Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida is the pulse of our city. It is super fun. It is very unique. And it has a vibe like you won't find anywhere else. It is where ALL the action happens! It hosts all our parades and hosts many art events. It is also an award-winning main street and was Voted Best Main Street in Florida by Florida Monthly Magazine!
Atlantic Avenue Looking East Towards A1A (The Beach)
Atlantic Avenue Looking West From A1A (The Beach)
Photo Courtesy of Photographically Yours, Inc.
Lined with oak trees and Royal Palms on either side, and with cobblestone sidewalks meticulously groomed and designed for pedestrians, Delray’s Atlantic Avenue has, in its own right, won its very own award for being the Best Main Street in Florida.
Famous Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is now an
Award-Winning Main Street!
Thanks to Florida Monthly's magazine
“Best of Florida 2010 Awards” we were voted as the
Best Main Street in Florida.
Atlantic Avenue has something for everyone whether it’s
dining, entertainment, shopping at our local boutiques, events, festivals, art walks or just simply sight-seeing.
You can do it all and see it all – on The Avenue.
On a normal day, traffic moves slow on Atlantic Avenue and pedestrians move even slower.
Atlantic Avenue is even home to an authentic historic draw-bridge located right downtown Delray. The Intracoastal runs north-south through downtown. In order to crossover the Intracoastal waterway, to get the barrier island of Delray, one must crossover the water. The drawbridge still opens up to allow large vessels to pass underneath.
(They use to crossover by HAND back in the day! Pulling from one side to the other -- with a pulley wire to pull themselves across!)
View of the drawbridge from a different angle.
Doing The Avenue...
How do YOU do The Avenue?
For those of you who enjoy doing The Avenue or strolling The Avenue in Delray Beach, I think you will agree with me that it has its own incomparable charm, energy and eclectic vibe. Yes? Right?!!! :-) :-) :-)
In fact, "doing The Avenue” can be considered an attraction all in itself!
It is the pathway for all the parades.
It is where everyone “meets-up”.
Some come with their dogs and just chill.
While others meet-up for a doggie day with yogurt for our pups! (Me, Danika Dahl, and Prince Pierre are on the right.)
Worthing Park at Park Tavern and Salt 7 offers two expansive green circular benches to sit on. Great to take a rest and even better to enjoy if you're one of those people watchers.
While others enjoy hanging out and smoking cigars with their friends.
The Seafood & Wine Fest is held on Atlantic Avenue (at the east end) and oceanside on A1A in front of Boston's on the Beach.
Photo courtesy: Georgia Papp Handy Photography
Our St Patrick's Day parade has turned into an international event thanks to one very dedicated promoter and retired fireman, John Fischer. You can read about the (near-famous) history of the St Patrick's Day parade here.
Photo credit Georgia Papp Handy Photography
The Delray Affair is a 3-day event that closes down The Avenue allowing people to stroll and enjoy three days of festivities, food, fun, arts & crafts.
Once known as the Gladiola Festival (or more properly the Gladioli Festival). For many years, now known as the Delray Affair. It is the only event that closes down The Avenue for a 3-day duration. It is that great!
Atlantic Avenue is well-known for its very own unique charm and vibe and for this we can all thank a Delray Beach pioneer woman named Ethel Sterling Williams.
Ethel’s grandson, William Sterling Williams, a West Palm Beach attorney, remembers his grandmother fighting to keep McDonald’s off Atlantic Avenue.
It is said that she didn’t want rows of condos or commercialism in downtown Delray – or at the beach, for that matter. She didn’t want the charm of Delray to be taken away.
And, many, many years later, here we are, very thankful for her
foresight. Because even today, you will very little commercialism on the Best Main Street in Florida... Atlantic Avenue!
Atlantic Avenue Before It Was Paved
Photo Courtesy of Delray Beach Historical Society
Back in the day, prior to Atlantic Avenue being paved, it was only dirt. The women did not like their long dresses dragging in the dirt every time they had to travel Atlantic Avenue. So it was decided to make a sidewalk.
Just one problem…the women and the men could not decide which side to
build the sidewalk…so it was built in the middle of the road. True story!
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