There’s no place like Tampa Bay, but we also love getting out of town to explore the Lakeland area (hey there, LALtoday 👋). Here’s how we would plan a weekend trip to see Lakeland like a Tampanian.
Start the next day with brunch at Black & Brew Coffee House (205 E. Main St., Lakeland), with locations in Downtown, Lake Morton, and Southside. Like Datz, there’s something sweet and savory on the menu for everyone.
Tampa peeps know that no day is complete without coffee. Buddy Brew loyalists will love Concord Coffee (1037 Florida Ave. S., Ste.135, Lakeland), while Black Crow fans will find a home at Hillcrest Coffee (119 Hillcrest St., Lakeland).
Missing the weekly St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market doesn’t mean being without fresh produce and unique finds. Shop from local LAL food vendors and makers at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market (117 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland).
We get it — it’s hard to leave the salty air of the Gulf of Mexico — but if you’re in Lakeland and want to see the water, enjoy the marshlands of the Circle B Bar Reserve (4399 Winter Lake Rd., Lakeland).
Get your festive fix by scheduling your weekend trip during Lakeland’s Holiday Night Market and SantaCon Pub Crawl Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 5 p.m. and when you get back, enjoy the Tampa Riverwalk’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.
You need a place to rest your head after a day on the town. Check out the Terrace Hotel (329 E. Main St., Lakeland), a historic hotel located in downtown Lakeland that overlooks Lake Mirror, similar to the unique style and vibrant personality of the Floridan Palace Hotel.
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