Lake Placid Florida:
You may have never heard of Lake Placid, Florida, but there is an amazing amount of vacation pleasure that awaits you and your family.
In 2013, Reader’s Digest voted Lake Placid ‘AMERICA’S MOST INTERESTING TOWN’.
This mural is a collage of several parts of the murals of Lake Placid. It embodies much of what Lake Placid is all about and what makes it so interesting. The lakes, the citrus, the caladiums, our endangered species, the cowmen, the Indians, and Dr. Melvil Dewey who invented the Dewey Decimal System, and in 1927, named the town Lake Placid after his beloved Lake Placid in New York.
What makes Lake Placid Florida unique among towns?
This small town is one and a half miles square and has approximately 1800 residents. It is nestled in the center of the state among the hills of Highlands County on the Lake Wales Ridge.
Lake Placid has the distinction of being known by many titles. It is known as the Town of Murals, with 45 larger than life historic murals forming an outdoor art gallery. Lake Placid is the Caladium Capital of the World, where 95% of the world’s caladiums are grown and shipped all over the world. The title of Florida’s Outstanding Rural Community, was earned by the mural society in 1996. The 27 beautiful pristine lakes that surround the town within seven miles give Lake Placid the title of Florida’s Lake Country. Lake Placid has the distinction of having more clowns per capita than any town in Florida, or for that matter maybe the country. This is due to the American Clown Museum and School, which graduated over 1500 clowns since its beginning in 1993.
The murals of Lake Placid are Internationally known and have appeared in publications all over the United States, Canada and the world, from Athens Greece, Chemainus B.C., the Czech Republic and England to name just a few.
Twenty Things to do in Lake Placid Florida:
A perfect day trip located within a fifteen minute drive of LEGOLAND Florida and an hour’s drive of other Central Florida theme parks such as Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios in Orlando as well as Busch Gardens in Tampa, Bok Tower Gardens is just one of the many things to do in the heart of Central Florida.
Golfers love Lake Placid in Florida because it is surrounded by more than 40 golf courses that cater to golfers seeking a great experience regardless of their ability or budget. With so many courses so close, you will find your time golfing Lake Placid to be highly enjoyable and very rewarding.
One of the most interesting parts of Lake Placid are our beautiful murals. We are known as the “town with history all around.” Many of our buildings are adorned with beautiful paintings of local scenes and scenes from across the nation.
Caladiums and Caladium Festival
Every August for the last 20 years, Lake Placid, Florida has held its annual Caladium Festival. The festival features beautiful plants and bulbs for sale, entertainment, arts and crafts and great food. In addition, for the last 14 years there has been a car and bike show as well.
Lake Placid offers more than 20 beautiful lakes for recreation, boating and fishing. We are a sportsman’s paradise in the heart of Florida with a wide range of wildlife and stunning vistas. Come stay with us and fish for world class largemouth bass, bream and black crappie that are all just minutes away.
Are you looking for a little bit of fun and excitement? The Seminole Casino, located minutes away in nearby Brighton, is a great way to spend an evening after a great day enjoying the Florida sunshine.
Sebring International Raceway
Sebring International Raceway is America’s premier sports car racing facility. Nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of central Florida, it is the oldest permanent road racing track in North America, evolving from a World War II air base.
How would you like to be a clown? Really. Attend Toby’s Clown School where classes are held regularly. Learn about the types of clowns, putting on a clown face, clown wardrobe, skits and one-liners and much, much more. Visit www.tobysclownfoundation.org.
Shopping and Dining
Visit Lake Placid’s uptown area by strolling around its many beautiful murals that depict life in this wonderful town. While there, visit our many shops and have a delicious bite to eat at one of the many area restaurants located in uptown Lake Placid.
Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts love Lake Placid, Florida! With two fantastic state parks in greater Lake Placid, Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park and Highlands Hammock State Park, our region offers hundreds of different species of birds and a wide range of wildlife.
Highlands Hammock State Park is one of Florida’s oldest parks, having opened to the public in 1931. Many of its visitors enjoy bicycling the scenic three-mile loop or hiking along the park’s nine trails and elevated boardwalk. Lake June in Winter Scrub State Park protects one of the state’s most endangered natural communities, sand scrub, which is sometimes called Florida’s desert.
Some of Florida’s rarest plants and animals, including the Florida Scrub Jay, Florida Scrub Lizard, Florida Mouse, deer, Gopher Tortoise and Bobcat are found in the scrub. Ospreys and bald eagles are frequently seen as well.
H.L. Bishop Park
Just minutes away, Bishop Park oversees Lake June-in-Winter and is a great place for a day of fun in Lake Placid, Florida. The park has a boat ramp, picnic areas, swimming, basketball, a volleyball court and restrooms. Bring your swimsuit and fishing poles and enjoy the sunshine of Lake Placid.
Minutes away, Orchid Hill Stables offers riding lessons, day camps and trail riding through our unique and spectacular countryside. We offer a three-hour trail ride, and after it’s done enjoy a barbecue lunch to round out a great day with our beautiful horses. Visit: www.orchidhillstables.com
Lake Placid, Florida is a hunter’s paradise that offers a wide range of game, including duck, quail, pheasant, turkey, alligator, white tailed deer and wild hog.
Kayaking and Airboat Rides
Take a sunrise, sunset or moonlight kayaking tour that explores the beautiful wildlife and tranquil scenery of Greater lake Placid. If your preference is speed and excitement while exploring the greater outdoors, consider an airboat ride that will help you discover a great range of wildlife and surroundings. Visit: www.airboatwildlifeadventures.com and www.sebringkayaktours.com.
Take a tour of the Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery and learn about the winemaking process on their unique 20 acre farm. After the tour, head to the wine tasting bar to sample “a taste of southern history” and purchase their award-winning wine. Visit www.henscratchfarms.com
Blueberry, Strawberry, Muscadine and Scuppernong Picking
Big, fat and sweet strawberries are abundant from December to March. Chocolate is available for dipping and the shake shack serves the finest shortcakes, shakes, and chocolate dipped strawberries by the pound. The Blueberry Patch comes to life every spring (April, May and June). Stroll the vineyards to pick the biggest grapes you’ve ever seen. The bronze fruit is “honey & musky” while the black grapes are sweet & fruity. Visit www.henscratchfarms.com.
Boating and Water Sports
Rent a boat for water sports and fishing on one of our many lakes; or even book a local guide. Sailing, waterskiing, tubing, swimming and other water sports make Lake Placid, Florida a great destination for the entire family.
One of Gatorama’s main attractions for visitors and professional photographers is the natural Florida scenery in which these prehistoric beasts sunbathe in the warm tropical climate. If you are going to be visiting Florida soon, plan a stop at Gatorama. www.gatorama.com
Children’s Museum of the Highlands
Children’s Museum of the Highlands – a delightful place to play located in downtown Sebring Florida. Opened in 1990, the museum has been the site for fun and learning for Central Florida for generations of children. Visit www.childrensmuseumhighlands.com.
Take a Day Trip
Lake Placid is a short trip from a number of great attractions, including Orlando (Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World), Tampa, Naples, Palm Beach and Miami (about 150 miles). We are centrally located and offer our residents and guests a world of possibilities that are just a short car ride away.
Disney Parks/Universal Studios/Sea World – 90 miles
Town of Lake Placid City of Murals
Gulf/Atlantic Beaches – 90 miles
Everglades – 107 miles
Tampa, Naples, Miami – 150 miles
Key Largo – 193 miles
Key West – 295 miles