Things to Do for Labor Day Weekend in Lakeland + Polk County

Labor Day Weekend Lakeland

Although school started a few weeks ago, Labor Day is the unofficial goodbye to summer and a great opportunity to squeeze in some family fun around Lakeland. Whether you’re ready to explore new places in Lakeland OR hit up some of your favorite spots, we’ve got a list of ideas for you. We also have a list of Outdoor Activities you might find useful.

If you’re heading somewhere that might have different hours for Labor Day OR somewhere that might have specific hours due to COVID, please be sure to call first – we aren’t able to verify the hours for each place on our list but have provided links so you can easily call before you go.

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Labor Day Weekend Events

Only upcoming events show below. These events feed from our master calendar and are single day special events. Visit our calendar page for ALL upcoming activities.

Indoor Fun 

  • Play on the pirate ships in Funtasia at Family Fun Center – while you’re there you can play Miniature Golf, Lazer Tag, Funtasia soft play, Redemption Games, Arcade Games, Vault Assault Lazer Maze, and much more! Fun for all ages.
  • Bowling is always a hit with my kids – we’ve got AMF Lanes and Orange Bowl Lanes in Lakeland, and Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven 

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Water Fun

Get Creative

  • Sign up for a paint-along class at Art Centric Studio
  • Visit Picassoz Art Cafe to paint a piece of pottery or Breakables Mosaic Studio to create a mosaic or candle, and grab a drink or a treat at Tea Largo while you’re there.
  • Paint Lakeland Rocks and then hide them around town! You can also go rock hunting. Read the FB page for details.

Sweet Treats & Good Eats

  • Find the Best Ice Cream, Cookies, Yogurt & Cupcakes in Lakeland – we’ve got a list to get you started!
  • Go out to eat as a family – check out our list of places where KIDS EAT FREE!
  • Head to Hole in One Donuts, Dunkin Donuts, or Krispy Kreme for a sugar filled breakfast treat!
  • Pick up fresh local produce at a local Farmers Market – there are 5 across Polk County (Downtown Lakeland’s Market reopens Sept. 7)
  • Go on a picnic. One of our favorite locations is Peterson Park and then we walk the nature trails and boardwalks afterward.

Outdoor Fun

  • Go on a FREE Mural Tour around Lakeland
  • Feed the ducks at Lake Morton (Not bread! Feeders are stationed around the lake, other good choices are corn, lettuce, peas, oats. Learn why)
  • Go on a bike ride (City of Lakeland has a great bike trail map)
  • Look for alligators, eagles, and other amazing wildlife at Circle B Bar Reserve– named one of the “Top 51 Places in the US to See Wildlife” by USA Today! Entry is FREE. Open dawn – dusk daily. The Nature Discovery Center is open 9am-4pm Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm-4pm Sunday, and closed on Monday.
  • Check out Se7en Wetlands Park
  • Hike, bike, picnic, canoe, kayak, or fish at Colt Creek State Park in the heart of the Green Swamp Wilderness area north of Lakeland.
  • Visit Lake Crago Dog Park or Dog Leg Woods Dog Park on Cleveland Heights (fun to watch even if you don’t have a dog)
  • Stroll through Hollis Garden and learn about the variety of flowers and plants there. Opens at 10am, closed Mondays.
  • Let your kids get out their energy at a local playground like Common Ground or Barnett & Sunflower Playground
  • Check out a new playground– we bet you can find a new one to explore from the 15 listed in our directory. Prefer a shaded playground? We have a list of the best Shaded Playgrounds in the Lakeland area.
  • Walk around Lake Hollingsworth (only if your kiddos can handle the 3 miles!)
  • Dig for sharks teeth and fossils at the Mulberry Phosphate MuseumMake sure you bring a small shovel or other item to dig through the rock pile, and something to sit on – you won’t want to kneel.
  • Take a self-guided walk around the Florida Southern College campus and learn about Frank Lloyd Wright’s unique architecture style. (Paid tours are available as well)
  • Try out geocaching an outdoor treasure hunt where you use GPS coordinates to find hidden containers
  • Find a Little Free Library around town where you can take a book and/or leave a book – for FREE! Clean out your bookshelves and leave a few at each location, and hopefully you’ll find something to take with you. Use the map at to find one near you.

Explore Polk County

⇒ Get a Groupon Deal for Bok Tower – $15 for admission for 2 ⇐

Deals in Central Florida


  • Pirates Dinner Adventure in Orlando – Full 3 course dinner is included. Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Reservation required, 24 hour advance notice required. Save 30-50% on Groupon.
  • I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing – Orlando – Packages starting at $25 per person. Includes two go-kart races for each person, 30-credit arcade card for each person.  All racers must be at least 55” to race and wear closed toe shoes.
  • Orlando Explorer Pass: Admission to 3 or 5 Attractions – Save up to 35% off vs. purchasing tickets individually. All passes include the free I-Ride Trolley Pass add-on. Choose 3 or 5 of these attractions:
    •  ICON Orlando (formerly Coca-Cola Orlando Eye)
    •  SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando
    •  Madame Tussauds Orlando
    •  Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
    •  Boggy Creek Airboat Tour
    •  WonderWorks All-Access Pass – Includes Lazer Tag
    •  The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
    •  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando
    •  Fun Spot America Theme Park – 4 Ride Sampler
    •  Congo River Adventure Golf
    •  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
    •  CoCo Key Water Park
    •  Forever Florida Trail Buggy Adventure
    •  SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
    •  Skycoaster

Check Groupon listing to verify current list of eligible attractions. Pass is valid for 30 days from your first attraction visit.

  • Go Orlando Card: 2-Day OR 3-Day Unlimited Admission – Get 2 or 3 days of unlimited admission to over 30 top Orlando area attractions. Your 2 or 3 days must be within 14 day period, but do not have to be consecutive. Choose as you go from a selection of attractions, museums, aquariums, tours, cruises, and more located from Tampa to Orlando. This pass requires advance planning to be worth it! If you can make a schedule to hit multiple 2-3 hour attractions each day this will pay for itself. Unlimited Admission Attractions include:
    •  LEGOLAND® Florida
    •  Florida Aquarium
    •  ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    •  Boggy Creek Airboat Tour
    •  Gator Park Airboat Tours
    •  Congo River Adventure Golf
    •  Gatorland: The Alligator Capital of the World
    •  Fun Spot America Theme Park – 4 Ride Sampler
    •  WonderWorks All-Access Pass Now includes laser tag!
    •  Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
    •  The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
    •  SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando
    •  Madame Tussauds Orlando
    •  The Wheel at ICON Park
    •  Kennedy Space Center
    • Daytona Speedway All Access Track Tour
    • and more (including attractions in Miami)

100+ Things to Do with Kids

Check out our Ultimate List of Things to Do with Kids in Lakeland + Polk County to find indoor fun, outdoor fun, free things to do, seasonal activities, and more.