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Lakeland Airport is centrally located in an ideal position in the state of Florida in the middle of the I-4 corridor between two major Interstates, I-75 and I-95, with convenient access from the Polk Parkway or County Line Road. This centrally located region is the crossroads of the largest tourism hub in the US.
In addition to the world famous attractions just a short drive away in Orlando, Polk County is home to the following attractions.
AEROSPACE DISCOVERY at the FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM is Florida’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center”. Located on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus within walking distance of Aircraft Tent and RV Camping, the Museum features a dynamic display of the best examples aviation has to offer including one-of-a-kind designs, classics, ultra-lights, antiques and war-birds. The Museum is a tribute to the history and joy of flight highlighting pioneers such as Howard Hughes and early air racers and includes an Aviation Research Library, Florida Aerospace Timeline and Innovations in Propulsion Exhibit. The Discovery Zone is a hands-on exhibit where even the smallest pilots can manipulate objects to develop a better understanding of how air and spacecraft fly. The Buehler Aerospace Restoration Center houses SUN 'n FUN’s year–round aircraft restoration activities. Current projects include restoration of the Iconic Sunshine Clipper and conversion of a Boeing 727 into the Piedmont Aerospace Experience - an interactive classroom available for use by the Aerospace Center for Excellence, Central Florida Aerospace Academy, Traviss Career Center and Polk State College student aviation programs.
LEGOLAND, Florida’s newest theme park opened in just 20 miles from LAL in October, 2011. The attraction is dedicated to families with children ages 2 – 12, offering a unique mix of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including LEGO® models and other interactive elements for the whole family to enjoy. The 150-acre park is comprised of ten different “ Lands” including fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, LEGO® City, XTreme, Imagination Zone, Pirates Cove, LEGO® Club House and DULPO®Village. Activities abound, where kids can get their own LEGOLAND driver’s license, put out a “blaze” at Fun Town fire Academy, tame a LEGO®-themed dragon coaster or enjoy a pirate live-action, water-stunt show along the shore of Lake Elise adjacent to beautiful botanical gardens. LEGOLAND Florida recently open a Water Park which features a wave pool, Build-A Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and interactive water-pay structure – DULPO® Safari. LEGO®
The STREAMSONG RESORT, a 16,000 acre, five star, golf resort opened in 2013 in southwest Polk County. Superb amenities include two top flight golf courses, hunting, horseback riding, hiking, birding, canoeing, fishing, and more. Awarded the 2015 Top 10 Best Top-Notch Warm Weather Golf Courses – Streamsong Resort #1 - by USA Today, the Resort continues to garner accolades as one of the top 100 golf courses in the U.S.
Legendary Architect, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT came to Lakeland in 1938 to create a “great educational temple” in Florida. He designed 18 structures for Florida Southern College to resemble buildings rising “out of the ground …and into the sun.” Twelve structures were built in Lakeland which visitors can admire on a guided tour or free walking tour.
The LAKESIDE VILLAGE COMPLEX, located just 2 miles from the Airport, is a destination in itself and boosts superior Shopping, a Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriot, Hampton Inn and Suites, over 15 restaurants and eateries and a Cinema theatre complex.