Picture Perfect

5 of the Most Instagram-Worthy Sights and Landmarks in the Delaware Beaches

By Arielle Patterson

During your trip to the Delaware Beaches, chances are you’ll be taking tons of pictures. These photos will give your family and friends a mere glimpse into your Delaware Beaches vacation. With so many remarkable and historic attractions and fun-filled activities, you’ll want to find the best backdrop for scenic selfies and group pics. So, break out your camera or cell phone and get ready to explore the Delaware Beach’s picture-perfect sights & landmarks.

fenwick lighthouse

1. Fenwick Island Lighthouse

The Fenwick Island Lighthouse was originally constructed in 1858 in an area that was once incredibly isolated. Today, the lighthouse is situated right at the Delaware-Maryland state line amid businesses and homes. Snap a few photos in front of the historic 87-foot-tall light house and, while you’re there, view the Transpeninsular Stone that marks the state line.

2. Gordons Pond Beach

Wide and unobstructed, Gordons Pond Beach at Cape Henlopen State Park is the perfect place for picturesque sunrise and sunset views. While you’re there, take some photos standing by the historic WWII Fire Control towers right on the beach. 

3. Indian River Inlet Bridge

If you’re cruising along Coastal Highway, just north of the Indian River Inlet, pull off for a picture-perfect view of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth and Indian River Bays, the bridge provides scenic photos at all times of day. At night, catch the bridge illuminated with blue and white lights.

4. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

The mile-long Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is filled with photo opportunities. Take a ride on one of the old-fashioned amusements for a bird’s-eye view of the boardwalk. Or have a photo shoot at one of the boardwalk’s other attractions and shops. Grab an ice cream cone and make the ocean the backdrop for the perfect beach summer photo.

5. The Lightship Overfalls (Photo at top of page)

The Lightship Overfalls was the last lightship built for the U.S. Lighthouse Service, commissioned in 1938. Today, the historic lightship is docked along the canal in Lewes. Take your photo in front of this historic landmark—one of only 17 remaining ships and one of the few still open for public tours.

Boardwalks in Delaware

Check Out these Boardwalks on the Delaware Beaches

There’s so much to see and do when you visit the Delaware Beaches. From Lewes to Fenwick Island, the attractions and activities available are virtually endless. A classic staple to any beach community is a boardwalk. These boardwalks can be the perfect locale for family fun, ocean-front dining and much more. Explore these boardwalks located within the Delaware Beaches.

Boardwalks on the Delaware Beaches

Here are the boardwalks you’ll find on the Delaware Beaches.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

While the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is less than a half-mile long, its full of charm and maintains an old-fashioned appeal. With its short distance, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is perfect for taking a walk. Along the way, visit the quintessential beach shops, eateries and stop to listen to live music at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. During the summer season, the bandstand is the site of Bethany Beach’s Summer Concert Series. You can find other events happening along the boardwalk as well.

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Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Recognized as one of the best beach boardwalks in the country by numerous travel magazines and websites, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk bustles with activity during summertime. People from all over come to traverse the boardwalks and browse the shops, dine at the restaurants and enjoy the amusements. Grab a sweet treat from Candy Kitchen then head to Funland or one of the other family-friendly amusements on the boardwalk.

The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk also plays host to a number of wonderful events for every age and interest throughout the year. Rent a bike and see all of what the one-mile boardwalk has to offer.

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Want convenient access to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk? Book your stay at one of the hotels located right along the boardwalk. This puts you just steps away from some of the area’s best attractions, shops and restaurants, as well as the beach. The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel offers guests a peaceful reprieve during their vacation while still being conveniently located to all of the action on the boardwalk.

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Gordon’s Pond Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park is a great place for an outdoor adventure. The 5,139-acre park has plenty of areas to explore. Stroll over Cape Henlopen’s elevated boardwalk, along the Gordon Pond Trail. While this boardwalk differs greatly from the other two, it’s a wonderful spot to take in the serene marches and sprawling dunes within the state park. Walk or ride your bike across this boardwalk.

Explore the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Rated One of the Nation’s Top Coastal Boardwalks

Rehoboth Beach comes alive during summertime. Known as the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” Rehoboth Beach is an epicenter for coastal fun. The heart of Rehoboth Beach is the mile-long boardwalk. During summer, the boardwalk is bustling with activities as people traverse all of the shops, restaurants and amusements on the boardwalk. A trip to Rehoboth Beach is not complete without exploring all the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk has to offer.

