Named after the Lake Worth Lagoon, which sits on its eastern border, Lake Worth is a beautiful waterfront city with a charming downtown core and quirky attractions like the Lake Worth Playhouse. Boaters and fishermen love the Lake Worth Lagoon, but you can also go boating on Lake Osbourne or visit Lake Worth Beach, which has a pier that stretches right out into the Atlantic Ocean. While you're down by the water, you can also enjoy a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants or pick up some fresh produce at the Lake Worth Farmer's Market.
1.Lake Worth Beach
Conveniently located right downtown, the Lake Worth Beach is a great place to swim, fish, or go for a stroll. The centerpiece of the beach is the long pier that juts out into the water, and although it's primarily meant for fishing, it's also a great place to go for a walk. Lifeguards are on duty during the day, and there's a municipal swimming pool if you'd rather stay out of the ocean. Several excellent restaurants can be found right across the street, and every other Friday, there's a public bonfire in the evening between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
South Ocean Boulevard, Lake Worth, FL
2.Downtown Lake Worth
Filled with historic buildings and quirky art galleries, Downtown Lake Worth is a great place to relax no matter what the time of year. It's a hub for creative entrepreneurs, and in addition to traditional restaurants and shops, visitors will find unique businesses like a tapas bar with board games and a wine bar hidden away inside a cozy bookstore. The town is also known for its arts scene, and every February, it hosts an exciting street painting festival that attracts more than 100,000 visitors who want to watch talented artists transform the downtown streets into an open-air gallery of chalk masterpieces.
3.South Florida National Cemetery
Set on a 313-acre property in the western part of the city, the South Florida National Cemetery has been open for burials since 2007, and it was created to serve as the burial place for veterans of the armed forces and their immediate family members. The grounds are always kept well-maintained, and visitors are welcome to come pay their respects, go for a walk, and read the names on the cemetery's Memorial Wall. Ceremonies are held here on Memorial Day and other special occasions, and the gates are open every day between sunrise and sunset.
6501 FL-7, Lake Worth, FL 33449, Phone: 561-649-6489
4.John Prince Memorial Park
The John Prince Memorial Park encompasses more than 700 acres on the shore of Lake Osbourne, and it offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. There's a boat launch for anyone who wants to take their canoe or kayak out on the lake, but if you'd rather enjoy the view from the shore, you can relax in one of the picnic pavilions. An outdoor fitness center and sports courts make it easy to stay in shape, and there's a dog park for your four-legged friends. If you want to spend the night, the park even has a campground with more than 275 sites.
2700 6th Ave S, Lake Worth, FL 33461, Phone: 561-966-6600
Located opposite the Lake Worth Beach on the shore of the Lake Worth Lagoon, Bryant Park is a great place to relax and get out on the water or enjoy a live music performance. The band shell has seating for 150 people and hosts concerts and other events year-round, and even when nothing's taking place, the park is still popular with people who want to fish off the pier, stroll along the mile-long walking path, and play a round or two of bocce ball. There's also a boat launch that visitors can use for a small daily fee.
Lake Worth, FL 33449, Phone: 561-586-1600
Occupying approximately 380 acres in the heart of the Lake Worth community, Lake Osborne is a beautiful freshwater lake that provides a wonderful urban getaway for visitors and locals alike. The John Prince Memorial Park is the lake's principal public recreation area, but there's also a concrete path that runs around the shore, which is popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists, and roller bladers. The lake is also known for its excellent fishing, particularly when it comes to tilapia and largemouth bass, but the best fishing is to be had during the week when there aren't as many boats and jet skis out on the water.
Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461, Phone: 888-629-2277
7.Lake Worth Playhouse
Built in the early 1920s to serve as a movie palace, the Lake Worth Playhouse is the oldest surviving Art Deco building in the city, and it's still an important community space for theater productions and other artistic events. The shows range from live concerts to Broadway shows to ballet performances on film, and dinner and a show packages are available for people who want to enjoy a meal at one of the city's excellent restaurants. In addition to the events held on the main stage, the Playhouse also has a small black-box theater where it plays daily foreign and independent films.
713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, Phone: 561-586-6410
8.Lake Worth Farmer's Market
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Established in 2006, the Lake Worth Farmer's Market is held right by the water every Saturday morning between October and April. It's one of the best places in town to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, and there are more than 80 vendors selling other goods as well, including local eggs, fresh flowers, and artisan baked goods. There are also several stalls selling ready-to-eat foods for breakfast and lunch, and many people attend the market just to listen to the live music that's usually being played while enjoying a bite to eat at one of the beautiful waterfront tables.
