Retire in Bartow, FL

Livability Score
47
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
Total Population
17766
Median Househould Income
42551
Median Age
35.6
65 Years and Over
2616
Median Home Value
95200
Unemployed
859
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Nineteen 61

Lakeland is always continually surprising me with fresh new choices. The more great chefs that set up shop here means you no longer have to deal with the...

2. Oishii Bento American Grill

I'm always happy to find a local treat when I travel. Oishii Bento is just such a find. Affordable and delicious, with very generous portions! I ordered...

3. Cuban Delights Cafe

Ok so you can fly to Cuba now but why bother ... Cuban delights is only missing the antique cars and cigars ... The best Cuban food in Florida ... Limited...

4. Elena's Cuban Cafe

5+ stars! The Midnight Cuban is one of the best I have had. The deviled crab was delicious. The service is friendly and serve time was fast. My son had the...

5. Cafe Zuppina

I've been here a few times in the past year. Cafe Zuppina is an Organic Turkish restaurant. It's a ma and pa restaurant with a small dining room. There food...

Golf
1. Streamsong Golf

This golf resort is top notch. From the minute we pulled up and the men greeted us and took our bags, valeted our car, met the caddie, were driven to the...

2. The Club at Eaglebrooke

For those of us who really know our golf courses in Central Florida, our eyes light up everytime this place is mentioned. Personally, I really get excited...

3. Cleveland Heights Golf Course

Nice trak well maintained. Decent place good price slow greens Not long but okay to knock the ball around for a round of practice

4. Golf Etc

My husband needed golf shoes in a wide, they had several styles in his size. The owner waited on us and was a great and informative salesman. We felt very...

5. The Hamptons Golf Club

Nice workout for your short game if you don't have 5 hrs. Pace of play can vary from 1-2+ hrs per 9-holes. Should easily finish 18 in 3 hrs. Typical slow...

Active
1. Crystal River Kayak Company

Why 5 stars? Because this was a very memorable paddle boarding experience! --- --- --- If this wasn't such a journey from my house, I'd be a...

2. Bird's Underwater

I can't say enough good things about our trip. Scalloping with Bird's Underwater was an amazing experience. On our drive home we had already decided we...

3. Circle B Bar Reserve

This place is absolutely amazing! I've been here a few times to just walk the trails and take in what nature has to offer. "Alligator Alley" has been...

4. Lake Hollingsworth

Probably the best lake in Lakeland. Definitely the biggest and the best looking. Extremely well landscaped and there's a well kept running/walking track...

5. Common Ground Park

This is the place to take your kids. My 2 yo granddaughter was in heaven. I felt like we should have paid admission it was put together so well.

Arts
1. The Shallow Grave

This is my favorite haunt in the Tampa Bay Area and I definitely make sure to visit here every year they also have a Valentines weekend outing. Parking is...

2. Silver Moon Drive-In Theatre

We had so much fun! Going to a drive-in itself was so nostalgic and brought back lots of happy memories. The screen is big and the picture was clear....

3. Mixon Fruit Farms

We had an awesome time here! For $5 a person (or $3 if you do the tour too)There's a water slide, bounce house, sandbox, slide,giant chess and other yard...

4. Joker Marchant Stadium

Great place to catch a spring training game with the family. I love going with my dad whenever the Tigers play one of his [other] favorite teams. The food...

5. Polk Museum of Art

I checked out this museum on a whim with a friend as it seemed like a good halfway point between Kissimmee and Tampa. So glad we popped in! They have some...

Shopping
1. West Coast Kayaks & Paddleboards

Just purchased our first paddle board and accessories for my wife's birthday. As a newbie, I had a lot of questions. Both Ryan and Jill answered all my...

2. Lakeside Village

Services were wonderful as provided by Lucy..thanks for the great experience. My wife was also very please with services provided by Lauren (Manicure and...

3. Chamberlin's Natural Foods

The only health food store on the east side of Lakeland. Good personal service with knowledgeable employees. Downsized to remove their lovely cafe. Fresh...

4. Hobby Lobby

My favorite store ever!! I always find the cutest decor, pictures frames & cool statement pieces. And the floral dept is awesome!! Great quality &...

5. The Doggie Bag

Great old school customer service. No matter how long it's been, they always remember me and the type of do food I buy. Once, it was ready after just...

Health
1. Love Chiropractic

This is the place to go when you are in pain. Or better yet, go before t he pain starts and they may be able to prevent it. The only hard choice to make is...

2. Walk In Chiropractor

Very down to earth Doctor and receptionist. Took me right in with no appointment or wait time. Fixed me right up, no new fangled gizmos or gadgets....

3. Supple Hands Massage Therapy

I'm visiting my Dad and realized my back was on the verge of seizing up on me. I searched for massage therapists in Yelp, made a few calls, and found Jean...

4. Act Now Wellness Center

My boyfriend grew up with a food phobia and Danny was able to help open his mind to new foods. Danny is very helpful, intelligent, and informative and has a...

5. Dee Pullen, doula

This amazing woman will always have a place in my heart because of her love, prayers, and comfort through out my labor and birth with our son. She helped...

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