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Auburndale is a town in Polk County, Florida.



The town, which had a population of 16,700 in 2019, was founded in 1880. Founder Frank Fuller left the Northeast in search of a part of the country with a warmer climate. A railroad was built in the town during the 1880s. Settlers from Auburndale, Massachusetts decided upon the name, which comes from Oliver Goldsmith's poem "The Deserted Village," and the new town became popular with artists.



Get in


By car


US-92 connects nearby cities to the town — Lakeland to the west and Lake Alfred to the east. Polk Parkway — toll road FL-570 — is a partial loop road of Lakeland that connects to US-92 and I-4, which passes to the north of Lakeland. Polk City Road (FL-559) connects Auburndale to I-4 and Polk City on the other side of I-4.

Get around



Map of Auburndale
  • 1 Butterfly Garden, Tampa St (junction of Tampa St, West Park St, and Pilaklakaha Ave). A park map is attached on the webpage, including its four zones and a "railroad garden.".
  • 2 Ephriam Baynard House, 208 W Lake Ave. Ephriam Mikell Baynard was a real estate developer in the area; his house was designed by architect Alfred Thorp. A plaque at the house designates him as a "Great Floridian." It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and is now a museum. Ephriam M. Baynard House (Q5382383) on Wikidata Ephriam M. Baynard House on Wikipedia
  • 3 Historic Depot (city park between W Park St and N Bartow Ave). Used as an event center.
  • 4 Holland Jenks House (Stuart Jenks House). Built in 1925 during the 20's economic boom in Florida, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Holland Jenks House (Q5880995) on Wikidata Holland Jenks House on Wikipedia
  • 5 Lake Ariana, 2215 Ariana Blvd. Clubhouse and pier into the lake on the northern shore of the town.
City hall


  • 1 Edgewater TECO Trail, 318 Denton Ave (trailhead near Lake Myrtle Sports Complex).











The City Park is a free, public wi-fi hotspot.

  • Auburndale Library, 100 W Bridgers Ave, +1 863 965-5548. Website does not indicate that the library has public-access computers and/or wireless internet access, but it is very likely they do.
  • 1 Auburndale Post Office, 201 E Lake Ave, +1 863 967-8848. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM; Sa 9AM-noon.

Stay safe


Auburndale Police Department: +1 863 965-5555 (Emergency: 911)

Polk County Sheriff: +1 863 533-0344 (Emergency: 911)

Go next

  • Lakeland is a few miles to the west.
  • Lake Alfred is a small town east of Auburndale.
  • Auburndale is between two of the state's largest cities: Tampa to the west and Orlando to the northeast.
Routes through Auburndale
TampaLakeland  W  E  → Merges with Lake AlfredOrlando
END  W  E  Winter Haven
Polk City ← Jct W E  N  S  END
Lakeland ← Jct W E  W  E  Ends at W E (near Polk City)

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