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The corner of Henlopen Avenue and Gerar Street in northern Rehoboth
By Georgia Leonhart hough the combination of sand and surf is, obviously, the main attraction, Rehoboth Beach, the Nation’s Summer Capital, has countless other things to do and sights to see, but for the purposes of this story, we are going to do just that – count them! There are activities for everyone, from family fun to adult nightlife, from sporting events to theater and the arts. Abutted by Dewey Beach to the south and with historic Lewes a few miles to the north, this is Delaware’s largest and most popular beach resort, drawing hundreds of thousands of guests each year. Here are 51 of our favorite things to do while you’re here! Come and join in the fun!
1. Lighthouse tours Be drawn to the light of two of Southern Delaware’s beloved lighthouses and walk where the keepers walked in a tour of the Breakwater Lighthouse and the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse, located off the coast at Cape Henlopen and commissioned by our sixth president, John Quincy Adams. Hundreds of 13-ton slabs of granite were fit perfectly together in 75 feet of water to establish the inner breakwater in an operation that is now considered an engineering marvel. Built in 1901 as the final phase of the 1896 outer breakwater project, the Harbor of Refuge is the only lighthouse still operating off the Southern Delaware Coast. Journey by boats for Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation tours of the lighthouses. The minimum
age of tour-goers is 12. For more information check out their website at www.delawarebaylights.org or by calling 644-7046. 2. Rehoboth Art League Be awed at exhibitions. Discover and expand your talents as you take art classes, tour beautiful buildings and gardens, gain knowledge and insight in lectures and workshops – all at the Rehoboth Art League. Founded in 1938, this year-round base for cultural and artistic activities reflects the diversity and history of the community as it encourages artists and arts education throughout the year. Located on three-and-a-half beautiful acres, the art league complex includes The Homestead, which was constructed in 1743 by Peter Marsh and is on
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PAGE vii THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do the National Register of Historic Places. For information, visit the Rehoboth Art League at 12 Dodd’s Lane, call 227-8408 or go to www. rehobothartleague.org. 3. Boardwalk No trip to the beach is complete without a stroll on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Savor the smells and sounds of the beach while indulging in boardwalk fries, ice cream and other delightful concoctions. Watch the parade of people, pause on a bench and watch the moon rising over the ocean. Amusements, dining, mini-golf and a variety of shops make this one-mile of boards by the beach something not to be missed. Bikes are allowed from 5:00am to 10:0am, May 15 through September 15, and dogs are allowed October 31 through April 1. 4. Dining and Nightlife From Dewey through Rehoboth and up to Lewes, Delaware’s beach resorts are the places to dine and enjoy a night on the town. Ranging from the flagrantly theatrical and trendy to the lighthearted and serene, there are hundreds of dining locations offering every type of American dining experience and internationally-inspired cuisine, including Thai, Spanish, Mexican, Russian, Japanese, Irish, Chinese, French, Asian and more. After dinner, enjoy frozen margaritas by the beach or any of the area’s myriad martini and other specialty bars. Don’t overlook the tri-state region’s largest bourbon bar at Bethany Blues in Lewes. Music opportunities range from finger-style acoustic in intimate dining settings to rock and roll and the huge parties hosted by Dewey Beach’s iconic Starboard. In 2009, The Starboard celebrated its 50th anniversary, was named business of the year by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey
Beach Chamber of Commerce and received the Cornerstone Award from the Delaware Restaurant Association. For details of restaurants and nightlife options in the area, see pages 70 to 98 and, for quick reference, check out the very useful food and drink chart on page 99. 5. Race with Seashore Striders Seashore Striders formed in 1988 to serve Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, and they host spring, summer and fall events for all members of the public who are interested in running and fitness. The Striders’ popular Summer Racing Series attracts visitors from throughout the East Coast, including Washington, DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Striders host year-round weekly fun runs in Rehoboth Beach, weekend long runs, summer session workouts at Cape Henlopen State Park and more. For information go to www.seashorestriders.com. 6. Browseabout Books A hub of the Rehoboth Beach community, Browseabout is the largest independent bookstore in the Mid-Atlantic region. Browseabout offers exciting opportunities for you to meet celebrated guests throughout the year, including people as varied as Vice President Joe Biden, pro-skater and Jackass The Movie star/director/ producer Bam Margera, and a slew of bestselling authors and illustrators. Located at 113 Rehoboth Avenue, this year-round gathering place for early morning coffee, pastries, newspapers and conversation has special events for children and their families throughout the summer months. Go to www.browseaboutbooks. com or call 226-2665 for more information. 7. Family Movie Nights Beach activities never end at dusk. Everyone is
