What to do in Delray Beach when it rains

Published Date: January 5, 2023

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Thanks to its South Florida location, Delray Beach boasts a blissful 235 days of sunshine a year. But even in paradise, raindrops occasionally fall. While a rainy day in Delray Beach may ruin your plans for a day at the beach, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite ways to wait out the weather. 

Browse the Delray Beach Market

Spanning 150,000 square feet in the heart of downtown, the Delray Beach Market is a great place to spend a rainy morning, afternoon or evening. This food hall hosts dozens of food and drink vendors, from craft beers and burgers to pizza and ice cream. But it’s more than just a place to grab a bite. On any given day, the market is bursting with live music, happy hours, art pop-ups and community events.  

Visit a retro arcade 

Treat yourself to a dose of nostalgia at Silverball Retro Arcade. It’s actually a working arcade and a museum built in one. It boasts more than 100 video games and pinball machines, dating as far back as the 1930s and spread across 9,000 square feet. Best of all, you pay a flat fee for an hour or day pass, instead of having to pick and choose games based on how many quarters you have left! There’s also a weekday afternoon happy hour with food and drink specials you won’t want to miss. 

Learn about the history of Palm Beach County

Learn about this area’s rich history at the Palm Beach County History Museum, housed in a converted 1916 courthouse. Admission is free, and the permanent People and Places exhibit is a perennial favorite. Additionally, the Historical Society unveils a new special exhibit each fall. They also host a wide variety of special events and offer free guided tours. 

Have a science day with the whole family 

The Cox Science Center and Aquarium, located just up the coast in West Palm Beach, is an ideal destination for budding scientists. This interactive museum has permanent exhibits about weather, outer space and the flora and fauna of South Florida, as well as rotating exhibits. There’s a special playground for the youngest visitors as well as a planetarium. You’ll also want to spend some time checking out the 10,000-gallon aquarium, which houses native fish, stingrays, eels and seahorses. 

Enjoy a night of entertainment

A mainstay since 1947, the Delray Beach Playhouse hosts all kinds of entertainment acts, including live music, tribute bands, Broadway shows, comedy acts and movies. Would you rather be a show than watch one? The on-site Playhouse Arts Academy offers acting, singing and dance classes for aspiring performers of all ages.  

Try a new restaurant 

South Florida is incredibly diverse, which means that the culinary scene in Delray Beach is top-notch — sample Mexican pork belly tacos and Cuban seafood ceviche. Delray Beach is also a wonderful place for fresh seafood at oyster bars, sushi restaurants and upscale sea-to-table  establishments. 

Enjoy Delray Beach, rain or shine 

When you’re a regular in Delray Beach, one rainy day won’t get you down. You can wait out the weather from the comfort of your luxury Pacaso second home. Then, once the storm passes, you can get back to soaking up that South Florida sunshine.

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