Things to See & Do

Delaware Beaches Offers Activities for All

While the Delaware Beaches is absolutely one of the most relaxing coastal vacation destinations around, it can also be one of the most exhilarating. There are so many exciting, family-friendly ways to spend your time in the region.

Spend a Day on the Water


Fishing opportunities are a cinch in the Delaware Beaches. Go on a headboat to one of the state parks or do some surf fishing. You’ll be excited to know that flounder, sea bass, tautog, yellowfin tuna and marlin are several fish in Delaware’s local waters. Read more about Fishing.


Take a ride down Delaware’s watery nature trails. Peaceful and equally pleasurable, make sure you take advantage of the many miles of bayfront coastline aboard a kayak. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the cool breezes from your own waterfront view. Read more about kayaking from Coastal Kayak.


Soar above the Atlantic and see the best views of the beautiful Delaware shoreline from the air. One of the most popular beach activities, parasailing can be done without even getting your feet wet. Watch dolphins and other wildlife and take in beautiful views of the inland bays and quaint seaside towns. 


Since the waves here are simply perfect year-round, why not use your vacation as the perfect opportunity to learn how to surf? There are plenty of shops where you can rent a surfboard and get private lessons from a local pro. From first-timers to the casual surfer looking to learn new tricks, surf instructors work with people of all ages and skill levels.

Boat Rentals

Plot your course for fun on a pontoon or other watercraft available at local boat rental locations. A great way to get that adrenaline pumping is on the water. Or you can kick back and enjoy a family excursion on a pontoon boat.

Jet Ski

Perhaps you’d rather ride solo. Explore the water on a personal watercraft. Your heart will be racing as you zoom along at high speeds, or you can simply go at your own pace. Double and triple jet skis are also available at some locations.

Stand-Up Paddleboard

More serene, yet with extra strength required, learn the popular pastime of stand-up paddleboarding. All you need is a board and paddle, and you’re set to go. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the horizon and possibly even catch glimpses of dolphins.

Indoor Activities

Arcades and Game Rooms

How about brushing up on your gaming skills? Battle with your teens (in a good way) at a local arcade. Or work on your tactical skills with some laser tag. It’s the perfect time to try something new together, like a puzzling escape room. Work together as a team and beat the clock.

Mini Golf

Mini golf is a popular summertime activity that’s perfect for all ages. With locations both indoors and outdoors, your family will love wandering through a jungle safari or hitting the high seas with pirates.


Get ready to knock down some pins with a few rounds of bowling. Bowling is a classic game for young and old, and these stylish local lanes elevate the traditional experience. Between sets, enjoy some tasty snacks and drinks, including some adult beverages, for a full-service experience.

Visit a Local Museum

Feed your appetite for knowledge with something new this vacation by exploring a nearby museum. Check out event schedules to see what programs and exhibits are on display.

For more information about area activites, view all of our Activity Listings

Tax-Free Shopping

From the quaint antique shops in Lewes to the eclectic boutiques in downtown Rehoboth, shopping takes on many forms in the Delaware Beaches. People come from all over to roam the streets of our charming towns. What makes Delaware shopping so special is that it is tax-free, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Antiques & Repurposing Shops

Those with a flair for antiques or repurposed furniture will love exploring these scenic, rural towns for one-of-a-kind furniture and goods. There are actually more than 500 antique dealers in southern Delaware in the form of antique shops, flea markets and auctions. 

Fenwick Island is home to vintage and reclaimed furniture shops, where you can purchase their pieces or bring in your own piece for a custom application. If you’re looking for vintage furniture with modern elements, then head to Lewes for the latest new furniture collections.


Browse through well-known shops, as well as stores only found in Delaware, as you discover apparel for all ages, along with accessories, entertainment stores, dining and more all in one area. You will find yourself walking out of one store and quickly spotting your next stop to continue shopping for jaw-dropping deals and tax-free items. With all the trendiest brands the outlets have to offer, you will have no choice but to treat yourself.

For more information about shopping in the Delaware Beaches area, view all of our Shopping Listings