Celebrating the Fourth of July in the Delaware Beaches

Relaxing and watching fireworks on the beach, testing your skills in a blueberry pie eating contest, and entering a cornhole tournament are just some of the many activities that Delaware has to offer on the fourth of July. Here are Tripping.com’s ten best fourth of July locations in Delaware.

1. Dover

fourth of july

As the capital of Delaware, Dover always has a huge Fourth of July celebration. If your vacation rental is in or near Dover, go downtown to Legislative Mall on the fourth. The parade goes along State Street. In addition, there are food and craft vendors and fireworks. You can even “adopt” a firework as a memorial for someone or just for fun.

2. Bethany Beach

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Bethany Beach is having its 33rd Annual Independence Day Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The parade through town includes marching bands, entertainment groups, bikes, and floats. There’s also a horseshoe throwing contest at 2 pm. Later in the day, you can watch the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast perform and then watch fireworks at dusk.

3. Newark

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Held at the University of Delaware’s Athletic Complex, the city of Newark’s huge Independence Day celebration includes games and arts and crafts booths. There is also live music, which begins at 6 pm, and fireworks later that night. The rain date for the fireworks is July 5th. For parking, you can park for free at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex lots.

4. Lewes

pie eating contest
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Spending your Fourth of July in Lewes is a great option for families. There are outdoor kid games on Second Street starting at 9 am on July 4th. The Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade is after the games and goes down the Lewes-Rehbototh canal. At 5 pm there is another parade, called the Doo-Dah Parade, which is on the street.

5. Wilmington

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A Fourth of July spent in Wilmington includes a carnival, live music, and even a blueberry pie eating contest. There are also a lot of competitive events such as a corn hole tournament, three on three basketball, and horseshoes. This year the celebration goes from Thursday, June 29th to Sunday, July 2nd.

6. Middletown

rainbow colored fireworks
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Middletown has an annual fireworks show in Silver Lake Park. The park opens at 6 pm and the fireworks are held at dusk. There are food vendors at the show and the town also has an annual parade. For the fireworks show, note that there is no alcohol, no bikes, and no pets allowed.

7. Rehoboth Beach

Fourth of July Celebration
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Rehoboth Beach is a great place to spend the Fourth! You can go swimming, shop your way through the mile-long boardwalk, or go fishing in Cape Henlopen State Park. There’s also a 5K and Kiddie K race at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club that you and your kids can enter.

8. Laurel

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If you want to spend the day in a pie eating contest, watching fireworks, going to a carnival, and entering a cornhole tournament, then consider going to Laurel this fourth of July. There will also be a variety of vendors, a parade, live music by Running with Scissors and Chain Break, and the annual Little Miss Independence Pageant.

9. Delaware Seashore State Park

broken fence at the seashore
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Spend this July 4th exploring Delaware Seashore State Park, which is 2,825 acres and includes six miles of coastline. In the park, you can go jet-skiing, boating, fishing, and swimming. You can also enter the Sandcastle Contest or have a family picnic in one of the two pavilions.

10. Fenwick Island

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Fenwick Island in Delaware has an abundance of activities, from windsurfing to play miniature golf. Spend the day cooling off at Thunder Lagoon Water Park or bring your boat and go fishing. Walk through Cannon Street Park or go see the beautiful butterfly garden in the Fenwick Island Community Park.

The Delaware Beaches are 5K Crazy!

5k runnersFallen Heroes Run 2018
Thursday May 24, 2018

Please join us for the annual Old New Castle “Fallen Heroes 5K Run/Walk” in honor of Elizabeth A. Loncki.

The “Fallen Heroes 5K Run/Walk” proceeds benefit the Elizabeth A. Loncki Scholarship Fund, which helps families send their children to St. Peter School. The fund is named in memory of Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Loncki, a graduate of St. Peter School. Elizabeth is a hometown hero from New Castle, DE and a true American hero who became the first woman from Delaware to die in combat in Iraq when the 23 year old was killed by a car bomber on January 7, 2007, just 10 days before she was due to come home. The race helps keep Elizabeth’s memory alive and assists others who want to attend the same elementary school that helped educate this heroic woman.

