Lake Worth, Well Worth it
While originally considered simply a suburb of West Palm Beach, Lake Worth has developed an independent character, and has become a popular destination for tourists and native South Floridians alike. Its downtown location offers several blocks of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries, as well as the Lake Worth Playhouse (which features affordable but quality performances). Lake Worth has some great parks, including (but not limited to) Casino Park, which has a beach, an Olympic sized pool, fishing, picnic areas, shops, restaurant, and that South Florida staple, shuffleboard. If you enjoy taking in interesting and attractive architecture (and who doesn’t), check out the College Park, in Lake Worth’s northeast corner. The city is known for its Bohemian attitudes, which attracts many artists, musicians, and anarchists (one of which was voted on to the city council at the age of 19).
Lake Worth has a number of annual festivals â€“ as it is the site of one of the world’s largest Finnish diasporas; their “Finlandia” festival is a real hoot, and features all the Urgic culture you can probably handle. My favorite event, however, is the annual street painting festival. The artists use the downtown streets as their canvases to create original (as well as well known) works of art. The high quality of the paintings really has to be seen to be believed, and the fact that it is only temporary somehow enhances the whole experience. My favorite part of the festival is actually after the festival takes place, during (or right after) the first rain, before all of the works are completely washed away. The water washing over the paintings makes them all run in different directions, some of them streaking, some of them running together into each other. The patterns and designs created by the rain are almost as interesting as the original paintings themselves. If there is any way you can make it to the festival, you really should try to get there.
In order to get there, I would suggest renting a limousine from Mirage limo. There is no atmosphere quite like a limousine to get pumped up for an art show, and a limo is definitely the easiest way I’ve seen to get to Lake Worth. Don’t pass up your chance to see this unique piece of Floridiana.