Lakeland, Winter Haven, Davenport
Conveniently located along I-4 between Tampa and Orlando,
Lakeland is home to Florida Southern College, which hosts the largest on-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. History buffs and art lovers will enjoy the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, and flight enthusiasts can’t miss the annual SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in. In the heart of Lakeland’s downtown, Lake Mirror Park offers a historic promenade, amphitheater and pedestrian walkways. Hollis Garden, found around the walkway, is a breathtaking formal garden that showcases more than 10,000 flowers and Florida indigenous plants…. Read more from Visit Florida
Davenport is a great small town nearby Lakeland, Kissimmee and Orlando, that is a favorite area for travelers needing a large home for a family gathering, group, reunion, golf buddies trip, etc.
Winter Haven is home to kids favorite destination- Legoland.
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The dominant feature in Lakeland is the city’s many lakes. Thirty-eight lakes are named, with a number of other bodies of water unnamed, mostly phosphate mine pits that eventually filled with water. The largest of these is Lake Parker, which is 2,550 acres (10.3 km2) in size. Some of the more prominent lakes in the Lakeland area are Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Morton, Lake Mirror, and Lake Gibson.
Swans are one of the most visible features on the lakes of Lakeland. They have a long history, the first swans appearing around 1923. By 1954, the swans were gone, eradicated by alligators and pets. A Lakeland resident who mourned the passing of the swans wrote to Queen Elizabeth. The royal family allowed the capture of two of the royal swans, and the swans now on the lakes of Lakeland are the descendants of the royal swans sent by the queen.
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