In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore, a village by the sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida’s most popular destinations for visitors, new families and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beach encompasses slightly over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. Over the past decade, renewal and re-development efforts in Delray Beach have resulted in recognition as the All-America City in 1993 and 2001, the Blue Wave designation for our clean and beautiful beaches and hailed by city planners around the nation as a model for growth management. All these accolades can be attributed to the significant involvement of the residents of Delray Beach. Every citizen of this City can claim authorship to an unparalleled quality of life in a very diverse community that works in concert for an even better future.
The City of Delray Beach has a Commission-Manager form of local government. The people elect a Mayor every two years who presides over four commission members who are elected to two year terms in alternating years. The City Commission appoints a City Manager who is the Chief Operational Officer for the City and the City Attorney who acts on all legal matters pertaining to the City. The City Manager is charged with overseeing the business of the City and is responsible to the City Commission for the supervision of the City’s various departments and employees. The Mayor and the City Commission make policy, pass on ordinances and regulations, confer with Palm Beach County officials on regional issues and meet regularly each month at meetings attended by and participated in by the public at large.
Of course, one of our main attractions is our beaches! Beach-goers have access to two miles of public beach-front for sunbathing, recreational events, swimming and other activities. Collectively, one of the two miles of beach is lifeguard supervised daily. For info on beach conditions call 561-27BEACH or the City’s Beach Conditions page.
Cultural Attractions & Things to Do
Visual and performing arts opportunities as well as lectures, historic tours and nature center are available through the Delray Beach Cultural Alliance.
|Blood’s Hammock Groves
6117 Lawrence Road, Lantana Florida 33462
|American Orchid Society
16700 AOS Lane, Delray Beach
|Boomer’s Family Recreation
3100 Airport Rd in Boca Raton
|Bucky Dent Baseball School
490 Dotterel Rd, Delray Beach
|Caldwell Theatre Company
7873 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton
|Cason Cottage Museum
Swinton Ave. and N.E. First St.
|The Cornell Museum – Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave.
|Crest Theatre – Old School Square
51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
|Delray Beach Historical Society
20 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
|Delray Beach Playhouse
950 NW 9th St., Delray Beach
|Delray Beach Public Library
29 SE 4th Ave.
101 SE 2nd Ave.
|Morikami Park & Museum
400 Morikami Park Rd. off Jog/Carter Rd.
|Old School Square Cultural Arts Center & Entertainment Pavilion
51 N.Swinton Ave.
561-243-7922, ext 1
|Palm Beach Photographic Centre
55 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach
|Pineapple Grove Main Street & Artwalk
298 Pineapple Grove Way (NE 2nd Ave.)
|Roots Cultural Festival
P.O. Box 2654, Delray Beach, 33447
|Sandoway House Nature Center
142 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach
|S.D. Spady Museum
170 N.W. 5th Ave., P.O. Box 3077, Delray Beach, 33447
|Women in the Visual Arts Pineapple Grove
330 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach
Website features current and upcoming exhibitions, classes, and workshops.
|Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach
|Delray Beach Water Sports Rentals
401 S. Ocean Blvd.
|Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach
|Lion Country Safari
18 miles west of I-95 on Southern Blvd., W. Palm Beach
|Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
U.S. 441 between Delray and Boynton
|Loxahatchee Everglades Air Boat Tours
West End Lox Rd., Boca Raton
|Hoffman’s Chocolate Shoppes and Gardens
5190 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres
1415 S. Olive Ave.
|Palm Beach Kennel Club
Belvedere Rd. & Congress Ave.
812 E Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach
|Rapids Water Park
6566 N. Military Trail, W.P.B.
|Regal Cinemas Delray 18
1660 S Federal Hwy, Delray Beach
6830 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach
|Historic Wreck of the S.S. Inchulva
Sits in about 25 ft. of water approximately 150 yards off-shore from the south end of Delray’s public beach.
Delray Beach’s own charming Atlantic Avenue is a treasure trove for the recreational shopper and showcases more than 150 different boutiques and galleries. Get merchants and gift card information.
Blood’s Hammock Groves
Delray Beach. 5 minutes from downtown.
Established in the 1940s. Features citrus sales, plant boutique, flowers, ornamentals, fresh herbs, decorative pots.
5 minutes from downtown.
Levenger’s only retail outlet. “A Purveyor of Tools for the Serious Readers” sells heirloom quality reading accessories at reasonable prices including lamps, leather goods, “reading furniture”.
Ocean City Lumber Company
Just north of Atlantic Ave. between NE 2nd Ave. & Pineapple Grove Way.
Tucked in the historic Pineapple Grove district of downtown Delray Beach is Ocean City Lumber Company. This one time lumber yard is now a great shopping, dining, and entertainment center with galleries, boutiques, and trendy cafes that spill out onto the brick-paved sidewalks. 276-2323
ABC Carpet & Home – The Outlet
5 minutes from downtown.
An outlet version of the famous New York City original. Deluxe home furnishings and accessories including Persian Rugs, eclectic furnishings, luxury linen, and bath items –the unusual and trendy sometimes at bargain prices.
Sawgrass Mills Outlet
Featuring 260 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Ann Taylor, and more.
Boca Raton – 10 minutes from downtown Delray Beach.
A unique shopping destination featuring courtyards with fountains, beautiful landscaping, gourmet restaurants. Unique designer clothing & accessories and art galleries.
Palm Beach – 30 minutes.
Renowned for world class shopping with 200 luxury stores such as Cartier, Chanel, and Tiffany, with many of the historical buildings designed in Mediterranean Revival style.
- Boynton Beach Mall
Boynton Beach, 15 minutes north
- The Gardens
North Palm Beach – 45 minutes north
- Town Center Mall
Boca Raton – 20 minutes south