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About Lakeland, Florida

Conveniently located along the I-4 corridor between Orlando and Tampa, Lakeland offers the charm of a small town with the convenience of being just a short drive from two major hubs of entertainment, shopping and professional opportunities. There’s plenty to do here when you need a break from studying, and with great temperatures year-round, you’ll get to enjoy the many exciting outdoor activities Florida has to offer, such as relaxing at the beach, biking, scuba diving, longboarding and more.

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Attractions Within an Hour's Drive

  • The beach and water parks
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Orlando and Tampa shopping and entertainment
  • Universal Studios
  • Busch Gardens
  • SeaWorld
  • Legoland
  • Bok Tower
  • Professional sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS)
  • Dinosaur World (seriously, Google it)
  • Orlando Eye

Places to Explore in Lakeland

Downtown Attractions

Lakeland’s historic downtown offers something for everyone. Check out Hollis Gardens — a breathtaking showcase of over 10,000 flowers and plants — the monthly food truck rally, Saturday farmers market, dozens of restaurants and more.

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Lakeside Village

This popular open-air shopping and entertainment destination includes plenty of places for students to relax, shop and have fun, including a Books-a-Million, Cobb Theatre, Cold Stone Creamery, Rocket Fizz, Orangetheory Fitness, LOFT and more.

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Polk Theatre

Built in 1928, this exquisite piece of Lakeland’s history is located downtown, just 10 minutes from campus. Enjoy film classics and concerts here, and be sure to check out Elvis Presley’s signature on the wall of the third-floor dressing room.

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Lake Morton

Lake Morton is just one of Lakeland’s 38 lakes, perfect for biking, jogging, picnics and more. Lake Morton is also home to many of the city’s swans, descendants of a royal pair gifted to the city in 1957 by Queen Elizabeth of England.

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Joker Marchant Stadium

When SEU relocated from Atlanta to Lakeland in 1946, the campus was temporarily housed at the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, now the Tiger Town/Joker Marchant Stadium facility — also the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers.

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Circle B Bar Reserve

Named after a cattle ranch that once occupied the property, this 1,267-acre reserve includes trails for biking and hiking and is home to an impressive array of birds and other wildlife, including bald eagles, white ibis, bobcats, river otters and more.

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Local Hotels

Ready to experience Lakeland in person? There are a variety of comfortable local accommodations to choose from when scheduling your visit. Click below for a list of area hotels, many of which offer corporate discounts to guests of Southeastern University, along with their contact information and distance from campus.