Gordens Pond Trail
This newly completed trail starts at Gordons Pond-Cape Henlopen State Park and ends at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. The crushed stone trail is 2.7 miles in length. Look in to walking, biking, fishing or horseback riding along the trail. Click here for more information.
Cape Henlopen State Park located in Lewes, Delaware; Cape Henlopen High School located in Lewes, DE; on the canal in Lewes; Shields Elementary on Savannah Road in Lewes; Rehoboth Elementary located on State Road, Rehoboth; John Waples Memorial Lions Club Park in Dewey Beach. An indoor court is available at the Sussex County Family YMCA in downtown Rehoboth.
There are many opportunities for cycling in the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach area. From May 15 to September 15, riding on the Boardwalk may be done between 5:00am and 10:00am only. For more information call 302-227-6181 or 302-227-2233. The Junction and Breakwater Trail off Wolfe Neck Road on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park midway between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is 3.6 miles. You may catch the start of this trail behind the outlets, ocean-side. For more information call 302-739-4702 or visit www.destateparks.com. To view a map of the trail, click here.
For those who desire a longer ride, Sussex Cyclists ( a local cycling group) leads day and evening rides from 11-50 miles mostly through rural Sussex County roads. Information is available at www.sussexcyclists.org or by calling the ride leader at 302-945-3360. For information on Bicycle Route 1 (a north-south route the length of Delaware) and Delaware Bicycling Maps, contact the Delaware Dept. of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at 302-760-2509, or visit their web site at www.deldot.gov.
Back Road Bicycling and Auto Tours: The Southern Delaware Heritage Trial connects rivers, scenic drives, local heritage and historic sites, country inns, bed and breakfasts, motels and antiquing. The loop trail is marked by signs which connect several historic towns west of Delaware's resorts. The trail route provides 130 miles of connecting trials for cyclists and more than 70 miles of scenic country roads for motorists who like to venture off the beaten path.
Delaware Seashore State Park-Sussex County off Highway 1 at the park's Indian River Marina. Fee; Fenwick Island State Park-Sussex County bayside just south of Bethany Beach off Highway 1; and Assawoman Wildlife Area-Sussex County near Bethany Beach. From Highway 1 take Route 26 west to County Road 361, go left on CR 361, then right at CR 363 and left on CR 364-follow signs to Assawoman Wildlife Area.
Family Fun Cruise-Join Lighthouse Pete the Pirate on a round trip cruise aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry every Sunday in July and August, 6:15pm departure. Info: www.cmlf.com or call 800-64-FERRY.
Take a cruise, sight-seeing cruise or a sunset cruise from Fisherman's Wharf, or go on a dolphin/whale watch. Fun for the whole family. 302-645-8862.
Enjoy Dolphin Watching or Lighthouse Tours to name a few of the tours available while cruising the Delaware Bay. Three different docking locations. Contact Cape Water Tours at: www.capewatertours.com or call 302-644-7334.
13 colorful squirting bumper boats to help keep you cool at Jungle Jim's -River Safari Water Park at 36944 Country Club Road, Rehoboth Beach.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Naturalist-led canoe outings are regularly offered through several of the state parks. More than seven miles of canoe trails run through the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Ocean and Marsh Kayaking is also popular in Dewey Beach on the bay or ocean. `DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures - 302-260-9008 •Coastal Kayak - 302-539-7999 •Delaware Paddlesports - 302-645-7300 •East of Maui Surf Shop - 302-227-4703 • www.destateparks.com • www.ecodelaware.com
Clamming and Crabbing
Contact the Delaware Natural Resources & Environmental Control Enforcement Section at 302-739-9913 for proper locations and prohibited shellfish areas. Or contact Fish On Charters for clamming and crabbing at 302-732-3886. Be sure to check with the bait and tackle stores for the right bait and equipment as well.
Crabbing and Fishing Information
Click here for more information about crabbing, fishing - salt water and fresh water, and surf fishing.
