Fun Things To Do In Delray Beach

Delray Beach coastline during sunset. One of the best things to do in Delray Beach.

Looking for things to do in Delray Beach for your upcoming trip? This friendly and quaint seaside town is located 54-miles North of Miami, which makes it a perfect getaway for a short trip. Expect to stay busy and on your feet because this gem has beautiful beaches, historical buildings, and tasty eateries to keep you stimulated during your visit. 

Without further ado, let me give you the scoop on the most fun things to do in Delray Beach. 

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Things To Do In Delray Beach

Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach Cornell Art Museum farmer's market event located on Atlantic Avenue.

Take a long stroll up and down “The Ave” which is the main street in Delray Beach located on Atlantic Avenue. It has a combination of high-end to affordable boutiques, galleries, and antique shops. 

Grab a meal on “The Ave” after browsing the shops. This downtown treasure has an array of restaurants that serve fresh seafood, steaks and more ranging from affordable or 4-star eateries to fill your belly when you develop an appetite. 

Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens

Tour the 188.5-acre Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens modeled like a Japanese villa. Housed inside are over 7,000 Japanese artifacts and information about the Japanese immigrants in the area.  

Outside you can take a peaceful stroll the 6- themed gardens that captures Japan’s gardening styles with a variety of flowers, trees, and statues. 

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10AM-5PM
Address: 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446
Admission: Adults $15, seniors and military $13, children (6-17) $9, children under 5 free.

Pineapple Grove Arts District

Sign with a pineapple entering into Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach.

Pineapple Grove Arts District is a popular spot for the locals in Delray Beach. Located right off Atlantic Avenue this side of town is splashed with colorful murals and sculptures. 

One of the fun things to do in Delray is to browse the many galleries, restaurants, shops, and Artist Alley along the street. 

Address: Located off Atlantic Avenue on NE 2nd Avenue

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Silver Ball Museum 

Transform yourself back into the 1950’s at the Silver Ball Museum, where adults can become a kid. 

Sliver Ball is a unique spot to visit in Delray Beach and has over 100 classic pinball machines and arcade games occupying the museum. Enjoy playing classics such a skee-ball and Miss Pac-Man. 

Hours: Everyday 12PM-12AM
Address: 19 NE 3rd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Admission: One hour pass $15, all day pass $20.

The Beach

Delray Beach during sunset. One of the the top things to do in Delray Beach.

One of the top places to go in Delray Beach is of course the beach! Soft sand and pristine waters make Delray’s beaches some of the best along the East coastline. 

Delray Municipal Beach is one of the most favored beaches visited for sunbathing and water sports. Cabanas, beach chairs, and umbrellas are available for rental use while you’re visiting the beach.

For a serene beach experience visit Atlantic Dunes Park, surrounded in an elevated wooded area. Go for a walk on the boardwalk and admire the scenery on the 300-foot nature trail. At Atlantic Dunes there is a covered pavilion, picnic tables, and restrooms on site. 

Home of the Ocean Rescue Division Headquarters is located at Anchor Park. This beach has more convenient facilities than the others such as grills, community park, picnic areas, restrooms, and vending machines for families. 

Saltwater Brewery

Grab a microbrew after playing in the water at Saltwater Brewery, a favorite spot for the locals to hang. Brews are all handcrafted and only natural ingredients are used. 

Saturday afternoons guided tours of the facility are given. However, make sure to arrive early to catch a tour because spots fill up quickly. 

Hours: Monday to Thursday 12PM-10PM, Friday 12Pm-11PM, Sunday 12PM-8PM
Address: 1701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33445

Delray Beach Market

Inside a busy Delray Beach Market one of the best things to do in Delray Beach.

Visit Florida’s largest food hall Delray Beach Market spanning over 150,00 square feet.  Arrive hungry and get a taste of Delray Beach with more than 25-different local and regional  vendors and pop ups to choose from in this 4-story warehouse. 

Hours: Sunday to Wednesday 9AM-10PM, Thursday to Saturday 9AM-11PM
Address: 33 SE 3rd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Ride bikes 

A great way to explore this resort town is by bicycle, it’s one of the fun things to do in Delray Beach for those who like to be active when traveling. 

Renting a bicycle makes it a little easier to get around to places that may be too far by foot. Opting for a bicycle is convenient too for avoiding the hassle of parking and paying for meters. 

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Cornell Art Museum

The sign outside of Cornell Art Museum.

Once an Elementary school built in 1913, Cornell Art Museum turned into a home to house contemporary artwork from artist known world wide. 

