Florida enters Phase 2 of reopening the state on Friday, June 5. This means many of our outdoor trails, parks, boat ramps have reopened, as well as limited operations for retail, restaurants, bars, gyms, hair salons, and more. Family-friendly attractions are also reopening with safety protocols in place.

Below is a list of what is open and closed in the Lakeland area. We will continue to monitor for new information in Lakeland and Central Florida and will update and add to this list accordingly. Keep in mind that this list is accumulated from MANY sources and although we do our best to be accurate, there is room for human error. If you find a mistake, please leave a comment below or contact us. Links are provided for all listings.

ARTICLE LAST UPDATED
6/4 – Summary:
–City of Lakeland has provided reopening dates for Athletic Fields, Recreation Centers, Picnic Pavilions, Parks, Playgrounds, and more. See COL section below for dates.

 


5/28 – Summary:
–Disney World has announced a phased reopening plan that begins July 11.
–SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have announced plans to reopen June 11.
–Defy is open, Urban Air is reopening May 30
–Mulberry Phosphate Museum is open

5/22 – Summary:
–Reopening dates for some pools & splash pads have been announced.
–Libraries are offering curbside pick up and some reopening dates have been announced.
–Bok Tower Gardens will reopen on June 1.
–The Downtown Lakeland Farmer’s Market will resume on Saturday, May 30.
–LEGOLAND Florida announced the parks and hotels will reopen June 1.
–Universal Theme parks will reopen on June 5.
–Polk County Government Parks and Natural Resources Division will be reopening the following county-run amenities on Tuesday, May 26: Playgrounds • Dog parks • Tennis courts • Racquetball courts • Basketball courts. More info below. (In the Lakeland area we have both city-run and county-run playgrounds and dog parks – info below on which is which)

5/15/20 – Summary:
–SkateWorld and Escapology reopen on 5/15.
–Lakeland Ice Arena reopens on 5/18.
–CityWalk at Universal has reopened. Disney Springs reopens 5/20.
–City of Lakeland pools, skate park, and library are scheduled to reopen on June 1.

5/11/20 – Summary:
–Polk County History Center opens on 5/12, reservations are encouraged.
–Hair salons & Barber shops are allowed to reopen on Monday, May 11.

5/7/20 – Summary:
–Our Summer Camp Guide has been updated to reflect camp closures and those currently open for registration.
–Family Fun Center will reopen miniature golf on 5/7 and indoor games and attractions on 5/8, Funtasia play area will remain closed.
–Lakeland Square Mall reopens on 5/8.
–Lakeland Escape Room has reopened.
–Colt Creek State Park reopens 5/6 from 8am – sunset daily.
–Disney Springs announced a phased reopening beginning 5/20.

4/30/20 – Summary: The City of Lakeland & Polk County are both reopening some parks and trails for passive recreation on May 1. State of Florida Phase 1 begins May 4, retail & restaurants can open with limited capacity, elective surgeries can resume.

Citizens should continue to avoid congregating in large groups. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space that does not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

Editor’s Note: Florida is currently in Phase 2 of “reopening” Florida. We recognize that this is going to be a confusing period of time with varying opinions on what people should and shouldn’t be doing. For almost 5 years, Lakeland Mom has been a reliable source of information for our community. We will continue to provide updates on the outdoor spaces and activities that are open under government guidelines. This does not constitute an endorsement or a suggestion that we jump back into a “normal” way of life. Masks are encouraged if you are out in public spaces (and required in some buildings), click here to buy masks locally.

During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and choose what they feel is best for their own family.

Parks, Trails, & Outdoor Spaces

Locally, some of our parks and trails reopened on May 1. This is a decision made by city and county governments, not part of the Statewide Phase 1 info. We have a separate list of Things to Do Outdoors in Lakeland that includes more details on some of these outdoor spaces.

City of Lakeland

Reopened May 1: Passive recreation facilities including parks, trails, and boat ramps. Source

Hollis Garden – Open

Lake Hollingsworth – Open

Lake Morton – Open

Lake Mirror – Open

Munn Park – Open

Lake Parker – Trails open, Tennis courts open. Pavilions reopen June 8, playground reopens June 15.

Peterson Park – Trails open, Pavilions and athletic fields reopen June 8, playground reopens June 15.

Dog Parks – Open

Cleveland Heights Golf Course – open following PGA protocols.

Tennis Courts – open following USTA protocols.
Lakeland Tennis Court Locations – Beerman Family Tennis Complex, Kelly Recreation Complex, Lake Parker Park (not manned), Simpson Park Community Center, Woodlake Park (not manned). Source

OPENING SOON:

SKATE PARK

  • The Lakeland Skate Park in Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny reopened on June 1 with proper protocols.

