The Atlantic Ocean and the broad waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon form the city's east boundary and the beautiful fresh waters of Lake Osborne its west. Next door to the island of Palm Beach, it is situated along the latitude making the northern most point of the subtropics. Lake Worth is truly the place “where the tropics begin” and the fun never ends.
The city has a rich history with over 1,000 historic buildings contributing to the charm of the downtown and residential areas. The downtown area includes a historic theater and a museum, live music clubs, coffee houses, art galleries, antique malls, retail stores, and many restaurants.
Many tropical plants grow in the city; among the more prominent examples are mahogany, Royal Poinciana and many species of palm, including coconut palm.
Bryant Park is located in the downtown area, with a nearby municipal golf course. The Lake Worth Beach is one of the last remaining large tracts of open, public space on the ocean in Southeast Florida. The beach boats a large building known as the Casino which houses shops, restaurants and the Olympic size public pool. The pier is a symbol of the city. This ocean area is one of the most consistent surfing spots in South Florida.
The Snook Islands Natural Area are just to the north of Bryant Park. Amenities include a kayak launch, eight mooring slips, a fishing pier and nature walk around the mangroves of the southernmost of the Snook Islands. Dolphins, manatees and an assortment of tropical birds are commonly seen including herons, ibises, egrets, oystercatchers, pelicans, cormorants and other waterfowl.