Tour Historic Worth Avenue on Palm Beach

Walking tours led by a local historian take place now through April 2015

By Kristopher Neild,

Let's face it. If you're planning to be in the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area on vacation – whether it be for business or pleasure – the allure of Worth Avenue will be too strong to overcome.

You've heard about this historic street filled with shops, monikers of international designers affixed to each facade. Most visitors don't make it through a stroll down Worth without their bank accounts taking, at minimum, a thousand-dollar hit. What if there was a way to get to experience all the best of Worth Avenue for only $10?

From now through April 29, 2015, visitors can go on an hour-long walking tour of the famed shopping district with local historian Rick Rose. Tours are available every non-holiday Wednesday, and they begin at 11 a.m. sharp.

The hour-long walking tours are a great way to soak up the history of the famed Worth Avenue — Photo courtesy of Worth Avenue


Rose guides visitors, while offering up tidbits on the area's history, European architecture, local significance and famous residents. He has received rave reviews for his humorous quips and colorful anecdotes. 

The half-mile-long avenue features over 200 boutiques, some of which have been selling upscale goods to customers since the 1920s. The street, to be sure, is routinely listed as one of America's most iconic streets, and a quick walk around is enough to show you why.

There's an air of elegance, one that you can taste upon each inhalation. Anchor stores such as Tiffany's & Co. and Chanel are highlights. Street parking is filled with Palm Beacher Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces.  

While on the tour, you'll get a sense of why many of these stores have experienced the longevity they have. Besides having some of the most fashionable clothes, exquisite jewelries and jaw-dropping artwork, the personal connection shoppers make with the vendors is what really keeps them coming back.

Having someone inside a Ralph Lauren that knows your size, tastes and needs makes shopping at a high-end store an enjoyable and pleasant experience. 

If you make it all the way to the end of the coconut palm-lined road, then you will hit the beautiful blue Atlantic Ocean, with the clock tower signifying the far east point of Worth Avenue. This is a great place for a family/romantic picture, so make sure you save time at the end of the tour to check this out. 

As previously mentioned, the cost of the tour is only $10. Proceeds go to support the Ernie Els Autism Foundation. The experience is a great way to get educated about the history of one of the country's most famous streets, without breaking the bank.