Destination guide

Lakeland vacations: beaches and exciting attractions

Located almost halfway between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland is the perfect jumping off point for exploring Orlando’s theme parks and Florida’s sparkling gulf coast beaches. Active vacationers will stay busy fishing, bird watching, and boating on the many lakes throughout the area. There are many nature parks to seek out wildlife and hiking trails for every skill level. Lakeland vacation rentals give you the chance to appreciate world-class museums, major league sports, exotic wildlife, and tantalizing restaurants of the area.

Things to do

Lakeland has something for everyone

Whether your interests are sports or architecture, there are Lakeland area activities for your whole family. Catch the Detroit Tigers warming up during spring training at Publix Field, or tour the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world at Florida Southern College. Airplane enthusiasts will love the Florida Air Museum, where you can climb inside of a jet plane. Lakeland vacation rentals are within one hour of Orlando theme parks, making it just a short day trip away. Better yet, stay in Lakeland and enjoy the Family Fun Center, Munn Park, or the Silver Moon Drive-In Theater.


Enjoy nature’s wonders in Lakeland

Popular pastimes in Lakeland include fishing, boating, and bird watching. One of the top Lakeland attractions where visitors go for these activities is the Circle B Bar Reserve, which is teeming with wildlife such as alligators, ospreys, eagles, and otters. Another option is Lake Mirror, which features a paved sidewalk for an easy walking tour. Bike riders who didn’t bring their own gear can enjoy downtown Lakeland’s bike share program. If you are searching for a festival, Lakeland has cultural and holiday-themed events all year long. When it comes time to satisfy your hunger, shop for local produce at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday or the Dixieland Twilight Market every Wednesday evening.


Enjoy Lakeland’s subtropical climate

Lakeland is located in a subtropical zone where summers are humid and often accompanied by afternoon thunderstorms. Spring starts the rainy season, making March through May the perfect time to visit the Lakeland Family Fun Center or visit one of the many Lakeland museums. The temperatures begin to cool in the fall around October and November, so it’s a great season to be active and outdoors. To get an escape from a cold, northern winter, try visiting during December or January, when you can still bask at the beach in the dry Lakeland climate and enjoy mostly sunny skies.

Natural features

Lakeland is truly a land of lakes

The dominant feature in Lakeland is the city’s lakes, as roughly 10 percent of the area is covered by water. You will find that many resident use the lakes’ names rather than street names as reference points for giving directions. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to spot some of the descendants of a pair of royal swans, which were donated by Queen Elizabeth, in one of Lakeland’s nature parks. Most Lakeland vacation rentals are bound to be located near one of the 38 named lakes or other unnamed waterways.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Lakeland

The nearest airport is in Tampa, FL (TPF-Peter O. Knight), located 31.5 mi (50.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Tampa, FL (TPA-Tampa Intl.), which is 35.6 mi (57.2 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Lakeland Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lakeland?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 150 vacation rentals near Lakeland. From 95 Houses to 16 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lakeland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lakeland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lakeland:

  • East Lake Morton: 18 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 20 vacation rentals
  • Dixieland: 15 vacation rentals
  • Champions Gate: 6,672 vacation rentals
  • Regal Palms: 2,088 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lakeland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lakeland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lakeside Village: 167 vacation rentals
  • Lakeland Station: 164 vacation rentals
  • Lakeland Center: 161 vacation rentals
  • Bramble Ridge Golf Course: 220 vacation rentals
  • Florida Air Museum: 182 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lakeland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lakeland?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 95 Houses in Lakeland. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lakeland include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 16 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lakeland?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 46 vacation rentals with pool available in Lakeland. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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