Area Residents and Visitors Guide


Swim, Hike, Fish, Bike… Explore the Fun that’s in our Nature

Florida is famous for man-made attractions. But Central Florida offers virtually endless opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors.

Polk County, with its all year round warm temperatures and more than 550 lakes, offers travelers a wide range of distinctive opportunities to soak up the Florida sun while communing with Mother Nature. You just need to know where to look (or walk, or pedal).

Things To Do In Central Florida On Foot

Think standing in line for an adventure park ride is the only thing your feet are good for while in the Lake Wales area? With 37 nature parks nestled nearby on more than 25,000 preserved acres, this region offers nature lovers a vast assortment of foot-friendly trails and terrain. Consider your travel party’s hiking skill level when visiting any of these popular outdoor hot spots:

Cycling Through Your Sunshine State Vacation

Traveling around Polk County with a crew of avid cyclists? The area touts an extensive list of multipurpose trails and paths, offering numerous choices for those who love pedaling. Near Lake Wales, be sure to check out trails like the Fort Fraser Trail, TECO Trail, Chain of Lakes Trail, General James A. Van Fleet State Trail and Loyce Harpe Park to find a cycling stretch that delivers the perfect distance and endurance level for everyone in your party.

If you don’t have your own wheels with you this trip, BeFly Bike ToursLeRoy’s Bikeworks and Road and Trail Bicycles offer and assortment of rentals.

Get Out On The Water And Enjoy Some Florida Fishing

Anxious to get a closer look at some of the hundreds of lakes in the region? Gather up the crew and embark on a fishing adventure. Polk County, aka the “Bass Capital of the World” is teeming with chances to reel in an amazing catch. For an extra Florida fishing thrill, be sure to check out some of Polk County phosphate pits that have recently received international acclaim as some of the best angler areas in the region.

Of course, bass aren’t the only fish found in these lakes. Veteran and first time anglers can get out on the water for a chance to hook a wide range of species such as bluegill, crappie and catfish.

Whatever you love about the outdoors, you can find it near Lake Wales. Hiking, cycling and fishing are all great ways to enjoy the natural wonders that a Central Florida vacation can deliver. To request the new Celebrate Nature Guide stop by the Chamber offfice. If you love nature and the outdoors, take a look at the great Outdoor and Nature Trip Ideas to plan your Central Florida vacation!

Take an authentic tour of Florida’s Natural Experience

From the moment you walk through the door of the Grove House, you’ll feel right at home. Learn all about our humble citrus growing beginnings and follow our rich history. And of course, no visit is complete without sampling one of the many varieties of Florida’s Natural® Brand Premium juices.

The gift shop offers plenty of great keepsakes as reminders of your visit to Lake Wales and area groves.

The Grove House
20160 US Highway 27
Lake Wales, Florida 33853-2425
800-237-7805 x4110

10:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday
10:00 AM-2:00 PM Saturday (Seasonal)
Closed Sunday
Closed June through the end of September

From North Florida – Interstate 75 to Florida’s Turnpike South to Highway 27 South

From Tampa – Highway 60 East to Highway 27 North

From Orlando – Interstate 4 West to Highway 27 South

From South Florida – Florida’s Turnpike to Highway 60 West to 27 North