Maryland and Delaware offer a number of amazing beach towns that can get you relaxing in no time. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the inland bays, Bethany Beach is the perfect place for fishing. With many bays on the Maryland and Delaware Coast, this destination is a real catch! With plenty to do, you can be sure no matter who’s coming with you, whether it be family, friends or a lovers trip for two, it will be a great trip. A great destination for golfing, swimming, water sports and even shopping. With Cape May at your feet and the Atlantic Ocean stretched out before you, travelers may choose to take a boat ride, or even go fishing via land or boat. With a number of charter boats in the area that offer sightseeing and fishing, it’s easy to please your fellow travelers.
Mallard Lakes offers a serene coastal vacation on 96 acres on a natural estuary but is just 1 ~ mile to the favorite beaches of Fenwick Island.
Things to do on the Delaware Shore
- Beaches, Beaches and More Beaches-
The clean, quiet, family-friendly beaches in Delaware are perfect for relaxing, but travelers can also choose from a number of other awesome activities too! Surfing, fishing, swimming and even tossing a Frisbee or football, no matter what you like to do, these sandy shores are a perfect setting for it!
Fun for kids of all ages since 1962. Rides range from classic, like the carousel, to more modern adventures aboard the Superflip or Freefall. They have sixteen games and a classic arcade too!
- Bethany Beach Boardwalk-
The boardwalk offers a variety of restaurants and shops selling tropical souvenirs. The town boardwalk is .38 miles long and 12 feet wide. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or a daily jog, the boardwalk has become a favorite for many who wish to stretch their legs.
The spas are plentiful in the Delaware Beach area. Why not book a massage ahead of time and get even more relaxed while on vacation? There are many to choose from, One Spirit Massage Studio in Rehoboth is one of our personal favorites.
- Water Sports-
Have some fun in the warm water, temperatures hit the mid 70s in July, they are a perfect way to get refreshed from the hot sun. Try your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking or wind surfing, most shops will offer rentals, lessons and guided excursions. Consider the Bethany Surf Shop for your rentals and needs.
If you love big discounts on name brand merchandise, shop the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach. If you’d like to pick up something local, The Art League of Ocean City is one of many galleries featuring works and prints for sale at reasonable prices.
- Bethany Beach Nature Center-
Inside the nature center, visitors can explore interactive exhibits that allow visitors to ‘virtually’ explore the Inland Bays watershed from the headwaters, through the maritime forests and across the salt marshes. Outside, visitors can make a similar exploration through forest and marsh along a handicap-accessible boardwalk that has been built to lead you through each habitat with educational signage to keep you informed along the way. The 26-acre conservation area includes three acres of forested uplands, nine acres of freshwater wetlands and fourteen acres of tidal wetlands.
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For more awesome ideas of things to do, see and check out while you are in the Delaware Beach areas, read this article on our Sundance Vacations Travel Blog: “Delaware Beaches: Endless Possibilities”
Casual and relaxed outfits. Bring lots of T-shirts and flip flops. There are miles of beach to walk barefoot, but if your going to enjoy the boardwalk, comfortable shoes are a must. The beach atmosphere is casual with an edge, there are tons of quaint shops and art gallery’s so packing a few accessories such as a bold scarf or statement necklace will take your casual look up a notch. For the gentleman, nicer sandals or “preppy” shirts for a nice dinner out. If you are hitting the beach remember to bring along your swimsuits, sunscreen, beach towels, a football or Frisbee and shades!
The nearest major airport is Ocean City Municipal Airport — OXB. Most of the attractions are spread out, so you will need a car to travel from place to place. Getting to Shelbyville, Delaware is easiest by car, either driving from one of the region’s airports or driving from another location in the US. For a larger airport with more extensive flights and services, Dulles International Airport is a two and a half hour drive from Rehoboth Beach, Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington. Cars can be rented at any of the airports above, if you are thinking about using a rental, be sure to check out this article on the Sundance Vacations Travel Blog, “10 Tips for Saving Money on Rental Cars”
Transportation to Destination
- Drive to Ocean City MD
- Drive to Bethany Beach DE
- Drive to Philadelphia PA
- Drive to Washington DC
- Drive to Rehoboth Beach DE
- Drive to Shelbyville DE
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- The world’s largest Lego tower was built in Wilmington, De. Standing 11 stories tall and made of more than 500,000 bricks, this 112-foot masterpiece beat out the previous 106-foot champion in Prague.
- Delaware is home to the “Punkin Chunkin” world championship, a sport in which people use a variety of devices to hurl pumpkins as far as they can. With over 100 teams competing, the record is 5,545 feet, that’s more than a mile!
- Most major banks keep their headquarters in Delaware because it has a reputation of being as lenient as the Cayman Islands.
- Say hello to tax-free shopping. If it says .99 cents on the tag, in Delaware, that’s what you’ll pay.
- There’s a Disc Golf course in every Delaware State Park.
- Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton produces 175,000 barrels of beer every year. That’s almost 700 million bottles of beer, enough for everyone in Delaware to have two beers every day for a year.