Retire in Lakeland, FL

Livability Score
48
** 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
99942
Median Househould Income
39238
Median Age
40.3
65 Years and Over
20783
Median Home Value
109700
Unemployed
5778
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop

We came because of the good reviews on Yelp and the place certainly deserved five stars. We ate egg sandwiches and they were very fresh and tasty, exactly...

2. 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...

3. 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...

4. The Red Top Pit Stop

This place is amazing. Nothing to look at from the outside or inside but the BBQ is great and its clean. The trucker burger has a burger with pulled pork...

5. 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...

Golf
1. Fantasia Gardens

Most people don't know about this mini-putt course, but happened across it because it is across from the Swan Hotel. I am so glad we stopped in here!...

2. ChampionsGate Golf Club

This place is a great place to play. I have only played the International course but many say it is the better of the two. The clubhouse was well...

3. 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...

4. Topgolf

Have you played a round here? Neither have I. But if you just want to relax, swing the driver a little into an arcade like lit up circles, off a 3rd...

5. Southern Dunes

True links style course. Helps to know the bump-and-run. A LOT of bunkers, 180+ of them. Pace of play was great. Squeezed in 3 rounds in one day. Really...

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. Krazy Kup

Loved this place. We will be back and order another amazing latte with cinnamon steamed milk.

4. 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...

5. Keel and Curley Winery

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ciders! I recommend the Strawberry Key Lime cider and the Tangerine Tango wine! The Flagler Burger is wonderful and so are the Beer...

Shopping
1. Publix Super Markets

I love the Publix on Hwy 98 N

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. 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...

4. 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...

5. Crowder Bros Ace Hardware

Crowder Brothers is an excellent local hardware store (ACE I think). It has many of the little "something-or-others" you want to buy just one of to fix a...

Health
1. Bella Vista Spa

A++++ I travel a lot and whenever I make my way to Florida I love coming here. Alison Power is my go to gal. She is so talented, sweet and genuine....

2. 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...

3. 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...

4. 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....

5. Midtown Dental Associates

Wonderful staff, incredibly compassionate and professional.

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