Lakeland Travel Blog› entry 196 of 366 › view all entries
I remember as a kid asking my parents why Lakeland was called Lakeland. They told me it was because there are a lot of lakes in the area. It seemed too obvious of an answer so I didn't accept it. Well, turns out it is true. A quick peek at Google Maps proves it. That whole region is polka-dotted blue. Most of the lakes are hidden behind buildings or in residential areas entirely so you don't really get a sense of it. That said, Lakeland is much the same. It is hidden between Tampa and Orland, and most people use it as a bathroom or food break when travelling between the two metro areas. But as is the case for many small cities in central Florida, Lakeland has an interesting and still evident past as seen from its buildings and historic areas. The town is actually booming...one of the fastest growing in the state. Businesses are moving their headquarters out of Tampa and Orland to consolidate in Lakeland and kill two birds with one stone. Practical...but Lakeland is not exactly a nice place to live in my opinion. It is nice for a drive through to explore some of the smaller roads and maybe, just maybe, get a glimpse of a lake or two.