Welcome to Delray Beach
Delray Beach the “Most Fun Small Town in the US”
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 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. Cornell Art Museum is housed in the 1913 Delray Elementary School building. The museum showcases both nationally and internationally recognized artists who create provocative and innovative contemporary works. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted with an abundance of zany and wacky sculptures, thought-provoking paintings and elaborate costumes.
The arts are never more than a few steps away in this community, known for its Pineapple Grove Arts District and dedication to history and cultural heritage with institutions like the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.
Explore a performing arts theatre and gallery hidden inside a city parking garage. Or, get inspired by an arts and entertainment campus that spans an entire block. Whether you’re feeding the sharks at Sandoway Discovery Center or immersing yourself in the galleries, murals and public art of Pineapple Grove, it doesn’t take long to realize that Delray Beach is a thriving district that not only champions its artists—but its international roots, too.
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.