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  • Rosalind Cummings-Yeates | July 19, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    A Guide to Delray Beach, Florida Beyond the Beach Itself

    A Guide to Delray Beach, Florida Beyond the Beach Itself

    Photos by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates

    There’s more to Delray Beach than sand and surf.

    Named “The Most Fun Small Town in America” in a recent USA Today poll, Florida’s Delray Beach is jammed both with activities and quirky personality. As one of the 38 beach towns that make up Palm Beach County, Delray offers the expected array of sea, sand and lounging options.

    Unlike many waterfront cities, though, Delray also delivers much more than lots of splishing and splashing.

    This town serves up arts, music, and dining as well.

    Cornell Art Museum

    This isn’t your grandma’s stuffy museum.

    A cool outpost on the Old School Square campus, The Cornell Art Museum displays unexpected and accessible contemporary art exhibits that typically include some form of interaction.

    The current show, “Lit,” showcases the creative use of light. From illuminated signs declaring “All I wanted was everything. But all I needed was less,” to a birdcage shining a projection of a moving parakeet, the exhibit demonstrates how cutting edge art can be.

    With two floors of small galleries, the Cornell Art Museum is easy to navigate and also features site tours of the former schoolhouse’s history the first Thursday of every month. 

    Don’t miss the gift shop, which supplies a treasure box of affordable jewelry, art and accessories.

    Deck 84

    Dazzling water views makes this waterfront bistro a top pick for al fresco dining.

    Deck 84 sits close enough to the Intercoastal Waterway that one can feel sprinkles of water sprayed from passing boats. The restaurant even cooks the fresh catches from boaters arriving on the dock.

    The festive atmosphere attracts an endless crowd ready to dine on signature seafood or brunch dishes like the smoked Scottish Salmon Scramble. So, expect a wait.

    Live bands play every weekend and the "Ten For $10" menu is the ultimate beachside deal.

    Atlantic Dunes Park

    For a beach experience without sand and salt water covering your skin, Atlantic Dunes Park provides an elevated wooded area as well as a nature trail and boardwalk. You can meander through the dunes on the 300-foot nature trail or catch some ocean breezes on the boardwalk. A shaded pavilion also offers the perfect spot for a casual picnic or people watching.


    This twinkling, old school ice cream and candy shop is worth a stroll down Atlantic Avenue for the rich, unusual flavors of ice cream alone.

    Sloan’s stocks unique choices like Elvis’ Favorite, a blend of peanut butter and banana ice cream and Ginger Snappy, studded with ginger snap cookies.

    They also serve homemade fudge, candy apples and brownies.

    One needs to step into the fluorescent, pink walls of the store to get the full effect. Past the ice cream and stuffed animals, the magical walls of the bathroom will inspire a clerk to remind you to lock the door. If you don’t, the bathroom walls act as a mirror to reveal everything inside the bathroom, including you!

    Atlantic Avenue

    The bustling heart of Delray Beach is located among the restaurants and shops that line the main thoroughfare of Atlantic Avenue.

    Unlike big city streets, you won’t find many big box stores or chains. Instead, the street boasts funky emporiums filled with surfing duds, shell jewelry and boldly-colored clothes. One will also find enough welcoming bars to do several rounds of cocktail-fueled bar hopping.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Far-Sighted Field Notes

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Rosalind Cummings-Yeates is a journalist, author and blogger who specializes in travel and culture topics. She loves guiding readers through the richness of various cultures and discovering the essence of a destination. Her travel and culture blog, Farsighted Fly Girl, offers travel insights through the music, food, art and history of various countries and cultures. Join her on the journey at www.Rosalindcummingsyeates.
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