Delaware State Parks
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Fort Miles located in Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park, located just south of Dewey Beach on Route 1, offer many daily programs for all ages. There are activities galore (kayak tours, pontoon tours, museum tours, lantern tours, educational programs... and many more). Visit www.destateparks.com for a list of activities and programs.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
One of the largest collections of shipwreck and recovered artifacts in the Mid-Atlantic, with regional and worldwide items. Through your visit, you'll travel through a hands-on experience, enabling you to shake hands with history. Open June, July and August-daily 11am-8pm. Sept-May, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. Tours available year round-call for appointment and availability. 708 Ocean Highway, Fenwick Island. 302-539-9366, toll free 888-743-5524. www.discoversea.com.
Family Farm Tours
Let a local drive you through the rural side of Southern Delaware on our 3-hour Family Farm Tour. We'll pick you and your family up at our shop at 19470 Coastal Highway or from select hotels in Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Lewes. Then we'll head slightly away from the beaches and enjoy stunning scenery. For more information or to book a tour, visit http://www.delmarvadiscoverytours.com/tours/family-farm.html .
Set off from Fisherman's Wharf on a fishing adventure. Charter boats available as are Head Boat fishing trips. Fun for the whole family and friends. Call 302-645-8862. Fishing off the pier in Cape Henlopen State Park is fun for the whole family. Licenses are available at the pier. Click here for all information. Another source for fishing or surf fishing is Old Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop. Click here for information.
Historic EcoTour - A River Runs Through It
Need a break from laying on the beach? Or are you looking for something to do on a rainy Wednesday between June and September? Maybe you are looking for an educational day camp experience for your children or grandchildren? Add this tour to your bucket list of fun things to do this summer.
On this 5-6 hour beach side trip, you'll enjoy a comfortable, informative visit to 3 historic venues in nearby Milford, a town that's rich in history relating to the river that runs through it, the Mispillion River. Today, Milford is known as a thriving and growing art town, river town and hometown. But historians know, there is a lot more to be told about Milford. https://www.delmarvadiscoverytours.com/tours/history-heritage.html or 302-260-9008.
Contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 645-8983 (off season only; must bring your own horse) or Delaware Seashore State Park at 302-227-2800. Several privately owned & operated facilities throughout the area.
Winswept Stables, Millsboro. 302-645-1651 Also offers summer riding camps.
Jolly Trolley Rides
Fun for all ages plus transportation around the area! You may even get on the original Jolly Trolley circa 1970! Call Jolly Trolley at 302-644-0400.
Contact East of Maui Surf Shop at 302-227-4703 or visit www.eastofmaui.com.
Delmarva Discovery Tours offer visitors several land tours. Visitors can choose from Beer, Wine & Spirit Tour, Antiques Trail Tour, Family Farm Tour, Maritime History Tour, Culinary Tour of Coastal Hwy, or a Wine and Garden Tour. A "Build Your Own Tour" option is also available for groups looking for specialty tours with designated driving services. Tours average 3-4 hours and include up to 3 stops along the way. Call 302-260-9008.
Marvel Carriage Museum
Former two-room school house features carriages, antique telephone exhibit and other memorabilia. Tours 1-4pm, every other Saturday or by appointment. The Museum is located at 510 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown. Call 302-855-9660.
Fort Miles WWII Museum
Located in Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Open year round for special events and tours. Battery 519 is open Memorial to Labor Day. Register at the Seaside Nature Center. More information at 302-645-6852 or www.fortmilesha.org.
Fire Mountain Golf, Midway Shopping Center, Route 1, 302-645-8064; Shell We Golf & Sea Shell Shop, 19366 Coastal Highway, 302-227-4323. On the Boardwalk-south, Ryans' Gems and Junk has outdoor miniature golf.
Midway Par 3 Golf Course is located off Highway One .5 mile north of the Movies at Midway in Fairway Village. Midway Par 3 also offers golf lessons and clinics. For more information, call 302-645-7955 or visit us at www.midwaypar3golf.com.
Visit DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures. We offer paddle board rentals, lessons, excursions and tax free sales on new and used paddle boards. Also, kayaking, windsurfing, camp and group excursions, and SUP fishing excursions. Our specialty is giving folks a great time on our paddle board rentals and excursions in or near Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Lewes, all close to Ocean City, MD.
