Dedicated to communicating and celebrating the intricacies of Japanese art and culture for 33 years, The Morikami Museum has cooked up a visual feast of 5,000 art objects, rotating exhibits, 200 acres of lush, meticulously maintained gardens, and enlightening events such as tea ceremonies conducted in its Seishin-an tea house. The dual membership gifts up to two people unlimited access to the museum and gardens for one year, free admission to annual festivals, exclusive invitation to members-only receptions, and a host of discounts for events, local restaurants, and more.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: Plan extra time to enjoy downtown Delray Beach before or after the event.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Concerts and festivals
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
On Friday, May 9th, the Delray Beach Center for the Arts hosts a celebration of flavor as it presents the Old School BeerFest. The fest assembles more than 50 craft beers and ciders from around the world, along with a little bit of wine, a lot of food, and hours of live music. Guests get unlimited samples of the beverages and unlimited earfuls of tunes from bands such as Pocket Change and Jay Blues Band. The organizers even put together a game area, where visitors can play a few classic outdoor games or compete to see who has the best foam mustache.
For most of the year, the Delray Center for Healing is a place of comfort for the ill. But, for one night in October, it becomes the venue for their worst nightmares. This is the Delray House of the Undead, where desiccated dolls hint at a childhood lost and skeletons hint at the coolness of skeletons. All proceeds collected during the night will be donated to Delray Citizens for Delray Police.
Even for those who traffic in stories of the paranormal, Marilyn Egan is unusual. Where most ghost tours focus on vengeful spirits and doomed lovers, she believes that the ghosts of Delray Beach are happy ones. In an interview with the Sun Sentinel, Marilyn stated that the area's spirits aren't bound to the world of the living by curses or vengeance, but because they simply don't want to leave the pleasant village. There are some grim tales at hand, however; people who take the tours will hear tales of the 1903 sinking of the S.S. Inchulva just off the coast of Delray Beach, and of visits by notorious gangsters to the Colony Hotel. Tours also swing by such stops as the former Power's Lounge, Johnnie Brown's, The Blue Anchor Pub, and the tracks of the East Coast Railway in search of lingering spirits.
Once attendees master segway skills during a 20- to 30-minute orientation session, the expert guides at The Electric Experience whisk them away on a one- or two-hour trek through Delray Beach. Tours whizz down serene paths and quiet neighborhood streets in between stops at public beaches and the Sandoway House, where guests can take turns feeding a shark. As guides expound on Delray Beach's history, tours amble into Veterans Park, swing by manatees luxuriating in their natural habitats, and weave their way among the marina district's striking architecture. Afterward, The Electric Experience can equip visitors with sun-shielding gear for the beach, electric bikes for unguided rides, or folding bicycles that patrons can refold into origami swans to ride on ocean expeditions.
Resplendent with creatively displayed, informative exhibits and beaming with an array of interactive events, Sandoway House Nature Center delights visitors eager to engage with wildlife and local ecosystems. Meander through the popular shark exhibit, taking thrilling ganders at now-harmless jaws from more than 80 different species, including a replica of the world-record-holding great white jaw and pictures of it earning its other world record in hot-dog eating. The Florida reptile room showcases a plethora of native slitherers along with a variety of invasive species, and daily shark feedings display the predator's ravenous ferocity. Groupon guests spend their $5 credit at the gift store, and members take advantage of a blanket discount of 15% off goods, stocking up on crack-your-own geodes ($3.50), or grabbing handfuls of mixed fossil shark teeth to create edgy jewelry or exciting dentures ($2/bag). Members also receive free admission to the center for one year, as well as a newsletter and invitations to special events.