The city of Lakeland, Florida, is in Polk County, midway between Orlando and Tampa on Interstate 4. It is a community in which water is a primary feature. The downtown area is built around Lake Mirror. The Lake Mirror Promenade is one of Lakeland’s best known attractions. Originally constructed in 1928, the Promenade has been restored so that it looks brand new. Guests staying in discount hotels in Lakeland should be sure to take an evening stroll along the balustrade when the lamps are glowing.
Lakeland has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. There are 18 of them, including a planetarium. After you have checked into your budget hotel in Lakeland, stop by the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center for a walking tour map that will direct you to each of the buildings. Lakeland has three important art galleries. Arts on the Park in the Lakeland Creative Arts Center displays mostly landscapes and wildlife art. It also manages the Fall Festival of Art. The Imperial Arts Gallery is a cooperative of local artists working in all media. The Polk Museum of Art exhibits hundreds of paintings in nine galleries. It also has fun hands-on activities for children. At Lakeland’s Florida Air Museum visitors can see vintage and exotic aircraft. A special exhibit honors eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes. At the Exploration V Children’s Museum the children can dress up in costumes and pretend to be anything from a TV weather forecaster to a police officer.