Lake Placid, Florida: Lake Placid Tower

Built in 1961, the 27-story-high "Happiness Tower" was a ride-to-the-top-and-look-at-the-view attraction in the days before Disney. But it's been closed and abandoned for years.
Address:
461 US Hwy 27 N., Lake Placid, FL
Directions:
Downtown, on the northbound side of US Hwy 27. It's the tallest thing around.
Admission:
Free
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Lake Placid Tower can be seen from the road...

[Carmen Alvarez, 05/28/2016]

Lake Placid Tower.

Lake Placid Tower

I have lived in Florida my entire life and had never driven down this stretch of US 27. The Lake Placid Tower opened in 1961 and is 270 feet tall. At the time of its completion, it was said to be the tallest concrete block tower in the world. Sadly, the tower is not open any more. But it's still a sight to see.

[Jack, 10/01/2015]

In its heyday, tourists would pay $3.00 to ride an elevator to the top of what was then called "Happiness Tower." But its owners never upgraded it to meet fire code standards, and it's been abandoned for years. Now it's used as a cell phone tower.

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