Restored classrooms serve as exhibition rooms to showcase contemporary artists who create innovational pieces of art to awe guests. 

Hours: Thursday to Sunday 12PM-5PM
Address: 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Admission: Adults $15, children (4-17) $8, children under 3 and veterans free.

Delray Festivals 

Delray Beach hosts numerous events that offer a culinary or cultural experience. No matter when you plan to visit a festival will more than likely be occurring.

Get the latest schedule of events right here.

Places To Eat In Delray Beach

Crab cake eggs Benedict with a side of fresh fruit from Over The Bridge Cafe in Delray Beach.

Delray Beach has grown into a foodie scene and is becoming a popular dining destination in South Florida. Some places deserving of your visit are listed below. 

Breakfast: 

  • Over The Bridge Cafe: $$-$$$ All American menu, breakfast served during opening hours, vegetarian friendly. 
  • Farmhouse Kitchen: $$ All American cafe, breakfast served only on weekends,  vegan and vegetarian friendly. Order the biscuits you won’t be disappointed. 
  • Ellie’s 50’s Diner: $$ Diner styled menu, breakfast served until 2-3PM, vegetarian friendly.

Lunch & Dinner:

  • Dada: $$ Eclectic menu, brunch on weekends.  Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. 
  • The Office: $$ Modern American Gastropub. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly. 
  • El Camino: $$ Tex Mex cuisine, vegetarian options on menu. 
  • Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza: $$ Italian menu. Vegetarian options 
  • Death or Glory: $$ Contemporary American fare. Vegan and vegetarian friendly. 

How To Get To Delray Beach

Getting to Delray Beach  can be done by car or plane, depending on your departure location will help you determine the most convenient form of transportation to arrive there. 

Car

If you are taking a quick trip during your visit from Miami or Fort Lauderdale you can arrive to Delray Beach by car under an hour. 

Driving from Key West will take you around 4 hours if traffic permits.

Coming from the West coast near Naples expect to arrive around 2 hours by car in good traffic conditions.

Plane

If arriving by plane, the closest airport to Delray Beach is the West Palm Beach Airport. Other airports you can arrive are Fort Lauderdale or Miami. however, coming by plane you will need to arrange transportation to get to Delray Beach by a hired driver or renting a car. 

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When To Visit Delray Beach

COLORFUL MOSAIC STAND THAT SAYS PINEAPPLE GROVE.

South Florida has warm climate year round making it a perfect destination visit any time. Florida has seasons and costs for activities and hotels do fluctuate depending on when you plan to arrive.

December to mid-April is high is South Florida’s cooler season. Expect more tolerable temperatures and less humidity. These months are South Florida’s high season and  hotel prices tend to be more expensive. 

Low season runs from June through November. Highs reach the upper 90°s and  the humidity can be unbearable at times. Hotels prices are cheaper, but hurricanes or heavy rain may interrupt you trip. Be sure to bring your umbrella. 

Where To Stay In Delray Beach

Delray Beach has hotels for both the budget and luxury travel. Searching for hotels during my day trips to Delray Beach I always use booking.com. When booking consider selecting a hotel near or on Atlantic Avenue. Most shops and restaurants are located within walking distance. 

Use the map below to browse hotel recommendations. 

Booking.com

How To Get Around Delray

Delray Beach is small making it easy to get around fairly quickly. Depending where you are staying you can get around easily by foot. Even though it may be a tiny town you will need wheels to get to some places. 

Car

You can get around Delray Beach by car easily. Parking never seemed to be an issue during my visits. Keep in mind depending on the day of week and time  parking may not full on Atlantic Avenue. However, their are plenty of parking lots available one block off downtown. 

Bicycle 

My favorite way to get around for things to do in Delray Beach is by bicycle. You will find this town to be extremely bicycle friendly. 

At Need A Bike they are one of the cheapest in the area and they will happily deliver and pick up your bicycle from wherever you’re staying.

Things To do In Delray Beach Conclusion

Wall mural outside of Pineapple Grove one of the places to visit in Delray Beach.

Hope you enjoyed this list of fun things to do in Delray Beach. You will find this beach town to be a nice getaway and will leave refreshed after visiting these Delray Beach attractions. 

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve been to Florida so many times but have never managed to make it to the Miama area! Delray Beach looks so fun to visit though, so I’ll keep it in mind for next time.

    1. South Florida is amazing Krista. Next time you visit, definitely visit Miami. It is a completely different city than the whole state!

  2. Such a great guide! And with so many options for things to do! And of course, once there’s a beach, life is good!

    1. So true Venaugh! Whenever there is a beach life is good!

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