Introduction to Lake Wales, Florida
Lake Wales, Florida, in Polk county, is 24 miles E of Lakeland, Florida (center to center) and 53 miles E of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Lake Wales History
Sidney Irving Wailes surveyed this area in 1879. He changed the name of the Watts Lake to Lake Wailes. The city itself was founded near this lake in 1911-12. The Lake Wales Land Company planned it. A railroad was built by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1925. It joined the cities of Haines and Everglades, and a depot was established at Lake Wales.
Lake Wales and Nearby Attractions
- Lake Wales Public Library.
- Lake Wales Arts Center.
- Depot Museum.
- Historic Bok Sanctuary.
- Florida Skydiving Center.
- Lake Wales Little Theater.
Things To Do In Lake Wales
Lake Wales is located in the rolling hills of Polk County. It has numerous antique shops and art galleries. People who like hiking and biking would love the excellent 2.25 mile long path that runs beside the shores of Lake Wales. The city also has a huge area dedicated to athletic fields and public parks. The popular activities include boating, fishing, camping, picnicking and bird watching.
Lake Wales Transportation
The city has Lake Wales Municipal Airport to provide air service. Tampa International Airport provides access to national and international flights.
Lake Wales Higher Education
Warner Southern College serves the city.