There will be food, drinks, music and prizes.

Thursday May 24, 2018
Registration: 5:00PM
Start Times:
6:30 pm – 5k Start
6:15 pm – Kiddie Fun Run – FREE to kids 10 & under
WEBSITE


10th Annual Indy 5k & 1 Mile Color Us Kids Run
June 5, 2018 – Tuesday
Newark, DE

Race Time
5:30pm- Registration opens
6:30pm- 1mile Color Run starts
6:50pm- 5k starts

Location
The Independence School
1300 Paper Mill Rd
Newark, DE 19711
WEBSITE


Inaugural Wilmington Brew Works 5k
June 23, 2018 – Saturday
Wilmington, DE

Part of the Craft Brewery Series 2018
RACE TIME:
7:30am- Registration opens
8:30am- Race start

Location
Wilmington Brew Works
3201 Miller Road
Wilmington, DE 19802

Benefits
Every dollar of your fundraising efforts will support the Cardiac Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The Cardiac Center specializes in children’s heart disease, from the simplest to the most complex. From before birth through the teen years, your child can get all of the services related to heart care at the Nemours Cardiac Center — in one place, at one time.
WEBSITE


10th Annual Harry K Foundation 5k Run/Walk
at the Greene Turtle & 1 Mile Non Competitive Walk
August 5, 2018 – Sunday
Lewes, DE

Race Time
7:15am- Registration opens
8:15am- Race start

Free Kiddie K for children under 8 with finisher medals that starts just before the 5k!

Location
The Greene Turtle Restaurant & Sports Bar
17388 North Village Main Blvd.
Lewes, DE 19958

Benefits
The Harry K. Foundation is determined to end childhood hunger in The First State one child at a time. No child should know the pain of hunger. Your participation in the Green Turtle 5K race makes strides in feeding the needy as the Harry K. Foundation Halts Childhood Hunger right here in our backyard. To find out how you can Make a Difference and Help Harry Halt Hunger, visit HarryKFoundation.org
Making a difference: $105 supports 1 pantry per week
Making a difference: $168 supports 1 backpack for a whole year
WEBSITE

SNAPSHOT: Viking Golf & Go-Karts and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark

 

Scandinavian themed amusements in Fenwick Island, DE. Photo Credit.

Scandinavian themed amusements in Fenwick Island, DE. Photo Credit.

 

The Delaware Beaches is where to go for a perfect seaside vacation. Fenwick Island and the other coastal Delaware communities offer some of the cleanest, most pristine beaches up and down the East Coast. Everyone loves a day by the waves. But if you need a little break and are looking for an exciting alternative to sand and ocean, look no further than Viking Golf & Go-Karts and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark. Located one block away from the beach, they are a one-stop for entertainment experiences day or night.

This entertainment center offers excitement and fun for all ages, from 2 to 99! There are few locations that offer miniature golf, go-karts and a full waterpark, but Viking has it all in one central location. They also have their own boardwalk with some of the best eats at the beach.

 

Oh How You’ve Grown

Viking Golf was first established in the early 80’s by a Danish man who wanted to bring his Scandinavian heritage to an amusement park in Fenwick Island. The golf course was themed after real and mythological Viking and Scandinavian figures. Year after year, more amusements were added. First, a go-kart track, then the boardwalk and food concessions were built to frame the complex. Next, he acquired the waterpark. And every year since, new improvements and amusements have been added.

They’ve now brought joy to Fenwick Island and the Delaware Beaches for over 30 years. This is because they’ve never remained stagnant. They’ve continued to improve and reinvent their 2 ½ acre park, while maintaining their longstanding commitment to family friendly service.

 

Mini Golf

This themed mini golf course has 18 holes, which make you feel as though you were transported into a Scandinavian myth, where dragons and trolls abound. You will create unforgettable memories, while conquering the challenging and fun holes. Unlimited golf play during the day until 5 p.m. allows you to hop in and out while trying out other Delaware Beach amusements. Plans are in the works to build an exciting and new 19th hole!

