Delray Beach is a small city on Florida’s southeast coast. Public art and galleries are dotted throughout the Pineapple Grove Arts District. Contemporary works are on display at Cornell Art Museum nearby. There are tea ceremonies, calligraphy workshops, and serene outdoor spaces available at the lakeside Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Wakodahatchee Wetlands feature a raised boardwalk with views of birds, turtles, and alligators.
Downtown Delray used to be centered along Atlantic Avenue as far west as Swinton Avenue and as far east as the intracoastal waterway. Since then, downtown has expanded. Approximately two blocks north and south of Atlantic Avenue, the north–south boundaries of downtown extend west to I-95 and east to the Atlantic Ocean.
The city of Delray Beach is located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Miami metropolitan area includes Delray Beach, which is 52 miles (83 kilometers) north of Miami. In Florida’s Gold Coast region, Delray Beach is located in Southeastern Palm Beach County. Delray Beach covers an area of 15.81 square miles (25.44 square kilometers).
Three miles (4.8 km) of Atlantic Ocean beachfront line the eastern boundary of the city. Boca Raton borders the city directly to the south. Highland Beach, on the same barrier island east of the Intracoastal Waterway, borders the city to the south and southeast. Boynton Beach borders the city directly to the north. On the barrier island and on the mainland east of US Route 1, the city is bordered by Gulf Stream to the north and northeast. West of the city’s western boundary is an urbanized area that includes High Point, Kings Point, Villages of Oriole, and multiple gated communities.
Delray Beach is home to the ProWorld Tennis Academy. Located near downtown on Atlantic Avenue, the Delray Beach Tennis Center offers 14 clay courts, 6 hard courts, and an 8,200-seat stadium. Additionally, the center features a pavilion and conference room upstairs, a pro-shop with locker rooms, racquet stringing, and merchandise. In addition, the Delray Swim & Tennis Club has 24 clay courts and a clubhouse.
Delray Beach is home to many points of interest such as The remains of the British Steamship Inchulva, known today as the Delray Wreck, the site is noted for snorkeling and scuba diving; East Atlantic Avenue is noted for its nightlife, dining, and shopping; Atlantic Avenue is also a regular destination for various art fairs and street festivals; The Pineapple Grove Arts District, located downtown north of Atlantic Avenue, is noted for its galleries, performance art, and cultural organizations; The Silverball Museum features more than 150 classic, playable pinball machines and arcade games; The Delray Beach Playhouse, which opened in 1947 in Lake Ida East Park, stages plays, musicals, interactive studio theatre, books on stage, children’s theatre productions, classes and camps; Old School Square, the former campus of Delray Elementary School and Delray High School, has since been converted into a cultural center; Cason Cottage House Museum, once home to a family of Delray Beach pioneers; The Sandoway Discovery Center, located at the historic J.B. Evans House at 142 South Ocean Boulevard; Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture; and Wakodahatchee Wetlands is a wetlands park open to the public.
Delray Beach offers a variety of recreational facilities and activities, including five athletic fields, five beachfront parks, eight community parks, two intracoastal parks, a teen center and skatepark, a splash park, and a pool and tennis club.
Highways serving Delray Beach include Florida State Road A1A, US Route 1, Interstate 95, Florida’s Turnpike, US Highway 441, and Florida State Road 806. Intracoastal Waterway provides access to downtown Delray Beach by boat.
Delray Beach Coordinates: 26°27′33″N 80°4′59″W