invited to grab their beach chairs and blankets to enjoy current feature-length, kid-friendly movies on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach. The movies are projected onto a giant screen starting at 8:30pm Monday nights throughout the summer season. The movies are free and Dewey Beach does not require parking permits for on-street parking Monday through Wednesdays, unless Monday is a legal holiday. Last year’s family movie favorites included Kung Fu Panda, Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Wall-E. Call Dewey Beach Town Hall at 227-6363 or visit them online at www.TownofDeweyBeach.com. 8. Poetry at the Beach The beauty of the beach brings out the poet in everyone and there is no better place for six of Delaware’s most outstanding poets to present their work in a series of monthly readings at 7pm, April through September at the Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and South Coastal Libraries. The program is free to the public. Call 732-3879 for more information. 9. Drum Circle/Dance on Lewes Beach Pack up a percussion instrument and hip scarf and join the circle for a unique drum and dance experience as old as humankind. Drummer John Matthews will guide you in forming Middle Eastern rhythms as renowned dancers such as Zatara, Viviana, Leah, and Roma & the Nomads of Nomadic Magic Tribal Dance present belly dancing and tribal dance performances. The Drum Circle gathers 6:30pm every other Sunday beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at the south side of Lewes Beach at the end of Savannah Road. Everyone is welcome to watch or participate in the free event. Details are available by calling 645-0551.
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A picture of relaxation, shot from the roof of Star of the Sea Condominiums
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PAGE xi THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do 10. Farmers’ Markets Go green as you join neighbors and friends at two of Delaware’s award-winning farmers’ markets. Visit the Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market from noon to 4pm every Tuesday at Grove Park on Rehoboth Avenue for fresh produce, lunches, baked goods and gifts. See rbfarmersmarket.com. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market opens 8am each Saturday at the Lewes Historical Society Complex at the intersection of Second and Shipcarpenter Streets. See historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Featuring 36 regular vendors in 2009, the markets also provide cheeses, all-natural meats, fresh seafood, flowers and fresh herbs – cut and ready for cooking or potted to take home and grow. Both markets extend from May into October and offer cooking and gardening demonstrations and other special events. Lewes offers a children’s reading program from 9am to 10am. 11. Rehoboth Beach Museum Savor more than a century of colorful history at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. From bathing suits to beach toys, artworks, books, postcards and photographs, you can share in the community’s treasures and remembrances of Rehoboth Beach’s founding and growth. Located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue near the traffic circle, the museum is open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Thursday through Monday the remainder of the year. Regular admission is $5 for adults; $3 for seniors, college students and military; and $2 for children ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and younger are free. Free guided tours are given 10:30am the first Friday of each month, June – August. Call 227- 7310 or visit rehobothbeachmuseum.org.
12. Mosaic Second Saturday Art Walks Stroll the streets of Rehoboth Beach the second Saturday of each month to discover and enjoy the offerings of Mosaic, a collective of 10 fine galleries founded in 2008 to promote art, unite galleries and support artists. Featuring regional, national and international artists, member galleries host exhibition openings displaying beautiful art works, jewelry and fine crafts, and receptions with wine and hors d’oeuvres during the year-round monthly event. Visit www. mosaicrehoboth.com for more information. 13. Dogfish Head Brewery Tour Priding itself on creating off-centered ales for off-centered people, Dogfish Head started with a small brewery in its Rehoboth Beach location at 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Now distributed nationally, most Dogfish Head beers are brewed in its nearby Milton Brewery and you’re invited for a free tour for a behind the scenes look at the brewhouse, cellars and packaging hall. Tour dates and times vary but generally run 3pm Tuesday through Saturday afternoons. Each tour is limited to 35 people so reservations are strongly recommended. For information and to make reservations call 684-1000 or visit www. dogfish.com. 14. Fishing Share in the excitement and meet the challenge of some of the best surf and deep sea fishing to be found on the East Coast. Fishing charters provide inshore and offshore fishing trips for all ages. There are fishing piers and Rehoboth Beach’s Lake Gerar offers a popular children’s fishing bridge. There are recreation surf fishing beaches in Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park. A fishing license
