Area Residents and Visitors Guide


Welcome to Lake Wales, the “Crown Jewel of the Ridge.” Voted “the friendliest small town in Florida,” its unique history and architecture, diverse accommodations, environmental, cultural and recreational attractions, charming shops and restaurants, make the Lake Wales area a great place to live. Its friendly residents – the true jewels in the Lake Wales crown – also welcome visitors to take time out from the mundane, to discover a better way of life –– and a great place to work, relax and play.

Although the early city planners of Lake Wales could not have foreseen the tremendous growth Florida would see in the area’s first 60 years, these forefathers had the vision to create a community design that still works well today.

It all began by discovering the perfect location. The City of Lake Wales –19 square miles in size with an estimated 14,000 residents– is situated along the state’s geographical ridge which at 298 feet boasts the highest elevation in the peninsular Florida.This advantageous location gives Lake Wales a climate rich in Florida sunshine, but with less humidity than the coastal areas. Daytime temperatures rarely exceed the mid-90’s during the summer and seldom fall below the 60’s in winter. Yearly rainfall averages 48 inches, occurring mostly in late spring and summer. This pleasant atmosphere is further enhanced by rolling hills, a carpet of lush green citrus trees, and the inviting waters of numerous lakes.

Enjoy an early morning walk on the trail around Lake Wailes, visit the lush gardens surrounding our world-renowned bell tower, enjoy an outstanding concert or play, or meander through our lovingly preserved historic downtown district. During the season, you might catch the annual two-day Art Show by the lake, experience music by artists from around the world during the International Carillon festival, party at the Mardi Gras celebration, Monthly Classic Car Shows in Historic Downtown Lake Wales, or attend productions at the Lake Wales Little Theatre, a 140-seat community playhouse run by volunteers.

The Lake Wales community works constantly to improve while enjoying the life  built here on Florida’s ridge. Today, as the city continues to celebrate its proud heritage, it also offers an environment with opportunities for business and industry to grow and prosper.

The Chamber’s mission is to promote and enhance a strong business climate while supporting a desirable quality of life in the greater Lake Wales area. Whether you represent a business or are seeking the best in cultural, educational and recreational amenities, you will find it in Lake Wales. Please think of the Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce as your key to discovering all that our community has to offer.

The Lake Wales Area Chamber of Commerce is at your service, ready to assist you with general and in-depth information about this wonderful community. We invite you to “Discover Lake Wales…the Crown Jewel of the Ridge” through this web site, stop by our Visitor Center, or give us a call – we’ll be glad to help!