Sometimes, less is more. Sometimes a quick, action-packed day trip is just enough of a getaway to get you through. Those are the times that call for a day trip to the Delaware beaches. The beaches of Delaware are uniquely suited to a quick road trip, thanks to their proximity to East Coast metropolitan areas, and because of their rich array of attractions, from high-end to humble. Just to give you an idea of what you might accomplish in your next Delaware “daycation,” here’s a sampling of some suggested stops on your in-and-out itinerary.
Try to arrive in time for an unforgettable sunrise over the surf at Cape Henlopen State Park. For breakfast, head to one of the crowd favorites in Lewes or Rehoboth Beach, including Surf Bagel, Lori’s Café, or the Crystal Restaurant.
Hit the boardwalk in Rehoboth or head down to Bethany Beach for a quick post-breakfast stroll. Check out the shops and galleries along Baltimore and Rehoboth Avenues in Rehoboth, or along Garfield Parkway in Bethany.
Then, it’s time to get active. Go paddleboarding at Fenwick Island. Take the kids crabbing at Delaware Seashore State Park. Cape Henlopen State Park has biking, walking, and fishing activities tied up for everyone’s enjoyment.
Or, just quietly enjoy the beauty. In spring, check out the hawks (or climb the observation tower) at Cape Henlopen, where you could cap off the excursion with a walk out to “The Point.” Sometimes, a leisurely, breezy drive down Delaware 1 (otherwise known as the Coastal Highway) is all that it takes to refresh the mind and spirit.
If kids are in tow, and they’ve had their fill of the sand, keep them happily occupied with some outdoor fun. Maybe it’s Putt-Putt Golf or Jungle Jim’s waterpark, Thunder Lagoon Waterpark, or the go-karts at White Water Mountain/Midway Speedway Park.
If there’s time to squeeze in a proper lunch, check out some classic Delaware beach restaurants, such as Cultured Pearl and Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Agave and Half Full in Lewes, or Off the Hook and Matt’s Fish Camp in Bethany Beach. On a budget? Try Gus and Gus, Grotto Pizza, Nicola Pizza, or The Greene Turtle.
After lunch would be a great time to do some tax-free shopping at Rehoboth’s boutiques, or at the Tanger Outlet centers along Delaware 1, full of brand-name shops.
Then it’s on to dinner. Some will gravitate toward the beach’s cutting-edge culinary destinations, In Rehoboth, consider Eden, Espuma, Nage, or Henlopen City Oyster House. In Bethany Beach, Sedona and 14 Global generate the buzz. Fenwick Island favorites include Just Hooked and Flying Fish Café.
Others prefer a more casual setting. Check out Arena’s, Go Fish!, or Bethany Blues BBQ in Bethany Beach. After dinner, catch the sunset over the bay at one of Dewey Beach’s waterside favorites, such as Northbeach, Ivy, the Rusty Rudder and Que Pasa.
When the day’s done, you’ll be tired – but happy.
This itinerary is compliments of the Delaware Tourism Office.