10 Things to do Good for Kids in Lake Wales That You Shouldn't Miss

May 16, 2022 Roseanne Arnett

Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 14,225 at the 2010 census. As of 2014, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 15,140. It is part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lake Wales is located in central Florida, west of Lake Kissimmee and east of Tampa.
Restaurants in Lake Wales

1. Alligator Cove Airboat Nature Tours

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Alligator Cove Airboat Nature Tours

Visit the Headwaters to the Everglades, with 6 passenger airboat into marshlands and waters of the Famous Kissimmee Basin. View alligators big and small, birds in abundance and all the wildlife that lives here. Stories told, history, time for photos and laughter too. Be taken back in time to Florida's natural state, with NO HOMES TO VIEW on this trip, just nature as it should be, up close and personal.

2. Alligator's Unlimited Airboat Nature Tours

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Alligator's Unlimited  Airboat Nature Tours

Located on the beautiful Kissimmee River in Lake Wales Fl. We take you on a airboat adventure thru the vast swamps and marshes of the Kissimmee River and Dead River. We go where only a 6 passanger airboat would dare go. Come visit and see for yourself the true Florida. Our USCG Licensed Master Captains are NATIVE FLORIDIANS, who were born and raised in the swamp! We know all the good spots to visit, to see all wildlife. The headwaters of the Everglades have to offer! Call for your reservation today.

3. Grape Hammock

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Grape Hammock

Our Central Florida Airboat Ride is approximately 1 hr to 1 hr & 15 minutes. The boat is set up where everyone has a great view. Ear protection is provided for everyone and we have life vests for the kids. Under 6 is required by law to wear. What to bring: recommend sunglasses and extra layer or jacket during cooler weather. Camera, plenty of opportunities so don't forget that! Capt. Kevin & Capt. Barrett are native Floridians, born and raised on Lake Kissimmee. The tour takes your group along the shoreline of the 3rd largest lake, through the back-water marshes and around a unique fresh water island. The boat is equipped with audio communication headsets.

4. Struthers' Honey

8024 Rose Ter, Lake Wales, FL 33898-9427 +1 863-696-4319
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Struthers' Honey

Reviewed By cheapfisherman - Winter Haven, United States

It is nice to see the honor system still out there. Bring cash or you can write them a check. It is a nice place to stop and get a local souvieneer.

5. Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3470 +1 863-676-1408 [email protected] https://boktowergardens.org/tower-gardens/the-gardens
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Bok Tower Gardens

Explore the landscaped gardens of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and one of Florida’s natural habitats on the Pine Ridge Trail. You can also discover the history of Edward W. Bok and the building of his 205 foot Singing Tower and tour the historic Pinewood Estate mansion to catch a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of the 1930s. Enjoy the all new Children's Garden, Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen and Wild Garden. Visitor Center includes exhibits on the life of Edward Bok and the Carillon. Enjoy a healthy meal at the Blue Palmetto Cafe and take home a memento from the Tower shop.

Reviewed By OldFloridaGuy - Lakeland, United States

As we live in the area, we are frequent visitors to Bok Tower Gardens. The simple fact that we return often confirms our appreciation for the beauty and restorative power of this place. Many reviewers have highlighted the history of Bok’s masterwork and its connection, through the legendary Olmsted family, to Central Park. So, let me simply mention that the gardens are exquisite, the view from atop Iron Mountain inspiring, the carillon tower an architectural marvel and the park brilliantly managed. On-site are an informative historical exhibit, an above-average cafe—often featuring live music—a delightful gift shop, a plant shop featuring native plants and specimens of those in the gardens and a free shuttle for those with mobility challenges. Much of the expansive trail system within the gardens is shaded and the altitude affords a reliable breeze.

6. Lake Kissimmee State Park

14248 Camp Mack Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898-8441 +1 863-696-1112 http://www.floridastateparks.org/lakekissimmee/default.cfm
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Lake Kissimmee State Park

Reviewed By Q3629GUheidim

Highly recommend coming here for a Segway Tour!! Such a fun, new way to see and learn about the park. It's a beautiful area with lots of wildlife and scenery. I was surprised how easy it was to use the Segway!! Wonderful experience for all.

7. Lake Wales History Museum

325 S Scenic Hwy, Lake Wales, FL 33853-3873 +1 863-676-1759 [email protected] http://www.lakewalesfl.gov/439/Lake-Wales-Museum
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Lake Wales History Museum

Created in 1976, the Lake Wales History Museum is housed in the former 1928 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is free to the public, offering self-guided tours of permanent exhibits with artifacts, images and documents in our permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, and train cars. Upon entry, visitors are given a boarding pass which identifies a specific Lake Wales pioneer to follow through their museum visit. Visitors learn about the natural history of the Lake Wales Ridge beginning with Florida’s native people to the development of Lake Wales’ railroad, industry and residents of the 20th century. Visitors can now hear over 80 stories of Lake Wales’ pioneers and history through our new audio tour launched in the summer of 2018. Guests may visit our newly restored 1926 Seaboard Air Line Railroad caboose, the 1916 office car and 1944 US Army locomotive engine.

Reviewed By susana925 - Holly, United States

My husband and I spent about an hour here and it was worth every minute!! All the local history was well done and the historical information area about the prohibition was outstanding!

8. Florida's Natural Visitor Center

20160 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, FL 33853-2425 +1 863-679-4110 https://floridasnatural.com/who-we-are/visitors-center.php
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Florida's Natural Visitor Center

Reviewed By auvoir - Des Moines, United States

truly one of the nicest gift shops i've been too, yes, there are plants...books...jewelry...art glass...just so much, all garden related...

9. Westgate River Ranch Resort

3200 River Ranch Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33867-1201 +1 863-692-1321 [email protected] http://www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/florida/river-ranch/westgate-river-ranch-resort/
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Westgate River Ranch Resort

An authentic Florida dude ranch nestled in one of the few untouched pieces of Florida wilderness, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo lies just one hour south of Orlando and features a variety of Florida cowboy-themed accommodations and activities.

Reviewed By W8097REsusanl

My wife surprised me with a family getaway on my 50th Birthday. We spent Friday-Sunday on the property. We stayed in the Teepee and they were amazing. We booked several excursions to include the following, horseback riding, adventure park, skeet shooting (the guy running this was amazing), the Rodeo was the best I have ever attended it was very well done and honored our military veterans. The kids had an opportunity to take park in the rodeo. What made the trip really special for us with the relationship we made with the staff at the ranch. Eden was truly amazing her level of service was world class and simply a pleasure to have working to make sure we had a great experience. Overall, it was an amazing birthday and we would consider going back.

10. Lake Wailes Park

East Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853 http://www.cityoflakewales.com/325/Lake-Wailes-Park-Information
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Lake Wailes Park

Reviewed By lspez - Chicago, United States

We walk this lake several times a week. Nice paved path along a beautiful lake. We see birds and turtles. The only problem is a few dog owners let their dogs off leash. They are a far distance from owners, and also noticed they don’t pick up after their dog So just be ready for the possibility of dogs running free

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