is required for anglers over 16. For additional information on licensing, regulations and locations contact the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife at 739-9910 or www.fw.delaware. gov. For information about four-wheel-drive vehicular license requirements for state-owned beaches call 739-9220. Charter boats are available from Anglers Fishing Center 644-4533, Fisherman’s Wharf 645-8862, and Fish On Charters 732-3886. 15. Lewes Summer Music Series Bring your blanket or lawn chair to enjoy an evening of music starting 7pm each Tuesday night beginning the end of May and running through the end of August at lovely Stango Park on Kings Highway next to the Lewes Public Library. From concert bands to country fiddlers, and rock bands to jazz ensembles, the Summer Music Series presents some of the region’s best music. Approximately 8,000 people attended the 2009 concerts. For more information and concert details, call the Lewes Public Library at (302) 645-2733. 16. Antiquing Collectors will delight in the large variety of antique shops, flea markets and co-ops located throughout Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. Sussex County boasts more than 100 antique stores that are featured in maps and brochures at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, downtown at 501 Rehoboth Avenue. 17. Coastal Concerts Enjoy a classical Coastal Concert series performance at the beautiful Bethel United Methodist Church hall at Market and West Fourth Streets in Lewes. Presenting an annual five-concert
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In the right lighting, Silver Lake seems almost surreal
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PAGE xv THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do subscription series in a season running from October through March, the concerts bring world-class professional classical musicians to the Beach. Concerts start at 8pm and tickets are $20. Youth 10-18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information call 888- 212- 6458 or visit www.coastalconcerts.org. 18. Golf A dozen first-rate public golf courses and a number of private courses surrounding Delaware’s beaches ensure stunning fairways, lush greens and memorable holes that will delight any avid golfer. Alternatives include the Midway Par 3 Golf Course and Driving Range, standard full-course golf facilities at Old Landing Golf Course and a mid-length course at Bethany Bay Golf Club. Baywood Greens on Route 24 has full championship amenities and The Rookery, 9 miles north of Rehoboth, is the newest public championship 18-hole layout in the Rehoboth Beach resort area. For a free Delaware Seashore Golf Guide, visit www.delawareseashoregolf.com. 19. Water Parks Make a splash at a water park. Jungle Jim’s Adventure World in Rehoboth features six giant water slides, Lazy River, wave pool, kiddie pool, activity pool, kid’s sprayground and other activities including bumper boats, rock climbing, and mini golf. Visit online at www.junglejimswaterpark.com or call 227-8444. Midway Speedway Park at the Midway Shopping Center on Route One is home to White Water Mountain with super-fast slides, lazy river, activity pool, a recreational pool for everyone, bumper boat lagoon and mini-golf. Visit online at www. midwayspeedwaypark.com or call 645-8064.
20. Pirate Adventures Dress like a pirate and have an old-fashioned swashbuckling pirate adventure aboard the Sea Gypsy, which sails daily from Lewes during the summer and on weekends in May and September. Once on board, children hear the legends of Black Beard, Blue Skin and Captain Kidd’s buried treasure. They take the pirate oath, discover sunken treasure and defend the Sea Gypsy from Pete the Pirate, creating an experience none will forget. Get more information online at www. PiratesofLewesExpeditions.com. 21. Go Shopping From Dewey through Rehoboth and Lewes, you really can shop ’til you drop, and it’s all tax-free! From quaint galleries and sidewalk shops on tree-lined streets to Tanger Outlets’ three locations on Route 1 featuring more than 130 famous brand stores including Anne Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach Factory, the Disney store Outlet and more, Delaware’s beaches are a shopper’s paradise. For more information visit www. beach-fun.com, www.leweschamber.com and see pages 100 to 125 of this book. 22. Cinema by the Surf Film enthusiasts rejoice! Offering exciting, cutting-edge independent films from around the world and in all genres, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents year-round quality film programs specially geared for Adults, Students and Youth. View current releases at the Art House Movie Theatre at The Movies at Midway. Enjoy free Cinema by the Surf and Under the Stars as feature-length family-oriented films are shown at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand and in Stango Park behind the Lewes library starting at dusk during June and continuing
