Sweet summer months turn into vacation dreamland for many. Wherever you vacation you are sure to find great adventures. After all, even in familiar once-a-year vacation spots, it is possible to uncover something new and fun to do.
It seems that with every trip adventure is around the corner, wouldn’t you agree? Our job as tourists and vacationers is to unfold the destination piece by piece. On my most recent trip to southern Delaware, I uncovered 8 fun things to do while I was there.
Adventures to me always include shopping, wine tasting, nighttime tours, and great walks on the boardwalk. In fact, Southern Delaware has a plethora of adventures for both families and couples. The area is perfect for every genre in your family.
Lavishly live travel out loud because today I am going to share the 8 Southern Delaware Activities and Attractions To Enjoy! Let’s travel!
8 Southern Delaware Activities and Attractions To Enjoy
When you vacation in an area, you want to know more about it. I am so curious that I branch out and discover. Over a few days in the Southern Delaware area, I took part in so many hosted activities and I thank all of the hosts and Visit Southern Delaware. Everything I tried was fun, and new to me, well, except shopping, but that was in a new location so that counts as new!
What fun is going to a destination if you don’t try out what the locals love and what other vacationers have experienced? It’s not fun. Do not sit in your rental vacation home, and get out of that hotel room. Get out there and enjoy the activities and attractions that make Southern Delaware amazing. We did!
Now, based on my experiences, I will share with you, what I consider the attractions and activities you want to get to. I have personally visited each of these areas and while there is so much more to do, this is just a springboard of ideas to help you fill your days and nights. Ready?
From Lewes to Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany Beach we were all over, and it is super easy to go from place to place in the area. We did it, so can you!
1. Sip Sip Hooray
Hello to all those wine enthusiasts. Who wants to do a little wine tasting on a very beautiful vineyard? I have the place. Head on over to Nassau Valley Vineyards and sign up for a tasting session. Do I suggest bringing children along?
Yes and No. If it is a nice day, perhaps one parent could taste and the other saunter about with the kids and then trade. However, where you taste (the hallway) there is nothing for the kids to do, they might be bored. Mine handled it fine and tastings don’t take long, so Yes again! lol.
I love wine tasting sessions because it allows you to sip, taste and then buy. The whole process is so lovely and much better than buying wine blindly. Wouldn’t you agree? Make sure to walk the property and enjoy the vineyards. It is a nice place to stretch your legs, off the beach and it is hardly overpopulated.
My flight of tasting was 5 wines and each was interesting. In the end, I did choose a bottle to buy. Afterward, the kids and I strolled the property to see how pretty it is. In fact, weddings and farmers markets are held here. It is pristine in presentation.
Make sure to note times for tasting and when they are open before you go. You do not want to miss the experience and the walking is just stupendous. As a side note, there are restrooms if you spend any amount of time here!
2. Beach By Lantern Tour
Night time is a time often overlooked for touring an area. We all think that shopping, golf, boardwalk and ice cream are what vacation nights are made of but you are wrong. There is more. We visited one of the best night tours we have been on. was at the Indian River Life-Saving Station hosted by
Delaware Seashore State Park.
This is a very family-friendly event and adventure. You should wear shoes that can get sand in them as you will be on the beach. Bring your cameras and you pang to learn history because you will be on overload!
Indian River Life-Saving Station
The Indian River Life Saving Station is actually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was part of the US Life Saving services. When there were ships wrecked along the coastlines (which happened frequently) this team responded.
We watched a video to learn a bit more then our guides share more insight with us as we toured the station. While it is not lit when you walk through, it gives off a ‘haunted’ like feeling, making the discussions of the guides come to life. In some rooms, it is downright eerie. Further, we learned there had been ghost chasers that came here and stayed to see if it was haunted.
Inside you will find a table, a kitchen, some true artifacts and others that met the time period but were really not the true relics from the station. Some of the pieces inside are actual as they were donated by relatives of those who use to work there.
Lighting Up The Beach
Delaware Seashore State Park
From inside the life-saving station to outside there’s much to hear about. A walk to the beach with lanterns in hand coupled with a few stories that will have you antsy as you stand and listen are just part of the experience.
Each story is different are they both real? Or are they both fiction? It is just part of the tour experience that will leave you wondering. A tour is a small group and not more than 15. Additionally, it happens once a week so you need to reserve your space ahead. Our tour started at 8 PM at night. It is down past Dewey Beach before Fenwick.
3. Henlopen State Park
You can read all about Henlopen State Park on my post that discusses everything that there is to do. Again, it is a family-friendly destination in the Southern Delaware area. The state park offers incredible outdoor recreation, like camping, swimming, beach-going, history, biking, hiking, disc golf and more.
Do plan on spending at least one day here while you are in the area, you will love the beaches, they are wonderful and have changing facilities as well as concession stands. Cheers to family fun in one fantastic location!
4. Captain Jack’s Mini Golf In Bethany Beach
Captain Jack’s mini golf in Bethany Beach is super close to the Boardwalk as well as stores, and restaurants. It’s walkable if you park by the boardwalk or you can park right at Captain Jacks. What is a vacation without a little mini golf? Where Niko Travels is a mini golf junkie, so we visit at least one mini golf no matter where we go.
