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Lewes

Experience Old Coastal Charm in Lewes

Situated where the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, the seafaring town of Lewes holds its reputation as not only the first town of the nation’s first state but a first-rate place to take in the best of what southern Delaware has to offer. From maritime heritage to fresh, local seafood, and one-of-a-kind sea sights, Lewes provides a breathtaking memorable vacation experience while staying true to its quaint village charm.

Historical Attractions in Lewes

A trip to Lewes wouldn’t be complete without discovering the town’s 400 years of storied history. Visit the Lewes Historical Society grounds and experience one of their historical tours—on foot or via the water—to discover downtown attractions including lighthouses, monuments, cemeteries and more. While in town, visit the Zwaandendael Museum for a unique look at Lewes through the lens of Delaware’s first European settlers, and the role the town played in the War of 1812. Experience the vast history of southern Delaware through artifacts as well as exhibits featuring shipwrecks and lighthouses. Then head out of town to Cape Henlopen State Park for hiking, picnicking and more history from WWII at Fort Miles. 

Traveling to and from Lewes

From the dunes in the State Park, if you time it right, you’ll see the Cape May-Lewes Ferry sailing to and from Cape May, N.J., as part of daily crossings connecting south New Jersey to southern Delaware.  Passengers pass the ferry terminal on the way into Lewes and should stop in for a closer view of both the ferries docking and, for special times of the summer, Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel. 

Dining in Lewes

Lewes is home to a wide array of top coastal dining restaurants serving straight-from-the-bay bounty. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dine alfresco at Lewes’ only dockside restaurant. Learn how to crack fresh blue crabs like a local or bring them back to your home or rental for a backyard crab feast. Elegant, sit-down dining awaits in the heart of Historic Lewes.

Shopping in Lewes

All of Delaware is tax-free, including the local boutique shops in downtown Lewes where you’ll find one-of-a-kind items and charming gifts with a coastal flair. There are also more than 500 antique dealers in the southern Delaware region, where you can find unique treasures and take home some history to remind you of your great trip.

Whether you’re visiting for a relaxing family getaway or an adventurous escape, Lewes warmly welcomes any type of traveler. Start planning your itinerary now or explore as you go. Either way, Lewes is sure to satisfy whatever vacation bliss you are seeking.