Anyone who is 2 or older and not pregnant can parasail (tandem) or who weighs about 125 pounds if going it alone. The total weight can't exceed 425 pounds. Trips take an hour and each person is in the air about 12-15 minutes. Information for Dewey Beach Parasail, 302-227-9507.
Courts and instruction at Sports at the Beach in Georgetown (Rt. 9). Call 302-856-7400. Plantations in Lewes-302-402 5400. Lewes Canal Front Park (Front Street) has outside courts. Call 302-645-2795. Also, The Factory at Nassau Commons (Rt. 9) Lewes. 302-703-6964.
Pirates Expeditions of Lewes
Sailing daily from Anglers Marina. Board the Sea Gypsy and search for the map for sunken treasure, battle Pirate Pete with the water cannons, do the limbo, help the crew find sunken treasure and have a great time with family and friends. Birthday parties, field trips and private charters available. Phone 302-249-3538 for reservations. Visit http://www.piratesoflewesexpeditions.com.
Sand Dollar Cruises offers daily trips around the Rehoboth Bay and Rehoboth/Lewes Canal. Once aboard you will pass beautiful nature scenes, waterfront restaurants, draw bridges, marinas and multimillion dollar beach homes. Be the first to enjoy Delaware's one and only Cycleboat. It's a bike, it's a bar, it's a boat, It's a Blast! Take in a beautiful sunset cruise that is fun for the whole family or plan a private event for the most memorable experience out on the water. Make your reservation today at http://www.sanddollarcruises.com/.
The sport combines kayaking and surfing, with paddlers standing atop surfboards and powering their way around with paddles. Stand-up paddleboarding lessons can start with kids as young as 9 as long as they're comfortable in water. Information: East of Maui Surfshop, 302-227-4703.
Stand-up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Windsurfing
For these activities and more, visit DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures. We offer paddle board rentals, lessons, excursions and tax free sales on new and used paddle boards. Also, kayaking, windsurfing, camp and group excursions, and SUP fishing excursions. Our specialty is giving folks a great time on our paddle board rentals and excursions in or near Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Lewes, all close to Ocean City, MD.
Skate, Skim and Surf
Skimboarding, surfing and skateboarding lessons. Summer camps, free Saturday skim clinics and train with the best instructors at the beach. For more details and reservations, call or check online at 302-227-7087 or http://alleyoopskim.com.
Tennis courts can be found at the Rehoboth City Courts (302-227-3598) on Surf Avenue between Rehoboth Beach and North Shores; at Cape Henlopen High School; on the canal in Lewes; at The Plantations in Lewes (call 302-526-5111 for info); Fees may apply at some locations. Marty Godwin Tennis is located in Rehoboth and surrounding communities. Marty teaches adults and children of all ages and levels in private lessons , clinics and camps! Offered year round. He is the 2008, 2015 USTA PRO OF THE YEAR and can be reached at 310-418-5000 or www.martygodwintennis.com.
Tour the Lightship Overfalls
Tour Delaware's ONLY Maritime National Historic landmark located in historic Lewes at 219 Pilottown Road. Take a guided tour above and below the decks of the restored Lightship Overfalls. Open Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day. For information, times and directions; www.overfalls.org or 302-644-8050.
Tour/Visit a Vineyard
Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes is the first winery in Delaware and an award winning winery. Check it out at: www.nassauvalley.com or call 302-645-9463 for directions and information.
Volleyball on the Beach
Rehoboth Beach does have nets up occasionally. Play whenever someone is there or check with lifeguards. In Dewey Beach, drop in can be any time that the net isn't being used for bar league volleyball. If here for the summer, might try to get on a bar league team through a local restaurant.
The Rehoboth area has two water parks that will provide an alternative to the beach and hours of family fun. Jungle Jim's at the entrance to Rehoboth Beach, is Delaware's largest water park with a wave pool, lazy river, activity pool, kiddie pool, rope climb and several giant water slides.
Come experience the joy and relaxation of doing some yoga while playing and cuddling with baby goats! It's like nothing you've ever done! (Socials for non-Yogis.) Goat Joy, 22114 Ritter Lane,Harbeson, DE 19951. www.GoatJoy.com 302-542-1062