Whether you’re a local, a visitor or in a mixed group exploring the best of Delray, you’ll immediately recognize one aspect of the Village by the Sea that makes it so special: the walkability. No need to drive from stop to stop when you can enjoy the fresh air. But even though you can walk, that doesn’t mean you should. Meet Freebee, the complimentary transportation to get you around town. The best part? It’s completely free of charge, courtesy of the Delray Beach CRA.
Freebee, a South Florida-based electric transportation company, provides riders a convenient transportation service with GEM (Global Electric Motorcars), which are low-speed, battery-electric vehicles.
This service takes guests anywhere in the downtown CRA service area, which includes most locations East of I-95 to A1A, and Gulfstream Boulevard to S.W. 10th Street. Translation: basically everywhere you’d want to go. So grab your friends, download the Freebee app, request a ride and jump on board!
Start your journey by parking your car at the Old School Square Parking Garage, located at 180 N.E. First St. Parking is free if you’re in before 4 p.m. so there aren’t any fiscal hiccups to be had on your day out. Close the car doors and open a better door to a leisurely-fun day spent downtown, without the pedal to the metal.
Step outside and head a few steps south to the Delray Beach GreenMarket. Held every Saturday in season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’ll be privy to not only some of the freshest and most local produce, seafood, cheeses, bread, citrus and fruit, but you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy live music and plenty of dog-petting opportunities.
After staring at delicious food, you must be feeling peckish, so tap on the Freebee app and catch a lift to Bear’s Food Shack. There you can dive into poke bowls, acai bowls, sandwiches, wraps, tacos and smoothies. You’ll be able to experience the “aloha spirit” with the first bite and transform into your new tropical state of mind.
When you’re through, ring Freebee and head to the Arts Warehouse in Pineapple Grove. There you’re welcome to view some of the newest and most innovative art pieces from local artists. Not to mention, since the Warehouse is also an arts incubator, you might have the good fortune to rub elbows with the artists themselves.
If you’re feeling hungry for lunch, your Freebee driver can transport you all the way to France. Originally getting their start back in 2015 at the Delray GreenMarket, The French Bakery & Cafe is so authentic you’ll think you left the Sunshine State. Using artisan equipment and a mix of French and American artisan bakers, their hand-crafted baguettes and croissants are used to make all of their sandwiches.
After your taste buds have traveled so far, you’re sure to need some exercise, so have Mr. Freebee take you to Silverball Museum. From vintage machines to newly released, you’ll have the opportunity to play with more pinball and arcade games than you ever knew existed. And leave with bragging rights for the rest of the day.
Being the winner that you are, politely demand a ride to Death or Glory and indulge in a celebratory cocktail (Singapore Sling, anyone?) or an out-of-the-box appetizer, such as jackfruit fritters or crispy chickpeas. Their local, seasonal menu is constantly updating, so be sure to ask your bartender what is new. Pro tip: head to the tiki bar in the back for a little Aloha vibe!
Now that you’re feeling warm and fuzzy, round out the night with a show at Old School Square, the art and event space in Delray Beach. Whether that be an outdoor concert at the Old School Square Pavilion or a performance at the Crest Theatre, you will be utterly entertained.
You’ve successfully tackled the best of the city, without ever having to get behind the wheel. Best news is that you’re now back where you started your day-long journey, making driving home easy peasy. You’ve definitely found a friend in Freebee, and it’s the best, don’t you agree?