Palm Beach, Florida, is a dream destination. With plenty of sun, hot weather, and sandy beaches, it draws hordes of tourists throughout the year.
One of the towns that make up a part of the Palm Beach area is Lake Park. With a population of fewer than 9000 people, it’s the perfect place to set up base in the Palm Beach area.
It’s central, and everything you need for a perfect vacation is there. The fact that it’s called “The Jewel of the Palm Beaches” says it all.
Lake Park is known for its laid-back seaside lifestyle that revolves around the ocean. So naturally, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, laying on the beach, and participating in various water sports are just a part of life here.
Below is a list of some of the best things to see and do in Lake Park, Florida.
1. Deep Obsession Charters
No trip to Palm Beach is complete without a deep-sea excursion. Imagine setting out early in the morning with nothing but blue sea all around, and entering that deep blue underwater world to experience a sight many never get to see – a contrasting world thriving with animal and plant life beneath the waves.
Deep Obesession Charters offers extraordinary scuba diving adventures in a spectacular offshore location known for its fantastic diving conditions and opportunities to view reefs, wrecks, and many underwater species.
The company takes professional and novice scuba divers on wreck dives, shark dives, and reef dives. If you don’t already know how to dive, you can learn from the professionally-trained staff in the days before you head out.
The boat you will dive from is specifically made for diving excursions. Environmentally-friendly guests will be happy to know that this charter has banned all plastic.
2. The Brewhouse Gallery
If your idea of a perfect evening out is a mix of art, wine, and beer, The Brewhouse Gallery is the ideal place for you to start an exciting night out on the town.
The on-site community art gallery features a beautiful selection of local artworks. While you admire them, you can sip on a glass of wine from the extensive wine list or sample a variety of local craft beer.
As if that isn’t enough, the night is made even more perfect when the sounds of some of the best live bands from around the area take to the stage with their lively performances.
3. The Kelsey Theater
With a capacity for only 500 people, The Kelsey Theater provides visitors with an intimate setting where they can enjoy live performances by performers from the local area and around the country.
This world-class venue hosts all kinds of events – including live theater, musical ensembles, dance performances, and stand-up comedy. The location of the theater is another strong point; it’s right in the center of the vibrant art district in the downtown area.
This means that visitors don’t have to go home after a performance at the theater, because there is bound to be something else going on in one of the other venues late into the evening.
4. Surfing Florida Museum
Surfing is a big thing in Florida and the Lake Park area, so naturally, one would expect there to be some sort of museum commemorating the sport and its history. Well, in nearby West Palm Beach there is. You can learn everything there is to know about surfing in Florida and the sport in general at the Surfing Florida Museum.
The exhibits include dozens of panels detailing the more than 100 years of surfing in the state, and 20 surfboards from different periods in the past. There is also a gift shop on-site selling T-shirts and canvas wraps.
5. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
At John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, visitors enjoy a secluded beach away from the more crowded beaches of the Palm Beach area. Its location to the north of Singer Island takes visitors away from the hustle and bustle and into a pristine 430-acre natural paradise.
Some of the activities you can do in the area include swimming, hiking, and kayaking, and it’s possible to see sea turtles and other local wildlife along the way.
Another thing that Florida is known for is its golf courses. Right in Lake Park, visitors can tee off at the 9-hole Green Valley Golf Course, or choose from the many other golf courses that are around Palm Beach, including Palm Beach Golf Course, Everglades Golf Course, and The West Palm Beach Golf Course.
7. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
Visit both a Zoo and a botanical Park at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, which is located in West Palm Beach. This non-profit organization is home to more than 500 animals, some of which are endangered species, in a large tropical environment.
Learn about the unique ecosystems of the area, the local plant and animal life that make up these delicate ecosystems, and what is being done to protect them.
Kids enjoy the interactive fountain, and the rainforest area is an interesting place to take a stroll.
8. Rapids Water Park
It gets hot in Lake Park, but instead of hitting the beach, you can head to Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. This sprawling park has 42 different attractions, including dozens of water slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
Many of these attractions are suitable for toddlers and young children, and there are several restaurants on-site.
9. Clematis Street
Clematis Street, which is located in the center of downtown West Palm Beach, is the place to be if you love being in the center of the action. There’s always something going on, and the street is where many of the area’s festivities and events take place throughout the year.
On any given day or night, you can visit a wide range of unique retail shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and music venues. This is where visitors get a real taste of South Florida culture.
10. Norton Museum of Art
Situated in West Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art features more than 7000 works of art from various eras and cultures. Some of the artworks on display include traditional American, Chinese, and French pieces, contemporary pieces from around the world, and Buddhist sculptures.
11. Peanut Island
Peanut Island is not a natural island but a man-made one. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of water activities to participate in around the 79-acre landmass near Lake Worth Inlet.
Swimming and snorkeling are the most popular activities, and visitors can camp at the site. The most interesting attraction is the bunker that is said to have been used by John F. Kennedy.
12. Mounts Botanical Garden
With more than 2000 tropical and sub-tropical plant species on-site, the Mounts Botanical Garden is the biggest public garden in the Palm Beach area. It’s also the oldest public garden, which means it has had plenty of time to grow into the beautiful, lush landscape that it is today.
Many of the plant species are native to Florida, but some are from other places all over the world. Some of the plants that visitors see at this garden include tropical fruit trees, herbs, citrus trees, and palm trees.
13. Gin Clear Fishing Charters
If scuba diving or snorkeling are not your things, but you’d like to sail into the deep waters off Lake Park, a deep-sea fishing excursion is the next best way to get a taste of what life on the water is like.
Gin Clear Fishing Charters offer half-day and full-day excursions from Palm Beach Inlet to an offshore area, where you can see native fish species and even have a chance to reel some in.
Sailfish, wahoo, kingfish, and tuna are some of the species you may see, and there are opportunities to spot dolphins, whales, and other marine animals.
14. On Your Mark Performance Center
If you prefer to have the wind blowing through your hair as you cruise through Lake Park and renting a convertible is out of the question, the next best way to see the area is by bicycle.
On Your Mark Performance Center has a range of well-maintained road bikes for rent. You can hire them for as long as you want, whether it be for a few hours, days, or weeks.
The knowledgeable staff can provide information on trails, the best biking routes, and bike-friendly attractions.
15. Statements2000 – Jon Allen Art Gallery
The acclaimed artwork of Jon Allen in known all over the world and has been featured in numerous movies and television shows over the years.
Statements2000 – Jon Allen Art Gallery in the downtown area of West Palm Beach houses various works, including abstract, locally-inspired, modern, and colorful paintings and sculptures.