Take Your Workout Outside This Spring in Delray Beach

Why spend an hour at the gym when you can get in a great workout while enjoying the sites and sunshine of Delray Beach? Whether you’re looking for a high-intensity workout, something out of the ordinary, or a more mindful exercise experience, you’ll find it on along the ocean shore.

Turn to Mother Nature and your own body weight to provide you with all the fitness equipment you need for a fresh and fun workout in the park.

Create your own outdoor circuit training program that includes squats, push-ups, side planks and side shuffles. Add in pull-ups and step-ups if you’re at a playground with a jungle gym. Don’t forget to warm up with a brisk 5-minute walk or jog before you start.

Anchor Park  is a great place to try out an outdoor circuit program: It has both a community park and a playground—and it’s close to the beach for a post-workout swim.

Veterans Park on East Atlantic Avenue, is another perfect outdoor workout spot, with lawn bowling and shuffleboard courts for some group fun, too.

 

Why Run When You Can Kangoo Jump?

Jump-start your outdoor workout—literally—with Kangoo jumping instead of than a run through the park.

(First invented in Europe in the mid-1990s, Kangoo jumping is a safe, low-impact rebound exercise you do with the help of Kangoo Jump shoe (boots). The activity is easier on the joints than jogging and a great calorie-burning exercise that also strengthens the legs.)

Though there are Kangoo jump clubs in many cities, all you really need to get started is a pair of Kangoo jump shoes, which are available online and in specialty sports stores. Strap them on and you’re ready to go.

Kangoo jumping shoes are equipped with a spring system that compresses as you run to absorb impact. They provide lateral stability that make them safe to use for people of any age and activity level.

Rather than a jog along the Commodore Trail, why not try Kangoo jumping the trail instead? The shoes are even sturdy enough for a run on Bluegill Trail or on one of the area’s breathtaking beaches. A list of Delray’s Trails is available at www.traillink.com/city/delray-beach-fl-trails.

 

This Beach Was Made for Yoga

What’s not to love about beach yoga? It combines fitness, discipline, and sunshine. It allows you to connect with nature and strengthen your body and mind.

If you’re already an avid yoga enthusiast, you know the many benefits of this ancient Indian form of exercise. Have you taken your practice outdoors to amplify its spiritual benefits yet?

Sunset Beach Yoga hosts an 80-minute guided yoga class every Sunday and Wednesday evening (weather permitting) at Atlantic Dunes Park Beach, led by Jessica Om. The event is open to all levels and to those who self-practice too. Find out more about the group at www.meetup.com/sunsetyogaonthebeach.

If the beach isn’t the place for you, but you still want to be close to nature during your yoga practice, Bamboo Garden Yoga, located at 88 SE 4th Avenue, offers a variety of indoor and outdoor yoga classes, including Bikram, vinyasa, and meditation. Classes are offered daily; registration is available online at bamboogardenyoga.com.

 

One of the biggest challenges to staying active is finding a fitness program that’s effective and fun. Taking your workout outside when the weather is nice gives you variety and a healthy dose of Vitamin D, both of which will make your body healthy and strong.

Visit the St. Vincent Ferrer Fair in Delray

Every year in February, families in Delray Beach and the surrounding areas look forward to the St. Vincent Ferrer Fair!

The well-loved event has been delighted families, friends, residents and snow birds alike for almost 50 years. It’s hosted by The St. Vincent’s Ferrer Parish and usually takes place in the weeks prior to St. Patricks Day.

The fair/festival features carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food, a world class flea market, and more. Admission and parking are free, however tickets or 3 day passes are sold for rides and other activities. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic School.

Location:
St. Vincent Ferrer Church & School
840 George Bush Blvd
Delray Beach, FL 33483

To learn more: http://www.stvincentferrer.com/parish-festival/

Plan a Family Trip to Sandoway Discovery Center

A family trip to Delray Beach isn’t complete without a stop at Sandoway Discovery Center, located at 142 South Ocean Boulevard.

For just $5, guests can learn about the wonders of the ocean through interactive exhibits and education programs providing an informative mix of marine biology and Delray Beach history. The biologists are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and eager to share their love of the ocean.

A Must-See for Shark Lovers

If you’ve ever wondered what nurse sharks eat for breakfast, you’ll not only find out, but have the chance to feed it to them at Sandoway House Nature Center. The ecological education center lets you watch live shark feedings Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and even names one lucky person (over the age of 3) the Shark Feeder of the Day. A $25 cost applies. Pre-registration is required by calling 561-274-7263.

A special three-month shark exhibit is set up at Sandoway Discovery Center every year between June and August, featuring an expanded exhibition of these great and predatory marine fish. The display is full of exciting shark artifacts, including shark teeth and jaws from more than 100 species of shark. There is also a mini-fossil dig set up for children to dig for (and keep) genuine fossils.

Between October and May, guests can enjoy a Surfing History Exhibit, detailing the complete history in the State of Florida, and Palm Beach County in particular. The display includes locally-made surfboards and thousands of photos.