PLAYGROUNDS – Reopening on June 15. This includes:
Barnett Family Playground & Sunflower Playground
Common Ground
Dobbins Park
Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny
Handley Park
Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker
Horney Park
Interlachen Park
Jackson Park
North Lake Wire Park
Southwest Sports Complex
Woodlake Park

POOLS
Gandy Pool at Kelly Recreation Complex – reopened on June 1
Simpson Park Pool at Simpson Park Community Center – reopened on June 1
Learn more about safety protocols in place – Lakeland Pools, Libraries, and Skate Park reopen on Monday, June 1: What to Expect

SPLASH PADS – Currently Closed.
Splash Pad at Barnett Park – remains closed

RECREATION BUILDINGS –
Recreation Centers:
 Weight Rooms and Cardio Rooms are scheduled to reopen June 8. The Kelly Recreation and Simpson Park weight rooms and cardio room facilities will reopen under strict social distancing and sanitization protocols as outlined in the Governors Executive Order. The attendees will be required to utilize the facilities by appointment only in order to maintain proper social distancing and allow for cleaning following the timed sessions (walk-ins may be accepted if occupancy and space allow). More information to come on adjusted hours of operation and any additional protocols to utilize the facilities.

Coleman-Bush Building: Staff has outlined proper standard operating procedures and protocols to begin summer tutoring and enrichment class with a ratio of 1:9 on June 15.

CAMP BLAST SUMMER CAMP – Registration begins on June 6. Camp dates are June 29 – July 31, 2020. Check out the Camp Website for updated information on schedules, protocols, and registration for Camp Blast.

City of Winter Haven

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Winter Haven has suspended all athletic activities, special events, classes and city facility rentals.

City parks, facilities, boat ramps and operations will open and resume operations with a phased approach.  To see which parks and outdoor facilities are currently open, visit the City of Winter Haven COVID website and scroll to the Parks & Recreation section.

The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park in Winter Haven is currently open.

Visit the City of Winter Haven website for updates on other facilities.

Polk County

County recreational facilities that are now open are listed below. Visit https://www.polknature.com/covid-19-updates for a full list of Polk County Parks & Recreation facilities and their current status.

  • All preserve trails are open – Circle B Bar Reserve, Crooked Lake Prairie, Crooked Lake Sandhill, Gator Creek Reserve, Hickory Lake Scrub, Lakeland Highlands Scrub, Marshall Hampton Reserve, North Walk-in-Water Creek, Peace River Hammock, Sherwood L. Stokes Preserve, SUMICA.
  • Parks with trails for biking, disc golf, walking, and nature, including Loyce Harpe Park and Northeast Regional Park, will be open. Please avoid congregating in parking areas and pavilions.
  • The boat ramps located at Coleman Landing, Lake Arbuckle, Lake Rosalie and Lake Hatchineha will reopen. All other boat ramps throughout the county were not previously closed.
  • Bone Valley ATV Park.
  • Campgrounds will be open with limited capacity.
  • Community Center computer labs will be open on a limited basis. All Community Centers will remain closed to normal community use activities.

The Parks and Natural Resources Division repened the following amenities on Tuesday, May 26:

• Playgrounds
• Dog parks
• Tennis courts
• Racquetball courts
• Basketball courts

Ballfields will remain closed to organized group activities. Picnic tables in open spaces may be used; however, the large screened pavilions will remain closed at this time. Source.

For additional updates from Polk County visit https://www.polk-county.net/.

Circle B Bar Reserve  – Open as of May 8 at 8am.

Loyce Harpe Park – Fishing areas, mountain bike trails, disc golf are open. Playground and dog park reopen on May 26.

Fort Frasier Trail – Open for biking and walking.

Polk County History Center – Reopens May 12th with limited hours and access. Visitors are encouraged to make a reservation. Click here for more info.

PLAYGROUNDS – Reopened on May 26. In the Lakeland area this includes:
Christina Park
Highland City Park
Hunt Fountain Park
Banana Lake Park
Loyce E. Harpe (Carter Road Park)
Mulberry Park

State Parks

DEP continues to re-open Florida State Parks for day use as part of Phase one to re-open Florida. As these parks are re-opening, DEP will be taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this early phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. 

Get more information on the Florida State Parks Website.

Florida State Parks in Polk County:
Colt Creek State Park – Admission is $4 per vehicle. Located north of Lakeland off 471. Check Website for updates and additional restrictions on available facilities.
Lake Kissimmee State Park – Admission is $5 per vehicle. Located east of Lake Wales. Check Website for updates and additional restrictions on available facilities.

Summer Camps

As of now, many Summer Camps are still planning to open in June and/or July. Our Summer Camp Guide has been updated to reflect what camps are open for registration as well as any camps that have been canceled.