 

Go-Karts

The go-karts have grown from their early days in the 80’s. Now, come experience some of the best go-karting anywhere on the coast. They’ve rebuilt their track with new thrilling twists and turns. And if your kids aren’t tall enough, there are double go-karts.

 

Thunder Lagoon Waterpark

Don’t want to wash sand out of your hair? Come to the best waterpark in coastal Delaware. It has everything you could want—waterslides, activity pools, a lazy river, a Viking playship and a beach area. The two newest slides allow single and double riders to race down a watery track. And passes are priced such that you can come before, during or after your day at the beach.

 

Boardwalk

Take care of all your eats and drink needs without leaving the amusement complex. The boardwalk frames the mini-golf courses and go-kart track. It includes some of your favorite beach eats as well as Dunkin’ Donuts, a toy store and some of the best ice cream and soft serve at the beach.

 

For an amazing family friendly experience, look no further than this family run entertainment center, where fantasy meets fun. The clean facilities, friendly staff and great attractions will make you one of the many who return year after year.

 

Contact Information:

Viking Golf Amusements

Address:  

38960 Island Street, Fenwick Island, DE (corner of Coastal Highway & Route 54)

Phone Number:

302-539-1644 (golf & go-karts)
302-539-4027 (waterpark)

Website

 


 

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Dining in Dewey Beach

 

From fine dining to family friendly, dining in Dewey is a treat! Photo Credit.

From fine dining to family friendly, dining in Dewey is a treat! Photo Credit.

 

If you want to have a great dining experience after your days on the beach, Dewey Beach in the Delaware Beaches is a great place to try. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the hottest restaurants in town as well as some family friendly options.

 

A Foodie’s Paradise

Restaurants in Dewey range from fine dining to family friendly. There are plenty of bars for grownups to while away the evening hours. You can pick your flavors from Italian to Mexican. Plus, satisfy a quick craving at one of the many pizza places. Or you can head to one of the many grills to enjoy surf and turf. You can find just about anything to tickle your fancy while dining in Dewey.

 

Family Friendly Fare

Pizza is always a fan favorite with the kids! Photo Credit.

Pizza is always a fan favorite with the kids! Photo Credit.

There are a lot of fine dining establishments in town, but these might not be the most appropriate places to bring the kids. But there are also plenty of places that are family friendly and might save you a buck or two.

Obviously, pizza is a fan favorite for the kiddos. There are plenty of places to try! Grotto Pizza is on the corner of Reed & Highway 1. They even have an allergy chart, so family members avoiding gluten, dairy, nuts or other allergens can enjoy a meal out.

Woody’s Dewey Beach Bar & Grill is another great option for the whole family. Kids menu items are just $5 and include the drink and fries. Entrees range from fried shrimp to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

 

The Best Dining in Dewey

If you are going to treat yourself to something special, here are a couple suggestions:

 

Henlopen City Oyster House

It’s heralded as the number one seafood spot in Dewey (always a highly fought for recognition in coastal areas). But you can still enjoy comfort food like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese if that’s more your speed. Since they don’t take reservations, you need to factor in some wait time.

 a(MUSE.)

Executive Chef Hari Cameron is a molecular gastronomy genius. This restaurant is award winning and so is Chef Cameron. After 10 p.m., when most restaurants are closing, you are likely to meet the other local chefs from town here. That’s always a good sign.

 

The finest of fare at a(MUSE.) Photo Credit.

The finest of fare at a(MUSE.) Photo Credit.

 

SNAPSHOT: Nicola Pizza in Rehoboth Beach

 

Nicola Pizza, A Family Run Pizzeria
45 Years and Still Going Strong

 

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

 

While walking the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, the most tantalizing aromas will capture you. If you weren’t hungry when you started your walk, you’ll be chomping at the bit by the time you walk 100 feet. Pizza, French fries with vinegar, ice cream. These foods go hand in hand with the beach and boardwalk. If you’re a visitor to the Delaware Beaches, you may not know where to go for a great meal and a great time. For the best pizza with the most family-friendly pricing, nothing beats Nicola Pizza.

