Florida’s Natural Grove Store in Lake Wales is surrounded by orange groves, has a gift shop with tons of citrus themed products and souvenirs, a mini movie theatre and juice bar. It’s awesome!
The Grove Store is a unique place to visit during a Central Florida vacation. The Store is surrounded by orange groves, for obvious reasons, and it looks like an old country home; quaint and inviting.
The Gift Shop
Although most end their visits with a pass through a gift shop, you’re already in it when you enter the Grove Store. As mentioned, everything in the gift shop is citrus themed. You’ll find vintage citrus crate labels, orange flavored popcorn, citrus candles, soaps and lotions, Christmas tree ornaments, children’s books, jewelry and so much more. It’s one of the coolest places to shop in Lake Wales and the perfect place to find a souvenir to commemorate your Central Florida vacation.
The Juice Bar
Florida’s Natural orange juice out of the carton is delicious, but what if you could try their juices before they ever make it to the grocery store? Sharing a room with the gift shop is the juice bar, where you can sample small batches of fresh citrus juices made from whatever varieties are available at the time. Also near the juice bar is candy, lots of candy.
Exhibits and Museum
There is so much more to learn about citrus at The Grove Store. Several specialty exhibits feature short films and the museum features cool citrus artifacts that put the history of this industry into perspective.
Next we suggest the Florida’s Natural virtual tour. Have a seat inside The Grove Store’s mini theater and watch a 14-minute video that takes you from the Lake Wales grove where it all started, to the carton. You’ll learn about Florida’s Natural orange trees, how fruit is selected, squeezed and where it is distributed.
Fun Fact: Did you know Florida’s Natural grapefruit juice was the first premium not-from-concentrate juice on the market?
Here’s another Fun Fact: There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange?
Tour an Orange Grove
The orange grove that surrounds the Grove Store isn’t just for looks; it’s for learning too. During season, you can have a staff member escort you to different varieties of citrus trees (each is labeled).