Lakewood Ranch is a master planned community located in southeastern Manatee County and northeastern Sarasota County Florida, United States. It is part of the North port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Part of the community was built on what was previously a timber ranch owned by the Uihlein family of Milwaukee. The first neighborhood development, which was Summerfield, went up in 1995.
Lakewood Ranch offers a variety of both public and private schooling options.