Florida is currently in Phase 1 of reopening the state. This means many of our outdoor trails, parks, boat ramps have reopened, as well as limited operations for retail and restaurants. 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
5/28 – Summary:
–Disney World has announced a phased reopening plan that begins July 11.
–SeaWorld has 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.
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, playground and other facilities remain closed
Peterson Park – Trails open, playground and athletic fields remain closed
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
- Gandy and Simpson Park Pools are scheduled to reopen June 1 with proper protocols.
- The City of Lakeland libraries, in cooperation with the Polk County Library Cooperative, are scheduled to reopen June 1, 2020.
- Learn more about safety protocols – Lakeland Pools, Libraries, and Skate Park reopen on Monday, June 1: What to Expect
- The Lakeland Skate Park in Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny is scheduled to reopen on June 1 with proper protocols.
“Gymnasiums, Recreation Centers, Athletic Fields, Outdoor Basketball Courts, Picnic Pavilions, restrooms, and Playgrounds will remain closed pending the Governor’s initiation of the Statewide Phase II response.”
PLAYGROUNDS – Remain Closed. This includes:
Barnett Family Playground & Sunflower Playground
Fletcher Park at Lake Bonny
Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker
North Lake Wire Park
Southwest Sports Complex
Gandy Pool at Kelly Recreation Complex – scheduled to reopen June 1 with proper protocols
Simpson Park Pool at Simpson Park Community Center – scheduled to reopen June 1 with proper protocols
Learn more about safety protocols in place when the pools reopen – 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 – Remain Closed. This includes:
Simpson Park Community Center
Kelly Recreation Complex
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.
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:
• 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 – Reopening on May 26. In the Lakeland area this includes:
Highland City Park
Hunt Fountain Park
Banana Lake Park
Loyce E. Harpe (Carter Road Park)
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. To protect public health and safety, Florida State Parks campgrounds remain CLOSED through May 20 and cabins remain CLOSED through May 31.
Get more information on the Florida State Parks Website.
Florida State Parks in Polk County:
Colt Creek State Park – Reopens on 5/6 from 8am – sunset for day use. 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 – Reopens on 5/6 from 7am – sunset for day use. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Located east of Lake Wales. Check Website for updates and additional restrictions on available facilities.
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.
**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
Cobb Movie Theater Lakeside / CMX – Closed
Cinemark Movie Theater – Closed
WINTER HAVEN & POLK COUNTY AREA
Cobb Movie Theaters Winter Haven – Closed
Regal Movie Theater at Eagle Lake Mall – Closed
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.
Grocery Stores remain open, we have a separate article for Grocery Store Hours. Click here.
Retail stores can open at 50% capacity. Check directly with local stores for updates.
Lakeside Village is open, check directly with specific stores on their websites or Facebook to find out who is open.
Restaurants can open at 50% capacity indoor seating, and can open outdoor seating with 6 feet between tables. Bars remain closed. Check directly with restaurants for updates.
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.
Gyms & Fitness Centers
Allowed to reopen. Check directly with your local gym for details.
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
School Information for Polk County
Lunches will be provided at specific school and community locations, Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 11am – 1pm. Click here for more details.
The Schools of McKeel Academy
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
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
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.
Sea World, Discovery Cove & Aquatica – Theme Parks and Water Parks are closed until further notice. Reopening plans have been proposed but not approved. Source
Busch Gardens & Adventure Island – Theme Parks and Water Parks are closed until further notice. Reopening plans have been proposed but not approved. Source
Additional Sources for Information
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) – Website
Polk County Health Department
Website | 863-519-7911
Additional News Sources for Updates