Nestled between the bigger cities of Lake Wales and Frostproof, Babson Park, Florida is a small, quiet town located along the stretch of Highway 27. Many tourists drive through this beautiful city as they traverse the miles between north and south Florida, since Highway 27 is the main route to take to travel from the bottom to the top of the state.
Babson Park is the perfect stopping place if you want to get away from it all but still have access to everything you need to keep Fido busy, happy, and healthy. With eight vet clinics to choose from within ten miles of the city, you can rest assured your furry friends will have excellent care should anything come up while you are on vacation.
Two delicious pet-friendly restaurants in Lake Wales are available for your dining pleasure. Crazy Fish Bar and Grill offers fresh Florida seafood and welcomes well-behaved, leashed pets to their outdoor patios Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). If seafood is not your cup of tea, you and Fido can enjoy a peaceful meal at Beef o'Brady's, where American bar and grill classics are on the menu. The outside patio tables are dog-friendly, but the restaurant recommends calling ahead to ensure availability and make a reservation.
While Babson Park may be small, it is home to the second-largest lake in Polk County, Crooked Lake, located in the park of Crooked Lake Prairie. You and Fido will enjoy hiking, fishing, and exploring nature on this 525-acre lake property. While you are exploring, you will find two trails you can choose from. The first trail takes you to the scenic area of Crooked Lake, and the other will take you into the scrubs. You can't beat the natural beauty either way, but you should be extra alert in the scrubs because you will need to keep Fido away from the prickly pear cactus! Bring lots of water and plan a picnic on one of their picnic areas.