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Highlands County Parks & Nature
Hiking and biking can be found all over Lake Placid and the rest of the county. They are creating new multi-use trails all the time. Some of the best places to hike, bike and view wildlife are listed below:
Highlands Hammock State Park is an incredible place to visit, and a must see! Wildlife abounds and there is a wide variety of trails - some short and some longer and it's a fabulous place to ride bikes or take a guided tram tour.
Even closer to Lake Placid is Lake June In Winter State Park - right on the shores of Lake June. This is a beautiful park for hiking. There is a family of American Bald Eagles right on the shore in a stand of dead trees, easily visible by boat when approaching the park on Lake June. There is approximately 3 miles of pristine park shoreline on Lake June - and this will prevent development and preserve this area!
Archbold Station is an interesting place to visit to learn about the region's geology and ecology.
Ridge Rangers - Experience the Lake Wales Ridge - explore natural areas, meet new people, gain valuable experience and save species from extinction.
Area Boating & Fishing
The lakes are the undisputed number one attraction in Highlands County. We've caught many largemouth bass in several of the lakes in Lake Placid, Sebring & Avon Park. Melissa caught a 7-pounder not two weeks before I wrote this! We catch and release the bass because there is quite a bit of fishing, but many people eat them as well as the excellent and more plentiful panfish (specks).
There are several public fishing areas in the parks around the lakes. Bishop park is on Lake June Rd. and has great picnic facilities, boat ramps and a good dock and fishing pier. Lake June Ball Fields is a huge park off Deen Blvd. "behind" downtown Lake Placid. There are boat ramps, a swimming beach and a fishing pier. These are just a couple of the many parks found around our lakes. Some, however, such as Placid Lakes Park, are only for residents. Lake Jackson in Sebring has public ramps, as well as Lake Clay and most others - see any road map for a wide variety (and we suggest trying several lakes!).
Check out our Lake Chart, which provides more information on most area lakes.
Placid Lakes has an 18-hole, par 72 golf & Country Club. It's located at 3601 Jefferson Ave. (863) 465-1626. We are one of their corporate sponsors!
Leisure Lakes also has a golf course. There is a motel with a built-in pool (right on Lake June) and tennis courts. We've had family and friends stay here and it's always been nice and clean. Find it at: Leeza Leisure Lakes Golf & Resort, 1057 Lake June Rd., Lake Placid FL, 33852-8937. (863) 465-0026
Lake Country Golf, Inc., 135 Sun ‘n Lake Blvd., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-5303 (NOTE: For sale now and not open - restaurant and driving range open.)
Country Club Of Sebring is a GREAT course and community 863- 382-3500
Harder Hall Country Club Inc(863) 382-05003201 Golfview Rd, Sebring
Golf Hammock Country Club(863) 382-21512222 Golf Hammock Dr, Sebring
Highlands Ridge Golf Club(863) 471-22993455 E Fairway Vista Dr, Avon Park
The Lake Placid Caladium Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is hed in ad aorudn the little downtown area. There is a fabulous car & bike show in DeVane Park ("the circle"). It's help in August, so it's pretty hot, but always very fun. There are games, crafts, entertainment, tours of the beautiful caladium fields and much more.Click here for more information and a map.
The Holiday Parade has over 100 floats and exhibits - it's really nice and goes right through downtown Lake Placid. Of course, Santa will be along for the ride too. We have a party that night at our office (directly on the parade route), so stop by. This year, we'll be passing out a special surprise!
Fireworks Over Lake June (in July). Celebrate Independence Day by viewing the fireworks that are shot over Lake June from the Lake June Ball field park - we always go by boat and it's a fantastic show.
Ag-Venture. This September event introduces children young and old to the world of agriculture. For further information contact Danielle or Darlene Phypers at (863) 465-2313 or Judy Brown (863) 655-0123
The Lake Placid Country fair is a great 2-day event in February that attracts over 200 crafters, entertainers and clubs. It's located in the downtown area. 2007 marked the 40th anniversary of the event ... not too long until it turns 50 ...
Other Great Area Attractions & Interesting Things
Gatorama is South of Lake Placid at 6180 US Hwy 27 in Palmdale. Phone: 863-675-0623.
Take the Lake Placid Mural Tour. Nearly 40 murals adorn the walls of buildings throughout town, and a lot of these are HUGE! Visit the Mural Society Webpage for a FREE mural location map and more info.
Henscratch Farms. Worth the trip! They have a variety of events including a great bluegrass festival, fall hayrides (near Halloween) and more. There is a country store, winery, vineyard tours & tastings, GREAT strawberry shakes & U-Pick berries.
Lake Placid Memorial Library is located on the DeVane Circle, at 47 Park Drive.
The Library has more than 35,000 items in its collection, including current bestselling books, fiction, nonfiction, videos, DVDs, children's books and magazines and newspapers. Part of the Heartland Library Cooperative.
Lake Placid Aeromodelers Club: Visitors are welcome to see radio control planes flying off the runway at our club field in Lake Placid, Fla. Meetings are second Friday of the month, 7:00 PM November to March
at Placid Lake's town hall at 2010 Jefferson Ave. For further information call Don Strong at 863- 465- 3503.
Florida Swamp Tours (FUN Charter Airboat Rides) 863-465-2524.
Lake Placid Historical Society Depot Museum is a cute place to visit right downtown near the railroad tracks. It's at: 19 Park Avenue West, Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-1771
the Highlands Little Theatre has Broadway-style plays and dramas on the shore or Lake Jackson. There is also dinner theatre - you should check this out!
Royal Palms Bowling Center is under new managment and has had a huge facelift and is now Coz's Sports Bar & Bowl (Mike Costello, Owner). Phone: 863-699-0925. There's bowling (of course), pool tables, video games, darts, a snack bar and a bar with big screen TV.
Placid Lakes Airport has a 4800-foot paved & lit runway (FAA identifier 8X6). There are homes directly off the runway and Key West style townhouses across the street.
Toby's Clown School (And Gift Shop) is a free clown college. It was started by Keith (Toby) Stokes in 1993 who with his many graduates entertain patients at area hospitals. It's located on DeVane Circle. For more information call: (863) 465-4438
The school system in Highlands is pretty good - we've been very happy with most everything about it. CLICK HERE for more information.
Sebring International Raceway is a world-class facility that hosts the world-reknown annual 12 Hours Of Sebring Race. It's located by the Sebring Airport at: 113 Midway Drive, Sebring, FL 33870 (863) 655-1442