10 Things to Do in Lake Worth

Plan Your Escape to "The Art of Florida Living"

A youthful, yet historic, city in The Palm Beaches, Lake Worth balances cutting-edge art and high-tech cultural offerings with more than 1,000 vintage buildings. It's stylish, revitalized downtown is the home base for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the Lake Worth Playhouse, as well as the city’s annual holiday parade and street painting festival. Filled with coffee houses, antique malls, mom-and-pop restaurants and art galleries, this artistic community in the west is sure to give you an experience in The Art of Florida Living.

Here are 10 things to do while you’re in town:

1. Downtown Lake Worth

Downtown Lake Worth
 
This vibrant downtown area is best described as colorful, artistic and bohemian. Along its two main streets, Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue, visitors can meander through the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, art galleries, music venues and unique specialty shops. Lake Worth has become a center for the finest visual arts, experimental music, dance, and theater groups, and its exuberance is reflected in the many locally-owned boutiques, art galleries, and public art forms that dot the streets downtown. One thing not to miss is the annual Street Painting Festival where colorful murals fill the avenues.
 
Lucerne Ave. and Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.lakeworthcra.org
 
2. Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
 

At the Cultural Council's headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building downtown, you'll find gallery exhibitions from local artists, along with the Roe Green Uniquely Palm Beach Store, which features beautiful artist-made jewelry, handbags, accessories, and books all made in The Palm Beaches. While you’re there, stop by the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Information Center and pick up the Council's award-winning art and culture magazine, along with brochures and publications from cultural organizations throughout Palm Beach County.
 
601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.palmbeachculture.com
 
3. Lake Worth Playhouse

Lake Worth Playhouse
 
The Lake Worth Playhouse occupies the former Oakley Theatre, the oldest building on the register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County. Today, the Playhouse is proud to offer a variety of mainstream and alternative programming, both live and on film. Year-round programming includes award-winning dramas, comedies, musicals, area premieres, Broadway favorites, children’s shows, international ballets and operas in cinema, and live concert series. In addition to its main stage theatrical fare, the Playhouse presents daily independent and foreign films in the Stonzek Theatre, an intimate black-box style theater equipped with a large viewing screen and high-definition projection.
 
713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.lakeworthplayhouse.org  
 
4. Cottages of Lake Worth


 
The Cottages of Lake Worth allows locals and visitors to get a behind-the-scenes feel of historic Key West-style cottages, while also experiencing the hidden beauty of Lake Worth. The city has a cottage heritage that’s unique to South Florida. There are about 1,000 cottages in Lake Worth – many on 25 foot wide lots, under 1,000 square feet and built prior to 1939. On an Inside The Cottages Home Tour, visitors can check out more than 10 of these whimsical cottages, as well as get the opportunity to chat with the welcoming homeowners who embody living large in small spaces.
 
1 South Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.cottagesoflakeworth.com
 
5. Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex

Lake Worth Casino Building
 
On the shores of the Atlantic Ocean lies the historic Lake Worth Casino Building and Beach Complex, perfect for soaking up the sun and taking in scenic views. The new casino building remains true to the original 1920's architecture. While there’s no gambling at the new building, the name "Casino" remains as a reminder of the history and importance of the building to the citizens of Lake Worth. The complex features an oceanfront park and picnic facilities. Beach chairs, lounges and cabanas are available to rent at the beach. Also, there you will find the famous William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, a popular fishing spot for locals which also offers oceanside dining at Benny’s on the Beach. This unassuming little shack by the water is known for fresh seafood, but they also make delicious American breakfasts and pastries.
 
10 S Ocean Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.lakeworth.org/visitors
 
6. Snook Islands Natural Area
 
Snooks Islands Natural Area

The Snook Islands Natural Area, a part of the Lake Worth Lagoon, provides 100 acres of wetland habitat for tropical birds such as oystercatchers, cormorants, egrets, and pelicans, as well as dolphins and even manatees. It also holds a long list of amenities for the public to enjoy, including a 545-foot long accessible boardwalk and covered observation platform, a 590-foot long accessible fishing pier, a kayak/canoe launch, two bicycle racks, two educational kiosks, three benches, and three small day-use docks to accommodate six boats and a water taxi. There is no parking right at the Natural Area,  but street parking is available just west of the Municipal Golf Course.
 
100 North Golfview Road, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.discover.pbcgov.org/erm
 
7. Armory Lake Worth Annex
 
Armory Annex

The Armory Art Center is Palm Beach County’s leading visual art education center. Housed in the historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, Art Salons, art camps and special events. Twenty exhibitions are shown annually in three galleries at the main campus. Nearly 200 courses are offered, including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, fiber arts, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture and more.
 
1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.armoryart.org/armory-annex-in-lake-worth
 
8. Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts
 

The Benzaiten Center for Creative Arts is located in the historic Train Depot. The Center is run by renowned glass artist, Rick Eggert. This 14,000-square foot complex has a glass studio and hotshop that offers live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, as well as displays of beautiful fine art sculptures handmade by local artisans. Visitors can also take a basic glass blowing class, where they’ll get the opportunity to see just how magical working with glass can be. In the class, participants will be given step-by-step instruction on creating a basic form in glass, and will make a piece to take home the next day.
 
1105 2nd Ave. S, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.benzaitencenter.org
 
9. Bamboo Room
 
Bamboo Room

The Bamboo Room is one of the best live music venues in South Florida to enjoy the underground music scene. The main room features excellent acoustics, great views of a large stage and not a bad seat in the house! On any given night, you’ll see classic rock, blues, indie rock, jazz, dance music, folk and everything in between. There’s plenty of parking, and it’s only a short walk to a variety of stores and galleries.
 
25 South J Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460; www.bambooroommusic.com
 
10. Fun Depot
 
Fun Depot

Fun Depot is a family-friendly amusement center featuring a half-mile go-kart track, an interactive 30-person laser tag arena, and batting cages (currently closed during renovations) for a heart-pounding fun-filled good time. They also have more than 200 video games for endless arcade action. From the latest games to the old-school classics, you’re sure to have lots of fun. Try your luck at the slot machine, bet it on a game of poker, or head off to the races and let it ride. If it’s prizes you want, they’ve got that, too! Redeem your fun pass for great prizes at the prize center.
 
2003 10th Ave. N, Ste. 7A, Lake Worth, FL 33461; www.fundepot.com
 

For more on things to do in Lake Worth, check out City of Lake WorthLake Worth Arts and the Lake Worth CRA.

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