Beaches, Bays and Waterways
Southern Delaware Beaches
Southern Delaware is home to more than 25 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. Public ocean beaches can be found in the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island. Public beaches along the Delaware Bay include Slaughter Beach near Milford and Broadkill Beach near Milton.
Freshwater Ponds in Milford
Abbott’s Pond, Blair’s Pond, Griffith Lake and Haven Lake provide hours of fishing, boating, or relaxing. Enjoy a picnic and take in the cool breezes with the family. Freshwater fishing license required in Delaware for those over 16. Call the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302.739.3441.
Freshwater Ponds in Millsboro
Ingrams Pond, Betts Pond and Millsboro Pond provide hours of fishing, boating, or relaxing. Freshwater fishing license required for those over 16. Call the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302.739.3441.
One of the most pristine, wild and scenic rivers on the East Coast, the Nanticoke River is one of Delaware’s greatest natural resources. The river is a part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and offers fishing and water sports, as well as nature trails for bird watching. Public boat launch, boat docking and parking are available. Call 302.629.9690 for more information or visit www.paddlethenanticoke.com for paddling information.
Perhaps one of the most picturesque spots in Southern Delaware, this area on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal has been painted by many artists throughout the years. It is home to numerous pleasure boats, plus a fleet of head boats and charter boats offering fishing and sightseeing excursions. The harbor is home to Adams Wharf, Angler's Fishing Center, Fisherman's Wharf and Lewes Harbor Marina. A public boat ramp provides access to the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and the Delaware Bay. Located at the drawbridge on Savannah Road in Lewes. For more information on the Lewes area, visit www.leweschamber.com
Bethany Beach Boardwalk
Stroll along the relaxing boardwalk, people-watch and take in the Atlantic breezes. Visit www.bethany-fenwick.org for more information on the area.
The Fenwick Island Boardwalk
Located next to the Viking Golf Theme Park and Thunder Lagoon water park, lay Fenwick Island's own boardwalk. Enjoy fresh baked pretzels, gourmet coffees, pizza, ice cream and more. Located on the corner of Route 54 and Coastal Highway. Visit www.bethany-fenwick.org for more information on the area.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth's oceanfront boardwalk amusement centers include Funland, Playland and the Surfside Arcade. Take your pick among amusement rides (for all ages), rooftop miniature golf, shops & eateries, or simply people-watching. For more information about the area, visit www.beach-fun.com or www.downtownrehoboth.com
Alley Oop Skimboarding
Learn to skimboard from professional skimboarders and meet new friends. Alley Oop has been in the water sports business for 11 years and it is their mission to promote the sport of Skimboarding and maintain a destination where Skimboarders can progress and find the equipment needed to do so. They are located in Dewey Beach and welcome everyone from beginners and experienced boarders. Sessions are available from half-day mini sessions to full weekly camps. For more information or to schedule a session, call 302.227.7087 or visit www.alleyoopskim.com
Sea Doo Jet Ski and Boat Rentals
Driving your own jet ski out in the Bay is a really fun way to pass the time. Sea Doo waverunners launch from the beach and boats go out with professional assistance every time. Walk-ins are welcome and reservations are accepted. For reservations or more information, visit www.seadooandboatrentals.com
Dewey Beach Parasail
Dewey Beach Parasail is Delaware's largest and most experienced parasail operator. With a perfect safety record, they offer the most scenic and tranquil views of the Delaware coast. Definitely a memorable experience! For more information, visit www.flydewey.com
Viking Gold Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Water Park
Explore replicas of ancient Scandinavian landmarks while putting through this 18-hole miniature golf course. Ride go-karts or make a splash in the 2,800 square feet activity pool featuring the Black Hole Slide, Kiddie Sea Shell Slide and Tipping Viking Ship. Group discounts and birthday celebrations are available. Located on the corner of Route 54 and Coastal Highway. For more information, call 302.539.1644 or visit www.vikinggolfamusements.com
Jungle Jim's River Safari Water Park
Giant waterslides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddie pools, rock climbing, go-kart tracks, batting cages, miniature golf, bumper boats and the Safari Cafe all in one park! For more information, call 302.227.8444 or visit www.funatjunglejims.com
Nature Education Centers
Abbott's Mill Nature Center
This facility, operated by the Delaware Nature Society, features a historic gristmill and trails through pine mills. There is an educational complex that offers programs and a boat ramp available on Abbott's Mill Pond. Located on Abbotts Pond Road, Route 620, Milford. For more information, call 302.422.0847 or visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org
DuPont Nature Center
This center offers one of the best viewing areas for spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds during the peak season. Visitors can learn about horseshoe crabs, migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, and the Delaware Estuary. Interior exhibition includes history on Slaughter Beach and the famed Mispillion Lighthouse, educational information on horseshoe crabs, shorebirds, waterfowl and plant life of the Salt Marsh. A live-cam will allow the public an up close and personal view of shorebirds feeding and horseshoe crabs spawning during peak times. Located just outside Milford on the Mispillion River and Delaware Bay. For more information, call 302.422.1329 or visit www.dupontnaturecenter.org
Seaside Nature Center
This staffed nature center offers year-round environmental education programs and recreational activities for all ages. Marine aquariums and displays intorduces visitors to ocean creatures face-to-face. An auditorium for audio-visual programs and a gift shop complete the attractions at this popular facility. Located at Cape Henlopen State Park. Fore more information, call 302.645.6852 or visit www.destateparks.com
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
Learn all about the ocean and the special creatures that live there at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment in Lewes. Free tours are available on Fridays during the summer. It also hosts Coast Day, a celebration of local marine ecology that takes place annually in the fall. For more information, call 302.831.8083 or visit www.ocean.udel.edu
Museums and Historic Sites
Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum
Originally constructed in 1879, this historic landmark has been restored by the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, and is now open to the public as a state-of-the-art learning center and museum. Learn about the drama of heroes who risked their lives during rescues at sea. Located on Route 1 north of the Indian River Inlet between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. Open most days with admission fee. Call 302-227-6991 or visit www.destateparks.com for more information.
