Lakeland | World’s Best Cities


Conveniently located along I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland can surprise new arrivals with its wealth of the natural and built environment. Ranked #18 for its bounty of Parks and Outdoors, the city is full of walkable green spaces like Lake Mirror Park and its historic promenade, amphitheater and pedestrian walkways and nearby Hollis Garden, home of 10,000 flowers and Florida indigenous plants. Architecture aficionados come here for the largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world at Florida Southern College and stay for The Terrace Hotel, Polk Theatre, Polk Museum of Art, and the Florida Polytechnic University, which was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Downtown and its Historic and Antiques district, holds its own against some tough local competition, too, full of antique dealers, specialty shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and pubs. Small wonder Lakeland ranks #21 for Attractions. Its Top 20 ranking for Safety makes exploring all the more enjoyable.