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2525 Village Lakes Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33805

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Area Information

Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland is a charming city known for its abundant lakes and southern hospitality. Over 100 lf courses, major attractions, historical destinations and sports teams call Lakeland home. The art and cultural scene thrive in the quaint city and visitors love it so much some of them make their trip permanent.

Leisure Activities/Sports

  • There are hundreds of freshwater lakes throughout Lakeland and Polk County for your water sports and fishing enjoyment. World class Bass fishing tournaments are held here each year.
  • Lake Hollingsworth is the site for the annual Orange Cup Regatta Hydroplane races and is referred to as the "Lake of Records" due to the number of world records set there.
  • For tennis, a number of superb facilities, complete with amenities and professional tennis instruction, are located throughout the region for both private and public play including the newly renovated Beerman Family Tennis Center located at Veterans Park off Edgewood Avenue.

Attractions

  • Explorations V Children's Museum will surprise your senses on a jet-stream journey of discovery through touchable exhibits featuring art, science, literature, math, health, life skills and cultures from around the world.
  • The Imperial Symphony Orchestra hosts a full season of live symphonic performances each year.
  • The Polk Museum of Art is "More than an Art Museum" and offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages.
  • Polk Theatre, one of the last remaining atmospheric theatres in the state, was originally built in 1927 as a vaudeville and movie house. Restored, it now has a renewed life as the ideal venue for performances, films and social gatherings.
  • The Florida Air Museum at Sun 'n Fun is Florida's official aviation museum and education center. On display you'll find a unique collection of aircraft and other aviation related memorabilia, including over 35 experimental and home- built aircrafts.
  • The Jenkins Arena at The Lakeland Center is the choice location for large concerts, meetings and indoor sports. The Jenkins Arena is home to the Lakeland Thunderbolts, Lakeland’s indoor arena football team.  Public ice skating is also available during the winter season.
  • Florida Polytechnic University is the state’s 12th and newest member of the State University System.  Located approximately eight miles from BridgeWater, the University is expected to be completed in June 2014.
  • Leland® Florida, which is approximately 25 miles from BridgeWater, is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the LELAND Water Park, LELAND is geared towards family fun!
  • Located only 15 miles from BridgeWater, The new Amazon Warehouse facility will be focus on large items like kayaks and televisions. Construction could conclude as soon as August 2014. 

State Parks and Recreation

  • Lakeland maintains over 50 parks with an array of amenities including baseball, football, lakefront picnic areas, walking trails, an in-line skating rink, skate park, playgrounds, fishing, volleyball and boat ramps.
  • The award-winning Hollis Garden located on historic Lake Mirror is a must see for everyone. The beautiful formal botanic garden showcases the latest plant species native, exotic and common to Florida.

Regional Activities

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Although it’s just a short drive to activities in Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland itself has plenty to offer. Don't let the small town atmosphere fool you! A number of annual activities in Lakeland and Polk County keep residents entertained year-round. Information on local activities can be found at www.visitcentralflorida.org. For activities in Tampa and Orlando, visit www.visittampabay.com and www.orlandoinfo.com. Or click on the link below for a list of activities happening around the area.

For additional information, click on Regional Activities