When you walk into Nicola Pizza, you are welcomed as though you were one of the family, and usually by a member of the Caggiano family. At the Caggiano family’s pizzeria, family is key! Not only is there a welcoming and fun atmosphere, they also offer reasonable prices without skipping on the quality of their pizza.

 

A Rich Family History
Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Nicola Pizza was started in 1971.  Nick and Joan Caggiano started by selling homemade pizza’s out of the kitchen of their home to help pay for medical bills from the birth of their daughter, Camille.  She was born in 1970 with spina bifida and had been hospitalized for most of her first year of birth.  Nick was a teacher and Joan worked as a teller at a bank, but they needed extra income to help.  After sometime, the pizzas became more popular and friends and neighbors encouraged them to get a loan and start a business.

Both of them left their careers. And in June of 1971, the doors of Nicola Pizza opened at 8 North 1st Street in Rehoboth Beach. The name Nicola was chosen to honor Nick Sr.’s father, his namesake. At first, pizza was the only thing on the menu. But they’ve grown to include two full bars, a sports bar and a full menu with pasta dishes, salads, appetizers and the Nicola Pizza signature item, the “Nic-o-boli.”

 

The Famous “Nic-o-boli” and Other Delicious Food
Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Delicious pizza is what gave Nicola Pizza a great name in Rehoboth Beach. And selling pizza by the slice out of their takeout window helps keep the beachgoers happy.

But Nicola Pizza’s signature item is the “Nic-o-boli.” This delicious concoction starts off with ground beef, cheese, and pizza sauce rolled in dough and baked to perfection in the oven. In 1975, local lifeguards approached Nick Sr. asking for a protein packed meal that could substitute for the hamburgers they were tired of eating. Thus, the “Nic-o-boli” was born!

Customers can now make their “Nic-o-boli” unique by adding any pizza toppings they want inside.  There is also the “Nic-Spino-oli,” which has spinach, cheese and olive oil and garlic rolled in the dough. And a healthy heart option with mushrooms, sweet peppers, onions, spinach, and pizza sauce, but no beef or cheese. If you want to take the “Nic-o-boli” home with you, they sell them frozen in cases of 12.

 

On June 11th, Nicola Pizza will be celebrating its 45th year in business. But even after all these years, the Caggiano family hopes that when someone leaves they felt welcomed, had fun, enjoyed their meal and will pass that experience on to others.  Nick Sr.’s famous line is “please, tell a friend” and they hope that you will.

 

Contact Information

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Photo Credit: Nicola Pizza

Nicola Pizza

8 North 1st Street Rehoboth Beach, DE

(302) 227-6211

Website

 

 

 

 


 

 

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A Brief History of the Delaware Beaches

 

Pre-1920's Bethany Beach

Pre-1920’s Bethany Beach

 

The Delaware Beaches along the Delaware coast is a very popular vacation destination. But you may wonder how these beach communities developed. Here’s a little bit of the history behind the Rehoboth, Bethany, and Dewey Beaches in Delaware.

 

Rehoboth Beach—From Church Camp to Resort Town

Postcard- Rehoboth BeachWhen the first European settlers arrived in the area, it is said that this area was one of the main Mid-Atlantic fishing villages for Native Americans. However, modern developments have wiped away any evidence that such a village may have existed.

The city was first founded as a church camp association. When the church group disbanded, it was incorporated as Henlopen City. Later it was renamed Rehoboth Beach which was the name originally given to the city by the church group. Interestingly, Rehoboth is a location named in the Old Testament, which means “broad spaces” in Hebrew.

 

Bethany Beach—A Quiet Community Withstands Multiple Disasters

Postcard- Rehoboth Beach 2You may recognize Bethany as another Biblical name (from the New Testament this time). This city was also founded by a minister. Prior to 1950, this was a quiet little community. But growth began not long after the end of the second World War. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge made the beach community easily accessible to the residents of the nation’s capital, causing a population boom.

A devastating storm brought ruin in 1962. But development was resumed starting with a new post office and bank. Several hurricanes and nor’easters have damaged the area. But the residents were not deterred, and development continued, even until today. In 2011, Bethany Beach imposed a smoking, including nearly all of the boardwalk and beach areas.

