Delray Beach welcomes visitors with year-round sunshine, picture-perfect beaches, and tons of local events and points of interest. In addition to its beautiful coastline, Delray Beach offers numerous recreational, athletic, and cultural attractions to appeal to all tastes. Jet skiing, surfing, and sailing are always in season here, and boaters can enjoy the numerous marinas and launch sites. A vacation rental in Delray Beach puts so many of these attractions within minutes of your doorstep, especially since there’s always something to do. Take a look at the most popular things to do in Delray Beach.
1. Spady Cultural Heritage Museum
Head to Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, which celebrates the contributions of African and native Americans to the cultural landscape of Florida. The museum houses rotating exhibits that describe Delray Beach’s role as a haven for escaped slaves, and you can also explore the influences of the Haitian, Cuban, and Caribbean populations. The museum hosts children’s activities, annual festivals, public education programs, and community events, such as this historic Ride and Remember Trolley Tour.
2. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Participate in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, study the collections of Japanese art, and tour the historic gardens and bonsai collections at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The museum and gardens promote Japanese arts and culture in a tranquil setting that is one of Delray Beach’s most beautiful attractions. The six distinct gardens are inspired by well-known gardens in Japan and are designed to encourage visitors to nurture their capacity within to hear a more harmonious, universal rhythm.
3. Cornell Art Museum
Housed in a restored 1913 elementary school building in the Old School Square, the Cornell Art Museum highlights the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists, with an emphasis on provocative and culturally relevant works. Exhibits generally revolve around a basic theme that blossoms as more artists add their contributions. The museum hopes to stimulate creativity and imagination by exposing South Florida to art that displays innovation and conveys excitement.
4. Cason Cottage Museum
Take a step back in time to the earliest days of Delray Beach with a visit to the Cason Cottage Museum. The Delray Beach Historical Society runs this museum, which gives visitors a realistic sense of what life was like in Delray Beach during its formative years. The museum explores influences of the South Florida lifestyle, climate, and architecture on a local family who lived here between 1915 and 1935.
5. Blue Gallery and Art Arena Gallery
Delray Beach is home to a thriving art community, which gives rise to numerous galleries which display local works. Among these are the Blue Gallery, which highlights an eclectic collection of works by contemporary painters and sculptors, and the Art Arena Gallery, which displays locally crafted jewelry, photography, and mixed media in addition to paintings and sculptures.
6. Delray Beach Playhouse
The Delray Beach Playhouse is the home to a highly regarded community theater that stages its own productions and hosts nationally touring shows when they come through the area. It is also home to a children’s theater that stages performances especially for children and provides workshops and rehearsal space for young performers.
7. Arts Garage
The Arts Garage is the home of live music in Delray Beach. The small, intimate venue also serves food and beverages, so you can order dinner and enjoy a pre-concert meal with your family. The schedule changes seasonally and features a wide variety of musical styles and genres. The venue puts you up close to the performers and is a good place to see burgeoning talent.
8. Horseback Riding at Sunset Meadows
Sunset Meadows is a 160-acre community of equestrian ranches and stables where you can watch horses being groomed and put through their paces or enjoy a leisurely trail ride. Golden Gait Riding Stables hosts equestrian events and provides a full range of boarding services and riding lessons. They offer slow-paced and faster trail rides and can customize rides to various skill levels and parties with children.
9. Delray Beach Tennis Center
The Delray Beach Tennis Center offers you the opportunity to play on the same courts that have hosted many of the sport’s greatest players. This full-service public tennis facility has 14 clay courts, six hard courts, and an 8,200-seat stadium for viewing tournaments such as the Chris Evert Tennis Classic, the Delray Beach Open, and the Davis Cup.
10. Delray Golf Club
Delray offers you four choices in courses when it comes to golf. The Delray Golf Club is notable for short distances but tough layouts with a good number of water hazards. Other courses in Delray Beach include while the Polo Association Golf Club, which is known its interesting elevations, the Villa Del Ray Golf Club, and the Lakeview Golf Club.
11. Putt’n Around
Spend the afternoon on a 36-hole miniature golf course in the center of downtown Delray Beach. Putt’n Around stands out as a pink shed in the center of downtown with a design that incorporates marine themes on each hole instead of the run-of-the-mill windmills and clowns, making this attraction one of the Delray Beach’s most surprising things to do. There is a snack hut on the premises, so head there if you work up an appetite or thirst during a game.
12. Segway Tours
Visit Segway Tours of Delray Beach for a brief riding lesson and a guided tour of Delray Beach. Most people are able to maneuver comfortably after a few minutes of practice, and a Segway is an environmentally friendly and convenient way to get around the town quickly. You can rent crash helmets if you like, or use your own bike helmet.
13. Delray Yacht Cruises
Contact Delray Yacht Cruises for daily sightseeing cruises or private charters aboard two multi-level vessels that offer a choice of open-air seating on a top deck, or a shaded area mid-deck. It’s always smooth sailing on the calm waters of the Intercoastal Waterway. Learn about some local history as you glide by historic homes, beautiful landscapes, and native wildlife in natural habitats. Delray Yacht Cruises also offers midnight cruises and holiday cruises in December.
14. Wakodahtchee and Green Cay Wetlands
Tour the Wakodahtchee Wetlands and the nearby Green Cay Wetlands to enjoy some of southern Florida’s best habitats for wildlife. These preserves are home to dozens of species of birds, including storks and swallows, as well as alligators, iguanas, turtles, and more. The wetlands incorporate nicely-shaded trails into their landscape for nature walks.
15. Orchard View Park
Spend a leisurely day of fun and relaxation at Orchard View Park. This 6-acre park features gazebos, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and plenty of grass for spreading a blanket, and it is perfect for a picnic lunch or early supper. The park also provides a play area, drinking fountain and restrooms. There’s also a walking trail available if you’re in the mood for a little pre- or post-meal exercise.
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