10 Things To Do in Delray Beach
Discover “Florida’s Village By the Sea”
Delray Beach is a first-class resort destination, with a diverse, vibrant community situated between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. As an intimate beach town with a big-city personality, Delray Beach is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Soak up the South Florida sun along the crystal clear Atlantic Ocean by day, or enjoy the lively atmosphere downtown by night. When you stay in “Florida’s Village by the Sea,” you will instantly feel the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes Delray Beach such a joy to visit. It’s no wonder that it was named Most Fun Small Town in the USA by Rand McNally and USA Today.
Don’t believe us? Then try it out for yourself with these 10 things to do in Delray Beach! There are plenty of styles, happenings, and places to go around.
1. Atlantic Avenue
The pedestrian‐friendly “Avenue” is the epicenter of Downtown Delray Beach, most notably known for its shopping, dining, and small‐town curb appeal. The charming ambiance of the café‐style streetscape is set with brick‐paved sidewalks lined with oak and palm trees, which make for a perfect day or evening excursion by foot. Explore stylish fashion and jewelry boutiques, galleries and dozens of unique shops to find one‐of‐a‐kind treasures.
Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.downtowndelraybeach.com
2. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Visitors of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens have the opportunity to discover South Florida’s history and its connection with Japan while exploring a series of six diverse and authentic gardens. Each garden was inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening, and all were designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The Morikami showcases traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through engaging exhibits, a variety of educational programs and seasonal events, a world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine at the Cornell Cafe, and a distinctive museum store filled with unique items which appeal to all age groups.
4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446; www.morikami.org
3. Saltwater Brewery
Saltwater Brewery is Delray Beach's first local production microbrewery with a "Reef Room" for tastings onsite. Using only pure and natural ingredients, special care is given to each batch of handcrafted beer. The brewery is run by a team of Floridians who strive to promote the public to "Explore the Depths of Beer" and educate them on ocean conservation. Tours are open to the public on a first come, first served basis every Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.saltwaterbrewery.com
4. Silverball Museum
Featuring more than 150 video games and pinball machines dating as far back as the 1930s, this museum brings a bit of nostalgia to visitors; evoking childhood memories for adults while creating new memories for newer generations. The 9,000-square-foot museum offers classic video games such as Ms. Pac-Man, two floors of pinball machines, arcade games and even the original skeeball alleys from New York’s Coney Island – Eldorado Arcade. The best part about it is that all the games are set for free plays, which means unlimited plays are included in your admission.
19 NE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.silverballmuseum.com
5. Wakodahatchee Wetlands
As the first wetlands park in the region, Wakodahatchee Wetlands provides a diverse wildlife habitat that has attracted more than 150 different species of birds as well as alligators, rabbits, turtles, otters, foxes and other creatures found in a healthy South Florida wetland ecosystem. The public has also "flocked" to Wakodahatchee as it has become one of the most popular bird watching and photography spots in The Palm Beaches. Visitors can enjoy nature at its best while taking a leisurely stroll along miles of elevated boardwalk stretching over acres of wetlands and water.
13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446; www.discover.pbcgov.org
6. Delray Municipal Beach
Named as the top beach in the southeastern United States by Travel Holiday magazine, Delray Municipal Beach is well-frequented by people of all ages and persuasions. You'll see families on vacation, young people playing volleyball, and older folks basking in the warm sun. Visitors seeking more excitement can even rent equipment -- from snorkeling gear to paddle boards -- at the Delray Beach Watersports shack on the beach near Casurina Drive. Parking is also available nearby, as is a good supply of restaurants and eateries you can walk to when you’re feeling famished, such as Boston’s on the Beach and Caffe Luna Rosa. Lifeguards posted along the shore guarantee that everyone is protected and safe.
South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.downtowndelraybeach.com/beaches
7. Old School Square
Old School Square is a multi-use center for arts and entertainment, hosting cutting edge art exhibits by nationally recognized artists, performances of Broadway cabaret with New York’s hottest stars and a new JAMnasium series of music, comedy, poetry, and art. Serving for more than 25 years as the community’s gathering place, the historic campus includes the Crest Theatre, Cornell Art Museum, and the Fieldhouse. The Pavilion hosts outdoor concerts and festivals, and the Creative Arts School offers art, photography and writing classes for all levels and ages.
51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.oldschoolsquare.org
8. Sandoway House Nature Center
The Sandoway Discovery Center offers a glimpse into South Florida’s fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs. Visitors of all ages can get an up-close view of some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species, meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection and learn about natural history and the environment at the center’s library. The nature center’s activities include daily shark and stingray feedings, weekly alligator feedings, beach and dune walks, garden walks, live animal exhibits, fossil digs and more.
142 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.sandoway.org
9. Pineapple Grove Arts District
Pineapple Grove is a colorful arts district filled with unique public art pieces, boutiques, fine art galleries, and custom furniture stores filled with local pieces. It’s the perfect backdrop to take a selfie. Travel a few blocks down and discover Pineapple Grove’s “industrial” section known as Artist's Alley, where a thriving community of artists come together to display innovative works of arts available to the public.
2nd Ave, North of Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.downtowndelraybeach.com
10. Putt’n Around
350 NE 5th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.puttnaround.net
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