 

Dewey Beach—A Way of Life

This is the most popular beach in Delaware, although you wouldn’t know it from the town’s population; 300-or-so residents. At peak season, 30,000 people descend on Dewey Beach and it’s many eateries. Only recently incorporated in 1981, Dewey beach is a popular family vacation spot and has adopted the motto: “Dewey Beach, a way of life.”

SNAPSHOT: Dewey Beach Parasail, Dewey Beach Watersports & Crab Claw Adventures

 

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

 

Three businesses owned by the same family. Their goal? To make sure your family has the best time out on the water.

 

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

The Delaware Beaches is a peculiar place. For half the year, the towns along the Delaware coast are small and sleepy. Almost like they’re hibernating, waiting for the summer. When Memorial Day hits, boom! These towns get saturated with people eager to experience all the beauty and activities the Delaware Beaches have to offer.

The owners of Dewey Beach Parasail, Dewey Beach Watersports and Crab Claw Adventures love this cyclic rotation. They love the summer vibe and the visitors who come swarming to their shores. Their goal is to the introduce families to the water activities they offer. They love when beginners or those inexperienced and unsure try them out. Most end up loving them, and returning year after year. It starts to feel like family.

 

Each business is family oriented and fun. But each business offers a unique experience.

 

Crab Claw Adventures

Crab claw takes you and your family for a two-hour adventure out on a coast guard inspected vessel. This is a great experience for kids who have never been out on a boat before. A fishing trip requires patience. But crabbing is very easy and the rewards are instant. It doesn’t take a lot of time, and the crabs are always biting. Some families even make a competition out of who can catch the most crabs. After they’re caught, crabs are returned to the water. This teaches both children and adults about sustainability of the bay

Dewey Beach Parasail

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Parasailing

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Parasailing

Parasailing is an experience that you and your kids will never forget. Imagine seeing the Delaware Beaches at their best advantage, from the air. Two to three people can go up at a time. So if kids are nervous, they can go up with their parents. This activity is recommended for children over six years of age. But no experience is necessary! So if you’re six or 86, Dewey Beach Parasail welcomes you!

Dewey Beach Watersports

Vacations are a perfect time to learn new activities. The Delaware Beaches are the perfect place to learn water activities. And Dewey Beach Watersports is the place to go to make that happen. Absolutely no experience is necessary! Learn to kayak or paddleboard. Take off on a jet ski or pontoon boat. DB Watersports provides pre-ride informational sessions to give you skills, information, charts and maps to make sure you feel comfortable out on the water.

 

Advice from the experts…

 

The owners of Crab Claw Adventures, Dewey Beach Parasail and Dewey Beach Watersports want you to have the best time possible. Here are a few tips from the pros to enjoy all the activities they offer to the fullest.

 

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

Photo Credit: Dewey Beach Watersports

 

BE SAFE — The owners want to make sure that everyone has a safe time. That’s why they go over all information needed, and meet all the state and federal regulations. They also have guides on the water so they can deal with any issues right away.

DON’T BE INTIMIDATED — If this is your first time, don’t let fear intimidate you! The goal of these businesses is to protect you from a bad first experience so you will want to do them again and again.

DON’T WAIT TO BOOK A RESERVATION — They recommended that you book your reservation before you arrive. During the busy summer months, they are often booked to capacity, so plan these activities ahead of time.

DON’T PLAN YOUR VACATION AROUND THE WEATHER — If you look at the weather report for the Delaware Beaches, and you see rain, chances are you may not want to book your parasailing adventure or your jet skis. But the expert says that weather here is so changeable. On a day with 80% chance of rain, the sun might still be shining. The owners watch the weather in real time, not on the weather channel. If there is a storm, they can reschedule your plans.

ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME — Whether this is your first time on a jet ski or you’ve done these activities before, they welcome the whole spectrum.

YOUR GREAT EXPERIENCE IS THEIR PRIORITY — From the first time you speak to an employee, to the day of your water adventure, the owners want you to experience unparalleled customer service. They know you’re spending your hard earned money with them, so they want you to feel like you get the most bang for your buck.

