Lake Worth Pier and Beach
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Lake Worth Beach is a fun beach with everything a holiday beach should have: pier, promenade, restaurants on the dune, restaurant on the pier, ice cream shop, playground with a view. During the "season" when many New Yorkers and other northerners come to escape the winter for ten weeks or more, the beach is packed with people and brightly colored sun umbrellas. This beach is rare for Florida in that there are restaurants (such as Mulligan's Beach House Bar and Grill) with gorgeous ocean views because they are up on a dune. The historical 1920 casino building (recently rebuilt) holds these restaurants and it's nice to enjoy its turret and pretty architecture. There is an ice cream/chocolate shop called Kilwin's plus a pizza cafe called Mamma Mia's, and a public pool with views down on the town below. The pier also is lovely: it provides shade underneath it where you can sit in the sand, plus a restaurant with fantastic views, Benny's on the Beach. Along the beach is a promenade where many people enjoy the scene from benches or stroll along. Beside the promenade is a space-age playground with a view of the ocean. This playground looks simple but provides endless climbing opportunities. It's wonderful to eat at delicious Mulligan's and then let your child play on the playground for an hour while you enjoy the perfect blue-green of the ocean. You can't beat this beach for its lively atmosphere and amenities!
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Exit Highway 95 at 10th Ave and head toward the ocean. Turn right on US Hwy 1 and then left on Lake Ave. Follow it over the bridge and to the end where you there is a large parking lot. You have to pay for parking in the machines with bills or credit card. Sometimes there's quite a long line of people waiting to pay at the slow machines. Cost is $2 per hour.
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