About Downtown

Downtown Lakeland Today

People who are new to Lakeland will often ask, “Where do I go to have fun in this town?”

The answer is always–Downtown Lakeland. We are a vibrant, bustling little “mecca of cool” in the heart of Central Florida.

Approximately 7,000 individuals work in Downtown Lakeland every day. Many stay Downtown after hours to eat, shop, and play. We have over 40 restaurants and bars, 20 retail stores, 7 salons and spas, and a handful of other places to get fit, have fun, and dance the night away.

Want to stay right in the heart of Downtown Lakeland? Whether you plan to stay for a few days or for years to come, we have The Terrace Hotel, Lake Morton Tower and NoBay apartments, and Lakeland Loft condominiums.

We are more than just a location–we are a destination. Every First Friday from 6pm-9pm, we close the streets and welcome more than 5,000 visitors to Downtown to enjoy a Classy Car Show, a Makers Market, and exhibitors offering fun freebies and family-friendly activities. Every Saturday from 8am to 2pm, we close four blocks of  North Kentucky Avenue and host local growers and artisans at our Downtown Farmers Curb Market.

Not a big fan of crowds? Feed the swans on Lake Morton. Stop to meditate in Hollis Garden with over 10,000 flowers, a fountain, and a picturesque view of Lake Mirror. Or pose for a picture with the public art on the Lemon Street promenade.

There is so much to love about Downtown Lakeland. Experience what we have to offer for yourself, and become part of the family.

The City of Lakeland Today

With a current population of 100,000+, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions such as Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Bok Tower all within an hour’s drive, Lakeland is capitalizing on its ideal central Florida location. With its commitment to downtown development, redevelopment and historical preservation, and keen insight into its past and present, it is a model for other cities.