A couple couple hours’ drive northwest from the bustle and beaches of South Florida sits a little town that thinks big. Lake Placid was named after the famous Lake Placid in the New York Adirondack mountains at the suggestion of Dr. Melvil Dewey, namesake of the famed Dewey Decimal System. Apparently, inventing a proprietary library classification system just isn’t enough for some people.
As you would expect, there’s a lake named Placid here, and it isn’t the only one in the region — there are 27 to be exact. People come here to boat, fish, golf, take a winery tour, ride an airboat and get away from the hectic pace of life.