Publix Water Tower, Florida
Who wants cake?
On Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando, the city of Lakeland is best known as the nation’s top producer of three-tier birthday cakes. OK, maybe it’s not — but Lakeland is home to Publix, an employee-owned grocery store chain with more than 1,100 locations throughout the Southeast. Constructed in 1982 in commemoration of the supermarket’s 50th anniversary, the 155-foot “hydrocake” with a 250,000-gallon capacity is topped with massive birthday candles that light up at night. Some of the candles even double as radio antennas.
Those in search of a more sensible treat will find it a few miles outside Lakeland in Plant City where the farming community’s agricultural pride and joy is reflected in its hard-to-miss municipal water tower.