Cape Henlopen State Park
Get back to nature at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware's second largest visitor attraction. Don't worry though, the hundreds of acres of pinelands and ocean beaches provide plenty of room for everyone. If sleeping under the stars sounds interesting, why not camp in the park on sandy ground. The Cape Henlopen Nature Center offers hundreds of fascinating programs each year, and provides a took at marine fife in their many salt water aquariums. Seining die bay, walking the nature trails, flying a kite, or beachcombing provides fun for the whole day, any time of year. 302.645.8983 | www.destateparks.com/cape-henlopen
Delaware Seashore State Park
With six miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline between Dewey Beach and the Indian River Inlet, this popular park includes ocean and bay beaches with bathhouses for public swimming, surf fishing, surfing, skimboarding, kiteboarding and sailboating. At the inlet, Delaware Seashore features a large campground plus the 295-slip Indian River Marina with charter and head boats for ocean fishing trips. All summer long, soon after sunrise, playful dolphins patrol the shallow waters just beyond the surf line. Stroll along the quiet beach as these beautifully sleek creatures leap and dive just a few hundred feet away. Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. Entrance fee May through October and annual vehicle permits available. Located on Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. Call the park at 302.227.2800 or the marina at 302.227.3071 or visit www.destateparks.com
Fenwick Island State Park
On a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay, the park offers guarded ocean swimming in summer, with a bathhouse and snack bar. Surfing and surf fishing are allowed in designated ocean beaches and watercraft rentals are available on the bay. Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. Entrance fee May through October and annual vehicle permits available. Located north of the town of Fenwick Island along Route 1. 302.227.2800 | www.destateparks.com/fenwick-island
Trap Pond State Park
One of Delaware's most scenic state parks, Trap Pond offers pond-side camping, nature trails, a guarded swimming beach with bathhouse, pedal boats and canoes, bird watching, picnicking and more. Be sure to visit beautiful Trussom Pond nearby which contains one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America. Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. Entrance fee May through October with annual vehicle permits available. Located off Route 24 and five miles southeast of Laurel. Call 302.875.5135 for more information.
Holt's Landing State Park
On the south shore of Indian River Bay, this park is positioned to provide a grand view of the whole bay with a boat ramp, picnic pavilion and a 1.7 mile nature trail that takes you through three different ecosystems' beach, marsh, and forest. Enjoy clamming and crabbing from the pier. Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset. Entrance fee May through October with annual vehicle permits available. Located along Indian River Bay, off Route 26, north of Millville and Ocean View. 302.227.2800 | www.destateparks.com/trap-pond
Redden State Forest
Explore dirt roads through the State Forest. Located north of Georgetown off of Route 113 or at Gravelly Branch off of Country Road 40.