“Word is spreading fast across the country about all the cool things Delray Beach has to offer this summer,” declares Stephanie Immelman, executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC). “With so much going on – including great events such as the annual Fourth of July Celebration and the Aug. 21st On The Ave festivities on West Atlantic Avenue – it’s not surprising that hotels are seeing increased bookings and that local businesses and restaurants are serving more customers.” But there’s no need to let tourists have all the fun. Specials abound and waiting times and traffic congestion all but gone. This is the perfect time to see 2012’s Most Fun Small Town in America like a tourist. “Summer is a great time for local residents and visitors from throughout South Florida to come to Delray Beach and take advantage of all the fun things to do here,” adds Immelman. “It’s the time of year when locals can get outstanding deals while supporting our merchants, restaurants, cultural happenings and entertainment venues.” Following are just a few of the cool things happening in Delray Beach this summer: Summer Happenings There are plenty of special events going on this summer in Delray Beach. The From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Paper as Art exhibition at the Cornell Museum in the Delray Beach Center for the Arts showcases a world where ordinary paper has been transformed into extraordinary works of art. The exhibit runs until Aug. 24. There’s a $5 admission fee. Nearby, there’s Art Cinema at The Crest every Wednesday, with screenings at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. followed by a group discussion. There’s a $10 fee. At the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Sushi & Stroll is back for three more Fridays: July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Events are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include Taiko drumming performances. Tickets are $7. Visitors can take a “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, hosted by the Spady Museum on July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at a cost of $20. Summer at the Sandoway House Nature Center is when people will find the Jurassic Parts exhibit, featuring hundreds of shark parts through Aug. 31 for $4. Don’t miss daily shark feedings while you’re there. Art Walk in Downtown Delray, offering visitors a chance to view special artist showings at galleries and studios in the Pineapple Grove Art District, is back on the first Friday of every month. Great Things to Do and Summer Specials Residents and tourists will find no place cooler than Delray Beach for water sports and for summer discounts at golf courses, tennis centers and most hotels and attractions. For example, if a full day of golf is too much, they can head over to Putt’n Around Delray Beach for a round of mini golf. Delray Yacht Cruises is offering special rates for its two-hour daily narrated Intracoastal cruises and on brunch and dinner cruises. Along with a great beach, you’ll find cool things under the sea when scuba diving, or snorkeling. Scuba Center Delray can get you set up. For fun on the water try paddle boarding, sailing and surfing. Delray Beach Watersports and newcomers The Salt Fly specialize in these kind of activities. For wine and art connoisseurs, Vino Van Gogh Wine and Art Bar in Pineapple Grove offers a summer special of two classes and two glasses of wine – one each for you and a friend, or two for you – for $50.