COME BEFORE NOON — Most people want to plan their water activities after lunch time, so afternoons are quickly filled to capacity. But mornings typically have the best weather and water conditions. You might even get to see more wildlife. There are also great discounts if you come before noon.

 

Contact Information:

 

Photo Credit: Crab Claw Adventure

Photo Credit: Crab Claw Adventure

Crab Claw Adventures

39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE (Indian River Marina, Dock D) • (302) 260-4347 • Website

 

Dewey Beach Parasail

113 Dickinson Street, Dewey Beach, DE • (302) 227-9507 • Website

 

Dewey Beach Watersports

113 Dickinson Street, Dewey Beach, DE • (302) 227-1113 • Website

 

 


 

 

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SNAPSHOT: The Delaware Beaches

 

Beach life in Coastal Delaware.

Beach life in Coastal Delaware.

 

The Delaware Beaches, full of history and character.

The Delaware Beaches, full of history and character.

From the upscale, sophistication of Rehoboth to the beachy, laidback feel at Bethany Beach, a vacation in coastal Delaware has something for everyone. For history lovers, find points of interest in one of the historic, regional villages. Or for outdoor lovers, plan a getaway to one of Delaware’s local state parks. Hiking, biking, or just lounging on the sandy beach, you will feel your soul rejuvenated.

Shopping is an extremely popular pastime in the Delaware Beaches. That’s because all sales are tax-free! Meander through quiet, quaint towns and check out local antique stores, cute clothing boutiques, unique gift stores and original galleries. There’s so much! You can also head to one of the famous outlet malls where deals are standard.

From Cape Henlopen State Park to the southern tip of Fenwick Island, find beautiful ocean vistas. Or go inland to see interesting museums, tons of events and festivals plus an array of outdoor adventures. There are ample opportunities to explore the bays and waterways by kayak or standup paddleboard.

Snapshot-BoardwalkThe region is eclectic and artistic, valuing cultural experiences and art. Galleries, symphonies, and theaters set the Delaware Beaches apart as not just your average beach towns. The attractions, the entertainment, the nightlife—all set to the soundtrack of the waves rolling in and out.

And don’t forget about the food scene! Delaware Beaches has an eclectic restaurant community. From gourmet fare to small eateries and diners. And the seafood is, of course, delectable!

Welcome to the Delaware Beaches! Every moment of your visit here will be memorable. Whether strolling the boardwalks or soaking in sunrays on the beach.

 

Local Business Snapshots

 If you want to know the best local eats, activities and shopping, check out these businesses. Local businesses are how visitors truly get to know a region, and these are some of the best examples of the Delaware Beaches community.

 


 

Dewey Beach Parasail, Dewey Beach Watersports & Crab Claw Adventures

Nicola Pizza

Viking Golf & Go-Karts and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark

 

Friendly Dealings with the Locals in Rehoboth Beach

 

You are welcome at Rehoboth Beach, just please be considerate of the locals.

You are welcome at Rehoboth Beach, just please be considerate of the locals.

 

The Locals of Rehoboth Beach 

 

Rehoboth Beach is a cozy town found on the Delaware coast and is a popular summer destination. This Delaware Beaches community has just over 1,000 residents, but can swell to upwards of 25,000 during the peak summer season. But how do the locals feel about all those tourists? And what can happen if you take someone’s parking spot? Read on for some important advice when visiting Rehoboth Beach.

 

During the summer, as many as 25,000 visitors can swarm to this small town community. Photo Credit: news.delaware.gov

During the summer, as many as 25,000 visitors can swarm to this small town community.
Photo Credit: news.delaware.gov

 

A Quiet Town that Wants to Stay that Way

 

During the offseason, Rehoboth Beach is a quiet little town, and the locals like it that way. Because of this, a law was passed during the offseason in 2015 that significantly changed noise ordinances in the city, making it unlawful to make noise that is too loud, excessive or annoying. Law enforcement has also been strictly holding tourists to legislation about drinking and smoking on the beach.

