Lake Worth's downtown area has distinct character and is a popular destination for both tourists and residents of South Florida. It is distinguished by its two main streets, Lake Avenue and Lucerne Avenue, and by the fact that most of its downtown buildings are historic and almost all of them are either one or two stories tall. Downtown Lake Worth is home to the Art DecoLake Worth Playhouse and the Lake Worth Historical Museum. Yearly festivals such as the Street Painting Festival and Finlandia Week (a celebration of Lake Worth's Finnish population) attract thousands of people. The largest Oktoberfest in South Florida is held every October just outside the city on Lantana Road and the city holds a semi-weekly celebration called "Evenings on the Avenue" which takes place in the Cultural Plaza, next to the City Hall Annex.
Lake Worth has a bounty of public parks and open space. The Lake Worth Beach is one of the last remaining large tracts of open, public space on the ocean in Southeast Florida. In 2013, the Casino building at the beach was reopened with great fanfare.
The William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, jutting into the Atlantic, is a recognizable symbol of the city. The pier creates sandbars which catch ocean swells, making Lake Worth one of the most consistent surfing spots in South Florida.
Historic Lake Worth is made up of 16 Neighborhoods: Sunset Ridge - Vernon Heights - College Park - Eden Place - Tropical Ridge - Mango Groves - Parrot Cove - Royal Poinciana - Downtown Jewel - Bryant Park - Residences of Lake Osborne - Murry Hills- Memorial Park- Pineapple Beach - South Palm Park- Whispering Palms