Lakeland Summer Camp Guide (2)

Libraries

**Check directly with your local library on Facebook or by phone – this information is subject to change daily**

Lakeland Libraries will reopen on June 1. This includes the Lakeland Public Library, Larry Jackson Library, and the eLibrary. Curbside service is currently available – click here to learn more.
Learn more about safety protocols – Lakeland Pools, Libraries, and Skate Park reopen on Monday, June 1: What to Expect

Winter Haven Public Library is closed until June 5. Currently offering curbside library services.  Source

Auburndale – Opening date has not been announced yet, currently offering curbside pick up.

Bartow – Opening date has not been announced yet

Dundee – Opening date has not been announced yet

Eagle Lake – reopening May 26

Fort Meade – Currently offering curbside library service with May 26 re-open date

Frostproof – Currently offering doorside library service. Re-open date is uncertain at this time.

Haines City – Reopening May 26

Lake Alfred – Currently offering curbside library services. Re-open date is uncertain at this time.

Lake Wales – Providing curbside library services Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Re-opening date is uncertain at this time.

Mulberry – Providing curbside library services Monday – Saturday

Polk City – Providing curbside library services Monday – Friday

Local Activities & Attractions for Families

LAKELAND

Silver Moon Drive-In – Open
Website | Facebook

Family Fun Center is open – Mini-golf  and indoor attractions are open. Funtasia will remain closed for now.
Website | Facebook

Safari Wilderness – Open for Drive-Thru Safari in your own vehicle (Learn more) as well as regular safaris.
Website

Lakeland Escape Room – Open
Website | Facebook

Escapology Lakeland – Open
Website | Facebook

Skate World – Open
Website | Facebook

Elite Cable Park – Open
Website | Facebook

Lakeland Ice Arena – Open
Website | Facebook

Explorations V Children’s Museum – Closed to the Public. Open for emergency day camps and financial counseling.
Website | Facebook

Cobb Movie Theater Lakeside / CMX – Closed
Website

Cinemark Movie Theater – Closed
Website

AMF Bowling – Open on a modified schedule
Website | Facebook

Orange Bowl Lanes – Open
Website | Facebook

Urban Air – Open
Website | Facebook

Defy – Open
Website | Facebook

The Polk Museum of Art – Closed
Website | Facebook

Florida Air Museum – Open
Website | Facebook

WINTER HAVEN & POLK COUNTY AREA

LEGOLAND Florida – The LEGOLAND Resort reopened on June 1.  Website | Facebook

Cypress Lanes Bowling in Winter Haven – Open. Accepting Kids Bowl Free passes for Summer 2020.
Website | Facebook

First Frame Bowl in Lake Wales – Open. Accepting Kids Bowl Free passes for Summer 2020.
Website | Facebook

Bok Tower Gardens – Reopened on June 1. Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden is open.
Website | Facebook

Cobb Movie Theaters Winter Haven – Closed
Website

Regal Movie Theater at Eagle Lake Mall – Closed
Website

Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Open
Website | Facebook

Pools & Splash Pads

Our list of local Pools & Splash Pads has been updated with reopening dates for 2020. Click here to find out which pools and splash pads are open. Check back all summer for updates.

Pools and Splash Pads Lakeland Polk County

Grocery Stores

Grocery Stores remain open, we have a separate article for Grocery Store Hours. Click here.

Retail

Retail stores can open at 100% capacity beginning with Phase 2 on June 5. Check directly with local stores for updates.

Lakeside Village is open, they have a dedicated page with temporary hours for all of their stores and restaurants that is updated daily. You can also check directly with specific stores on their websites or Facebook.

Lakeland Square Mall is open. Visit the website to learn more and find out which retailers are currently open.

Restaurants

Restaurants reopened during Phase 1. Bars can reopen on June 5. Check directly with restaurants for updates.

Churches

Churches are allowed to reopen for in-person services. Check directly with your Church for more information.

Salons & Barbershops

Allowed to reopen as of May 11. Check directly with your salon about their safety precautions. To read the details in the Executive Order, click here.

Tattoo parlors, tanning salons and other personal service businesses can reopen on June 5 under Phase 2.

Gyms & Fitness Centers

Allowed to reopen. Check directly with your local gym for details.

Local Businesses

The Salt Room – Open
Website | Facebook

U-Pick Farms & Farmer’s Markets

U-Pick Blueberry season has ended. Some U-Pick Peach Farms are currently open for pick-up of pre-picked fruit. Visit our list of  U-Pick Peach Farms to find out who is open. U-Pick Sunflower farms are also currently open in May.

We also have a list of Farmer’s Markets – check directly with the market sources to find out when they will be open.

