Nestled between West Palm Beach to the north and Boynton Beach to the south, Lake Worth Beach has a lot to offer kids (and their parents too!). Here are 10 fun things to do with kids in and around Lake Worth Beach.
1. Lake Worth Beach Park
A trip to this patrolled white-sand beach is a must for families. Between swims in the ocean, little ones can take advantage of the colorful playground or stroll along the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier for a bird’s-eye view of the waves. Restrooms are easily accessible, and lunch couldn’t be easier: Several restaurants line the shore here, including Benny’s on the Beach, which has something for everyone (including a kids’ menu and incredible water views), and Mamma Mia’s, great for pizza lovers. Phipps Ocean Park, just north of Lake Worth Beach Park, is another nice option for a day at the beach around here, which is a bit quieter.
2. Worth kayaking lake
Kayaking around the beautiful mangrove-fringed Snook Islands in Lake Worth Lagoon is an ideal way for families to experience the natural beauty of The Palm Beaches up close. Get up close to the lagoon’s waders, crabs, oyster reefs, and diverse fish species while sitting on a comfortable single or double kayak. Or, if your kids are small, you can rent a family kayak that sleeps two adults and two small children. At Kayak Lake Worth you can rent two hours or half a day. To delve deeper into the rich ecology of the saltwater estuary, consider booking a guided tour – the monthly full moon tours are particularly popular.
3. John Prince Park
This large, grassy park in the middle of Lake Worth Beach has a lot to offer families. The lakefront playground has play structures for ages 2-12 (including a boundless play area) with plenty of shade as well as a splash pool to cool off. There is also a practice course that will appeal to older children and opposite the campsite is the Custard Apple network of short interconnecting nature trails to explore. And there are plenty of designated picnic areas, including some with grills.
4. Adventure Mini Golf
Choose between an 18- or 36-hole mini-golf course at this well-maintained, family-run resort that’s fun for all ages with some challenging holes and plenty of attractive water features (don’t worry, the golf balls float). . Most importantly for those sunny days there is plenty of shade as well as a great snack bar with ice cream, fries and drinks for both children and adults. The little ones always get a treat at the end! It’s a perfect afternoon activity for families.
5. Fun Depot
A popular spot in Lake Worth Beach for birthday parties, this arcade is just the thing for a few hours of indoor fun on those super hot or rainy days. Older kids will love the laser tag facility and go-kart course, while younger kids can try their hand at skee-ball or one of the arcade video games. The on-site cafe conveniently offers pizza, hot dogs, and ice cream, or you can head to nearby El Rinconcito Colombiano 3 for kid-friendly arepas, empanadas, and Colombian-style hamburgers.
6. Schoolhouse Museum
In nearby Boynton Beach, families love the cute Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, which gives kids an interactive, hands-on look at the lives of early Florida settlers. In the absence of electronics or fancy tech, a sensory learning experience awaits here, as kids are invited to explore recreations of early train depots, general stores, farms and more. They can even milk and feed a life-size replica cow and play with an oversized, interactive Operation Challenge in the ‘doctor’s office’.
7. Cox Science Center and Aquarium
About 10 minutes north of Lake Worth Beach in West Palm Beach, this science museum is popular for its 100+ educational exhibits, full-dome planetarium, 10,000-gallon aquarium, and 1,300-foot outdoor science trail that features 15 additional exhibits. There’s even miniature golf! Families can easily enjoy a whole day here. Children under 6 love the Discovery Center’s water table, outdoor play area and wall-sized Lite Brite and Early Childhood Playground. Older children should not miss a visit to the observatory on select Friday nights to gaze at the sky during nights at the museum.
8. Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Just south of Lake Worth Beach in Delray Beach, the Wakodahatchee Wetlands are a favorite among nature connoisseurs. Created in 1996 on 50 acres of former sewerage land, the peaceful wetlands feature a pretty three-quarters mile boardwalk that winds over the reserve’s ponds and shrubby islands and is home to countless species of birds, turtles, alligators, fish, frogs, and even rabbits and raccoons. It’s exciting for kids to see so much wildlife in a natural habitat, and it’s also a great lesson in smart public land use: Every day, two million gallons of treated wastewater are pumped into the wetlands, which serve as a seepage pond, bringing back billions of gallons of fresh water back to the water table.
9. Safari in lion country
A short half-hour drive west of Lake Worth Beach in Loxahatchee, Lion Country Safari is a must for animal-loving kids. After driving the four-mile safari past zebras, rhinos, impalas, ostriches, lions and more, the wonderful walk-in park awaits you with a petting zoo, water park (bring your swimsuits!), rides and more animal exhibits. The highlight is the giraffe encounter, where families can stand face to face with these magnificent animals on a platform and feed them romaine lettuce. Don’t miss it!
10. Peanut Island
This scenic, man-made 200-acre tropical island park on the Intracoastal Waterway is a great place to introduce the little ones to snorkeling, as the turquoise waters are shallow, clear, and warm. Rock breakwaters on the east side protect swimmers from currents and act as an artificial reef that attracts many interesting marine life. Sometimes manatees are even spotted here! You should bring a picnic lunch – there are no restaurants on the island – and definitely stay for a while. As a bonus, the kids can take a shuttle boat to get there. Board one of the nearby Sailfish Marina or Riviera Beach Marina to reach the island.
Cover photo courtesy of Cox Science Center and Aquarium