There are 18 holes of fun mini golf waiting for you, some holes more difficult than others, as you might expect. We arrived at 10 AM in the morning and it was already hopping. It was a great way to start the day!
Let me answer the 2 most asked questions when you all write in: 1) Yes there are bathrooms, one for men and one for women. 2) Younger families were there, young couples and generational families, so it is for everyone. There you have the answers to the top questions I get emailed every time I post a travel piece.
The area is not large, but very well set for traffic flow of people. Additionally, on hot days there is a misting machine on holes, one, 2, and 3, so you are sure to stay cool! Parking is available, by meter, but it seemed everyone was walking here and pushing strollers too.
5. Boardwalk in Bethany Beach
Since the beach is having sand pumped back onto it, that on its own is an attraction. Kids had their grandparents and parents taking pictures of all the earth movers in the background. There are far fewer shops along this boardwalk as compared to Rehoboth, however, it is more tranquil and family here. IMO.
For those who love crepes, waffles, and freshly squeezed juice make sure to visit Sunshine Crepes. You will love your breakfast or lunch here! Also, it’s allergen friendly! I suggest, eating breakfast and then going for a stroll to walk it off! You will be happy there is a boardwalk because the portions are generous at Sunshine Crepes.
6. Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach
From Funland to food and beach, Rehoboth is a fun time. The vibe here is definitely tween/teen and families. The night life for this age group is perfect. It’s where kids roam and hop store to store, and restaurant to ice creamery without worry.
During the day my teen boys visited Funland and came back loaded with prizes. They had played Skeeball for .25. I have not seen a game of skeeball this inexpensive forever. They had so much fun.
We traveled back again one evening and it is packed with people. We all played skeeball and every one of us won. Of course, we did a little shopping that evening as well because all I can say is shopping is great here.
In fact, we purchased a few sweatshirts along this boardwalk because they had so many options in one small area. It is a very popular beach. My teens informed me they really loved the nightlife here and I can understand why.
It is metered parking so plan to fill the meter every 2 hours as these meters are not running from an App, you physically need to get to them. Also, use cash if you can rather than credit because you get surcharged on your CC# (just a little insider’s info).
Food Along Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Along this boardwalk Where Niko Travels managed to find the ONE place that was allergen friendly and offered fries by the cup for $7.00. His whole goal was to be able to eat a cup of fries on the boardwalk and he sought and found!
Additionally, ice cream without worry of cross contamination was his other wish and we found that as well. Now don’t forget Grotto Pizza is here and they have 2 locations on this strand, so you can definitely enjoy pizza pie here!
Tip Of The Boardwalk
Do not come to the boardwalk without being dressed for the beach. You will quickly learn that if you are not dressed for the beach, there is nowhere to dress. So, the public restrooms are simply for using them for their facilities not changing and they strictly enforce this.
There are no changing facilities. We were told that they do this to keep it a family-friendly beach (by a store owner). A great alternative to Rehoboth Beach (if you want to do a lot of things in a day) is Henlopen State Park. The park offers changing facilities, beaches (that are not packed), in addition to biking (free rentals), and military installments with history. So, use that as an option!
Make sure to visit Funland, it’s a Rehoboth Beach institution of fun. Adults and kids alike have fun here. Perhaps try to go while everyone is eating, but the later you go the more people. We loved all the chaos, it was just what my kids enjoyed the most!
7. Tanger Rehoboth Beach Outlets
No trip is complete without a shopping party to the outlets. After all, what we have in Pittsburgh Tanger is totally different than what is in the Tanger Rehoboth Beach Outlets. While we visited our favorite stores that we have come to adore because they are at Tanger. Different merchandise, great stores, and total LOVE of shopping!
What we found were great deals on all kinds of fabulous items. I struck gold at the Coach Outlet. Additionally, my teens found great clothing deals at American Eagle, and Under Armour.
Now, what we did not understand at first, is that the outlets were separated into 4 different plazas up and down Coastal Highway. So, once we figured out ahead where you want to shop, conquer that plaza and visit another one a different night. That is a great strategy and you will love the prices!
I love visiting lighthouses at every beach we visit. Pretty much I think it is my ‘thing’. Every lighthouse is different but one thing holds true between them all, they are magnificent to photo. There is no way to take a bad photo. Sunsets are best, but cloudy days are pretty darn incredible when it comes to capturing great photos from the base up.
If you know about the East End Light House in Southern Delaware, you know it is not accessible by foot. In fact, the lighthouse is surrounded by water. How do you get to the East End Lighthouse to tour it? Yes, you can tour the inside of it all the way to the top. Well, you go with Cape Water Tours & Taxi. They have recently gained access to the lighthouse and are able to give tours.
Our images speak worlds of what you will discover. The tour is for families, and couples, and friends and for everyone, of every age. If you can not leave the boat but still want to see the lighthouse, you can sit in the boat. Truly you will get a great history lesson as well as images of the lighthouse without even entering. So if someone is unable to physically climb they should still ride, it’s worth it!
There is a lot more to do then just my 8 Southern Delaware Activities and Attractions. The area is a hotbed for families and multi-generational families. Seriously there is no end to what you can discover, attend, find for free or paid.
Music, beach fun, great eats, things to see and do and each beach is just a stone’s throw away from the other. Lavishly live travel out loud ~ DANA XO
Dana Vento spends her time globetrotting around the USA & Internationally.