8 colorful and inspiring ways to daycation in Lake Worth


Treating yourself to a vacation doesn’t mean traveling to some faraway land, taking exotic pics and breaking the bank. The things you can explore and learn in your own backyard will surprise you, so why not have a daycation instead of a vacation?

And why not start with Lake Worth? I bet a true tourist knows more about this city than some of us Palm Beach County locals. Here’s what boils down to an 8-hour itinerary for chilling at some of Lake Worth’s coolest spots. 

Oh, but first, a pro tip before you play hooky from work/school/life: Avoid Mondays because many stores, restaurants and galleries are closed.

»But wait. There’s more: Check our Art al a Carte for all the best Arts & Culture news in town

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Getting there:

PARKING is free almost everywhere in Downtown Lake Worth, but always read the signs!

There’s 4-hour free parking 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all along Lake Worth Road, J Street, K street and Lucerne. After 6 p.m., it’s free with no time limit. Can’t parallel park? No problem. There’s a large, free parking lot between J Street and K Street, just south of Lake Ave. It’s on the south side of the Common Grounds building.

BIKING is the best way to fit everything into one day so rent one for your daycation downtown. Relentless bicycles will rent you a bike for your entire day in Lake Worth for about $75. 561-547-1396. 


1. BONJOUR! LET’S HAVE BREAKFAST

Visit the ever-charming French bakery and bistro, La Bonne Bouche. This “mom and pop shop” is super nice with plenty of plants all around the patio. The Parisian-style seating and French delicacies will transport you right out of Florida and into serious faraway-land vacation mode. 561-533-0840.


2. KEEP YOUR EYES (AND EARS) OPEN 

When biking through downtown, you’ll find plenty of things to see: art galleries, murals, musicians on the corners and graffiti in the alleys. Make several stops and feed your Instagram. Lake Worth is home to many of Palm Beach County’s artists.

»See it to believe it: “Going A-Wall” event in 2014 turned Lake Worth into an artist’s canvas

Pro tip: Check out Bamboo Room, the historical live music venue. If it’s closed, cross the street to Common Grounds Coffee and ask to see it. They run this venue. You can also visit Excelsior, a comic book store and Top Five Records, a vintage vinyl record store.


3. GET IN THE WATER, BECAUSE YOU’RE STILL IN FLORIDA

Bike east toward the ocean on Lucerne Ave. Right before going over the bridge, stop and turn left. You’ll see a parking lot and a pier. That’s where you can meet your tour guide and go kayaking. You’ll explore Snook Islands were manatees, schools of fish and oysters live.

Pro tip: You must reserve this adventure a few days in advance. Get a double-kayak and paddle away with an extra person so you can alternate paddling and take breaks.  Bring two zip lock bags for your phone, wallet and keys. Also bring a chapstick-sized sunblock that you can carry easily in your pocket. Deets: Kayak Lake Worth561-225-8250


4. BECAUSE THE WATER WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY

Bike back to downtown for lunch at Café Tecún. This is a small corner spot with Latin American dishes, but mostly Mexican. This local go-to isn’t as busy as most on Lake Ave, which is great. 

Pro Tip: Get the burrito and make sure you specify the amount of jalapeños you want in it. You don’t want it to be too hot to handle. The horchata is refreshing so definitely order one of these ice cold, spiced drinks made with rice. Or go for what’s new: The Mexican Pizza, and wash it down with a Sangria Especial. 

»Eat more tacos: Readers voted Lake Worth’s Tacos al Carbon as the best in town and its new location is open and poppin’


5. COFFEE BRINGS YOU BACK TO LIFE

Eating makes you sleepy, but you can’t stop now. Have a coffee and let the caffeine do the work. Common Grounds is great place to stop. Walk through the shop and look at all the pamphlets, billboards and other local event announcements. You’ll get ideas for your next adventure.

Pro tip: Get the delicious, rich and gooey cinnamon bun. The Coconut Mocha, hot, is AHHHmazing, so get a large because, if you get the small one, you’ll be buying more than one. Come back around 7 p.m. and check out the open mic where comedians, musicians and regular “Joes” take the stage.


6. YOU CAN’T LEAVE WITHOUT MORE ART AND CULTURE

Part of Lake Worth’s identity relies on the theater and musical performances by local artists. This keeps the city alive, authentic and always pushing the envelope. Swing by Lake Worth Playhouse for an early evening show or indie film. Deets: www.lakeworthplayhouse.org or call 561-586-6410

If you can’t fit in a full show, no worries. Check out the Cultural Council of Palm Beach instead. It’s the beauty of a crisp white building on the corner of Lake Ave. and L Street. You probably noticed either to or from your lunch at Café Tecún. And for local out-of-towners, like you, it’s one of Lake Worth’s best kept secrets.

Pro Tip: Take your time strolling through the gallery space as this is where some of Florida’s brightest visual artists really shine. Oh, and when given permission, definitely touch the art. 561-471-2901.

»You may like: Canvas, the nation’s largest outdoor museum show is taking over Lake Worth in November


7. PRE-GAME WITH THESE CRAZY CHARACTERS

The owners of Revelry, a new beer and wine bar, will make you feel as if Lake Worth truly is your city. They’ve never met a stranger they didn’t love so trust that you’ll leave with new friends in tow. The spot is strictly social: We’re talking board games, a cozy lounge, no loud music and a self-serve wine bar. 561-469-1599.

Pro tip: Put your phone down when you’re here and make new friends. Nobody will tell you, but there’s a cool outdoor patio behind the place. The door is between the bathrooms. And if you’re a snacker in need, Brando Garcia, the owner, said the PCT sandwich has been the locals’ favorite.


8. DINNER WITH A SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT SUNSET

No visit to Lake Worth is complete without visiting one of the most popular waterfront spots in all of Palm Beach County, Benny's on the Beach. This is a two-story restaurant and bar located right on the Lake Worth pier. Indulge in seafood and drinks while watching the sky turn into a colorful canvas. 

»RELATED on MYPALMBEACHPOST.COM: Here are the top restaurants to dock and dine in Palm Beach County

Pro tip: If you're lucky, you'll catch a drum circle under a full moon right outside of Benny’s. There will be dance performances and local vendors selling all sorts of handmade creations, and you should definitely join in.


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