Local Event & Performance Venues

Downtown Lakeland – All LDDA events have been postponed through May. The Farmers Market will resume on Saturday, May 30. Check their Facebook Page for updates.

RP Funding Center – Currently Closed. Check website for additional changes to their event schedule.

Lakeland Community Theater – Currently Closed. Check website for additional changes to their event schedule.

Theatre Winter Haven – Currently Closed. Check website for additional changes to their event schedule.

Upcoming Community Event Updates

Red, White & Kaboom – The City of Lakeland has announced that Red, White & Kaboom – Lakeland’s annual Fireworks Display held on July 3 – has been canceled for 2020. Source

Mayfaire by the Lake – Canceled for 2020. Save the date for May 8 and 9, 2021. Source

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo – Canceled for 2020. Save the date for April 13th – 18th, 2021. Visit the SNF Website for the 2020 Home Edition. Source

School Information for Polk County

Polk County Public Schools – Distance Learning through the end of 2019-20 School Year. Campuses will not reopen this school year.
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lunches will be provided at specific school and community locations during the summer. **DAYS AND LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED FOR JUNE & JULY** – Monday and Thursday from 11am – 1pm. Click here for locations and more details.

The Schools of McKeel Academy
Website
McKeel Academy of Technology, South Mckeel Academy, and McKeel Academy Central – Distance Learning through the end of the school year.

Private Schools – Check directly with your school for information.

Local Sports Teams

Lakeland Tigers Baseball – The start of the Minor League and Major League Baseball season has been postponed. No start date has been announced. Lakeland Tigers Website

Lakeland Magic Games – As the G-League Affiliate of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the Lakeland Magic season has been postponed. Tickets already purchased for a postponed game will be honored when the game is rescheduled. If games are not played or played in an empty-arena, fans will have the option to receive a credit for a future game or a refund. Ticket and future schedule information will be announced. Source

Florida Tropics Games – The MASL has canceled the remaining games this season. Source

College Closures and Schedule Changes

Florida Southern College – All classes online for the Spring Semester. Source

Florida Polytechnic University – Remote instruction will continue through all spring and summer terms. Source

Southeastern University – Remote instruction for the Spring Semester. Plan to resume in-person classes for the fall semester on September 2.  Source

Polk State College – Will continue all classes online through the Summer 2020 Semester. Source
Kids at College Summer Camp has been canceled for Summer 2020 – Source

Beaches

The decision to open beaches is made by the county or city where the beach is located. Check out our separate article – Which Florida Beaches are Open? It includes more info on all of the beaches listed below.

Pinellas County – Clearwater & St. Pete
Manatee County – Anna Maria Island
Sarasota County – Siesta Key, Lido, Venice, Englewood, Longboat Key
Brevard County – Cocoa Beach, Melbourne
Volusia County – Daytona, New Smyrna

Professional Sports

NBA – Orlando Magic – The NBA Season has been indefinitely postponed for all teams.  Source

NHL – Tampa Bay Lightning Games – The 2019-20 NHL season is on a pause and no games have been cancelled. The Lightning will not be playing games until the NHL, along with government and health officials, decide that the timing is right to return to the ice. Source

MLB – Tampa Bay Rays – Opening Day for Major League Baseball has been postponed. A starting date has not been announced.  Source

NFL – Tampa Bay Bucs – No changes have been announced for the 2020 Season. (Except the whole Tom Brady & Gronk thing 😉) Source

Concert & Performance Venues

Events and concerts are being handled case by case, many tours have been canceled. Check the venue websites for more information on specific events. If you had tickets to an upcoming event, log in via Ticketmaster or Live Nation to check the status and see if you are eligible for a refund on canceled or postponed events.

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre (Tampa)Website

Amalie Arena (Tampa) Website

Amway Center (Orlando)Website

Straz Center (Tampa)Website

Dr. Phillips Center (Orlando) – Website

Theme Parks & Central Florida Attractions

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari – Currently open, check out our recent article for more details.

LEGOLAND Florida – The LEGOLAND Resort reopened on June 1.  Website | Facebook

Disney World – Theme Parks and Hotels will begin a phased reopening starting July 11. Visit the website or more details. Website.
Disney Springs begins phased reopening on May 20 – get details.

Universal Studios Orlando – Theme Parks will reopen on June 5. CityWalk reopened on a limited basis on May 14. Website | Facebook

Sea World, Discovery Cove & Aquatica – Reopening June 11. Source

Busch Gardens & Adventure Island – Reopening June 11.  Source

Additional Sources for Information

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – Website

Florida Department of Health
Website | Facebook | Twitter | (866) 779-6121

Polk County Health Department
Website | 863-519-7911

Lakeland Regional Health
Website | Facebook


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