4 things to do in Lake Placid, Florida

Posted on May 21, 2024 by Garber Communities

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Situated in the center of the state in Highlands County, Lake Placid, Florida, lives up to its name. With about 2,000 residents, it is drenched in small town charm.

Even so, Lake Placid brings international appeal. It’s known as the Caladium Capital of the World. It’s also just a short drive from the amenities of Sebring and boasts its own great things to do, while still offering residents a taste of the quiet life.

Whether you’re looking to visit and explore or settle down and call Lake Placid home, here are a few things to do in Lake Placid.

Attend the Caladium Festival

As already mentioned, Lake Placid is know as the Caladium Capital of the World—so you know you can’t miss the Annual Caladium Festival. Held in late July, this event has a three-decade history. It celebrates the many types of this beautiful plant, as well as the people who grow them. In addition, the festival honors everything that makes Lake Placid special, so it’s a great time to visit. The festival includes a car and bike show, art booths, food, entertainment and more. Learn more here.

Go fishin’

We’ve talked about the peaceful elements of Lake Placid, but we haven’t talked much about the “Lake” part—and there’s plenty to talk about! There are 29 named lakes in the area, all with something different to offer. Many of those lakes offer incredible fishing, with Lake Istokpoga known widely for some of the best. Anglers can take a look here for more information, then head out in search of their own favorite spot.

Take in the Town of Murals

Lake Placid might be known on the larger scene for its caladiums, but it has a more local claim to fame, as well: Murals. There are 47 beautiful works of art around Lake Placid, lending the town another nickname—The Town of Murals. The murals share the history of the town and are accompanied by sound and hidden items in some cases. There are also other works of art around town, including bird plaques and clown cutouts. A tour book is available for $4 at the Visitor’s Center, so art afficionados can enjoy a self-guided exploration.

Clown around town

Speaking of clowns, there’s a reason you’ll see so many when you visit Lake Placid. The town is home to Toby’s American Clown Museum and School, which has taught hundreds of clowns before sending them out into the world for days of silliness. The museum also features memorabilia, including clothing, art and figurines. This is one of the reasons people call Lake Placid “America’s Most Interesting Town.” Learn more here.

Ready to explore? Lake Placid truly offers so much to do, all with a peaceful, small-town feel. We know you’ll feel like you’re home as soon as you get to know this area. And if you want to call it home, Garber Communities offers a fantastic option for Lake Placid, Florida, real estate—Paradise Village. Click here to learn more, or give us a call at 407-949-8629.