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10 Things to Do in Delray Beach After Dark

Somehow, nightlife became synonymous with eating, drinking, and merriment. Home to a nightlife as bustling as its beaches during the day, the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area offers plenty of adventure after the sun sets, sans alcohol. Vacationing at Delray Sands Resort, located just a short distance from Palm Beach County’s top entertainment and adventure options, provides an easy way to immerse yourself in all that the area has to offer. Start your evening relaxing fireside at Delray Sands Resort’s oceanfront area, then choose from one – or more – of these eight activities after dark.

Have a Ball at SilverBall Retro Arcade

Rediscover the kid in you at this arcade-meets-time travel machine, home to more than 80 retro games. Pinball game themes include Star Trek and Indiana Jones, as well as other childhood nostalgia from Frogger to Skee-Ball. Whether you’re visiting with friends, a significant other, or the whole family, engaging your loved ones in friendly competitions at SilverBall Retro Arcade will help set free your youthful spirit.

Get Down to Monkey Business at Monkey Bar

In addition to the marquee restaurant of Drift, Monkey Bar is also one of Opal Grand’s on-site restaurants. But where Drift is all about taking guests on a coastal culinary voyage, this bright, playful space open until 10 p.m. is all about getting down to monkey business. With an interior accented with living green walls, a bar set beneath a foliage-wrapped canopy, and a large overhead skylight, it feels a bit like slinging drinks back in the heart of the jungle – there are even hanging ceramic monkeys. And to really hit the theme home, the clever cocktail menu boasts inventive creations with names like The Smoking Banana (mezcal, rum, and banane du brésil) and The Baboon (rum, vermouth, dry curacao, and angostura bitters).

Evening Water Adventures with Boca Surf & Sail

When the sun goes down, the paddles come out with Boca Surf & Sail’s Sunset Paddle Tour and Full Moon Paddle Tour. Just a short drive from Delray Beach and Boca Raton, paddle board tours depart from Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach, offering a unique opportunity to experience water activities from a different vantage point. The tours guide you through beautiful neighborhoods of South Florida, while allowing the opportunity to meet new people and test your limits.

Game On at Delray Beach Tennis Center

Visiting the pristine beaches of Delray brings a relaxing aspect to your time away, but some vacationers prefer a more active experience. Well-known Delray Beach Tennis Center welcomes novice or experienced tennis players on their courts, open to the public. Get in an end-of-day workout while you brush up on your serve by joining one of their evening classes such as the Back to Basics held from 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the Drills & Games class held twice a week at 5:30 p.m.  

Feel the Phantom Presence with Wicked Delray Ghost Tours

Whether this is your first time staying in Delray Beach or you’re a more regular visitor, Wicked Delray Ghost Tours presents a different side to the area. This one-hour walking tour beginning at 8:00 p.m. is led by ghost story expert Marilyn Egan as she shares entertaining stories about the spirits inhabiting artistic Atlantic Avenue. 

Get a Little Weird at Dada

Located in one of the oldest historic homes in Delray Beach, Dada prides itself on being non-conformist. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the music, and even the staff in this Delray Beach bar are imbued with an artistic license that’s as refreshing as it is startling. The work of local, independent artists adorns the walls inside – think: abstract paintings, “living” art made of succulents and vines, and eerie, otherworldly portraits. Meanwhile, form meets function on the intimate outdoor dining and garden area, where eclectic decor is mixed in with herb gardens and lights strung overhead twinkle merrily. Head to Dada for the live entertainment you’ll find every night, including open mic, comedy, singer-songwriters, live bands, and even a classic movie night on Sundays.

Arts Appreciation at Arts Garage

Delray Beach is known for its cultural aesthetic and eclectic art, and Arts Garage is no exception. The mission of Arts Garage is to provide a setting for musicians, comedians, and visual artists to share their craft with the community and tourists alike. Enjoy live musical and spoken word performances or browse the art gallery, currently home to climate-inspired work. Or, visit during their First Friday Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a self-guided tour and chance to meet emerging artists.

Cuisine and Culture at Delray Beach Market and Mizner Park

Satisfy your hunger and immerse yourself in the creative energy of Delray Beach at Delray Beach Market, which integrates delicious food offerings, live music and occasional pop-ups into one unique space. If you’ve already eaten, satisfy your sweet tooth at Scoops & Cones, or sip on a unique coffee drink from The Modern Rose. In Boca Raton, Mizner Park provides a similar experience. Choose from one of their restaurants that capture South Florida’s vibrancy, such as trendy-but-casual Kapow Noodle Bar, and enjoy a live music show frequently offered throughout the year. 

Plan a Play-Date at Delray Beach Playhouse or The Wick Theatre 

Theater-goers can get their fix while on vacation by catching a performance at Delray Beach Playhouse or The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. With a number of performances put on during evening hours, enjoy some of the best theater that Palm Beach County has to offer. The Wick’s newly renovated Museum Club will also showcase their extensive costume collection.

Let the Beach Be Your Guide

Use the beautiful surroundings of the destination as part of your itinerary with a visit to the beach after-hours. BYOBB (bring your own beach blanket), and cozy up to your loved ones with a picnic meal right before the sun sets. Delray Sands’ private beach options provide a relaxing setting for quality time together. Sometimes, nature’s simple beauty is all the entertainment you need for an ideal nighttime outing.

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