Grab your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen then jump aboard as we head off on another Road Trip Diary, this time to sunny Lake Placid Florida!


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Lake Placid Florida is located in Highlands County Florida which is located in the center of the state that has a full-time population of just over 21,000 people.

An easy day trip in either direction provides folks who are looking for a day out on the town easy access as both coasts of Florida are within 90 minutes of the town as well and Disney and their world-renowned amusement parks and entertainment are just 90 minutes to the North.

Closer, larger cities such as West Palm Beach and Tampa around just over 60 minutes away making Lake Placid a great central location with larger attractions not far away while still providing its residents with the small-town feel that central Florida is known for.

Fun Things To Do In Lake Placid:

You know us, we are always looking for fun things to do when we are in new cities throughout Florida, and Lake Placid certainly provides its visitors with exactly that!

Wall Murals In Uptown:

Wall Murals In Uptown

One Of The Most Visited Lake Placid Florida Wall Murals In Historic Uptown

By far the most artistic and beautiful part of the “uptown” area of Lake Placid are the 47 life-like murals that have been painted on the sides of walls. Here, local artists started contributing their work starting in 1992 as the project was originally put together by local art enthusiasts Bob and Harriet Porter.

If you are looking for information both on the past and current lifestyles of Lake Placid residents, make sure you take the time to view all the murals as the art was based on the city’s past and present.

Toby’s American Clown Museum:

American Clown Museum

Have A Few Laughs At The American Clown Museum In Lake Placid Florida!

For all you jokers on this road trip, this is a must-stop!

Founded in 1993, the museum provides over 700 pieces of clown memorabilia, art, and fanfare from several decades of the past.

This stop won’t take long but will certainly add to the fun of the visit!

Lake Placid Tower:

Once A Popular Tourist Attraction, The Lake Placid Tower In Lake Placid Florid Provides A Central Point For All The city activities!

Once A Popular Tourist Attraction, The Lake Placid Tower In Lake Placid Florid Provides A Central Point For All The city activities!

Originally called the “Happiness Tower” it is constructed in solid concrete block and provides a beautiful observation tower over the entire city just off of US Highway 27.

Now a cell phone tower and not a tourist attraction to take part in, this tower is over 240 feet tall and is one of the main focal points of the city where locals use it as a central directional point for area activities.

Top Places To Eat In Lake Placid:

When taking in the sites and sounds of the city one is surely to get hungry, take a look a look at the following places to get a quick bite!

Jaxson’s Bar And Grill:

If southern cooking is what you are looking for make sure you make a stop here as you will not be disappointed!

Known for its all-you-can-eat local catfish, Jaxson’s provides a fun and friendly family dining experience with inexpensive plates made for all ages.

One of the bonuses is that it is open much later than some of the other restaurants, when we were there it was open and serving a full menu until 10 p.m.!

Glenda Jean’s Country Kitchen:

The Cinnamon Rolls At Glenda Jeans In Lake Placid Florida Are A Breakfast Staple!

The Cinnamon Rolls At Glenda Jeans In Lake Placid Florida Are A Breakfast Staple!

If you are looking for some of the best homemade cinnamon rolls in the state of Florida then make sure to take a stop here!

Known for its hearty lunches, servers calling you by your first name, and a feeling of being a local, Glenda Jean’s is the place to go for breakfast when stopping through Lake Placid!

Real Estate In Lake Placid Florida:

If you are relocating or simply want a second place to call home then Lake Placid offers several locations that are affordable and provide plenty of amenities that the whole family can enjoy.

For the senior crowd, several manufactured home parks in the area offer some of the lowest lot rents in the entire state including Paradise Village, a waterfront community complete with its onside manager, walking trails, and clubhouse.

One of the biggest selling points of Paradise Village is the fact that their community pool is directly waterfront so one can watch the boats go by while enjoying their afternoon swim!

If you have little ones in tow then several neighborhoods are nearby the #1 Rated Sebring Florida Metro Rated High School, Lake Placid High School.

Here, students have plenty of opportunities to participate in a myriad of afterschool activities, and challenging advanced placement courses as well as gain real-world employment experience for whatever lies ahead for them after graduation.


Did you get your fill of sunny Lake Placid Florida yet?

If not, please feel free to reach out to us anytime as we will be happy to help answer any further questions you may have about this beautiful central Florida city as it has so much to offer!

Our Take On Lake Placid Florida:

While Lake Placid may currently remain hidden from the bustling mainstream, it beckons as a hidden gem that merits your attention. Nestled in a charming cocoon of obscurity, this quaint haven invites you to indulge in an enriching experience that promises to pleasantly surprise. It’s a well-kept secret, waiting to be unveiled, and we ardently advocate for you to embrace the opportunity to explore its treasures.

Within this unassuming pocket of Central Florida, a sun-kissed afternoon becomes a canvas for delightful escapades. Stroll through its serene streets and bask in the warm embrace of the Florida sun as you discover a myriad of offerings that await your curiosity. The allure of Lake Placid lies not only in its physical landscape but also in the intangible essence that permeates its atmosphere.

From the scenic vistas that soothe the soul to the engaging cultural tapestry woven by its residents, Lake Placid’s unassuming facade conceals a trove of experiences that beg to be unearthed. Engage with its local artisans, savor culinary delights that celebrate regional flavors, and immerse yourself in a tranquil ambiance that stands as a stark contrast to the frenetic pace of more popular destinations.

Embracing an afternoon in Lake Placid is akin to embarking on a journey of discovery, where each step unfurls a new facet of its identity. As the sun arcs gracefully across the sky, casting its radiant glow upon the landscape, you’ll find yourself enchanted by the hidden charisma that defines this unpretentious locale. It’s an afternoon that promises not just diversion, but a rewarding investment in moments that linger in your memories, a testament to the enchanting allure of Lake Placid in sunny Central Florida.

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