Explore Lake Placid
There is so much to do and see while you are here in Lake Placid, Florida whether you’re a foodie, enjoy art or are an animal lover, we have attractions that are great for the entire family.
A hidden gem in Highlands County. The Secret Garden Winery in Lake Placid, Florida, opened its doors in November 2019 and is now offering wine tastings daily (except Mondays) or wine flights for $9.99. Come escape to the “country” and enjoy a glass of sangria or even grape juice. They are family-friendly!
Home to award winning wines, U-Pick muscadine and scuppernong grapes, strawberries (seasonal), 200 free-range chickens and Country Store.
The Winery operation began with the first crush of muscadine & scuppernong grapes from our own vineyards in August 2003. Handpicked, and toted with care, the grapes where crushed into the primary fermenator boxes to await careful analysis and recipe completion.
Their first vats were bottled in November 2003. They produce seven styles of country style wines celebrating the taste of the south. The winery is housed in a converted agricultural grain bin. The metal bin has been outfitted with heavy timber beams, a second floor, guest viewing area, and an outside crushing porch.
Wine tasting and tours are available.
Supporting a beautiful yet delicate ecosystem, central Florida’s Highlands Hammock possesses one of the state’s most unique and richly divergent collection of plant and animal life.
Toby’s Clown School
There may be only one museum dedicated to American Clowns and you’ll find it in Lake Placid, Florida! At last count, more than 1,500 significant pieces of clown memorabilia are located within the walls of the American Clown Museum and School. You’ll see clown clothing and art spanning the century. Many pieces of circus art are here, including a large collection of clown figurines.
There’s a reason you’ll find clowns everywhere. Our town is home to Toby’s American Clown Museum and School. More than 1,500 clowns have graduated from Toby’s school and are now clowning in Lake Placid or their own home town.
The Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative was created in 1992 by three Lake Placid, Florida artists: Carol Mills, Harriet Porter, and Suellen Robinson. They envisioned it as a place for local artists and crafters to display and sell their unique creations. It is now an artist-run gallery & classroom offering original, handcrafted arts and crafts for any person in your life or room in your house.
Lake Placid Mural Society
Come to the Lake Placid Chamber/Mural Gallery, 18 N. Oak St. Open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday Season Hours (January – April) 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. except for holidays. View a 10-minute video, which answers most of the questions visitors have asked. The original mural renderings are on display. Purchase a $4.00 mural tour book.
The history of each mural is in the book. The artist hides something in each mural, and the book tells you what to look for. Sometimes the artist leaves something out.
LaLa Land is a private 50 acre farm located in Lake Placid. The property features oak hammock, bay head, Florida grassland pastures and two fish ponds. Your private guided visit will include viewing and/or individual interaction with exotic animals such as zebras, wallabies, a camel, spotted llamas and a Flemish Giant bunny. There are also pot belly pigs, chickens, dwarf and miniature horses, standard horses, a mule, donkeys and cows on the property. You may even experience a visit from our very own and famous yellow corn snake named “Lucky”. Wildlife is plentiful and often active on the farm. Fishing gear is available so you can try your luck at landing a big bass, brim, blue gill, or tilapia while our resident alligator watches.
Visits to LaLa Land are by appointment only, will be personally guided by the owner Terri Lynn Crutchfield, and will be designed to accommodate your specific interests. Many of the animals at LaLa Land are also a part of TLC Therapy Hooves and, along with a team of volunteers, visit senior care centers and nursing homes in Highlands and Hardee counties free of charge on a monthly basis. 100% of the proceeds from your visit is a tax deductible donation to TLC Therapy Hooves and will help TLC continue her mission to bring joy to others through her animals. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to personally experience the “Real Florida” as well as interact with some wonderful exotic animals, please contact Terri at 863-699-0777
Gatorama was started in 1957 by Cecil Clemons and is one of 12 remaining of the original 72 attractions operating in the heyday of roadside tourist attractions in the 50s and 60s before the big mouse moved to Florida.
In the old days the railroad workers would stop here to have lunch..it was a high sandy ridge running through the glades. Alligators were naturally found in this area. Cecil bought the land and fenced the alligators in. The large alligators in the front pond are some of the original stock and the biggest are well over 60 or 70 years old.
The crocodiles were brought into Gatorama in 1968 before they were an endangered species. Crocs natural range is from about Sanibel Island south. They are now mostly found in the Florida Keys. Gatorama has the only productive breeding colony of American Crocs in the US and we are one of the few facilities permitted to accept nuisance crocs from the wild. Nuisance crocs must be relocated….they cannot be harvested the same as nuisance alligators are.
These are hands on experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. Roll up your sleeves an jump in with some of the inhabitants that call Gatorama home. We have something for everyone, so look around and see what we’ve got in store for you.
Archibold Biological Station
A biological station is a scientific resource for field study of the natural environment. The Archbold Biological Station, lying within the headwaters of the Everglades in south central Florida, is one of the most renowned in the world.
Archbold Biological Station, established in 1941, is the primary division of Archbold Expeditions, a not-for-profit independent research institution in central Florida. The Station is dedicated to long-term ecological research, part of the global effort to understand, interpret and preserve the world’s natural heritage. Our research helps guide land management decisions for regional scrub protected areas. Archbold is used heavily for education including research training for graduates and undergraduates from around the world, use by visiting college classes, extensive K-12 education, and public outreach.
The general public is welcome to visit Archbold and discover this national treasure. Whether you love nature, conservation, science, history or living green, visiting Archbold is a great way to learn, relax, and enjoy a unique atmosphere.
We offer several options for exploring Archbold starting with the Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center. Sign in by completing the Release of Liability form at the Welcome Office. Pick up a brochure or nature trail guidebook and begin your adventure.
Get In Touch
We invite you to visit our Chamber office, also referred to as the Welcome Center:
Open: Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. January through March
Open: Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April through December
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. January through March