7765 Lyons Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467, Phone: 877-565-3239
9.Snook Islands Natural Area
© Snook Islands Natural Area
Part of the Lake Worth Lagoon, the Snook Islands Natural Area is 118-acre wetlands preserve that includes 2 acres of oyster beds and 11 acres of mangroves. It was primarily created to bring life back to a depleted area of the lagoon, but it's also become a popular outdoor recreation spot. Hundreds of different species of marine animals and birds now call the area home, including American oystercatcher shorebirds, and visitors might even spot the occasional manatee. A kayak launch is available for anyone who wants to paddle out to see the oyster beds, and there's also a boardwalk running along the shore.
220 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, Phone: 561-233-2400
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10.Palm Beach Skate Zone
© Palm Beach Skate Zone
Widely regarded as the best place to go skating in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Skate Zone is a 75,000 square foot facility with three ice rinks. Skates are available for rent if needed, and public skating sessions are held several times a week, including Friday and Saturday evening sessions with black lights and live DJs. Ice skating lessons are available for people of all ages and skill levels, and the rink is also home to a curling club, a figure skating club, and a hockey club. Other arena amenities include a cafe, a small arcade, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
8125 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467, Phone: 561-963-5900
© Chris’ Taverna
If you're craving Greek food, few places in town are better than Chris’ Taverna, a family owned and operated restaurant that specializes in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Many of the ingredients are sourced from local farmers and producers, and the menu includes everything from pita wraps to hearty moussaka and lamb chops. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, and during the week, there's also a menu of delicious lunch specials available between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you don't have time for a sit-down meal, you can also call your order in and pick up your food to go.
6338 Lantana Rd #54, Lake Worth, FL 33463, Phone: 561-964-4233
© Eggscetera Café
Known for their decadent eggs Benedict and their sinfully sweet waffles and crepes, Eggscetera Café is the perfect place to get a filling start to your day. Handmade juices and smoothies are available if you want a healthy accompaniment to your meal, but if you'd rather have a jolt of caffeine, you can order an espresso drink, a frappe, or a bottomless cup of drip coffee. There's also an extensive lunch menu that offers a delicious selection of salads, sandwiches, and burgers, and you can choose to sit either inside or out on the spacious patio.
6346 Lantana Rd #74, Lake Worth, FL 33463, Phone: 561-968-8200
13.Rustico Italiano Ristorante
© Rustico Italiano Ristorante
Owned and operated by an Italian chef who uses recipes from his hometown, Rustico Italiano Ristorante is a quaint little restaurant that offers an authentic taste of Italy. Highlights of the menu include the homemade cannelloni and the veal scaloppini, but there are plenty of other meat, fish, and pasta dishes as well. There's also an extensive wine list with options from Italy and other parts of Europe, and the chef is always happy to help you choose the perfect bottle to accompany your meal. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and reservations can be made online or over the phone.
701 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460, Phone: 561-547-2782
14.Benny's on the Beach
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Sitting right on the Lake Worth pier overlooking the ocean, Benny's on the Beach is a casual waterfront restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant team is led by celebrity chef Jeremy Hanlon, and it specializes in creative American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally caught seafood. The menu is constantly evolving, but you can expect to see dishes like shrimp and grits, lemon gnocchi with your choice of seafood, and freshly ground conch fritters. On weekday evenings, you can also get a special seafood bake that comes with a delicious assortment of sides.
10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth, FL 33460, Phone: 561-582-9001
15.Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill
© Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill
One of eight locations scattered across Florida, Lake Worth's Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill is another welcoming waterfront restaurant with an extensive menu of American-style cuisine. It's conveniently located inside the Lake Worth Casino Building, and it's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 365 days a year. Happy hour takes place every day between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and kids eat free on Thursday nights with the purchase of an adult meal. Excellent specials are also offered when football games are playing as well, and there's an outdoor viewing area with plenty of TVs.
10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth, FL 33460, Phone: 561-588-4130
15 Best Things to Do in Lake Worth, FL
- Lake Worth Beach, Photo: FapPhotography/stock.adobe.com
- Downtown Lake Worth, Photo: Rymden/stock.adobe.com
- South Florida National Cemetery, Photo: Dallas/stock.adobe.com
- John Prince Memorial Park, Photo: antonel/stock.adobe.com
- Bryant Park, Photo: korchemkin/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Osborne, Photo: Jonas/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Worth Playhouse, Photo: lapandr/stock.adobe.com
- Lake Worth Farmer's Market, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Snook Islands Natural Area, Photo: Snook Islands Natural Area
- Palm Beach Skate Zone, Photo: Palm Beach Skate Zone
- Chris' Taverna, Photo: Chris’ Taverna
- Eggscetera Cafe, Photo: Eggscetera Café
- Rustico Italiano Ristorante, Photo: Rustico Italiano Ristorante
- Benny's on the Beach, Photo: Benny's on the Beach
- Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill, Photo: Mulligans Beach House Bar & Grill
- Cover Photo: doncon402/stock.adobe.com