Historic Walking Tours in Lakeland, FL

This post was moved over from my old blog site.

Before we started out on our week long vacation in Daytona, I had one more thing to do (Well, two – one of our dogs had broken one of his front toes and I had to bring him to the vet.).  A few months ago, I had signed my brother and his wife, my mom, and me up for a historic walking tour of Lakeland, FL.  I’d always wanted to do it.  Just never got around to it.

We met at Munn Park under the arch at 9:30am.  There are normally three tour guides that split up into seperate tours, but today there were just two along with the Executive Director of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership.  The group we went in was the one that was covering South Kentucky Avenue.  They warn that buildings are subject to change upon availability.  There are seven tours in all that can be taken.  They also mention that some of what they say is the truth.  Some of what they say is not the truth and they don’t know it.   And some of what they say is not the truth and they do know it.  Hahaha.  What’s really cool is you actually get to go inside some of these old buildings.  Many are refurbished, but some are not.  The guides are very knowledgeable about the past history of Lakeland, and even a little on the future of Lakeland.
Here are some pictures I took from the walk:

 They also had a Farmer’s Market that morning:

Do I want to go out for lunch before my visit to the vet and before I leave town?  Of course!  We went to the Purple Onion Deli-Grill, located at 316 Kentucky Ave. N, Lakeland, FL. (863)688-5590.  I’d never been there before.  Yum, Yum!  I had the 1/2 sandwich with soup.  I had a turkey melt (yum again!) with black bean and rice soup.

I know it looks empty, and it was.  For just a few minutes.  We got there right around when they opened.  The place was filling up by the time we left.
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