What are the best things to do in Delaware’s beach towns?

Hayley Bosch

Aside from soaking up the sun on the soft sandy beach and cooling off in the Atlantic Ocean, there’s plenty to do in Delaware’s beach towns — Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a vacation in these seaside destinations. Here are a few of the best things to do in the beach towns:

1. Historic Lewes. While your idea of a beach vacation may not include a history lesson, Lewes is certainly worth an afternoon of exploration. What began as a Dutch attempt at establishing a whaling station in 1631 is now Delaware’s oldest community. Take a stroll through the Historic District and check out the Zwaanendael Museum for a detailed history of the town.

2. Indulge in the boardwalk flavors. There are a few things I have to eat every time we hit Rehoboth for vacation (though you can find these items in multiple beach towns). First, try a slice of Grotto Pizza. It’s hard to pinpoint what the special ingredient is — perhaps the sauce — but it’s unlike any other pizza I’ve had. Next, treat yourself to a large serving of Thrasher’s French fries. I like to douse them in vinegar and salt for a true boardwalk flavor. Finally, you can’t leave town without a box of Dolle’s caramel popcorn.

3. Hit the beach. What’s a beach vacation without a little time in the sun? All of the beach towns sport great stretches of sand, some more popular than others. In Rehoboth, you’ll find the beach is filled with vacationers for as long as the boardwalk stretches. The same goes for Bethany; though there are spots in both towns that have oceanfront houses with direct public beach access. Dewey is the place to go if you want to surf.

4. Play at Funland. As a kid, I’d spend hours upon hours at Funland. The boardwalk theme park is small, but there are plenty of activities to keep the children occupied. From games (think goblet toss) to rides (take a spin on the Gravitron), it’s a blast for the whole family.

5. Rent a surrey. Riding these multi-rider, four-wheel bikes is one of my favorite pastimes in Delaware’s beach towns. They’re topped with a fringed canopy, so no matter what time of day you’re riding, the sun isn’t beating down on you. Surreys come in various sizes, allowing even a group of eight to enjoy the experience together. In Rehoboth, you’ll have to get up early if you want to ride on the boardwalk — bikes are only permitted between 5 and 10 a.m.