The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park at low tide.
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People often ask us what our favorite beach is. Well, it depends. Beaches are like restaurants—what you want depends on who is with you, what kind of mood you’re in, and what time of day it is. So below is our round-up of our favorite beaches. There are others in the area or a bit further away, but these are the beaches we go to. We try to keep this list updated, but please call ahead; some businesses may close and beaches may change their rules without telling us!
Best beaches with little kids
#1 Lewes Town Beach: lifeguarded bay beach
#2 The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park: no lifeguard but very shallow at low tide on the bay, lots of nature to explore
#3 Rehoboth Beach—lifeguarded ocean beach where kids can play at ocean’s edge but they will want to come back for the Boardwalk activities especially Funland
Best beaches all around
#1 The Ocean Bath House Beach at Cape Henlopen: best for ocean waves and lifeguards
#2 The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park: best for nature lovers
#3 Rehoboth Beach: best for people-watching, the arcades & rides, and the restaurants
Best beaches for fewest crowds
#1 The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park
#2 Herring Point at Cape Henlopen
#3 Rehoboth Bay Beach on Towers Road just south of Dewey
Honorable Mention Beaches
#1 Dewey allows dogs year round and has a family friendly bonfire on Wednesday nights in summer
#2 The Ocean Bath House Beach at Cape Henlopen is best for handicapped access with special wheelchairs that go on the sand.
Fun Stuff To Do
Below is a brief round up of places we like besides the beaches
Cape Henlopen State Park:
The Nature Center: a little place where you can sign up for activities. There are big fish tanks, and a touch tank, osprey info, and other things natural.
Free bikes! By the Nature Center there is a place where you can borrow a bike, yes, borrow. No charge.
Nature Trail next to the Nature Center: a great little walk through the beach forest, over the dune and ending at the Bay beach. The loop is just .6 miles, and there are more great trails throughout the park.
Fort Miles Historic Site: here you can see what it was like in the park before it was a park. The park used to be Fort Miles, belonging to the U.S. military. It was a significant spot for guarding the U.S. coast during WWII. Here you can learn about the towers around the park (all around the DE coast actually) and how the soldiers on watch used them to track ships approaching the coast and the Delaware Bay. You can also see some really big guns. Sometimes Fort Miles sponsors WWII era swing dances, demonstrates one of those big guns, and gives tours of the underground bunker that looks out over the Atlantic. After WWII, the area was used as a Cold War listening station and an R&R place for military families before it became the state park.
The tower: even if you don’t go to Fort Miles to learn about history, you can enjoy the sweeping views from one of the towers—it’s near Fort Miles in the park—you can actually go up inside this one to the top. There are 116 steps to the top. Look down and you will see messages spelled out in pine cones.
The Fishing Pier: fishing and concessions available here. A bit of history: a WWII German U-boat surrendered at the end of the war and her sailors were brought here.
2 Dips Ice Cream, 209 E Savannah Rd
Shops along 2nd Street
Puzzle Shop on Front Street
Irish Eyes Pub on Angler’s Road
Woodings Beach Deli, good place to grab sandwiches for the beach, 516 Savannah Rd
The Buttery, fancy restaurant on the corner of Savannah Road and 2nd Street
Kids Ketch Toy Store, 132 2nd Street
Boat trips that leave out of Lewes, Angler’s Road. There are numerous fishing boats, and dolphin-watching and sunset cruises
Pirates of Lewes Expeditions, Angler’s Road, http://www.piratesoflewesexpeditions.com/
Kalmar Ncykel http://www.kalmarnyckel.org/ Not always in Lewes, sometimes she’s docked in elsewhere
Louie’s Pizza on Rehoboth Ave, Gus and Gus (greasy spoon) on the Boardwalk at Wilmington Ave, Funland arcade and rides (great kiddie rides) on the Boardwalk at Delaware Ave, Zoggs (sit down restaurant) on Wilmington Ave (Zoggs is our favorite casual dining spot in Rehoboth), Dave & Skippy’s (sandwiches) on Wilmington, The Greene Turtle is great for its narrow deck overlooking the ocean and the Boardwalk. Thrashers Fries on the Boardwalk and on Rehoboth Ave, The Candy Kitchen Boardwalk at Rehoboth Ave, Royal Treat Ice Cream Parlor on Wilmington. Grottos Pizza is good for walk-up slices of pizza on the boardwalk or you can go inside and sit down. Kohr Brothers frozen custard. On the northern end of the Boardwalk is Obie’s by the Sea has outdoor seating on the Oceanside. The Rehoboth Toy and Kite Shop on Rehoboth Ave. The Sea Shell Shop on Rehoboth Ave—a good place for souvenirs. Also further up Rehoboth Ave: The Purple Parrot Grille, The Cultured Pearl, Finbars Pub and Grill. All sorts of restaurants and shops on Rehoboth Ave and within the a 2-3 block radius from Rehoboth Ave. The Bandstand has free concerts on Friday, Sat. and Sunday evenings.
Not in the town, but along Rt. One in Rehoboth Beach or Lewes:
Jungle Jims, Water Park, Midway Speedway and Fire Mountain Mini-golf.
Rent jet skis on the Bay Side (west)
Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant and Northbeach Restaurant (both on the Rehoboth Bay—right on the sand, great sunset views). I hear Que Pasa is dog-friendly. We hear Nalu Hawaiian is also a good restaurant, but we haven’t tried it yet.
Dewey has a vigorous nightlife!
Near the House
Not a whole lot is near the house! But we like:
Dunkin Donuts, turn left on 24; it's on 24.
JD Shuckers, turn right on 24; it's on 24.
Hopkins Farm Creamery, YUMMY fresh ice cream on a farm with real cows. nice playground and picnic tables. 18186 Dairy Farm Road.
Rainy Days & Kids
Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre
Movies at Midway, Rt. 1
Kids Cottage--huge indoor playground, they also have drop-in babysitting, Rt. 1
McDonalds with an indoor play area, Rt. 1 at the intersection with 24.
Cake Break--kids decorate their own cupcakes, Rehoboth
YMCA, Church St near Rehoboth Ave just off Rt. 1 in Rehoboth
Creatable Crafts--paint your own pottery, Rehoboth Ave
Indian River Life Saving Station, south of Dewey Beach on Rt. 1
Rehoboth Beach Museum
Rehoboth Art League
Tanger Outlets, 3 shopping areas, Rt. 1
This is just an overview of some restaurants we have tried. There are so many we cannot keep up with them all, and they are constantly changing anyway. Mostly our favorite dining experience is a picnic on the beach at sunset. For the past 12 years much of our dining out has included kids.
On Rt. 1 in Lewes/Rehoboth