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Get to know Lake Worth

Though Lake Worth is a full-fledged city with nearly 40,000 residents, most people who call it home refer to it as a neighborhood. Spend a little time here and it’s easy to see why. It’s an idyllic locale, with a quaint downtown that oozes Americana in the best possible way. The area was settled by freed slaves, and over time Lake Worth has welcomed immigrants from all over the world — notably communities of Mayans and Finns — and the modern city celebrates its diversity. By popular referendum, the legal name of the city is Lake Worth Beach, which seems like overkill until you realize just how accurate that doubly aquatic name is. At the city’s western edge is Lake Osborne, home to manatees, waterfowl, boat ramps, and hiking trails. To the east are the municipal golf course (one of the most scenic, public or private, in Florida), Lake Worth Lagoon (again, doubly named, and part of the Intracoastal Waterway, though not riddled with boat slips or a shipping port), and the flawless beaches of South Palm Beach.
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Commerce & Culture

Connecting those great bodies of water are two avenues, Lake and Lucerne, which form the heart of Lake Worth’s commercial district. It’s small-town historic, home to notable buildings like the Historical Museum and the Art Deco Lake Worth Playhouse. The city hosts festivals all year round, including the Midnight Sun Festival, which honors the Finnish population (but doesn’t actually run until midnight). The city becomes a canvas every year during the Street Painting Festival, and there are celebrations of trees and music and LGBTQ pride and Oktoberfest-style beer drinking. Lake Worth’s reputation once suffered because of a few dicey areas, though now most are accurately labeled “artsy.” Downtown has been recently (and successfully) revitalized and is full of locally flavored shops and galleries, plus some wonderful restaurants, many reflecting the cultural diversity of the community.

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