25 things to do in Southern Delaware

May 19, 2010

1. Hit the boardwalk. Rehoboth Beach's boardwalk has an eight-block section newly renovated in 2010.

2. Chill out by the water. Delaware Seashore State Park is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay. This 2,825-acre park is a beach-goers' delight. (destateparks.com)

3. Share a toast with friends. Fenwick Wine Cellars is the area's newest award-winning winery. Visit its gift shop, which carries specialized wine products and monthly specials. (fenwickwinecellars.com)

4. Try skimboarding. Alley-Oop Skim offers skimboarding camps and private lessons in Dewey Beach. (alleyoopskim.com)

5. Go kayaking. Coastal Kayak now offers self-guided eco-tours. They'll meet visitors with all of the equipment at the tour location and then pick up the boats when you're done. (coastalkayak.com)

6. Roam a museum. Rehoboth Beach Museum celebrates the founding and history of Rehoboth Beach with exhibits ranging from postcards and bathing suits to original Civil War era maps. (rehobothbeachmuseum.org)

7. Go for a run. The Breakwater & Junction Trail has five miles of gravel and shade from Rehoboth to Lewes.

8. Take a swing. Bayside Resort Golf Club in Fenwick Island is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is public and open year-round (golfbayside.com/golf).

9. Eat a Nic-o-Boli. There's pizza and then there's this creation of pizza toppings stuffed into a pocket of rolled dough. The sauce and the dough are fat-free. The cheese? Not so much. (nicolapizza.com)

10. Take the ferry. Visit Cape May, N.J., via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The scenic trip takes just over one hour.

11. Stroll Bethany Beach. The small downtown has it all — shops, restaurants and an inviting boardwalk.

12. Find a festival. You can't get much beachier than the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, June 26-27. (historiclewes.org).

13. Hop on the trolley. Bethany Beach Trolley (townofbethanybeach.com) runs from Memorial Day to mid-September and costs only 25 cents per ride.

14. Build a sand castle. Enjoy the summer fun at the 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest in Rehoboth Beach on Aug. 7 (beach-fun.com).

15. Have a dog day. Broadkill Beach in Lewes is one of the only beaches in the area where you can bring your dog just about any time.

16. Go crabbing. Holts Landing State Park on the Bay in Millville has large grassy lawns overlooking the water, a crabbing pier and walking trails. It's a perfect place to picnic.

17. Shop till you drop. Outlet shopping in Delaware is even sweeter with no sales tax. Try Tanger Outlet Center (tangeroutlet.com) in Rehoboth.

18. Be amused. Thunder Lagoon Waterpark and the Lazy River in Fenwick Island is a best bet with a 2,800-square-foot activity pool, six slides and kiddie pool.

19. Sip a local beer. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is just a short drive from Rehoboth or Lewes, with free guided tours, samples and a gift shop.

20. Attend a funeral. A jazz funeral, that is. Bethany Beach celebrates the end of summer on Labor Day Monday with a New Orleans-inspired jazz funeral along the boardwalk.

21. Go fishing. Charter a boat for an offshore fishing adventure. Lots to choose from, including Fisherman's Wharf in Lewes (fishlewes.com) and Indian River Marina in Rehoboth (destateparks.com).

22. Drive a go-kart. The Midway Speedway Park in Rehoboth hasfive go-kart tracks and 10 different styles of go-karts. (midwayspeedwaypark.com).

23. Visit a lighthouse. Look for the Fenwick Lighthouse, the Breakwater Lighthouse and the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse.

24. Groove to live music. The Bethany Beach Bandstand and the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Fenwick, both have free performances throughout the summer.

25. Get plugged in. There's an app for that. The newly released Rehoboth in My Pocket includes listings of more than 100 area restaurants, inns and activities with GPS mapping to get you there.

-Nancy Jones Bonbrest, Special to The Baltimore Sun

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