through the summer months. Monthly Screenings held the fourth Friday of each month feature films and discussions about various cultures in our world and our nation. For more information about these and other film events, visit www.rehobothfilm.com or call 645-9095. 23. Family Bonfire Night Gather around an old-fashioned Dewey Beach bonfire under the stars. Sing songs, tell stories and roast marshmallows during family bonfire nights. The family bonfires start on June 23 and continue every Wednesday until the end of August. The events are free and Dewey Beach does not require parking permits for onstreet parking Monday through Wednesdays, unless Monday is a legal holiday. Permits for private beach bonfires can also be purchased from Dewey Beach Town Hall. Visit www. TownofDeweyBeach.com or call 227-6363 for more information. 24. Monthly Dogfish Head Beer Dinners When the summer season ends, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats offers a monthly beer dinner for a themed night pairing national awardwinning Dogfish Head beers and spirits with outstanding food and tall tales. Reservations are required and seating is limited for the fivecourse monthly dinners served October – April. The cost of $57 per person includes gratuities. Themes for 2009 included Latin Flavors Heat Up Rehoboth – Ole!, and Tastes of the Mediterranean. Visit the brew pub at 320 Rehoboth Avenue, call 226-2739 or visit online at www. dogfish.com to get more information or tickets. 25. Race Go-Karts Pick one of the fastest go-karts at the beach and
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A stroll through the dunes where St. Lawrence Street meets the beach
PAGE xvii THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do race your family and friends. Midway Speedway, featuring five go-kart tracks (including two that were specially designed for very young drivers) and 10 different styles of go-karts to choose from says it is your place to race. Get more information at www.midwayspeedwaypark.com or call 645-8064 and check out their claim to have the fastest go-karts at the beach. For another wild go-kart venue, check out the go-karts at Jungle Jim’s Adventure World. Visit online at www.junglejimswaterpark.com or call 227-8444. 26. Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series Professional, high-energy music at the bandstand by the Boardwalk at the end of Rehoboth Avenue has been a beach tradition since 1963. Band concerts start at 8pm, weekends, midJune through Labor Day. Providing entertainment in many musical genres for people of all ages, the Summer Concert Series is free to the public. More information is available at rehobothbandstand.com or by calling 6442288. 27. Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts Enjoy live performances, fine dining and fine art in this one Rehoboth Beach location at 20 Baltimore Avenue. The theatre’s year-round events and shows, including cinema cabarets, murder mysteries, musicals, choirs, bands and comedies, have made the Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts a welcome addition to the cultural and entertainment scene. Dinner and show packages are available, as are overnight packages in conjunction with nearby hotels. Visit www. rehobothbeachtheatre.com or call 227-9310 for more information.
28. Fort Miles Battery Tours Tour the Fort Miles Historical Area, a major historical attraction in the Cape Henlopen State Park, to learn about its role as a key base in World War II coastal defense. On the National Register of Historic Places, Fort Miles is a place where families, veterans, history buffs and others can enjoy an interpretive program, dance to a swing band, participate in gun drills, see firing demonstrations, interact with re-enactors, and more. For more information, visit them online at www.destateparks.com/attractions/ fort-miles. 29. Jolly Trolley Have fun, enjoy the view and avoid the hassle of finding a parking place while you let the Jolly Trolley transport you through Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley runs from 8am until 2am, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and offers trolleys, vans and buses for private charter. For more information visit www.jollytrolley.com or call them at 2271197. 30. Skimboarding and Surfing Whether a boarding pro or ready to learn to have fun in the waves, Delaware’s beaches offer abundant surfing and skimboarding opportunities. With waves that are often big enough to ride but not so large as to be intimidating, the Rehoboth Beach Boarding School says Rehoboth Beach is the ideal place to learn. Contact them at 745-5804 or online at www. boardingschoolrb.com. Tempted but not sure? Alley Oop in Dewey Beach gives free skimboard instruction and demonstrations weekly throughout the summer. Call them at 227-7807 or visit them online at www.alleyoopskim.com for more information.
