Things to Do in Lakeland, Florida

by on December 6th, 2010
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If you’re headed to Lakeland, Fla., to watch the Detroit Tigers spring training, chances are you’ll be looking for something to do besides watch baseball.

The Lakeland area offers plenty of things for visitors to the area to see and do.

Here is a list of some of the area’s favorites:

Florida Southern College

Walking around a college campus may not seem like that great of a time, even if you’re a prospective student at that school. But Florida Southern College offers a unique architectural tour, which includes several buildings designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. No wonder the Princeton Review called it “America’s Most Beautiful Campus” in 2011.

Included in the display are the Thad Buckner Building; Annie Pfeiffer Chapel; William H. Danforth Chapel; Polk County Science Building; Lucius Pond Ordway Building; Carter, Walbridge, Hawkins Seminar Building; Water Dome; Emile Watson-Benjamin Fine Administration Building; and Child of the Sun Visitor Center.

Address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, Florida. The school suggests visitors park in the visitor lot (VB parking lot), which is found on the corner of McDonald and Johnson Streets.

Admission: Free. Guided tours are available for $20 (1 hour) and $35 (2 hours) by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the visitor center (863) 680-4597.

Hours: The visitor center is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Henley Field

Why not head the 1 1/2 miles from Joker Marchant Stadium and step into the Detroit Tigers’ past with a visit to Henley Field?

Built in 1922, Henley Field hosted the Cleveland Indians from 1924-1927 and the Tigers from 1934 until they moved to Joker Marchant in 1966. It also hosted the Tigers in 2002, while Joker Marchant was being renovated. It now hosts games for the Southern Florida College baseball team.

Address: 1125 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland, Florida

Admission: Free to see, though admission may be charged on gameday.

Hours: The field can be seen at anytime, though tours are not available.

Fantasy of Flight

The Fantasy of Flight exhibit in nearby Polk City promises to take visitors to “A Higher Plane”. No matter what level of daring you may be, the display has something for you. The display includes over 40 rare and vintage airplanes on display, including some that are currently being restored. The place includes flight displays, where visitors can ride along in a plane and a hot air balloon, as well as several flight simulators.

For those seeking more adventure, you can try the Wing WalkAir attraction, which is part of the Fantasy of Flight experience. Users are harnessed in and rise to more than 40 feet during 33 challenges. The activity also includes a 600-foot zip line over water to the edge of the runway.

Address: 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE. Polk City, Florida

Admission: General admission $28.95, ages 6-12 $14.95, ages 5-under free. Various prices for different combinations, including Wing WalkAir and the Zip Line.

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Polk Museum of Art

If you want to take in a little culture on your trip, then find your way to the Polk Museum of Art.

The museum has four main displays: Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Art, European and American Decorative Arts, Pre-Columbian Art.

Address: 800 East Palmetto St., Lakeland, Florida

Admission: General $5, seniors $4. Students free.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays.

Bok Tower Gardens

If you feel like an enjoyable walk through a landscaped scenery and wildlife then the Bok Tower Gardens in nearby Lake Wales is a must-see. Besides the gardens, the site boats a Singing Tower and a 205-foot neo-Gotic and art deco sculpture, often referred to as America’s Taj Mahal. The tower bells ring every half hour with concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

With a combo ticket, visitors can also walk on the Pineridge Nature Preserve and Trail, as well as visit the 1930s Pinewood Estate mansion. The estate was owned by Industrialist C. Austin Buck sits on eight acres in the gardens.

Address: 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, Florida

Admission: Gardens: adults $12, children 3. Combo: adults $18, children $8.

Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sources:

Polk Museum of Art.

Bok Tower Gardens.

Fantasy of Flight.

Henley Field, Ballpark Digest

Florida Southern College


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