bulidings in 1939 and the last building was completed in 1958. pictured is the annie pleiffer chapel completed in 1941. this chapel was the first wright building on campus. guided tours of the wright buildings can be...more
Every year, usually the week prior to the Kentucky Derby, Lakeland hosts its annual community fundraiser "The Lakeland Derby". This event provides funding for the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine which is made up of physicians and caregivers who provide free medical services to those who do not have insurance.The Derby is free to attend - the...more
there are a number of buildings on the florida southern campus that predate the influence of frank lloyd wright. pictured is a hall with a more classical style of architecture. the florida southern college campus is very nice place to see varied architectural styles and beautiful landscaping.more
the florida southern college is located on beautiful lake hollingsworth just south of downtown lakeland. on the campus of florida southern there is more to see than frank lloyd wright architecture. pictured is a beautiful english garden on the florida southern college campus.more
We had 5 rooms when we stayed at this CRAPPY run down hotel and EVERYONE IN EVERY ROOM had bites...more
the terrace hotel is located across the street from lake mirror in the lakeland historic district....more
Feb. 2007 My husband booked this place via the internet for a two night stay. He paid in advance,...more
Fred's Market provides a great spread of Southern-style food in a pleasant atmosphere and at a reasonable price. Buffet choices change daily but include entrees like fried chicken, BBQ ribs, fried catfish, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, meat loaf; sides include Southern-style veggies such as collard greens, okra and tomatoes, potato casserole,...more
While the decor is not fancy, the Mexican fare at Peso's is exceptional at both of its Lakeland locations (one on South Florida Avenue just south of the Polk Parkway, the other on George Jenkins Boulevard just east of the Publix warehouses and plants). Authentic Mexican fare at reasonable prices! Terrific burritos and chimichangas, very good...more
New Years celebration is a big event in The Lakeland Newly Renovated Downtown area.
While visiting Lakeland, my old home town, I was shocked to run into my old swim friend, Mike Chin.
Mike is from The Bronx, New York and was working as a Police Officer in the Bronx and came to Lakeland to join the Lakeland Police department.
Mike and I spent hours in the Family Y Pool doing very tedious swim workouts together.
Mike is still working as a police officer in Lakeland.
Lakeside Village is an open-air shopping center located at the northwest corner of S. Harden Blvd. and the Polk Parkway. There are a number of fine upscale shops, numerous restaurants, and a great multi-screen cinema. This is not your average shopping mall! The shops are centered by a village-like atmosphere, and there are several free-standing stores around the central core. One can do serious damage to your credit cards here!
What to buy: There are many shops worth attention, particularly Kirklands, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl's. Among the restaurants are locations of several popular chains, including Chili's, Longhorn Steakhouse, Mimi's, Romano's Macaroni Grille, Starbucks, Abuelo's.
What to pay: You can spend as much as you want or just window-shop or browse the many stores.
Lake Mirror is right at the edge of Downtown Lakeland.
Every year Lakeland has a beautiful parade that comes around this lake.
Lake Hollingsworth is a three mile lake that has a bike path that goes completely around it.
People use it to skate, run, walk and bike around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Who can go to some place like Florida and not bring their swim suit, right? We made sure there was a pool at the Inn we stayed at because the family doesn't have one.
The 1930s also featured the arrival of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.Lakeland is home to one of the largest one-site collections of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture on the planet with 9 buildings total!In 1938 he came to Lakeland at the request of Florida Southern College President Ludd Spivey to design a "great education temple in Florida."...more
The Polk Theatre is a gem in downtown Lakeland. Built in the 1920s, it has been lovingly restored and is operated by a private not-for-profit foundation. There are showings of foreign and independent films on Friday and Saturday nights and a Sunday afternoon matinee. The theater has a Mediterranean village theme with an illuminated sky ceiling....more
Cleveland Heights Golf Course is located in the city limits just south of Lake Hollingsworth off Cleveland Heights Blvd. The course was created in the 1920's as part of residential development associated with the real estate boom of that era; it was acquired by the City of Lakeland as a municipally owned and operated golf course. The course is well maintained and offers a challenge to the golfer. The course is the site of several professional golf events, in particular LPGA women's events.
Equipment: Bring your clubs, rent a cart, and play up to 27 holes
But the pay scale is low also. If you're looking for warm weather (very hot in Summer) and a home you can afford to pay cash for, this is the place for you. Of course they have brand new and big homes for sale also, but a small home like this one is great for a retired couple or someone not requiring a lot of room. Of course I miss my family the...more
Lakeland has entertains many wonderful events and one of them is the Air Balloon Display. This display is the second largest one in the World, or at least it was ten years ago.Visit the new restored downtown area, it was beautifully done.I used to own a health food store that is now across from the new Social Security Building on Kentucky...more
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