31. Funland No trip to the beach would be complete without enjoying classic boardwalk amusements and rides like bumper cars, a carousel, spinning teacups or a classic haunted house. All these and more are available at Funland, a family owned and operated amusement center for families. Located on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Funland caters to beachgoers of all ages with 18 rides, 13 midway games, an electronic shooting gallery, redemption games and redemption center, and an arcade with video and pinball machines. Offering great family fun at friendly prices, Funland is open from Mother’s Day weekend through Labor Day. Visit online at funlandrehoboth.com. 32. Nassau Valley Vineyards Tour and taste at Delaware’s first and only award-winning winery. In Lewes, only a few miles from the bustling beaches, Nassau Valley Vineyards is a farm winery where grapes are grown, produced into different varieties of wine and sold in the same location. The self-guided tour includes a history of wine museum, wine cellar and production areas. Picnickers are welcome. Call 645-9463 or visit nassauvalley.com. 33. Clamming and Crabbing For fun and tasty results for the entire family, check out some of the special clamming and crabbing locations around Rehoboth Bay and Love Creek. Contact Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control at 7399913 for information about proper locations and you can visit a local bait and tackle store for “how-to” advice. 34. Swimming Go ocean swimming anywhere along Dela-
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PAGE xix THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do ware’s 30 miles of beaches. The beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and portions of Delaware State Park are patrolled during the summer. Idea for families with young children, Lewes has swimming on the Delaware Bay and its beach is also patrolled. 35. Delaware Comedy Theater Loosen up your funny bone with a performance by the Delaware Comedy Theatre. The Rehoboth Beach based nonprofit improvisational theater group performs throughout the year at various beach venues, presenting shows for all ages: Family Comedy Jams, Evenings of Improv and Adult Comedy Shows. Formed in 2005, the art of improvisation ensures that every show is different. Find performance dates, times and admission costs at www.delawarecomedytheatre.com. 36. Dolphin Watching Be entranced by frolicking dolphins, visible just offshore along the coast from the end of July through the start of October. Watch from the shore or take a dolphin excursion for a great day out on the water. One option is to call Fisherman’s Wharf at 645-8862. 37. Parasailing and Watersports Whether looking for an exciting ride or a tranquil view, watersports at the beach guarantee a memorable experience. Take in the beauty of the Delaware coast as you parasail, alone or in tandem. Ride the waters on a waverunner. Jet boats, kiteboarding, waterskiing and other leisure watercraft opportunities abound. Check out Dewey Beach Parasail and Waverunners online at www.flydewey.com or call them at 227-9507. Also, see their listing on page 128.
38. Junction & Breakwater Trail Just completed in 2007, this beautiful trail between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes is a true oasis for hikers, bicyclists and anyone who loves the outdoors. The trail is well maintained, flat and, dependent on weather conditions, good for riding and walking all year long. Offering scenic views as it passes through woods, marshes and fields, the trail has parking and restrooms midway. Call 739-4702 or visit destateparks.com for more information. 39. Seashore Spa Treatments Relax your body as you refresh and invigorate your mind and spirit with massage, facials and body treatments at a world-class spa. Personal pampering is offered year round with many locations offering special off-season packages. Contact the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 227-2233 to help find the ideal spa for you. 40. Birdwatching Bounded on the east by the Atlantic and on the west by the Rehoboth and Indian River Bays, the 2,825-acre Delaware Seashore State Park offers an incredible bridwatching opportunity. More than 350 species of birds have been identified along the coast, where Delaware has protected a significant amount of critical bird habitat, attracting migrating species and providing an ideal nesting area for others. For information go to www.destateparks.com or call 227-2800. 41. Tennis Play tennis at one of the many area courts or sharpen your skills with lessons with a tennis pro. Specializing in working with families, Marty Godwin Tennis of Rehoboth Beach offers year-round tennis activities, private lessons,
and has tennis camps for children and adults. Call 226-1697 or visit www.martygodwintennis.com. 42. BEACH Volleyball Originating on the sandy California beaches in the 1920s, Delaware’s coast is a perfect spot for this exciting sport that has gained Olympic recognition. Fun for all, from youngsters to volleyball pros, both Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach have established public volleyball areas. For more information, contact Rehoboth at www.cityofrehobth.com or 227-6181, and Dewey at www.townofdeweybeach.com or 227-6363. 43. Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum Located on Route 1 just south of Dewey Beach near the Indian River Inlet, this 1879 station was used by the U.S. Lifesaving Service and Coast Guard to watch for floundering ships. Restored to its 1905 appearance, it is home to a museum, gift shop and a slew of extraordinary Delaware Seashore State Park classes and activities. Included are classes in crafts like Sailors’ Valentines, Turk’s head knot bracelets and seashore wreath-making using materials found beachcombing. Naturalists take guests on location to view coastal wonders while they teach about terrapins, osprey, ghost crabs, monarch migrations and more. Charges and pre-registration are required for some activities. For information call 227- 6991. 44. Explore the Inlands Bays Appreciate the wonder of Delaware’s inland bays firsthand. During summer months, Seashore State Park offers pontoon boat tours on Indian River Bay and Rehoboth Bay, includ-
