In Delaware, summer is the season for celebration. The beach towns all beckon with sunny temptations, and festivals filled with music, food and fun seem to be happening every weekend.
Still, it’s nice from time to time to cool things down a notch. It makes summer seem all the more special when you just get out of the sun and chill– with an ice cream cone in a shady spot on the boardwalk, or maybe a jet-skiing session on the bay.
Here is a round-up of Delaware’s favorite ways to get cool (and be cool) this summer:
Water (and watersports): For thousands of Delaware vacationers, summer wouldn’t be summer without some time on the water. Along the Delaware coast, that means taking your pick of watersports – whether it’s kayaking, jet-skiing, water-skiing, skimboard lessons or even stand-up paddleboarding. Visit Coastal Kayak, DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures, and Alley-Oop Skimboard for rentals and lessons.
In the state’s shady ponds and streams, travelers love taking a lazy trip by canoe or kayak – pick your own adventure, or take a look at Delaware’s Top 5 Waterway Adventures. And at the Delaware waterparks that lie along the Atlantic Coast, summer’s welcome swelter comes drenched with fun – top attractions include Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park, Killens Pond State Park, Thunder Lagoon Water Park, and Midway Speedway Park.
Shopping: Sometimes, the best refuge from the sun is an air-conditioned store, especially when it’s tax-free. In Northern Delaware, experience the upscale shops of Christiana Mall. Near the beaches, the Tanger Outlet Centers are known for their brand-name deals. And on the main shopping streets of Rehoboth Beach and Newark, boutiques are the best bet for a fabulous find.
Cool Tastes: There’s nothing like the cool refuge of a trendy and tasty restaurant on a summer evening. When it comes to top restaurants in Delaware, Rehoboth Beach undoubtedly has some of the coolest – scroll thorough a list of Delaware Restaurants for more, or take a look at the Top 10 Delaware Restaurants that Win Yelp Raves. Some of the top restaurants in Delaware can also be found along the easy-to-follow Delaware Culinary Trail.
… And Cool Brews: No trip to Delaware is complete without a few sips of the state’s artisanal craft beers – especially those made by the nationally revered Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and its restaurant in Rehoboth, Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats. For a complete guide to Delaware’s top-thirst quenchers, travel the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.
Homemade Ice Cream: Delaware’s home-made ice cream stores are a bit of a secret (and somewhat guilty) pleasure for travelers, but we have the inside story. Check out flavors you won’t find anywhere else at these “hotspots” for icy fun including The Ice Cream Store, King's and UDairy.