10 Things to Do in Delray Beach

One of The Palm Beaches' local and visitor favorites, Delray Beach is known as “Florida’s Village By the Sea” thanks to its small-town vibe with a glamorous edge. Here, you'll find a happening dining and nightlife scene, beautiful beaches, arts and culture, and more.

An intimate beach town with a big-city personality, Delray Beach is a vibrant South Florida community situated between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.  With accolades like Most Fun Small Town in the USA and one of America's Happiest Seaside Towns, it's no surprise Delray is such a popular destination.

Soak up the Florida sun on the beach along the crystal-clear Atlantic Ocean by day, and enjoy the lively atmosphere downtown by night. When you visit “Florida’s Village by the Sea,” you can't help but feel the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes this resort town such a joy to visit.

Don’t believe us? Then explore it for yourself, starting with these 10 things to do in Delray Beach.
 
1. Atlantic Avenue
 

Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

"The Avenue," the pedestrian‐friendly epicenter of downtown Delray Beach, is most notably known for its shopping, dining, and small‐town curb appeal. Here, brick-paved sidewalks lined with palm and oak trees create a charming ambiance which makes for a perfect day or evening walk. Explore stylish fashion boutiques, art galleries and dozens of gift shops to find one‐of‐a‐kind treasures.

Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.downtowndelraybeach.com
 
2. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
 

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Visitors of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens have the opportunity to discover South Florida’s connection with Japan while exploring a series of six lush, authentic gardens. Each garden was inspired by a different period and style of Japanese gardening, and all were designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The museum showcases traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through engaging exhibits, a variety of educational events, a world-class bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine at the Cornell Cafe, and a distinctive museum store filled with one-of-a-kind items for all age groups. Admission is free for children 5 and younger.
 
4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446; www.morikami.org
 
3. Saltwater Brewery
 

Saltwater Brewery

Saltwater Brewery is Delray Beach's first local production microbrewery with a "Reef Room" for tastings on site. The brewery is run by a team of Floridians who give special care to each batch of the handcrafted beer, made using only natural ingredients. The brewery promotes education on ocean conservation, and 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
 

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 memories for younger 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 to free play, which means unlimited plays are included in your admission.
 
19 NE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.silverballmuseum.com
 
5. Wakodahatchee Wetlands
 

Blue Heron in 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 also"flocks" to Wakodahatchee, one of the most popular bird-watching and photography spots in The Palm Beaches. Enjoy nature at its best while taking a leisurely stroll along miles of elevated boardwalk stretching over acres of wetlands and water – the wetlands are free and open to the public.
 
13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446; www.discover.pbcgov.org
 
6. Delray Municipal Beach  
 

Delray Municipal Beach

Named as the top beach in the southeastern U.S. by Travel Holiday magazine, Delray Municipal Beach is popular by people of all ages. You'll see families on vacation, young people playing volleyball, and older folks basking in the warm sun. Visitors looking for excitement can rent equipment – from snorkeling gear to paddleboards – at the Delray Beach Watersports shack on the beach near Casurina Drive. Parking is also available nearby, as are several restaurants and eateries you can walk to when you’ve worked up your appetite, such as Boston’s on the Beach and Caffe Luna Rosa.  Lifeguards are posted along the shore, and the beach itself is free, with metered parking nearby costing $1.50 an hour.
 
South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.downtowndelraybeach.com/beaches
 
7. Old School Square
 

Old School Square, Delray Beach

Old School Square is a multi-use entertainment center hosting cutting-edge art exhibits, performances of Broadway cabaret with New York’s hottest stars, music and comedy acts, and more. 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
 

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 reptiles, 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 and fossil digs.
 
142 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.sandoway.org
 
9. Pineapple Grove Arts District
 

Pineapple Grove sign, Delray Beach

Pineapple Grove is a colorful arts district featuring public art pieces, boutiques, fine art galleries, and custom furniture stores filled with local pieces – and the giant pineapple mural is the perfect backdrop for a Delray Beach 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 art available to the public.
 
2nd Avenue, North of Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444; www.downtowndelraybeach.com
 
10. Putt’n Around
 

Mini-golf course in Delray Beach
Thirty-six holes of miniature golf await in a little pink building and garden tucked away downtown. Don’t be fooled by the color, though this isn’t a cliché mini-golf experience with windmills or clowns. On the Ocean course, you’ll find beautiful fish statues, seashells, and a magical mermaid. On the Everglades course, you might find quite a few bird statues and life-like alligators. (Don’t worry, the alligators don't bite!)

350 NE 5th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33483; www.puttnaround.net

Bonus: We know we said 10, but this one's too good to miss ... and it's actually several things in one. Each year, Delray Beach hosts a number of must-do events, from its massive Fourth of July celebration to the popular art fair Delray Affair.

And that's just the beginning. Check out our Top Events page for more, and visit our Delray Beach page to explore the area further.

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