Sandoway Discovery Center

Mission Statement: As South Florida's premier coastal ecosystems and marine life center, we will transform and inspire our visitors through experiential education and conservation.

The Sandoway Discovery Center, offers a glimpse into South Florida’s

Fragile marine and freshwater environments through educational exhibits and programs.The nature center opened its doors in 1998 and quickly captivated the interest of students, teachers, naturalists, community leaders, visitors and residents of Delray Beach and surrounding communities. The unique facility is an exciting hands-on learning experience, which focuses on Florida’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Visitors of all ages can get an up-close view of some of Florida’s native and invasive reptile species,

meet sharks and other fish at the coral reef pool, explore Southeast Florida’s largest private shell collection and join us for special events such as Earth Day and beach clean-ups. The center’s library is a great resource to explore natural history and the environment. The observation deck, shell collection and native plant and butterfly garden also allow the visitor to learn about our unique coastal environment. The Sandoway House Nature Center is an historic home where one can experience Delray’s rich natural history through a self-guided tour. The open air porch, Dade County pine floors, Bald Cypress ceilings, French doors and arched window on the staircase, are just some of the architectural details that evoke impressions of early beach-front living.

The nature center’s activities include daily shark and stingray feedings, twice a week alligator feedings,

Junior Naturalist program for at-risk youth, group education programs, outreach, beach and dune walks (presented by Dr. Angela Witmer), garden walks, live animal exhibits, fossil digs and more. The Friends of Sandoway House Nature Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Delray’s coastal/marine ecosystems and natural history all to benefit future generations.

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Rental Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Facility Rental Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Rentals will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Facility Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $50 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. The cost of the room is $50 per hour. WE have no minimum requirement but our maximum capacity is 30 people.

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Additional policies
  • It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the facility rental, during the permitted rental time.
  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.
Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a facility rental more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $50 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a facility rental less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required

Sandoway Discovery Center Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures

Birthday Party Procedure:

  • A group representative must complete and submit a Birthday Party Reservation Form at least 15 days prior to the event. Birthday parties will be approved on a first come-first served basis, depending on availability.
  • Facility staff will review the request, and if the requested space is available, a site meeting will be held between the facility manager and the group representative no later than 5 days after the booking.
  • At the time of the site meeting, a $100 non-refundable deposit is due. Payment can be made by check, credit card or cash. The Birthday Party Rental Policies and Procedures will be reviewed and the Facility User Agreement/Permit will be signed by both parties and issued to the group representative.
  • The day of the event after the clean-up is completed, a walk-through with a facility staff member and the representative will be conducted to ensure the facility is left in the condition it was found. The permitee will be required to pay additional fees for any damage or additional cleaning, or if the rental room is not vacated by the end of the permitted rental time.
Cost / payment

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due the day of the site meeting. Payment must be in the form of cash, check or credit card. Checks must be payable to: Sandoway Discovery Center. Individual fee payment is due on the day of the party and is $10 per person. We require a minimum of 10 individuals in a party group and our maximum is 30 people which includes children and adults!

Parking

Parking is located off of Ingraham Ave. on the south-side of the Center. Please make sure to get a parking pass from the attendant inside the Center to leave on the dashboard of your car. Free parking is provided for a limited number of cars. We only have 10 spaces in our parking lot. Carpooling is highly recommended.

Direction from the south:

I-95 to Linton Blvd.

East on Linton to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

North (left) on A1A to Ingraham Ave.

Make a left onto Ingraham Ave. and immediately turn right into our lot.

Directions from the north:

I-95 to Atlantic Ave.

East on Atlantic to A1A (S. Ocean Blvd.)

South (right) on A1A, 2 blocks past Sandoway Park sign.

Then right onto Ingraham Ave and turn right into lot.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of a party more than 10 days in advance shall be refunded the $100 deposit in full (please allow 3 weeks for reimbursement). Cancellation of a party less than 10 days in advance will not be given a refund, but the group will be allowed to reschedule within 90 days.

Building rules
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • No running
  • No yelling or disruptive behavior
  • No gum anywhere in the building
  • No climbing or standing on the exhibits or railings
  • No tapping on animal enclosure or tanks
  • Shirt and shoes required
Additional policies

It is the group’s responsibility to set-up before and clean-up after the party, during the permitted rental time.

  • Due to limited space, groups will not be allowed to store items for the event at the facility prior to or after the event.
  • Food/Drink is allowed ONLY in the permitted room.
  • Groups may not nail, staple, or alter any walls, doors or any area of the facility. Please report any damaged equipment prior to start of birthday party.
  • The facility only provides the permitted space, (8) 6”x2.5” tables and (30) chairs. All other items, such as food, decorations, and party supplies, must be provided by the user. Sorry, the facility does not have a kitchenette or items such as tape, utensils, copy machine, cooler, etc. available for use.