Found near the very center of the Florida peninsula, Lake Wales offers a glimpse of Old Florida and a deep dive into the Florida of today and tomorrow. In Lake Wales, tower bells ring from the Historic Bok Sanctuary – a collection of gardens and frequent site of outdoor concerts. Murals enliven the historic downtown, designed by the firm of famed city planner Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Also, don’t miss the Lake Wales Art Center. The church, with its cupolas and bell towers, dates to 1927. Lake Wales: Not Out of the Way, Just Out of the Ordinary.