Saturdays, free from the responsibilities of work and school, are the perfect opportunity to de-stress, take advantage of this beautiful Florida weather and spend the day exploring Lakeland. Here is our YLakeland Insider guide to a Saturday spent exploring this sweet city we get to call home.
10 Things To Do on a Saturday in Lakeland
- Go for a morning fun run. If you’re an avid runner, meet downtown bright and early at 8:00 am for the Black and Brew fun run. A little early morning exercise incentive: Black and Brew offers special runner deals, and fun incentives the more you participate (hint: 4 runs could earn you a free breakfast sandwich, and 10 might even mean a Fun Run t-shirt!)
- Saturdays bring one of our favorite Lakeland events: the Downtown Lakeland Farmers Market. Get in line to enjoy a local favorite, a pastry from Born and Bread Bakehouse. Jenn Smurr has been up all night to bring you nothing but the best, and she never disappoints. We highly recommend the everything croissants—they are just like a NY bagel with cream cheese filling, but everything is amazing! (Be sure to get downtown by 8am or earlier or you’ll miss out on these delicious pastries–they sell out fast!) Pastry in hand, you’re ready to shop local businesses and pick up some fresh produce for the week. The Market is Downtown until 2pm.
- Head over to Yoga Pointe for a Saturday community yoga class. The community classes are only $5 and open to anyone, so they are perfect for beginners. If you’re looking for a little more workout and a little less zen, try a women’s only exercise class at The Balance Culture. They offer classes ranging from Barre to Booty Camp, and offer a significant discount to students, making a class only $7 and a year membership only $40!
- Grab a bike and Bike ride around Lake Morton, home to many of the royal swans our city is famous for, and Lake Mirror, surrounded by more than ten thousand flowers, shrubs and botanical delights, beautiful fountains, public art installations, striking architecture, playgrounds and picnic areas. Make sure you stop to walk through the beautiful Hollis Gardens. If you’re an Instagram-lover, you’ll want to snap a shot within this jungle of greenery, featured in our 20 Most Instagram Worthy Spots in Lakeland. While you’re there, get lunch at Garden Bistro and sit outside with a stunning view of Lake Mirror. You can quench your thirst with a $4 sangria on Saturdays.
- Walk or bike through Lemon Street to see some awesome street art and sculptures. Each year, the Polk Museum of Art brings in new sculptures for our viewing pleasure; they also recently had Miami artist Ruben Ubiera produce a huge interior graffiti/street art inspired mural on one of the Museum’s most prominent walls. There is a Zagster bike station in the parking lot if you need to drop a bike off, then head inside to check it out—admission is free!
- Back downtown, pop into Simple Vintage with Scout & Tag for a browse (this place is seriously so cool).
- Lakeland is full of opportunities to buy local, for clothes at 5th & Hall, or for some fun art, jewelry and stationery at 1026 SoFlo Gallery & Marketplace, just to name a couple (1026 also has a community bakery featuring local favorites like Dublin Bread and Graceful Grains, and offer 20% off of SoFlo Gallery Jewelry for students). We also love the service-minded businesses here, like A Kind Place, offering handmade, fair trade and vintage finds with a portion of purchases helping to fund world change (get 20% off with your student ID on Saturdays!), and Top Buttons, a non-profit boutique with the mission of educating on and inspiring positive body image and healthy self-esteem in young women. If you’re feeling tired at this point in the day, stop into Concord Coffee for your caffeine fix—we love the London Fog tea latte with their Earl Grey Lavender tea.
- Eat outside at Red Door Wine Market and enjoy the lovely Florida evening while looking out over Lake Morton – there are often artists set up around the lake painting swans and sunset, creating the perfect picturesque meal.
- For your evening entertainment, try Silver Moon Drive-in for a cozy movie night from the comfort of your own car, or head over to a show at the Polk Theater, showing community events and cult classic movies. Either experience will transport you back to the 1950’s, the atmospheres perfect for a fun Saturday night.
- Get a snack of beignets at 801 East Main Street, home of the Poor Porker, and enjoy some photo-worthy ambiance and live music.