There’s a lot to explore in the areas around you. This attraction is a great way to learn more about your surrounding community. Tour Lake Placid is only about 1 mile from Paradise Village 55+ community! It takes about a 5 minute drive to expand your knowledge of Lake Placid, Florida. This attraction offers guests more than just history. Dive into what makes this town special by paying it a quick visit.
The Town of Murals
The Lake Placid Mural Society formed this attraction to beautify the town and tell its history. The Town of Murals is an outdoor art gallery with over 47 larger than life murals! Interestingly, some of these murals have sound, while most of them have hidden items. The murals are designed along with companion pieces such as 17 one-of-a-kind trash containers. Other design pieces found in the Town of Murals include 45 bird plaques, over 27 clown cut-outs, a life-size bronze Florida black bear and so much more. In addition, guests are able to embark on tours of the area and art galleries. You can book a group tour, experience self- guided tours, or purchase a bus tour of the art galleries for only $6.
Titles and Significance
Lake Placid, Florida carries approximately 1800 residents. Surprisingly, as small as the area may be, Lake Placid is known for having a series of many titles. Due to the 27 pristine lakes found within this small town, Lake Placid is given the title of Florida’s Lake Country. With its thriving nature, there’s more than just lakes that make Lake Placid significant. It is the Caladium capital of the world! 95% of the world’s caladiums are grown right in this little town. Like stated above, Lake Placid is also known as the Town of Murals.
Toby’s Clown School
In addition to the many sights found in the Town of Murals, “Tour Lake Placid” consists of the American Clown Museum and School. Since 1993, Toby’s clowns have been bringing smiles to life. Lake Placid has the distinction of having more clowns per capita than any town in Florida. Keith Stokes (also known as Toby) began spending time in Lake Placid, where he began to miss being a Shrine clown. He organized the first class of clowns and graduated 6 clowns. Now, more than 1500 clowns have graduated from the American Clown School. The mission of Toby’s Clown School is to teach the art of clowning and to spread Smiles, Love & Laughter. On the exterior walls, you will discover two of Lake Placid’s famous murals. One is “Toby’s First Clown Class”, by Keith Goodson. The other is “The Art of Clowning”, by Monica Turner. Visit the gift-shop where you can purchase souvenirs, clothing, costumes and clown memoribilia.
The Lake Placid Country Fair
This fair is held annually on the first full weekend in February. There are over 200 arts and crafts booths, plenty of food and continuous entertainment. The two-day event draws thousands of visitors, and has become one of the largest in the state. You can also take a shuttle van to the cafeteria of the Lake Placid Elementary School, where the best artists and crafters present their work to be judged.
Visit Lake Placid
There is a lot to explore even in a little town. During your stay at Paradise Village, pay a visit to some of the nearest attractions. Combine our community amenities with those found around the area. “Tour Lake Placid” is the first step to getting involved.