Lake Wales, Florida

Lake Wales FL Real Estate, Lake Wales Area and Community Information



Lake Wales is a somewhat small city that is situated in Central Florida just a short distance from Tampa and Lake Kissimmee. The city is part of Polk County and the Winter Haven-Lakeland Metropolitan area. This is a quiet community that makes for a great place to retire or raise kids.

History of Lake Wales

Lake Wales has always been an ideal spot for fishing, hunting and farming, and in its earliest years, it was home to various native American tribes. However, settlers ame to the area in the 1870s, and many of them stayed due to its bounty of game and fish. These new settlers were mainly farmers who raised cattle and grew citrus.

One of these early settlers was a surveyor by the name of Sidney Wailes who named the town Lake Wailes. Over time, the spelling of Lake Wailes was changed to Lake Wales, but it is not clear as to why this occurred. When the Atlantic Coast Railroad ran tracks though Lake Wales, the city began to blossom. Today, Lake Wales is brimming with a large variety of businesses, fun attractions and beautiful Lake Wales homes.

Parks and Recreation

If you choose to become a Lake Wales home buyer, you will have more than a dozen parks where you and your family can go to have fun. A favorite park among people living in Lake Wales properties is Crystal Lake Park, which is located on North Lake Shore Blvd. Features of Crystal Lake Park include a playground, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, picnic shelters and racketball courts.

If you enjoy boating and fishing, you will love Lake Wailes Park located on Lake Shore Blvd. Here, you can go boating or fishing on the gorgeous Lake Wailes. Lake Wailes Park also features several picnic tables, a basketball court, a soccer field and a hiking trail. A few other parks you may want to visit in Lake Wales are Mobley Park, Stuart Park and Lake Weaver Park.

Attractions and Activities

If you like to explore during your downtime, you will be glad to hear that there is a vast array of great attractions near Lake Wales FL homes. Some of the best museums in the area include Lake Wales Depot Museum and Cultural Center, Lake Wales Children's Museum and Polk County Historical Museum.

There are several nature-oriented attractions close to Lake Wales real estate as well, and some of the best are Bok Tower Gardens, Camp Mack's River Resort, Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, and Tiger Creek Preserve. Looking for attractions that cater to families? No problem! Check out LEGOLand Florida, Spook Hill and Westgate River Ranch.

Special Events in Lake Wales

Most everybody loves a good celebration, and when you purchase real estate in Lake Wales, you will have many opportunities to do just that. A popular event among people living in Lake Wales homes for sale is the Citizens Bank and Trust Lake Wales Art Festival, which takes place in March. Highlights of the festival include an art show, live music, food trucks and children's activities.

Another fun special event held in Lake Wales is Pioneer Days, which takes place each October. This event features craft demonstrations, Native American dancers, a car and tractor show, live music, and good food. Other events you may want to attend in Lake Wales include the Highland Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Mixon's Harvest Festival and the Annual Lake Wales Christmas Parade.

Are you looking for a terrific place in Florida to retire or raise a family? If so, our Lake Wales real estate agent can help! There are several beautiful homes for sale in Lake Wales, and we at Town & Country Real Estate can help you decide which one would be right for you. Do not wait another day! Phone Town & Country Real Estate now!

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