American Planning Association
A professional institute organized to advance the art and science of planning and to encourage planning that will contribute to the public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.
Historic Bok Sanctuary
Offers visitors lush landscapes with the Olmstead gardens, the majesty and music of the carillon tower and the splendor of Pinewood Estate.
Central Florida Development Council
Dedicated to promoting the growth and development of Polk County as a major area of commerce, industry and tourism.
Dixieland Community Redevelopment Area (CRA)
This designated redevelopment area encompasses the bulk of the commercial properties along South Florida Avenue through the Dixieland and South Lake Morton Historic Districts. To learn more about the Dixieland CRA and its activites, please explore our website at
Dixieland Historic District
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Florida Presbyterian Homes, McArthur Hall, 811 Lakeside, Lakeland.
Explorations V, Children’s Museum
An interactive children’s museum with exhibits that compliment the Sunshine State Education Standards set forth by the Florida Department of Education and the Core Curriculum.
Florida Southern College
The Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College was created in 2001 to engage students and the community in the study and exploration of Florida history.
Florida, State of – Division of Historical Resources
The Department of State division responsible for promoting the historical, archaeological, museum and folk culture resources in Florida.
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
A nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through property stewardship, advocacy and education.
Imperial Symphony Orchestra
Formed in 1965 by a group of musicians who organized an orchestra to provide classical music for their community. Today that small effort has grown into a highly polished, regional orchestra made up of over 80 exceptionally talented musicians who bring classical music to the Central Florida area.
Kaleidoscope Lakeland
The Kaleidoscope public art project benefits the construction of CommonGround, a fully inclusive play experience for children of varying abilities and disabilities.
Lake Hunter Terrace Historic District
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Trinity United Methodist Church at 715 Cornelia Avenue, Lakeland.
Lake Morton Historic District
Located primarily in the south and east side of Lake Morton and on the north side of Lake Hollingsworth, the LMHD is dedicated to the preservation of our neighborhood.
Information service dedicated to Lakeland and Polk County.
Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Greater Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is to be the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where businesses can prosper.
Lakeland Center
One of the first facilities of its kind, it is the major venue for sports, entertainment, conventions and much, much more.
Lakeland, City of
Incorporated in 1885, the town was founded by Abraham Munn. Today Lakeland has a population of 77,000+ and continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Census Bureau for over 20 years. Lakeland’s commitment to downtown development, redevelopment and historic preservation, and keen insight into its past and present, is a model for other cities. Its future is bright and secure.
Lakeland Economic Development Council
The economic development arm of the Greater Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. The primary focus of this group is to encourage new industry to locate in Lakeland as well as assisting existing industries with expansion.
The Lakeland Ledger
Local newspaper
Lakeland Vision
Lakeland Vision, Inc. identifies community strengths and weaknesses in order to create and implement a comprehensive action-oriented plan for the future of the metro Lakeland area. The plan was developed with diverse and broad-based community input and continues to address the following key foundations in metro Lakeland: Education, Economic Development, Quality of Life, Infrastructure, Government and Private Sector Leadership.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
A nonprofit organization founded in 1949, the NTHP has been helping people protect the irreplaceable.
Operation Shoebox
A non-profit organization organized to send letters, food, magazines, cds, wipes, etc. to our troops overseas. To obtain information, please go to the link above. Meghan Jackson is spearheading the Lakeland branch.
Information service dedicated to Lakeland and Polk County.
Polk Museum of Art
A private, not-for-profit organization that functions as a cultural art center for the general public. The primary goal is to stimulate awareness and appreciation of the arts through the acquisition and care of a permanent collection, as well as through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, classes, tours and performing events.
The Polk Theatre
Built in 1928, when the population of Lakeland hovered at only 15,000 people, the Italian born architect, J.E. Casale, recreated a Mediterranean village in the heart of Central Florida. Completely restored in 1999, the Theater functions as a nonprofit organization supported by “classic” films, its Performing Arts series, fundraisers, rental income and memberships.
A public art project in downtown Lakeland responsible for bringing the community together to celebrate one of Lakeland’s most well-known celebrities – the swan. This unique charitable event benefits Explorations V Children’s Museum and other local nonprofit organizations.

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