For the last eight or nine years we’ve been going lower slower Delaware for vacation. We have several family members there and so it is a reunion of sorts to get together and have some fun in the sun.
But my husband and I are not beach people. I love the sand between my toes and a breezy night walk by the lapping water but sitting under an umbrella in the sun and being tossed around my merciless waves is not my idea of a good time.
And he hates the sand.
So what does one do when they go to the beach but don’t actually like beaches?
There’s plenty! Lower Delaware has many great adventures that don’t involve sitting in sand. You just have to get off the beach strip and explore.
Here are 8 things to do near Rehoboth:
2. Thrift store shopping – Who doesn’t love a good bargain? There are eight just on the Route One stretch between Business Route 9 and Dewey Beach! Our three favorites are:
Am Vet’s has great prices and they often reduce the already great price at the register (no guarantees, just
our experience) and All-Saint’s is fairly large with a great variety of stuff. New Life is huge! They have a whole separate building which is partly dedicated to Christmas merchandise!
3. Nanticoke Indian Museum – The only native american museum in Delware, the Naticoke Indian Museum offers a nice collection of artifacts and stories from history about this tribe that still meets regularly today. They are open year round. We took Wyatt when he was four which was probably too young as he wanted to touch everything. We’ll probably revisit it next year. He’ll be able to appreciate more what he’s seeing.
4. Cape May-Lewes Ferry– the Ferry offers a wonderful ride across the Bay to Cape. The ferry and the ride alone are fun but you an add to the adventure by getting shuttle passe to the Zoo. This allows you to get to the free Cape May Zoo once you doc in Cape May. They offer Sunday zoo trips and weekday zoo trips. The bus ride is air conditioned. If you’re not into shuttles you can take your own vehicle on the ferry. This is also a great option during off-season when the shuttle does not run to the zoo.
5. Lewes, Delaware – After you visit Cape Helopen, ride the ferry, or do a water taxi tour, take time to walk through this quaint little town. They have a coffee shop which makes a great caramel latte plus many unique stores. Sure, it’s touristy but it isn’t like driving the Route One strip. It reminds me more of Gatlinburg.
6. Cape Henlopen State Park – located right past the Cape May-Lewes Ferry dock in Lewes, this state park is a treasure for those who like the ocean but not the crowds. We like to go at low tide, mid week when there are few people but many tide pools. Be sure to take your nets and buckets for collecting and examining the things you find.
7. Old Mill Crabhouse – A bit of a drive but the all-you-can-eat options are well worth it. All you care to eat corn on the cob (this year’s was fabulous!), hush puppies, fried shrimp, clam strips, and fried chicken accompany the all you can eat blue crab or snow crab legs.
8. Trap Pond State Park – If you’re up for a drive this State Park located in Laurel Delaware is a hidden gem. Trap Pond features the northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees in the United States. They offer amazing views via kayak, row boat, or canoe all which can be rented for minimal cost from the park.