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Spring Fun Guide: Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County

Spring in Lakeland

Looking for details on Spring Break and favorite local activities planned for January, February, March, April & May? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve got lots of great ideas for things to do in Spring, and you’ll find it all listed here as it gets posted!

🌸 We’ll have info on Spring Break Camps, Easter Egg Hunts, Spring Break activities, tips for attending Sun ‘n Fun & Mayfaire, Mother’s Day events, details on Lakeland’s favorite annual events that happen in Spring, and so much more! 🌸

Note that some posts below have not been updated for 2023. Check the published date and stay tuned for updates!

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Please check directly with event organizers for specific dates, current ticket prices, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.

FAVORITE SPRING EVENTS + ACTIVITIES

SPRING EVENTS CALENDAR – FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENTS

BBQ FESTIVALS + COMPETITIONS

SUNFLOWER FIELDS

U-PICK STRAWBERRIES

U-PICK BLUEBERRIES

U-PICK PEACHES

SPRING BREAK CAMPS

SPRING BREAK FUN

SWIM LESSONS

SPRING HOLIDAYS

VALENTINE’S DAY

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

EASTER EGG HUNTS + BUNNY PHOTOS

MOTHER’S DAY

MONTHLY TOP 10

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

2022 THEME PARK PRESCHOOL PASSES

SEAWORLD + AQUATICA

BUSCH GARDENS + ADVENTURE ISLAND

SEASONAL THINGS TO DO IN LAKELAND + POLK COUNTY IN SPRING

✦ Put all of our favorite Annual Spring Events on your calendar.

✦ Eat hand-picked fruit from a U-Pick Strawberry Farm in Plant City or Central Florida (December – April).

✦ Sign up for swim lessons.

✦ Enjoy delicious eats at a local BBQ Competition.

✦ Sign up for a Spring Break Camp.

✦ Have a fantastic Spring Break Staycation with our list of things to do during Spring Break in Lakeland.

✦ Get FREE admission for ages 5 & under to a local theme park and water park – Busch Gardens + Adventure Island or Sea World + Aquatica.

✦ Visit a Blueberry Farm and pick blueberries right here in Lakeland and Polk County (March – May).

✦ Learn about Florida Peaches {and take some home} at a U-Pick Peach Farm (April – June).

✦ Visit a Sunflower field for colorful photos and maybe even pick some to take home.

✦ Find a local event to celebrate Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day.

✦ Take the kids to a local Easter Egg Hunt.

✦ Enjoy a Friday Fish Fry at a local church or restaurant.

✦ Check out SUN ‘n FUN – it is kid-friendly fun!

✦ Explore the artwork at Mayfaire-by-the-Lake – a family-friendly spring favorite.

✦ Celebrate mom with a Mother’s Day brunch or other things to do on Mother’s Day.

OUTDOOR THINGS TO DO IN SPRING

Don’t miss our huge list of things to do outdoors in Lakeland + Polk County. Some of our favorite things to do in Spring include:

Hike or walk in one of our amazing outdoor spaces.

✦ Go on a family bike ride.

✦ Visit a local playground.

✦ Go canoeing or kayaking {winter and early spring are the time to see the manatees on the west coast!}.

✦ Find all of the amazing outdoor murals in Lakeland.

✦ Visit Bok Tower Gardens and Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden {It is beautiful year round but especially in spring when the azaleas bloom}.

✦ Eat brunch, lunch, or dinner at a restaurant with outdoor seating {now is the time – not too hot!}

Get ice cream! {Let’s be honest… this is a year round activity here in Florida}

INDOOR SPRING ACTIVITIES

We’ve also got a huge list of fun things to do indoors in Lakeland + Polk County. It includes:

  • Indoor Playgrounds
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Laser Tag
  • Arcades
  • Museums
  • Archery
  • Trampoline Parks
  • and MUCH MORE!

FREE THINGS TO DO IN SPRING

Many of the seasonal activities and events listed above are free, but we’ve also got the scoop on year-round free things to do in Lakeland with kids.

RECENT SPRING ARTICLES

Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County in February

February is the month of love, strawberry picking, BBQ, festivals, and more. We’ve got a list of the best things to do this month to help you find family fun. Check out our February Top 10 for Lakeland and Polk County.

Annual Festivals and Spring Events in Lakeland + Polk County

Here in Lakeland and across Polk County we have fantastic festivals and community events that happen every spring! Get out your calendar and pencil in the dates for these local favorites including art shows, BBQ Festivals SUN ‘n FUN, Swan Derby, Mayfaire, & more.

BBQ Festivals and Competitions in Lakeland + Polk County

BBQ Festivals are fun, family friendly events with good eats, live entertainment, kids activities, and more. Get details on upcoming barbecue competitions including Lakeland PigFest, Smoke on the Water in Winter Haven, and Ribs on the Ridge in Haines City.

U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Plant City + Central Florida

Check out these U-Pick Strawberry farms in Plant City or within an hour’s drive of Lakeland & Polk County. Strawberry picking is a great family activity since the berries grow in raised beds on the ground and are easy for kids to reach.

Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County in May

May includes Mother’s Day, Up Up and Away Florida hot air balloon festival, Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Teacher Appreciation, blueberry picking, peach picking, Sunflower fields, outdoor fun, and a calendar full of community events. Check out our list of things to do in May in Lakeland and across Polk County.

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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.