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Photo Essay: Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida

Worth Avenue: Iconic Shopping Street

Voted #3 in a list of the Top 10 Iconic Streets in the USA, Worth Avenue is an upscale shopping street in the resort town of Palm Beach, Florida.

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

People watching & pedestrian friendly

With names like Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani, Neiman Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue, the businesses lining Worth Avenue read like a veritable who’s who of luxury shopping.

But don’t let that scare you off!

People watching on Worth Avenue is just as fun as window shopping. On the day we visited, I saw men, women, and even a few dogs wearing designer duds. This “see and be seen” vibe reminds me of a passeggiata, the Italian tradition of dressing up for an afternoon stroll.

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Free 2-hr Parking on Worth Avenue

I’m not much of a car aficionado, but there were some interesting specimens along the route: Maserati, Jaguar, Mercedes, Lamborghini, and Porsche, to name a few. As my father-in-law remarked, “This whole street is like a car show.”

Speaking of cars, we lucked into free two-hour parking along the street, tucking our Chevy Volt between a Bentley and a Rolls Royce convertible. However, if you can’t find a parking spot and end up using a parking garage or valet parking, many shops on Worth Avenue will validate your parking stub.

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Designed by Addison Mizner

Worth Avenue owes much of its appeal to the creative tile, stucco and stone buildings designed by Addison Mizner. Mizner’s Mediterranean Revival buildings combined with narrow alleyways and lush garden courtyards create all sorts of charming nooks to explore. (You can find the one Mizner lived in quite easily, just keep an eye out for the wrought iron gates featuring a monkey head at the top!)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Historic Walking Tour of Worth Avenue

To learn more about the history of Addison Mizner and Palm Beach, a walking tour of historic Worth Avenue takes place every Wednesday during high season (November through April.) The tours are a little over an hour long and the proceeds go to the Palm Beach Zoo. For more information click here: Historical Walking Tour at Worth Avenue.

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Is Worth Avenue Haunted by a Monkey Ghost?

Addison Mizner’s notoriety arose from more than just his architectural designs. His antics, eccentric personality, and menagerie (which included anteaters, parrots, and monkeys) made him a larger-than-life figure in South Florida during the Jazz Age.
You can even see the grave of his favorite monkey, Johnnie, in Via Mizner,  at the courtyard of Pizza al Fresco. Rumor has it that Johnnie’s ghost haunts Worth Avenue along with the spirit of a beloved golden retriever! For details, check out the article I posted yesterday: Monkey Grave at an Upscale Restaurant.
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Ghost Tour of Palm Beach

Speaking of ghosts, there is also a Ghost Tour of Palm Beach for those interested in the haunted history of this upscale Florida resort town. I haven’t taken either of the tours, yet. They both sound fun and interesting, though, so maybe next time!

Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)
Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida (photo by Tui Snider)

Plan your trip to Worth Avenue:

Address: Set your GPS for 150 Worth Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Once you see the stone entrance labeled Worth Avenue, grab the first parking spot you can find, and start walking!

Website for Worth Avenue in Palm Beach: Worth Avenue

(To see more photos, click this link: Worth Avenue – photos by Tui Snider.)

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!” Snider's writing and photography have been featured in a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, Langdon Review, the City of Plano, Wild Woman Waking, Shades of Angels and more. Snider’s award-winning books include Paranormal Texas, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber, and Unexpected Texas. Snider has several more books in progress, including a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbols and a book about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui has worn a lot of hats in her life – literally – and is especially fond of berets. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media, her newsletter and her website: TuiSnider.com.
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3 Comments

  1. OK, but I wanted to see some of the well-dressed dogs! Which is my way of saying you have a talent for enticing tweets. ;-)

  2. Tui:

    It appears that this was a Worth-while trip. I am sure you had to have had a good time. The Bentley and Rolls owners probably wrote in their blogs how they got to park next to an amazing Volt-mobile, the likes of which they had never seen. In fact, the Bentley owner apparently tried to take the Volt as a souvenir of Worth Ave, but it just barely couldn’t squeeze in to the trunk due to three bags of Tiffany glassware.

    Be safe on the return. I expect your next road trip to bring you to Kentucky where I will provide you with some haunting D and historic graveyards!!

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