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PAGE xxiii THE SUMMER CAPITAL 51 things to do ing opportunities to view bird life around the Burton Island nature preserve. Visitors can also tour Rehoboth Bay’s marsh islands and the Assawoman Wildlife Area via kayak. Reservations are required for the kayak tours and strongly recommended for the pontoon boat tours. For reservations and more information regarding requirements and program costs call the Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum at 227- 6991. 45. Cape May–Lewes Ferry Take a fabulous ferry trip across the Delaware Bay, enjoying lighthouses, harbor views, other vessels and all types of nautical life along the way – often including dolphins. Each ferry making the memorable 80-minute cruise between the welcoming, contemporary Lewes and Cape May terminals can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers and 100 cars. The ferry hosts many special event cruises and programs including family fun and marine naturalist cruises, and a Fourth of July fireworks cruise. Get more information, check schedules, fares and make reservations at www.capemaylewesferry.com, call 1-800-643-3779, and see page 126. 46. Camping Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore state parks and many nearby, privately-owned campgrounds provide ample and excellent camping opportunities. Cape Henlopen accommodates seasonal, tent and RV camping with 139 family sites with water hookups and 17 without. Delaware Seashore State Park accommodates limited year-round camping, tents and RV. It has 145 family sites with hookups, 156 overflow sites for self-contained units and 133 family sites without hookups. For information call 1-877-987-2757 or visit www.destate-
parks.com. For information about other camping opportunities visit www.beach-fun.com. 47. A Night at the Theater With several theater production companies in the region, opportunities abound year-round for audiences of all ages to enjoy theater productions at the beach. Whether offering oneact plays or thrilling, complex musicals, many local companies host guest actors, dancers and singers from New York, the West Coast and even around the world. Contact the following theater groups for more information on shows, locations, dates and times: Clear Space Productions at www.clearspaceproductions.com and 644-3810; Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre at rehobothchildrenstheatre.org and 302-227-6766; Possum Point Players at www. possumpointplayers.org and 856-3460; and The Freeman stage at www.freemanstage.org. 48. Overfalls Maritime Museum Explore this unique piece of maritime history, one of 17 floating lighthouses remaining of the 179 built between 1820 and 1952. Recently refurbished and located in historic Lewes on the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal just north of the Savannah Road Bridge, guided tours are available six-days a week during the summer season and intermittently year-round. Call 6448050 or visit www.overfalls.org online for more information. 49. Boating and Sailing Bring your boat or rent one while you’re here to enjoy Delaware’s varied and often excellent boating conditions on the Atlantic Ocean and on the Rehoboth and Delaware bays. Information is available from any of the region’s many marinas. Sailboat rentals are available in many
areas in Dewey Beach and in Lewes. For sailing school and rentals, contact the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association at www.rbsa.org or 302227-9008. A popular option for boat slips and rentals is the Rehoboth Bay Marina at 302-2262012 or rehobothbaymarina.com. 50. Lewes Historical Society Enjoy a glimpse into life in the first town in the first state as you visit the Lewes Historical Society’s 12 historic properties. The society’s charming complex at Second and Shipcarpenter Streets houses nine of the properties, including the Ryves Holt House built circa 1665 and the Midway School #178, circa 1898. See classic Philadelphia furnishings at the Burton-Ingram House, hear tales of maritime adventure at the Lewes Life-Saving Station Boathouse, get a glimpse of local 18th century rural life at the Rabbit’s Ferry House and share treasures from Lewes’s bygone seafaring days at the Cannonball House. Tours are conducted year-round and tickets are $5 for adults. Children under 12 are free and more information is available at historiclewes.org or by calling them at 645-7670. 51. Pottery Painting and Glass Fusing Spend an afternoon exploring your inner artists. Adults and children alike can pick out sculptures or pottery and paint on their own styles, designs and colors. The pottery is fired over night so you can pick it up the next day. You can also try your hand creating glass artwork. Learn how to cut, shape and melt glass, and then create your own piece. Stop by Creatable Crafts on Rehoboth Avenue or call (302) 2271020 for more information. Now get out there and enjoy all that this wonderful area has to offer!
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The intersection of Tidewaters Road and Pine Reach Road
Published on May 24, 2010