the cornell art museum is located in the historic 1913 delray beach school. this museum has traveling art collections from all over the world. the delray school building is listed on the national register of historic places. for information on current exhibitions and times see the attached web site.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
the morikami museum and japanese gardens is a very interesting place to visit in delray beach. in the mid 19 th century a number of japanese immigrants settled in the delray area. the museum is named after george morikami who was a early delray settler. the museum has a very interesting collection of meiji period japanese art. also the japaese gardens are beautiful and peaceful place to visit. for those interested in japanese art and culture this is the best museum in the state of florida.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
many visitors to delray come for it's beautuful atlantic beach. the city of delray beach has a couple of public beach accesses with metered parking. also on north ocean blvd there is about 1/8 mile streach of the road with metered beach parking. the parking fees in delray are much lower than in neighboring boca raton.
- Food and Dining
Butterfly World - The Captives
The only real detraction from our visit was the life-style imposed upon the blue heron and the macaws, two of the most intelligent bird families. The macaws are large brightly colored parrots native to Central and South America. Many species are endangered. Macaws live up to 50-65 years and are monogamous. Their diet is comprised of fruit, nuts, seeds, and berries. They are confiend here to Macaw Landing, a single tree stripped of branches, where they sit and squawk loudly at each other. They most certainly recognize their handler, greeting her with a chorus of squawks.
Even sadder was the status of a single blue heron, native throughout North America and generally living very near to water, either ocean or lakes and rivers. Their primary diet is fish, but they are known to also eat snakes, frogs, and occasionally insects and plants. They may live over 20 years. This unhappy bird was in the exact same position when we arrived and when we left, and at first we thought it a model. Then it raised a single leg. On the website and in advertisments for Butterfly World, this heron was standing in the same position. What a depressing life for an intelligent bird.
Butterfly World - Flora
Butterflies feed on nectar and pollen - to feed them, the Butterfly World has become a world-class center of research and development on exotic plants. The most remarkable are the Passiflora, or Passion Vines, imagined by early missionaries in the Americas to display the aspects of the Passion of Christ. The ten petals represent the disciples, the stigma the three nails, etc. Sadly, on our visit, the Passiflora were not in bloom or looked shabby. Which does not meant that there weren't some other spectacular beauties, often anonymous.
Butterfly World - Tropical Home of the Butterflies
Narrow paths circle through a tropical rain forest setting where butterflies of all colors and species live, feed, and fly right on to waiting hands and shoulders and most everything else. In the center of the forest is a waterfall with a koi pond housing brightly colored fish (miniscule allotments of fish food are available from an adjacent machine ). Near the back, a cave with constant mist and occasional brief showers keep the entire area humid enough for the butterflies to survive. These little creatures are voracious eaters - their favorite treat is overripe bananas set out on plates, where in the adjoining image 3 blue morphos are chowing down. The tropical butterfly habitat charms everyone from the smallest toddler to the adults - plan on spending a while here.
MEET THE BUTTERFLIES - TRAVELOGUE ONE.
Butterfly World - Meet a Lorikeet
A highlight of Butterfly World is the Lorikeet Encounter area, a closed screened area populated by bright colorful parrots native to Australia, New Zealand, Polynesian islands, and SE Asia. There are innumerable subspecies, some severely endangered and others so common as to be considered pests because of their voracious appetites for fruit and other planted foodstuffs. Talkative and playful, lorikeets and their short-tailed cousins lories, are popular pets. Evolution has favored the development of specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar, their favorite meal, aided by a long slender bill. Their diet also unhappily leads to their least desirable feature - copious amounts of liquid gooey droppings.
At Butterfly World, these friendly birds are likely to land and walk about on visitors to their enclosure chattering away. At $1, measly aliquots of nectar are poured into plastic cups drawing an immediate crowd to the holder. The domesticated birds here have learned to land and drink even as the nectar is poured. Unless the photographer is prepared in advance, a likely picture is an arm covered in dripping residue holding an empty plastic cup and nary a bird in sight. A lorikeet encounter should be a prime reason to visit Butterfly World.
Butterfly World - Introduction
A top drawer tourist attraction, Butterfly World is the creation of a former engineer fascinated with butterflies since childhood. On any given day, 50+ species are flying around the screened butterfly jungle complete with exotic plantings, bridges and ponds with brightly colored fish, waterfalls, and a misty cave. The site also has a scientific area on display (image 3), an aviary for hummingbirds and other exotics, a macaw tree, and probably the best feature - an interactive screened area with lorikeets.
Admission costs are $23 with $2 coupons on the internet site. Parking is free. The cafe offers astoundingly bad and totally unhealthy fast food at astronomic prices. Eating before or after visiting is strongly suggested. There is also unsurprisingly a large expensive gift shop.
Butterfly World is a great place to visit for both children and adults. Three generations of our family spent several totally delightful hours here and we highly recommend it. Even young children love the butterflies which land unbidden on hands, shoulders, and pocketbooks. Bring the camera. And the adults were even more smitten, especially with the lorikeets.
Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend Craft Fest
The inaugural Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend Craft Festival is the perfect location for an outdoor craft event. The area is filled with quaint shops, popular restaurants and the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. This venue always attracts a large crowd of locals and tourists!
Venue: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue
Public Admission: Free, no gate
Parking: Available for RV’s and standard size vehicles
Show Hours: 10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday
- Arts and Culture
Hacky Sack at the Beach (or near it)
One location to hack at is just across the street from the Shore restaurant (at the beach). Another is when you walk out onto the beach from the entrance at Atlantic and A1A, there is a small wooden deck..
Or if you want to hack near the intercoastal, there is a nice park called Veteran's Park along Atlantic just east of the intercoastal on the north side. It has a covered pavilion, some open space, and a playground.
Veteran's Park Website
- Adventure Travel
Delray Affair Festival
April 21-23 is Delray's largest town festival. Streets are closed off and bands, artists, and vendors gather together for the "The Greatest Arts, Crafts, Food & Entertainment Street Festival Under the Sun".
Free admission. 10AM-6PM on all three days.
- Arts and Culture
Meet some new people!
We met so many great people while we were here, just start talking and most people talk back!
We were walking out of a club and the guy in this photo was huge so I looked at him and said something like 'your huge!'. He laughed and we all talked for a short bit while my girlfriend took a picture. My girlfriend actually dared him to curl me so he did...that photo I'll put in the next tip just so you can see how funny it was.
Loxahatchee Everglades Air...
Loxahatchee Everglades Air Boat Tours
Not very crowded and great way to see Everglades wildlife up close but not too close. Run by some pretty colorful characters. I had some great pics of this but I think a gator must have eaten them.
american orchid society
the american orchid society has a green house that displays numerous verities of this tropical plant. for those interested in tropical foliage the orchid society is a very interesting place to visit.
- Museum Visits