"Treasures of the Sea" Museum
Artifacts from the Spanish galleon, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, one of the richest treasure finds of all time, is located at the "Treasures of the Sea" museum at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. The Atocha went down off the Florida Keys in 1622, and the story behind the hunt for this elusive wreck is nothing short of fascinating. See the cliffhanger video of the find, then meander through the museum where you'll be able to put your hands on cannons and silver bars. Groups are welcome too! Call 302-856-5700 or visit www.treasuresofthesea.org for more information.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
This jewel of a museum represents a lifetime of diving off Delaware's coastline for Dale Clifton, who notes that there are literally hundreds of wrecks in the Atlantic, at least 300 between Cape May, N.J. and Ocean City, Md., where the sea still promises treasures from days gone by. Learn where to hunt for coins and artifacts washed ashore, or visit the museum, located at 708 Ocean Highway in Fenwick Island. Call 302-539-9366 or visit www.discoversea.com for more information.
The Lightship Overfalls
LV 118, known as the Lightship Overfalls, was the last lightship commissioned by the office of U.S. Lighthouse Services. Built before World War II, the lightship is open to the public for guided tours. The Lightship Overfalls is docked in the Lewes/Rehoboth Canal north of the Savannah Road bridge. For information call 302.644.8050 or visit www.overfalls.org
Named after Nelson Appleton Miles, the last commander in chief of the United States Army, the massive coastal fortification was built in 1941 to defend Philadelphia, as well as oil refineries and other assets along the Delaware River and Bay. The sprawling fort and its armament were designed to fight the strongest elements of the Germany Navy, though that particular threat never reared its ugly head during the Great War. The Fort Miles Historical Association, formed in the summer of 2003 and now more than 400 members strong, is working with the state of Delaware to turn the fort into a museum dedicated to the World War II history of Delaware. For more information, visit www.fortmiles.org
Delaware Aviation Museum
Located at the Sussex County Airport, the museum features many World War II aviation artifacts and displays. It is also home to the Jeffrey L. Ethell Memorial Aviation Library of more than 3,000 aviation related books, the largest aviation library on the East Coast. Aircraft on display include: B-25, L-16, UC-78B, Yak 9, Yak 52, PT26, CJ6, Mig 15, Mig 17, Mig 21, Iskra Jet, Fugi, C-130 and Su-25K Frogfoot. Call 302-854-0244 or visit www.georgetownair.com for more information.
Brewery & Winery Tours
There are 2 local breweries and 2 wineries in Southern Delaware. They proudly produce their own wine, liquors and brews in-house with very distinctive and natural flavors. Check out the list below, and give them a call to arrange a tour of their facilities to see how it's all made. If you don't have time for a tour, just take a few minutes to sample the delicious drinks to find your favorite. If you are interested in a self tour, check out the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Visit 8 out of 12 locations on the map to win a free Wine and Ale Trail beer mug or wine glass. It will be quite an adventure! No matter which way you enjoy these breweries and wineries, it will certainly make a very memorable vacation!
Tanger Outlet Center
Known as the "Mile of Style," Tanger Outlets is home to over 140 brand-name outlets at three location on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach. Shoppers can purchase brand-name merchandise for 30-70% below retail prives every day at Tanger, - tax free! When arriving at Tanger, be sure to stop by the Seaside Center to check in at the Customer Service Center. There, you can pick up a brochure to learn about current sales and promotions. Also be sure to take advantage of the free Tanger Trolley. Shoppers are invited to park their cars at any of the three center locations along Route 1 and they can use the free trolley as transportation between all of the centers. For more information, call 302.226.9223 or visit www.tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth
Downtown Rehoboth Shopping
Downtown Rehoboth's shopping district is comprised of boutiques, antiques, galleries, bookstores and specialty shops locaed on Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Avenue and Baltimore Avenue. For more information, visit www.downtownrehoboth.com
Garfield Parkway, marked by the landmark Cheif Little Owl totem pole in Bethany Beach is a great location for one-stop shopping with a wide variety of shops. For more information, visit www.thequietresorts.com
Historic Lewes Shopping
Second Street in Lewes is the Historic Shopping District and you will feel like you're going back in time as you walk through this quaint coastal town. For the shopper in all of us, Lewes merchants are proud to operate a varied selection of retail shops. Fine clothing stores feature the latest fashions. Antique shops abound with ever-changing merchandise gleaned from attics, estates and auctions from across the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond. Gift shops and specialty stores offer a broad array of nautical gifts, American crafts and fine imported items. Local artists offer their works in several gallery shops. Books, jewelry, hardware, health food and other stores are among the broad variety of Lewes merchants ready to give you the friendliest hometown service on the Atlantic seaboard. For more information, visit www.leweschamber.com