10 Reasons to Visit Delray Beach
Delray Beach, “Florida’s Village by the Sea,” is a first-class resort destination and a diverse, vibrant, community, situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach in The Palm Beaches, Florida. Named the 2012 “Best of the Road - Most Fun Small Town in the USA” by Rand McNally, USA Today and the Travel Channel, the beach town is also a two-time winner of the coveted All-American City Award presented by the National Civic League. Looking for another reason to visit Delray Beach? Here are ten more:
1. Taste Atlantic Avenue – Take part in this entertaining food and cultural walking adventure, which tours some of the best restaurants and specialty shops on Delray Beach’s famous “Atlantic Avenue,” a lively street filled with upscale shops, fine restaurants and nightly entertainment.
2. Delray Downtowner – Need a ride around Delray Beach? Call (561) 702-8519 or wave down a passing cart. Downtowner is an on-demand, local, free ride service utilizing green technology. For a map of its full service area, visit the Downtowner website or download its free app.
3. Delray Yacht Cruises – Experience the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Lady Atlantic or Lady Delray while enjoying a favorite beverage or snack on a two-hour narrated tour past some of The Palm Beaches’ most beautiful mansions. See a variety of marine life in its natural habitat and learn a about the area's history while cruising The Palm Beaches.
4. Vino van Gogh Painting Classes – Bring friends, have some laughs, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and follow step-by-step instructions from an art instructor to recreate a featured painting at Delray Beach's newest hot spot for art and entertainment, Vino van Gogh. Private groups and kiddie classes are also available.
5. Artists Alley Open Studios – This authentic and thriving colony of 30 accomplished artists, opens its doors to the public every first Friday and every third Thursday of each month between 6:00p.m. – 9:00p. m. Meet the artists behind some of Delray Beach’s most creative and innovative art offerings - paintings, pottery, sculpture, glass, photography and more.
6. Morikami Museum’s Hatsume Fair – Celebrate the first buds of spring at Morikami Museum’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair. The normally tranquil Morikami Park transforms into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages, avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Asian and American food vendors and children’s activities. This year’s annual event will take place Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.
7. Surfing Museum – Explore South Florida’s surfing history at this new Delray Beach institution, founded by The Palm Beach County Surfing History Project. Discover locally made surfboards spanning from past decades, review archival photographs and newspaper clippings from past surfing contests. Be sure to follow the series of panels that tell the story of surfing’s history in Florida.
8. Apeiro Restaurant in Delray Marketplace – Burt Rapoport and David Blonsky’s, progressive Mediterranean restaurant opened its doors at Delray Marketplace in January 2014. Apeiro, which means infinite in Greek, features a contemporary menu, inspired by the countries that make up the Mediterranean’s rich and diverse culinary culture. From Morocco and Italy to Greece and Portugal, the menu at Apeiro takes a trip around the Mediterranean, showcasing the simple presentations and healthy, fresh ingredients the region is known for.
9. Crane’s Beach House Luxury Villas – Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas is a magical hideaway, teaming with the natural beauty of an old Key West style resort. Escape the ordinary with a stay at one of the resort’s 28 charming guest rooms, suites and villas, which are refreshing and unique as their tropical namesake.
10. Delray Beach Center for the Arts – Participate in the Center’s culturally enriching programs and unique arts and entertainment offerings within The Palm Beaches. From musicals and plays, dance and variety shows, Broadway Cabaret, music and concerts, comedy, films, lectures and literary events, the Center’s calendar varies throughout the year.