By Carissa Hickok
Delaware may be a tiny state but it does not lack in attractions, with something for everyone. As a coastal state, the most famous attractions of Delaware are its beaches. Delaware’s two main cities, Dover and Wilmington, are small but not lacking in places of interest.
The biggest and most well known beach is Rehoboth Beach. With a boardwalk, ample parking close to the beach, and friendly restaurants, Rehoboth is ideal for adults and children alike. During the summer months, you can find public performances at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. On the boardwalk, you can find some beach favorites like Kohr Bros ice cream, Green Turtle, Grotto Pizza, and Thrasher’s French Fries. Rehoboth is also known for its LGBTQ friendly environment. Purple Parrot Grill is a lively gay bar and restaurant with live entertainment. The Blue Moon offers a more sophisticated dining experience and live entertainment such as a drag show. If you need a break from the beach, you can shop at Main Street or at Tanger Outlets (all tax free).
Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach is smaller and more peaceful than bigger beaches but is known for its family friendly atmosphere and the multitude of activities ranging from golfing to biking to fishing in the bay.
Dewey Beach is perfect for the young and the young at heart. With a litany of water sports – parasailing, jet skiing, boating, windsurfing, wake boarding, water skiing, and dolphin watching – there is no shortage of activities to keep you occupied. When the sun sets, head to a nightclub or bar for some drinks and dancing and enjoy Dewey’s rock & roll spirit.
While Lewes is small in size, it does not lack in beach amenities and attractions. Lewes town should be a must-see for history buffs. Across the state border from Ocean City, MD, Fenwick Island boasts a number of attractions like water parks, kayaks, paddleboats, putt putt, surfing, sailing, fishing, and crabbing and enough beach for everyone.
Aside from the beaches, Cape Henlopen boasts gentle sand dunes, flower-adorned walking and biking trails, and campsites. Take a panoramic view of the Delaware coast atop the World War II observation tower and the spectacular natural scenery will leave you breathless.
Aside from the typical ocean beach activities, Delaware Seashore State Park has two swimming areas with lifeguards, changing rooms, and bathhouses with showers. The park also offers a drive-on beach and picnic pavilions for cookouts and seasonal activities such as bay seining and marsh hikes. No matter which beach you choose, you should make it a point to eat all the seafood you can. You are next to the ocean after all.
As the capital, Dover is not short of museums and historical buildings including the Air Mobility Command Museum. Admission to the museum is free as is parking. The museum houses over 30 varying aircrafts – presidential aircraft, helicopters, cargo haulers, fighters, and bomber. Bring your family, your friends, aviation enthusiasts… you never truly realize just how big these aircrafts are until you are up close. If gambling is your thing, you can check out the Dover Downs Casino. Dover International Speedway hosts a Nascar race in the Sprint Cup Series.
Wilmington, DE is the largest city in the state and boasts a beautiful riverfront. Take a stroll around the waters or enjoy a picnic surrounded by trees and you will feel the charm of a serene city. Other ways to enjoy the city include taking the water taxi or the riverboat, enjoying a baseball game at Frawley Stadium, skating at the riverfront rink, or playing a few rounds of mini golf along the river.
Be sure to visit Delaware and take your time exploring!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.