Thursday, February 15, 2024

Web Extra: Best Deals in Delray

“How to Cheaply in the Palm Beaches,” featured in the February issue of Boca magazine, spotlights no- or low-cost activities throughout the Palm Beaches. But one city in particular is especially generous when it comes to thrifty arts, food, shopping and entertainment. Here are a few additional options from the “Most Fun Small Town in the U.S.”

• Admission is always free at Arts Warehouse (313 N.E. Third St.), where exhibitions of cutting-edge Florida artists change every couple of months. Admission is also free at the Cornell Art Museum (51 N. Swinton Ave.), which is thriving again under the aegis of the DDA (though donations are accepted and welcomed).

• For just a $5 admission, get reacquainted with the past at the Delray Beach Historical Society (3 N.E. First St.), from its four illuminating exhibitions to its one-acre Heritage Garden full of native pants.

•  Arts Garage (94 N.E. Second Ave.) is always among the region’s most affordable performing-arts venues—but especially on its weekday Poetry Open Mic (third Monday of the month), Comedy Open Mic (first Tuesday of the month) and All Arts Open Mic (second Tuesday of the month), when admission is only $10.

• You can always find a deal at the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar (5283 W. Atlantic Ave.), an indoor mall, modeled on iconic New York City destinations, that specializes in discount jewelry, home goods and beauty supplies.

• “Chef-driven” and “low-cost” are usually mutually exclusive, but not at Flybird (335 E. Linton Blvd.), one of Delray’s favorite lunch hangouts from the moment it opened. The $12.95 1/4-chicken meal, complete with grilled lemon, a head of roasted garlic, grilled flatbread and one side, is an area staple.

• Of course, there is never a cost for the famous drum circle every Wednesday at Old School Square (51 N. Swinton Ave.). Just bring a percussion instrument—or simply some positive vibes—and join in the dancing, the drumming, the hula hooping or the general revelry.

This Web Extra is from the February 2024 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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