While locals received a notice when the laws were changed, little has been done to make this public, which resulted in some issues during the 2015 peak season. That’s why visitors should check the local laws before travelling to Rehoboth Beach in 2016 and beyond.

 

Don’t Steal a Spot—Locals Pay for Those

 

No parkingVisitors need to come prepared on where it is okay to park in Rehoboth Beach. Keep in mind that this information is different depending on the season you visit. A map is available on the City of Rehoboth website to show you where summer parking exists.

Just be certain not to park in spots that have been purchased by locals. Parking permits are required to park at locations that do not have a meter during certain times of the year. Also, the parking meters don’t take credit cards, so you will need coins. The city website has the locations of places you can get change, or you can use the Parkmobile App.

If you do get a parking fine, be sure to pay it promptly. The city increases parking fines if they are not paid within the specified amount of time on the ticket.

CLICK HERE to read a full article about Parking in the Delaware Beaches

 

Just remember, the locals love the fact that visitors love and appreciate Rehoboth Beach as much as they do. They just want to make sure their small, friendly community maintains its small town charm and beauty!

 

 

State Parks near Rehoboth and the Delaware Beaches

 

A Trip to the Delaware Beaches Should Include the Four, Nearby State Parks
The scenic Delaware Beaches shoreline has been preserved by four state parks!

The scenic Delaware Beaches shoreline has been preserved by four state parks!

 

The state parks of our nation are important places that preserve an area’s original beauty. Often these locations are some of the only spots in a region that allow you to see what life was like before our country was developed, not to mention being some of the prettiest scenic spots. You can see gorgeous natural locales, amazing wildlife and pristine bodies of water.

The Beaches of Delaware are blessed to have four state parks located near their shores. So if you are here on vacation, or if you need a natural retreat, be sure to visit one of the incredible Delaware State Parks located along the coast. The beauty of the Delaware Beaches will inspire you with a love for this region, and will bring you back every year.

 

Coastal Delaware State Parks:

 

Cape Henlopen State Park
15099 Cape Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-8983
Website

 Formerly a military defense area called Fort Miles, Henlopen is now a popular attraction to visitors of the Delaware Beaches. When you come, not only can you learn about this rich history, but you will also enjoy the stunning shores and a plethora of fun activities.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park

Popular Activities Include:

•Swimming/Surfing
•Fishing
•Hiking the paved trail that loops the park and other dynamic nature trails
•Disc Golf/Basketball
•AND MORE!

 

Delaware Seashore State Park
39415 Inlet Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-2800
Website

Water in front and water behind. Delaware Seashore State Park is a barrier island surrounded by water—the Atlantic, Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay. Water activities are where it’s at here. Visit the stunning beaches for a perfect day in the sun.

Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park

Popular Activities:

•Kayaking
•Fishing
•Swimming/Surfing
•Educational Programs
•Hiking/Biking
•AND MORE!

Fenwick Island State Park
Route 1
Fenwick, DE 19971
(302) 227-2800
Website

During the busy summer months, the beaches of Delaware become crowded with tourists. But Fenwick Island provides an isolated retreat for those looking for a quieter stretch of surf. Enjoy the beautiful Atlantic in relative isolation.

Fenwick Island State Park Photo Credit: www.destateparks.com

Fenwick Island State Park
Photo Credit: www.destateparks.com

Popular Activities:

•Surfing
•Swimming
•Sunbathing
•Surf fishing
•AND MORE!

 

 

Holts Landing State Park
Road 346
Millville, DE 19967
(302) 227-2800
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Holts Landing showcases some of the most scenic coastal habitats—from the beach along the bay to the peaceful forests. The most popular feature is the lovely Indian River Bay. Its peaceful shores are a popular location for boating and water activities, fishing and picnicking.

Holts Landing State Park Photo Credit: www.destateparks.com

Holts Landing State Park
Photo Credit: www.destateparks.com

Popular Activities:

•Crabbing/Clamming
•Fishing
•Picnicking
•Primitive Camping (tent camping without all the amenities)
•Hiking trails
•Boating
•AND MORE!

 

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