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Sandoway Shark Tank, Morikami Museum & SS Inchulva Shipwreck in Delray Beach, Florida

Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn - Atlantic Avenue meets the beach photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Atlantic Avenue meets the beach. Photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

I’m really excited to interview Greg Van Horn of Launch Potato about Delray Beach, Florida. Greg’s tips for the best things to do in Delray Beach are awesome because he has lived in Delray Beach since he graduated high school and loves being by the water all the time. It’s a great community, and you can’t beat the perfect weather.

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Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn with dog Nala sunrise stroll

Greg Van Horn with his dog Nala on a sunrise stroll at the beach

Delray Beach, Florida

Delray Beach is located on the east coast of Florida, about 50 miles north of Miami. It is a beach destination that blends the culture, shopping, and nightlife of South Beach with the island vibes of Key West. It is a small and intimate town of 70,000 residents, and it was awarded the most fun small town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today. The Arts Warehouse and Pineapple Grove District are excellent places to explore local artists, while the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens will pique your curiosity.

The beaches are also one of the top draws for visitors and locals. People who like to scuba or snorkel should plan to visit the SS Inchulva, which sunk in September 1903 due to a strong hurricane. No Shoes Reefs and the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida recently dropped numerous 7-by-6-feet “reef balls” to create an artificial reef site about 1/2 a mile off the Delray Beach shore. For visitors who want to explore the ocean without getting wet, stop by the Sandoway Discovery Center. One of Greg’s favorite exhibits is the shark tank.

Foodies should stop by the Delray Beach Market, which hosts over 25 local and regional vendors. Many of the local restaurants along Atlantic Avenue also feature “al fresco” dining where you can enjoy the warm Florida sunshine. The annual Savor the Avenue food festival is the city’s signature dining experience. While the Frog Alley Caribbean Festival features music, dancing, and food from Florida’s Caribbean neighbors.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Delray Beach and Downtown Delray Beach, two of the local visitor bureaus. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn - Savor the Avenue photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Savor the Avenue food festival. Photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Getting around Delray Beach

The closest airport is Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), which is only a 20-minute drive to downtown. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a little further away, but it has more frequent service and hosts more airlines. The airport is only 32 miles away, but, depending on traffic, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to get there.

Greg says that, if you’re staying near Atlantic Avenue or the beach, there’s no need to rent a car because you can walk or bike to most of the tourist spots. The Delray Freebee is a free shuttle service that takes locals and visitors around the city. Download its app (Apple, Android) to request a pickup and browse the local recommendations and exclusive deals.

Visitors often rent bikes from the local shops, including Richwagen’s Bike Shop. Delray Beach is also a golf cart-friendly community, so consider renting a top-of-the-line cart from Exhilaride. You can even rent kayaks or mopeds from nearby Fun Rentals.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

If you decide to explore beyond the Downtown area and the beaches or want to visit nearby Fort Lauderdale or Miami, a car is a good choice. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn - No Shoes Reef balls

Reef balls being lowered into the ocean in partnership with No Shoes Reefs and the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida. Photo courtesy of CCA

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Greg Van Horn about Delray Beach, Florida. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Delray Beach, Florida
  • Green dots = best things to do in Delray Beach, Florida
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Delray Beach, Florida

Who is Greg Van Horn?

Greg Van Horn is CEO and founding partner of Launch Potato, a digital media company that owns and operates a portfolio of brands, platforms, and strategic partnerships. And he also runs Delray Beach Golf Cart Rentals with his oldest friend, Dan De Oliveira.

He is an all-food foodie who believes you should try everything twice. Greg loves traveling with his wife Christine and their dog Nala, street food, and great views.

Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn with wife Christine at Wynwood Walls in Miami

Greg Van Horn with his wife Christine at Wynwood Walls in Miami

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Best things to do in Delray Beach Florida - Greg Van Horn - Dining along the Intracoastal Waterway photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Dining along the Intracoastal Waterway. Photo courtesy of Downtown Delray Beach

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Bilbao Spain - Lindsay Woychick - La Ría or Bilbao's River

Lindsay Woychick on La Ría (aka Bilbao’s River)

Listen to the next episode when Lindsay Woychick of Words By Woychick shares the best things to do in Bilbao, Spain. Lindsay and I talk about the Guggenheim Art Museum, the Casco Viejo plazas and bars, and eating the local delicacy Bacalao Pil Pil. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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