Lakeland HotelsThe 38 watery bodies - which Lakeland has grown up around - are a significant part of the town's DNA, and the lakes combine with thick forests and open parks to make Lakeland an attractive, eye-catching destination. Take your choice of peaceful fishing spots, before celebrating a healthy haul by heading downtown to sample the energetic nightlife. The bright lights of Orlando are also well within reach from this central Florida location, and daytrips to the crystal-clear waters and white sands of nearby coastal resorts are simple to arrange. Things to seeSaddle Creek Park is the perfect fishing venue, and a spot where you can lean back and relax to the sounds of birds singing and trees rustling. You'll be surrounded by waterways as you fish, which reflect the bushy green foliage that sink into them. These same trees are bordered by one of the area's many glorious golf courses - but a word of warning, chances are you'll need a few spare golf balls to beat the shimmering water features that lend this town its name. The Sunshine State can get a little warm at times, so escape the heat by heading indoors to the slippery ice rink at the Lakeland Center. Once you've skated, check the box office at the attached theater, as there's almost always a colorful touring show in town. The venue is beautifully designed so everyone gets a comfortable seat, and you're always close enough to see the whites of the performers' eyes. Your imagination will soar further at Florida Air Museum, which specializes in exhibiting air-worthy planes. Occasional shows give you the chance to see the historical vehicles in all their glory, rumbling into life and proudly rising into the deep blue sky. Hotels in
LakelandLounge around in a secluded outdoor relaxation area, flicking through the pages of a paperback, before lowering yourself into the cooling, rippling waters of a luxury hotel's outdoor pool. Spacious apartments are also available, making traveling in numbers both affordable and comfortable. Cook in roomy kitchens, with ovens, refrigerators and dining tables or, if you're on a budget, try city center Lakeland hotels, which offers fewer frills for a lower bill. Even the cheaper options often allow you to enjoy attractive views out over the town from your room, with free WiFi thrown in. Where to stayLakeland has a great selection of hotels, and the lakes make taking a morning stroll a delight. Wander around the twinkling Lake Mirror to see the City Hall backing onto the water, and feed – or attempt to avoid – the quacking and squawking feathered residents of the lake. In the evening, head to one of the many seafood themed restaurants downtown, where you can dine on grilled catfish, or plump jumbo prawns, flavored with a chili kick.How to get to LakelandLakeland is well connected by road, and driving over from the very heart of Orlando – or its international airport – takes just under an hour. Lakeland does have its own airport serving the town, which helps to make regional travel even simpler. Another option is to take the bus into town, with services from Orlando and Tampa running each day. If you do hire a car from one of the airports, be sure to head out west to the gorgeous powdery beaches of Clearwater at some point during your stay.