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Downtown Main Street

Lake Wales, FL
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Ranked #8 of 9 Attractions in Lake Wales
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Most recent review
- Jul 26, 2014
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The Villages, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
67 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Harrington, Maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

For those who have an interest in Deco and 1920's style Florida development this is a well preserved area with some antique shops, hardware, offices, arcade and food available.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Cute little town but nothing to do. Was disappointed in lack of restaurants. Was hoping to eat downtown, but ended up at beef OBradys I could eat there any time...

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