Delray Beach was once named “Most Fun Small Town in the USA” by Rand McNally and USA Today – and it’s easy to see why. Nestled between Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, Delray Beach is famous for its lively main street, inviting beach weather, a thriving arts scene, and interesting culture that stretches back centuries.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Delray Beach, and the center of the action is Atlantic Avenue, which runs from Interstate 95 all the way to Delray Beach’s sun-soaked shoreline. This pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare boasts quaint brick sidewalks, gaslight-style street lamps, and a seemingly endless patchwork of restaurants, watering holes, shops, galleries and even a pinball museum with a sea of shiny, playable machines.
Arts and culture thrive in Delray Beach, with two inspiring districts to explore. Just off Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove colorfully blends galleries, murals and public art alongside bistros and wine bars. At Old School Square, you can catch anything from art auctions to cabaret performances by Broadway stars to leading-edge contemporary art exhibits at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square.
Delray Beach is a place that proudly puts its rich history on display. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum preserves and showcases the heritage and innumerable contributions of African-Americans in Palm Beach County. And you’ll find much more than a moment of zen at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; founded as a farming colony by Japanese émigrés more than 100 years ago, the museum features six lush gardens inspired by famous gardens of Japan – perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll. You can also visit the Delray Beach Experience website to download a free local guide to the city!