History of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Rehoboth Beach’s original boardwalk, built in 1873, ran the entire length of the Rehoboth Beach oceanfront. Over the years. the boardwalk has changed due to severe storms. While the size and distance of the boardwalk has changed, what hasn’t changed are some of the many restaurants and amusements that have become local staples.

Things to Do on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk


The perfect place for family-fun, rides and games, Funland is an amusement park right on the boardwalk. Boasting almost 20 rides as well as midway games, arcade games and a prize redemption center, Funland is great for all ages. Funland is open seasonally beginning in mid-May. Entry is free but tickets must be purchased to go on rides and play the games.

Zelkey’s Beach Arcades

Enjoy classic games to win awesome prizes at one of Zelkey’s three arcades on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Open seasonally from April–October, put your skills to the test as you play skee-ball, pinball and more.

Ryan’s Mini Golf

The whole family will love playing a game of mini golf. This budget-friendly activity features a rooftop course with plenty of obstacles to avoid.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Free live music comes to the Rehoboth Bandstand throughout the summer. Located right across from the boardwalk, on Rehoboth Avenue, this historic bandstand provides free summer concerts to Rehoboth Beach visitors.


Bike Rentals

One of the best ways to explore everything on this one-mile boardwalk is by bike. Visit a local bike rental shop to cruise the boardwalk with family and friends. Remember, bikes are only allowed on the boardwalk between 5–10 a.m. from May 15–September 15.

Shopping on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

You can find several specialty shops right on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

Stuart Kingston, Inc. is an auction house and store selling fine art, home décor and high-end collectables. Those traveling with children will want to stop by the Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company. This shop offers the largest selection of kites, games, and toys on the Delaware coast. Also on the boardwalk is Harry K Jewelry, perfect for purchasing a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, and Candy Kitchen, where you can find almost every sweet imaginable.

More retailers at Penny Lane Mall and the other shops located just walking distance from the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Remember all shopping in Delaware is tax free!

Restaurants on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

When you need a break from the shopping, games and rides on the boardwalk, relax with a bite to eat from one of the conveniently located restaurants. Enjoy classic beach fare such as hot dogs, French fries and a slice of pizza. Grab a quick bite from Gus & Gus Place or Thrasher’s French Fries. Or, sit down at a beach bar right on the boardwalk for fresh seafood and filling burgers. Wash down your meal with a cold beer or frozen cocktail from one of these waterfront bars. For a more upscale meal with a view of the water, visit Victoria’s Restaurant or Salero Restaurante.

Don’t forget a sweet treat! Rehoboth Beach is famous for its ice cream, salt water taffy and homemade fudge. It’s easy to spot the Dolle’s sign as you walk the boardwalk. Dolle’s Candyland has been serving some of the area’s best homemade candy since 1927.


Hotels near the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

If you’re looking to stay close to all of the attractions and activities on the boardwalk, be sure to book your stay at one of the many hotels located on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. These range from upscale hotels with gorgeous décor to family-friendly hotels with outdoor pools. No matter what you choose, you’re guaranteed access to some of the area’s best shopping, restaurants and activities along with a fantastic waterfront view.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Events

The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk also plays host to a number of wonderful events for every age and interest throughout the year. Be sure to see what’s happening on the boardwalk when you visit Rehoboth Beach.

Information about the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Here are some things you need to know before visiting the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

Parking near the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

There are several metered spots located walking distance from the boardwalk. Parking meters charge $2 per hour. Parking meters are active from Memorial Day weekend through the second Sunday after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m.–midnight. Parking meters can be paid with quarters, credit card or via the ParkMobile phone app.

Rehoboth Beach Handicap Access

Ramps from the boardwalk to the beach are available at Maryland Avenue and Laurel Street. The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk also has Mobi-Mats and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pathways.

Beach wheelchairs are available to rent from late-May until late-September. These wheelchairs are given out on a first come, first served basis from the Beach Wheelchair Supervisor at Beach Patrol Headquarters. For more information on beach wheelchairs, call 302-227-2280.

Pets on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Animals are prohibited on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk from May 1–September 30. Service animals, including seeing eye dogs and law enforcement animals, are exempt from this law.

Prohibited Vehicles and Skating Rules

Vehicles and skate boards are not allowed on the boardwalk. Rollerblades and roller skates are not allowed on the boardwalk from May 15–September 15.