A Learning Place for All Age Groups

In addition to its popular shark attraction, Sandoway Discovery Center is also home to snakes, turtles, birds, and tortoises, and has stingray and invertebrate touch tanks that provide a hands-on learning experience. The Florida Reptile and Amphibian room is where visitors will learn about some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species.

Its microscope room and its children’s activity room make it a fun place for adults and children alike to better understand the environment and the delicate ocean ecosystem through hands-on learning and play.

Other popular features of this historic two-story beachfront museum are the extensive private seashell collection featuring 10,000 museum quality shells from around the world, the nocturnal room, and the second-floor observation deck.

Sandoway Discovery Centre is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information, visit www.sandowayhouse.org.

 

Girls Night Out in Delray Beach!

Delray Beach offers plenty to do and sights to see with friends, day or night. And, when you need a break from the kids and the SO, it’s really the perfect place for a fun girls night out… or a whole day for that matter!

Here’s just one itinerary we recommend – but of course there’s an unlimited number of fun options.

Our plan: Grab your BFFs and head over to East Atlantic Avenue for hours of fun, starting with a well-deserved stop for pampering at one of the area’s finest spas. You’ll make your way to a few stops and end with drinks at Delray Beach’s oldest cocktail bar. 

Stop 1: Seagate Spa

The Seagate Spa isn’t exclusively for hotel guests; book yourself and a couple of girlfriends in for an afternoon of luxury and pampering, including a decadent massage and a mani/pedi.

The Seagate’s 8,000-square-foot spa is located inside the Seagate Hotel at 1000 East Atlantic Avenue and offers a complete range of massage, skin care and body treatments. It’s the perfect retreat for young professionals, busy moms, and women in need of relaxing and invigorating spa experience. Going with friends just makes it more fun!

Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit. A perk of booking at the Seagate Spa is all-day access to the hotel pool, jacuzzi, pool bar, tranquillity room and steam room. You could even come early for a workout in the fitness center.

The Seagate Spa is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Request an appointment online at www.theseagatehotel.com/spa-fitness.

Stop 2: Blue Gallery

There’s no better way to spend an hour or two with friends than at one of the finest art galleries in Delray Beach. Located at 600 East Atlantic Avenue you’ll find Blue Gallery, where contemporary art comes alive.

Blue Gallery features original collections from internationally-acclaimed artists, including Lenner Gogli, Iris Eshet Cohen and Marcus Botbol. You’ll discover awe-inspiring pieces of landscapes, abstracts, semi-realistic, realistic, and figurative styles all under one roof. And if you decided to add one of Blue Gallery’s beautiful pieces to your personal collection, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will even help you install it perfectly in your space.

Visit Blue Gallery online at www.bluefineart.com for information on the artists whose work is featured and for upcoming exhibitions.

Stop 3: The Old Arcade

What girls night would be complete without a stop for cocktails? For something a little offbeat, we like The Old Arcade, Delray Beach’s first and only Speakeasy bar, built in 1925 and kept secret until the end of Prohibition.

Tucked in behind Caffe Martier, The Old Arcade is a vintage-style bar serving classic cocktails with an updated twist ranging from price for $12 to $15. The bar boasts great ambience and talented mixologists who specialize in craft cocktails. The Resolution #9 is a fan favorite.

Visit The Old Arcade’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/theoldarcade) for a complete menu of restoratives, and make sure you enter through the back alley, especially if it’s your first visit. This secret bar can be tricky to find otherwise, but worth the effort.

 

We hope you enjoy this suggested itinerary! We are always up for a good GNO, so let us know your favorite ladies night destinations in Delray Beach!

Noreen Payne Serves at Vice Chair for Programming for the Delray Chamber in 2018

Congratulations to Noreen Shirazi Payne of the All About Florida Homes, Keller Williams team, as she serves as Vice Chair for Programming for the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2018!
From the Chamber’s press release:
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“Noreen Payne is a long-time Delray Beach resident, living in the Lake Ida community since 1997. Noreen and her friend of 20 years Amy Stark Snook lead the All About Florida Homes Team with Keller Williams.
 
It is Noreen’s passion for community service and helping others that brought her to the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
 
“A very active member since beginning as an Ambassador of the Chamber, Noreen:
 
🤝  served as the 2015 Ambassador Chair, 2016 – 2017 Vice Chair of Membership and is now in her 3rd year on the board now serving as Vice Chair of Programming.
🌷  is a past finalist for the Ken Ellingsworth Community Service Award.
✏️  is a committed volunteer and newly appointed board member for The Achievement Center for Children and Families
👠 co-Chairs both the Vince Canning’s Stiletto Race and the Delray Beach Home Tour.
🍏  is active with The Caring Kitchen ESP in the area of children/students and hunger.
 
🧡  Noreen feels that this level of commitment to community service and giving back is what eventually always leads to success personally and in business.”
 
Go, Noreen! We are so proud of you!
To see the full list of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, click here: