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Labor Day Beach Vacation – Delaware Travel Tips 2014

Labor Day weekend is already here! A perfect chance to enjoy a relaxing weekend at the beautiful Delaware beaches. Here are some helpful travel tips to assist in planning ahead. Leaving plenty of time to enjoy time with friends and family.

Bethany Beach Delaware∙ Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do, places to eat and where to stay in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Each beach has its own vacation style from bayside breezes to coastal charm. Pick your favorite!

∙ Search the Delaware Tourism site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews. Plus, find information about weekend events in Delaware. 

∙ Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions, hotels and beach vacation rentals.

∙ Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman and be the envy at your crab feast! Then, find the perfect dining spot for enjoying steamed crabs in Delaware. Or serve up some local flavor at your end of summer BBQ by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

∙ Take a break from the beach and discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail - a collection of more than 60 activities ranging from hiking, biking to kayaking.

Travel tips:

Best times to travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on your way to the beach:
   -- Friday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.
   -- Saturday before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
   -- Sunday before 10:00 a.m. and afar 10:00 p.m.
   -- Labor Day Monday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.

∙ Searching for beach travel tips? We've compiled a helpful list for travelers. We also suggest downloading the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map on their main website.

Cape May Lewes Ferry∙ Take a break from the road. The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended.

∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running till Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

∙ Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights.

∙ Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc. If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach or Bethany Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Best tip of all…have fun! Share your travel photos with us on Instagram and Pinterest by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

10 things to do in Delaware before summer ends

Cape Water Taxi1. Take a relaxing cruise on the Cape Water Taxi. Experience a breathtaking sunset cruise as you travel along Delaware’s coastal waterways. It is the perfect ending to a summer’s day!

2. Kayak alongside baldcypress trees in the quiet rural escape of Trap Pond State Park. From boating to fishing and wooded trails, you will discover a diverse landscape within an hours drive to the Delaware beaches.

3. Enjoy life surrounded by ocean views and bay breezes! Swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing, drive on beaches, parasailing, jet skiing…pick your vacation style and discover Delaware Seashore State Park.

4. Experience a VIP culinary tour with Eating Rehoboth every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Tour guides lead you to iconic and off-the-beaten-path dining spots where you’ll receive exclusive food and beverage tastings.

Viking Golf Water Park Fenwick5. With a 400-foot lazy river, twister waterslide, go-karts and an 18-hold golf course the Viking Golf Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Water Park is a must-visit summer destination for the whole family!

6. Crack some shell and savor delicious steamed crabs and local seafood at Sambo’s Tavern. Spend the afternoon catching up with old friends at this iconic riverfront pub. (Tip: Sambo’s is for 21+ travelers. Searching for a crab house to enjoy with the kids? Scroll through Delaware dining options.

7. Set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel – the Tall ship of Delaware! Enjoy scenic views and family-fun pirate sails aboard this outstanding vessel. Docked in Lewes until September 7th!

Gordons Pond Trail8. Bike the newly expanded Gordons Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park. From scenic overlooks with views of the salt marsh and beach to cycling through an upland pine forest, you’ll discover why this hidden gem is becoming a local’s favorite for early morning bike rides.

9. Find your zen moment! Experience Stand up paddling yoga with DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures. Or grab some friends for a scenic ocean excursion paddle with Bethany Surf Shop.

10. Embark on a treetop adventure with the Go Ape! Zip Line at Lums Pond State Park. Climb to new heights on their treetop course and then fly high above Delaware’s largest freshwater pond.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 11:29 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Alternate Delaware beach travel routes

Traveling to the Delaware beach area? Here are some tips for alternate travel routes!

Traveling to Delaware:

Mid mornings and early afternoons are peak traffic times due to vacation rental check ins including Saturday mornings between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We suggest arriving to the beach area Thursday night or late Friday night, if possible. 

• Heading into Rehoboth Beach? Try Exit 1B vs. Exit 1A. Just keep on Route 1, over the bridge and take a right at exit 1B, which loops around and takes you to the Rehoboth Avenue and south side-streets the “back way.”

• When you’re heading all the way south to Fenwick Island or the Bethany Beach area, try taking U.S. 113, which swings west of the beach. Keep your eye out for Del. 54 east, which will take you right into Fenwick Island.

• Be aware that the main interchange between I-95 and U.S. 1 is under construction, causing occasional backups. Once the work is complete, however, this interchange will give travelers a swift and easy way to switch from the interstate to the main beach route.

• For a relaxing, fairly traffic-free drive from the north, take Del. 9 starting in New Castle, following it all the way to Dover, where you can hook up with U.S. 113.

• To go around I-95, take U.S. 13 south as an alternate, whether you’re coming off the Delaware Memorial Bridge on I-295, or heading south on I-495 (look for the U.S. 13 exit signs on either road). U.S. 13 then connects with the main beach route (U.S. 1) after a drive of a few miles.

• From the areas of Pennsylvania west of Philadelphia (e.g., Main Line, Downingtown, Coatesville, Valley Forge, Media), your best bet for a worry-free route to I-95 (and thus to U.S. 1) is U.S. 202 south to Del. 141 south, which connects with the interstate in Newport.

• If you’re heading east from the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area, Route 404 is a main route but check a map or online mapping service before heading to the beach area. There are several alternate routes travelers can take after US 50.

Traveling home from Delaware:
Sunday mornings are peak travel times. We suggest leaving Sunday morning before noon or after 8:00 p.m. Expect travel delays heading north between Milford and Dover and Smyrna to Middletown (for an alternate route with less traffic between Smyrna and Middletown take the Rt.9 exit at the Dover Air Force Base and follow Rt.9 up to New Castle). 

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 11:30 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Labor Day Beach Vacation – Delaware Travel Tips

Last chance! Get some beach time before summer fades away. Visiting Delaware for a Labor Day vacation? Use the below travel tips to plan ahead and make this the best vacation ever!

Search on your phone for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews at http://m.visitdelaware.com.

Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions and hotels at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/coupons-special-offers.

Delaware Steamed Crabs Show off at your next crab fest! Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman (no more hammering shells)! Find Delaware crab house locations at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/delaware-crab-houses.

Serve up some local flavor by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Download the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. On the app, click the traffic map icon and choose the traffic or advisories filter to view current traffic information. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map at http://www.deldot.gov/traffic/map.ejs.

For an alternate route to the beach, try the Route 9 scenic byway. Learn more at about Delaware’s scenic byways at http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/scenic-drives.

Delaware Beach area tips:

If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Dewey at http://www.visitdelaware.com/beaches.

Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc.

The Cape Henlopen State Park and Towers Beach (Towers Road - Rehoboth Beach) have convenient bathhouses with showers for beach lovers to use. But, get there early to grab a good parking spot!

Cape May Lewes Ferry The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended.

The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running through Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates through Labor Day weekend and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights. For more information, go to http://www.dartfirststate.com/index.shtml.

Most importantly, have tons of fun!! Share your travel photos with us on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 4:21 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

What to pack for the beach in Delaware

Ready to feel the warm ocean breezes and sand between your toes? Delaware beaches await your arrival with relaxing views and fun in the sun! Plan for your beach weekend with this checklist of items to pack for the best trip to the beach! Or shop around the boardwalks and beach towns once you arrive to pack your bag with all of the essential items.

What to pack for the beach in Delaware1. Beach chair and umbrella – Tip: look for an anchor to go with the umbrella in case a breeze picks up off the ocean. Beach chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent on various Delaware beaches or for purchase at locations such as; Sunsations in Bethany Beach or up and down the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk.

2. Beach towel and blanket to keep your feet cool, to enjoy a picnic on the beach or to lie out in the sand.

3. Sunglasses, a beach hat (with a strap in case of ocean breezes), flip flops/sandals/water shoes, swimsuits and cover-ups! Dress for a warm day in the sun. Shop tax-free for the latest boutique fashions at popular locations such as Azura or Downtown Cowgirl in Rehoboth Beach.

4. Beach and water toys! Build the sandcastle of your dreams, toss the Frisbee around or spend the afternoon flying a kite along the oceanfront. 

5. An insulated cooler and a nice sized beach bag! Claim your spot in the sand with one trip by carrying a beach bag filled with all of your essential items such as;

• quarters or cash for parking meters (if visiting Rehoboth Beach or Bethany Beach set up an account ahead of time with ParkMobile to pay for parking);
• a book or e-reader;
• sunscreen;
• water bottle;
• granola, trail mix, chips or any kind of snack that stand the heat;
• phone and headphones;
• lip-gloss or chap stick;
• disposable wipes;
• aloe vera (just in case!)

Now, you are packed and ready for a great day or weekend at the beach in Delaware! Make sure to share your photos by tagging them with #Delagram on Pinterest and Instagram. Have fun!

 

posted on: Monday, Jul 1, 2013 3:54 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Running your way through Delaware’s Junction and Breakwater Trail!

Running in DelawareThe fall season at the Delaware beaches can easily be described as a fitness paradise - no gym pass needed.  The conditions are near perfect with no humidity, sunny skies and 70 degree weather – glorious!!  What could be better then lacing up your favorite sneaks and heading out for a magnificent run?!  Leave your iPod at home - the peaceful sounds and sights of leaves falling, the ocean pounding against the beaches and dogs running free (in complete heaven) on the sand – might be the most perfect way to spend an hour and get fit at the same time.

Delaware Breakwater Junction TrailThe Delaware Junction and Breakwater Trail is a favorite place for a long run.  The 5- mile trail (or six if you start in Rehoboth) will take you on a journey though corn stalks, farm life, lush trees, foot-bridges that overlook breath-taking wetlands, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see a couple of peaceful, doe-eyed deer.  It’s a must for a fall exercise experience! 

 

 

posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:23 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Brush off the sand and discover these unique Delaware beach locations

It’s no secret that Delaware is home to award-winning beaches and as we are about half way through the summer season filled with beautiful views and warm sand, we asked our social media followers for suggestions on unique ideas for spending time at the beach in Delaware beyond the sea and sand. Here is some of the feedback plus, tips from our office:

Sand and Shells

Liz Geyer Savery suggested “Visit the Roosevelt Inlet for an early breakfast on the beach and shelling!” – Located at the end of Pilottown Rd. in Lewes, Delaware near the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies campus. There is a nice boat ramp at this location as well. (Near 901 Pilottown Road).

Indian River Life saving Station

Michelle Parisi said, “I always enjoy the Life-Saving Station at Indian River.” – Located at Delaware Seashore State Park, they offer tours of this historic site and cottages nearby for overnight stays.

Cape Water Taxi

“Must do activity – the Cape Water Taxi,” suggested by Tracey Fleming. – Visitors can board at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes or Rehoboth Bay Marina in Dewey.

Additional suggestions:
Fisherman’s Wharf Fishing & Cruising in Lewes – Charter boats, sightseeing trips and much more.

Funland (6 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach): No words are necessary for anyone who's been to this 50-year-old bastion of fun and childhood memories. The Haunted Mansion. The Paratroopers. The games. The kiddie boat ride. 'Nuff said.

Catch a flick: If you want to catch a new film, Movies at Midway (29 Midway Shopping Center, off Del. 1), is the go-to theater. The home of the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival boasts 14 screens and stadium-style reclining seats. Or, you can return to the beach after everything has died down for free Monday Night Movies in Dewey. The films are shown on the beach at Dagsworthy Street.

Miniature GolfMiniature golf: Most people build a night of putt-putting their way through windmills, alligator teeth and water hazards into their vacations. In Rehoboth, Ryan's Mini Golf, on the roof at Ryan's Surf Side Arcade in Rehoboth, is a must-play; as is Jungle Jim's (36944 Country Club Road; Rehoboth), which has two great courses. There's also Shell We Golf (4405 Coastal Highway) in Lewes, which offers a tropical setting; Viking Golf (3890 Virginia Ave.) in Fenwick Island; or take on the swashbucklers at Captain Jack's Pirate Golf (21 N. Pennsylvania Ave.) in Bethany.

For additional trip ideas, order an Official State Travel Guide at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jul 26, 2012 1:40 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate July 4th in Delaware!

“If you're having trouble deciding on which state you want to visit on the Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of our great nation, make it easy on yourself and go with the one that came first.” – Linda Parkowski, Director of Tourism for the State of Delaware.

Dover FireworksCelebrations will be blasting off throughout the state during the Fourth of July holiday! Take your pick of scenery and enjoy watching the colorful sparks of red, white and blue along the iconic Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, at the historic Legislative Hall and Green or on the Wilmington Riverfront!

The perfect addition to your patriotic trip to the First State for the Fourth of July is to travel the Delaware History Trail – a new and exciting way to visit Delaware’s historic sites!

Here are listings of fireworks displays in Delaware for the Fourth of July. We hope you have a great holiday!

Wilmington Blue Rocks Stadium
June 29, 2012
As the Blue Rocks take on the Lynchburg Hillcats, game-goers will enjoy post-game fireworks show! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bSXqQ. 



Cape May-Lewes Ferry Special Fireworks Cruise
July 3, 2012

Spectacular fireworks will illuminate the skies above the Delaware Bay. This special cruise will leave Lewes at 7:15pm. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bSXUQ.

Bethany Beach Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, 2012

A parade launches the annual festivities at noon, and the event also features a Blueberry pie Eating Contest at the Christian Church Building at 2 p.m., a concert by the Milford Community Band at 7:30 at the Band Stand, and a fireworks display at dusk. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bSY8E.

Dover 4th of July – A celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State
July 4, 2012

Tours, events, food, music and more take place all over history Dover on July 4, but things really ramp up starting at 6 p.m., when the American Legion Independence Day Parade rolls down State Street, beginning at Hazel Road and ending at The Green. At 7:45 Dover Air Force Base flies some of its finest overhead, and then at 8 the Delaware National Guard's 287th Army Band delivers an outdoor concert packed with patriotic tunes on Legislative Mall. Fireworks blast off above Legislative Hall at about 9:20 p.m. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bSYsv.  


Newark – Fourth of July Fireworks and Liberty Day
July 4, 2012

Food, music and fireworks are part of the annual Liberty Day celebration that will once again take over the southern part of Newark and the University of Delaware campus from 6-9 p.m. July 4. The fireworks blast off at the University of Delaware's David M. Nelson Athletic Complex on South College Avenue at Del. 896 (near Delaware Stadium), but they can be viewed from various points throughout the area. Call 366-7147 for weather updates, or visit http://ow.ly/bT28j. 


Rehoboth FireworksRehoboth Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2012

Enjoy a breathtaking Fireworks display along the beach and boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. The U.S. Navy Country Current Band opens the festivities with music at the bandstand at 8. If weather is threatening, fireworks could begin as early as 8 p.m. Rain date is July 5. Call (302) 227-2772 for updates. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bT2DU.

The Red, White and Blue July 4th Celebration in Wilmington
July 4, 2012

"The Red, White, and Blue July 4th Celebration" takes place July 4 in Tubman-Garrett Park along the Riverwalk. After a day's worth of events, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will perform a 75-minute finale concert boasting patriotic music that will lead up to fireworks at about 9:45 p.m. In the case of rain, the concert and fireworks will take place on July 5. Call (302) 547-9526 for updates or visit http://ow.ly/bT4bX.

Lewes’ Old Fashioned 4th of July – Special event but, no fireworks.
July 4, 2012
Beginning at 9:00 a.m., enjoy Old-fashioned children's games and activities on Second Street, a decorated boat parade on the canal at 2:00 p.m. and the Annual Doo-Dah Parade. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/bT5QZ.

Travel resources:
Delaware hotel listings with a Travelocity booking engine at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels.

Top things to do in Delaware with attractions listings at http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 5:30 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware: a Fisherman’s Dream Destination

It may sound pretty pretentious for us to put Delaware down as fisherman’s dream, but it’s true. From the Atlantic Ocean to fresh water ponds, there are tons of locations in Delaware to reel in the big catch.

Delaware FishingSome of the best ways to fish in Delaware is either by charter or surf fishing. There are a multitude of fishing charters and marinas from Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes (offerings charter boats and sightseeing vessels) to Delaware City Marina in northern Delaware (offering floating docks, fuel service and much more). If you find yourself to be more on the beginner side of being a fisherman, don’t worry! The charters have all you need and will instruct you. Some will also take visitors out on guided tours of the Atlantic coastline. Now, if you are more of a landlubber, then surf fishing would be the way to go. Some of the most popular places to surf fish in Delaware are either Cape Henlopen State Park or Delaware Seashore State Park. Pull up a chair, cast out your line, and wait for a great fight with one of the many different species of fish that are waiting for you in the Delaware Bay or Ocean.

Delaware FishingIf salt-water fishing is not for you, Delaware also has many different outlets for fresh water fishing. Some of our most popular places to fresh water fish are Moores Lake in Dover, Concord Pond in Seaford (which is one of the largest fishing ponds in Delaware) and Brandywine Creek State Park in Wilmington.

For our Trout fans, there are all sorts of spots along the Delaware River for fly fishing as well as White Clay Creek State Park, which is the First State’s premier fly fishing location.

Delaware is known for many great attractions and events. When you combine a fishing trip with the various other activities offered in the state, then Delaware truly becomes a fisherman’s dream come true. For ideas on a fishing trip to Delaware, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/fishing.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 2:04 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Beaches Ready For Holiday Weekend

All is clear on the Delaware coastline!  The effects of Hurricane Irene were nominal compared to other destinations along the Eastern Seaboard.  It is business as usual in the First State.  The beaches are pristine, attractions are open, and Delaware is ready to receive visitors for Labor Day weekend.  It is not too late to make plans to spend the holiday in Delaware.  Bring your family and friends and enjoy the beaches, tax-free shopping, and summertime fare. 

 

 

 

posted on: Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 6:24 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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