Lakeland, Florida gets its name from the more than 40 lakes scattered throughout the city. These lakes have shaped the character of the town and give residents a unique way of describing what part of town they live in–instead of naming the nearest intersection, they simply use the name of the nearest lake. One of these lakes is home to royal swans, which were gifted to the city by the Queen of England.
Lakeland is a city that likes to spread out, so most renters find that traveling around in their own personal cars is the easiest means of locomotion. Despite the popularity of cars in Lakeland, there are busses that run through town, as well as the rest of Polk County. Polk Transit provides most of the busses, though there are also WHAT busses that connect riders to the rest of the Winter Haven Area. Since Lakeland is a fairly flat community, traveling by bicycle is also an option for eco-friendly commuters.