Lakeland is the largest city in Polk County, and home to one of its most famous residents - swans, prominent throughout the 38 named lakes. Florida Southern College houses the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. The classic Polk Theatre, built in 1928, hosts a variety of entertainment including concerts, independent films, children's shows and special events.
Downtown Lakeland is considered the arts and culture hub of Lakeland, with dance, museums, theatre, art studios and public art displays. This is also the place to be for activities year-round for the entire family. Hollis Gardens is a perfect locale for photographers, as well as being a popular wedding spot.
For those who are more into outdoor adventures, explore nature at its best at Colt Creek State Park, Loyce Harper Park and Fort Fraser Trail. You can even have a one-of-a-kind experience at Safari Wilderness Ranch, and observe wild animals such as lions, zebras and antelope, all without leaving town.