Delray Beach is located in southern Palm Beach County, directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Featuring a blend of historic charm, upscale amenities and a vibrant downtown area, this is a thriving community catering to both young and old. The city is conveniently located approximately 9 miles north of Boca Raton and 20 miles south of Palm Beach. Fort Lauderdale is approximately 25 miles to the south and Miami about 50 miles south. With easy access to interstate highways it is convenient to both the Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale international airports.
Shopping and Dining
In recent years Delray Beach has seen large scale renovations to its downtown area and today is considered a leading force in Florida’s growing historic preservation movement. Delray Beach was recognized as an All-American City in both 1993 and 2001, the only Florida city to ever win the designation twice. Atlantic Avenue is the core business district with charming shops, art galleries, and a multitude of restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine. In the immediate area is the Crest Theatre, a restored 1925 high school building redesigned as a performing arts theatre as well as the Cornell Museum of Art and History.
Parks and Recreation
One of Palm Beach County's top attractions is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The museum features a library, classrooms, a 230-seat auditorium and interactive exhibits, and hosts regular special events and festivals that showcase Japanese culture. Located adjacent to the Morikami is the international headquarters of the American Orchid Society (AOS), the world's largest special-interest horticultural organization. Another popular site in Delray Beach is Wakodahatchee Wetlands, home to an abundant variety of wildlife including turtles, frogs, alligators and more than 140 different species of birds.
Delray Beach is also a short drive away from dozens of other attractions. Within a 30-minute drive, Delray visitors and residents can visit the Deerfield Beach Arboretum (also known as the Tree Zoo), the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. A 60-minute drive south provides access to the city of Miami and dozens of its attractions, including the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, the Miami MetroZoo, the Miami Seaquarium, the Bass Museum of Art, and the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts.
Tennis fans in Delray Beach can enjoy the Delray Beach Tennis Center, host site of several major international tennis events such as the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and Chris Evert/Bank of America Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. More first-rate sports can be found a short drive away. The nearby city of Sunrise is home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League. A little further south are other Miami-area teams, including the Florida Marlins (MLB), Miami Heat (NBA), and Miami Dolphins (NFL).
Downtown Delray Beach
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Delray Beach Public Library
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Delray Medical Center
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