New in 2017 in Southern Delaware!

What’s new in Southern Delaware in 2017? Lots!


Visitors to Southern Delaware are in for some treats this year – you'll find new attractions, activities, events, eateries and more. Of course, everything you've always loved about Southern Delaware awaits as well.


First, you'll find booking your hotel stay is much more convenient because Southern Delaware Tourism now offers an easy-to-use hotel booking engine built right into our website. Now you can view hotel availability along with all the best deals and packages – and book your stay confident that you've gotten a great value. Just click on the "Check Rates" button above to get started!

Now, here, in no particular order, are a host of brand new reasons to visit Southern Delaware in 2017:


Lefty’s Alley and Eats just off Coastal Highway in Lewes has opened to rave reviews and offers 16 bowling lanes, a state-of-the-art arcade with dozens of games, a 4,000-square-foot, two-story laser tag arena, four 20-by-12-foot big-screen televisions, and a 110-seat restaurant and bar. 

For outdoor entertainment, Hudson Fields, located adjacent to Route 1 South in Milton, will become the newest Southern Delaware concert venue welcoming national acts this June when they’ll team up with Highway One (owners of Dewey Beach’s Bottle & Cork) to present Nashville-based country rock five-piece Old Dominion, the reigning Academy of Country Music Awards New Group of the Year. This will be the first of a half dozen shows the partnership, named Highway One presents Hudson Fields, expects to present in 2017 at the 4,000 person outdoor venue. 

Want to escape reality? Do it in downtown Rehoboth Beach at Escape Reality! Unlock a new dimension at Escape Reality, an unprecedented virtual reality experience at the Delaware Beaches. We’ve harnessed the innovation of virtual technology to bring you the horizons of the future. Experience full-immersion games, worldwide destinations, escape room puzzles and beyond. Are you ready to challenge reality? WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY? Virtual Reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by guests. YOU become part of any virtual world you choose...and are instantly immersed in all 360 degrees of your environment.

Just for Pokemon Go! Fans, Southern Delaware Tourism has added a map of Pokestops and Gyms throughout Sussex County to our website. Have fun exploring Southern Delaware while you play!

Food & Drink

There’s lots that’s new and nosh-worthy along our Culinary Coast™ this year. Here goes:

The Big Chill Beach Club, a family friendly rooftop restaurant at Delaware Seashore State Park, will open on the southeast side of Indian River Inlet this coming May. It will offer 360 degree view the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet and Indian River Bay as well as beach fare and drinks from breakfast through dinner, a state of the art wind and weather proof umbrella bar, fire pit & more. From the Rehoboth Foodie: “The kicker to the entire project will be a $400,000 “umbrella room.” This amazing piece of technology, made in Austria, can withstand 110 mph winds, and seats a large number of people – with a 360 degree view – in total comfort. The “umbrella” roof can be opened or closed depending on the weather. The upper deck area will be constructed atop the existing concession building and will seat about 200 people and afford an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Rehoboth Bay and, of course, the IR bridge bathed in cobalt blue at nighttime. Adjacent to the restaurant/dining building will be a tented and floored wedding/event venue which will also afford an amazing view of the ocean and the bridge. Future improvements in the works include a live stage venue at the mouth of the river as it meets the Atlantic. Food and management will be provided by LaVida Hospitality (Nage, Crooked Hammock, Taco Reho and Big Chill Surf Cantina) … It will maintain a beachy theme, with simple food that’s easy to take down to the water or to enjoy on the extremely casual upper deck.”

In downtown Rehoboth Beach, the owners of the ever popular Henlopen City Oyster House will debut The Blue Hen, their second restaurant which will be located in the Avenue Inn. Vineyard Wine Bar of Havre de Grace, MD, will open on downtown Rehoboth’s Wilmington Avenue, Mason’s Lobster Rolls of Annapolis, MD debuts on Rehoboth Avenue, and Axis – owned by the proprietors of the Blue Moon – will open on Baltimore Avenue. Also, before we know it, the new Dogfish Head complex on Rehoboth Avenue, including Chesapeake & Maine and a refreshed Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, will open to, we’re certain, some really wonderful off-centered fanfare.

In downtown Lewes, The Pig & Publican (from the owners of Pig & Fish and Pickled Pig Pub) has opened in the Beacon Motel in Lewes. Kaisy’s Delights will open a second location in Lewes, and don’t forget to check out Cabanas, a new Salvadoran eatery on Coastal Highway in Lewes.

On the highway, SoDel Concepts will soon open a second Bluecoast, this one in Rehoboth Beach’s new Gateway Shopping Center. Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli is preparing to open near the intersection of Routes 1 & 24, and next door Southern Delaware’s first Vietnamese restaurant, Minh’s Bistro will open as well. Surf Bagel now has a new location too. Surf Bagel AM is conveniently located in Midway.

Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, formerly Fenwick Wine Cellars, has opened its new location in Frankford, Delaware, just a few miles from Bethany Beach. Their beautiful location offers a new larger winery, vineyard, tasting room, and event venue. Also, a new Big Fish Grill location is now open in Ocean View.

Calendar of Events

Finally, keep in mind that last year Southern Delaware Tourism’s calendar contained over 2,000 event listings and it’s looking like 2017 will likely exceed last year’s numbers. Visitors can keep up with all the fun happening here by monitoring this year’s calendar (click here) or by signing up for e-Scapes, Southern Delaware Tourism’s monthly in the pink box at the top of this page.