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Address: Lake Wales, FL
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing

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Typical main street. Nice for a visit

There isn't much to this main street except that its quaint and neat look back at old florida but the stores leave much to be desired since they are mostly business offices. A... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Miami
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Miami
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199 reviews 199 reviews
58 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There isn't much to this main street except that its quaint and neat look back at old florida but the stores leave much to be desired since they are mostly business offices. A couple of restaurants but i didn't eat in any. Cute

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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175 reviews 175 reviews
15 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We had looked forward to seeing the historical downtown as we followed the signs and when we parked we found ourselves wondering where it was. Yes there are signs on some buildings stating they are historical but many of them appear empty. I would have liked to know what the buildings had been. The only bright spot we found was... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had read of their historic (1920's) downtown, the flags read "Vintage charm, progressive vision". We were so disappointed. The stores were not much to speak of, as was the area. Perhaps, they are still working on the vision. One can imagine the elegance was once at the Grand Hotel. In its disrepair, it still is quite imposing. We had... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A hope and a prayer - nice old buildings as many other old towns - few people fighting to save it - but a few interesting places - several empty ones - great Mayer Jewelry Store - couple places to have a sandwich - just a matter of time before they stick a fork in it. Really need a college... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were there between 2 & 3 p.m. on Saturday the 12th of July. The area has the old southern charm of a small town . The old buildings are great to look at. But most of the store were closed early so we cruised around the streets. Of course a major thunderstorm was brewing and this also cleared out... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If people want tourist and business then people need a reason to go there. Stores need to be professional and open and close when they say they will. There is so much potential. Yes there's a hotel they let die. Instead of A sign saying felony for trespassing it wouldn't cost hardly anything to put up pics in front of... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Quaint little downtown center that is a step back in time to the 1920's and 1930's. Good for a nice stroll down memory lane.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We downloaded the historic walking tour map from Lake Wales' website and hoped for interesting architecture. There is some, especially the Arcade building, but we did not find the few buildings to be very special. The hotel, once an elegant building, is terribly dilapidated. Most of the old buildings are on two streets; our walk lasted no more than 45... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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172 reviews 172 reviews
70 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Walking downtown is relaxing, but to go shopping is not my recommendation. I have been here a few times and every time I regret wasting my time thinking of buying anything. You must understand that there are very rich people in this area and from other place that come to visit, so the prices to them seem reasonable. However, rarely... More 

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Largo, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

It definitely seems like it has seen better days. And it's seems like all of the businesses are dying, so try to spend a little at the downtown merchants to keep the small businesses afloat. Small town America is dying before our eyes.

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