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Address: 140 E Stuart Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853
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Not a lot to see

When we visited it was very quiet and most shops were closed. Just one average coffee shop open. The historical centre is basically a small group of 1920's buildings which have... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2016
Mallow106
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

When we visited it was very quiet and most shops were closed. Just one average coffee shop open. The historical centre is basically a small group of 1920's buildings which have been renovated.

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Forestville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

We visited many times during our 3 month stay. Love all the thrift shops. The annual Mardi Gras parade is one of the best i have seen (even though it rained this year). The city is working hard to fill vacant store fronts and spruce itself up. The library is first rate.

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Tarpon Springs, Fl
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Lake Wales has signs stating that their downtown is a "historic" area. The downtown is in fact about one square block. It is definitely not a destination but merely a place to stop when passing through. We didn't find it to be anything special. In fact it was kind of disappointing.

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Thank MeredithandJoe
Belvidere, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Empty store fronts and junk shops. Lots of places to get your hair cut. They need to update their brochures. The Grand Hotel has a fence around it. In preparation to tear it down?

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Thank Laurel F
Winter Haven
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152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

Lake main street is like many other main streets, it is lacking in decent shops or any shops, there appears to be more closed stores than open stores. Although they have one of the best bakeware and cooking shop I have ever been in, there is nothing that you could possibly want in your kitchen that you could not get... More 

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Lake Wales, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Last Sat. of every month a car cruise is held on Stuart Ave. Weather permitting there is quite a few cars on display there. The time is from 4:00 PM. till 8:00 PM. It is a free thing to do for the car buffs.

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Thank Richard S
Lake Wales, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are some nice shops there and the old buildings are great. They hold farmers markets monthly. Very nice place.

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Thank Linda H
Winter Haven, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

First, I must say that the hardware store, kitchen store, a little cafe, Care Center, and murals are beautiful! I love them all! Sadly the rest of the stores are either abandoned or outrageously overpriced.

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Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 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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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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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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