Situated close to Tampa in sunny Florida is the small city of Lakeland. Full of charm, markets, flowers, and of course, swans, it is truly a unique destination. Lakeland is famous for its care and concern for swans, almost as much as England. They also provide plenty of lovely places for take your other animal companions as well.
Lakeland became famous for their swans as early as 1920, when people were keeping them as pets. Preposterous to think about in today's society, isn't it? Unfortunately, the swan population in Lakeland died out completely about thirty years later. Lucky for Lakeland, a kind woman named Mrs. Robert Pickhardt reached out to the Queen for assistance. Queen Elizabeth is famously known for her ownership of all swans in England, so of course she obliged this request. Now, sixty years later, the swan population flourishes once again in Lakeland. If you are ever there in October, you may be lucky enough to watch the annual "Swan Round-Up"; this is an event where veterinarians round up every swan in Lakeland to check on their health. It is a big deal, and nearly everyone in the town goes to watch it.
If you are not so much the avian type, there are still plenty opportunities of things to do with your furry friends. For example, there is a lovely dog park who was erected in memory of a K-9 Unit dog who was killed in the line of duty. There are both on and off-lead areas where your dog can play. You can even let Fido test his skills on an agility course! Also, for added safety, there are separated areas for big and little dogs, so no one gets their paws stepped on. Lakeland is a wonderful place to take in the sunshine and warmth and what better way to do it with your pet at your side? Try something unique today and visit Lakeland!
This Lakeland neighborhood is surrounded by 5 different lakes; Lake Wire, Lake Mirror, Lake Morton, Lake Hunter, and Lake Beulah. All lakes can be enjoyed by leashed dogs and their owners, with many dog-centric events being held in the Lake Mirror promenade. Walk for Animals is one such event that features two and four legged fans to help raise funds for the more than 6,000 homeless cats and dogs each year and provide affordable medical treatment to more than 50,000 animals annually. Fresco’s Bakery & Bistro, Palace Pizza, and Crisper’s are just a few of the many restaurants that accommodate pups.
John Cox offers gorgeous views of Lake Parker, and easy access to the Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center. Adair Park is located on Lakeland Hills Boulevard, adjacent to Lakeland Regional Hospital & historic Henley Field. Adair Park spans nearly 11 acres and features a 9,000 square foot Skate Park, 2 little league fields, 2 t-ball fields, picnic pavilions, and a concession stand. Leashed dogs are allowed to enjoy the park grounds with their owners, but if they are looking for some unrestricted off-leash play time, take them to their designated dog park. Lake Crago Dog Park has two areas for large and small dogs, as well as drinking water and a doggie shower!
This Lakeland community provides easy access to Lake Parker and Lake Gibson, and is conveniently located off Interstate 4. Lake Parker Park is 100 acres of open land, walking paths and picnic areas located right off Lake Parker. The best part is they allow leashed dogs to enjoy the park and take in the views with their owners, making it the pawfect place for a nice outing. The local PetSmart hosts seasonal events like Easter Fun for Every Bunny which encourages people to bring in their animals for free photos with the Easter Bunny! Beef O’ Brady’s and La Qunita Inn & Suites are some local dog-friendly businesses.