Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Top Outdoor Attractions and Events in Delaware

Here’s a handy tip for getting the most out of your next Delaware vacation:

Get out in the open. Get under the skies. Get up and get going to the top outdoor activities and best outdoor attractions in Delaware, and you’ll quickly discover a fresh appreciation for the state and its people.

That’s true in part because of Delaware’s pleasantly diverse geography, which shifts from coastal solitude to gently rolling hills to beach-resort bustle in just a short drive. That means Delaware has a bit of something for everyone, from die-hard adventurers to laid-back wanderers.

So take your pick of outdoor fun, or choose from some favorite Delaware outdoor attractions, and make your next Delaware vacation a true adventure:

Top outdoor activities in Delaware:

  • Watersports: The Delaware beach resorts are full of opportunities to skimboard, jet-ski or even surf, thanks to such attractions as Delmarva Board Sport Adventures and Action Watercraft in Fenwick.
  • Fishing: The ocean and the inland bays offer a variety of stellar fishing options in Delaware, either from a boat or from the edge of a pier. Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State park are hotspots.
  • Sunbathing: Always a top outdoor activity along Delaware’s coastal resorts, from Rehoboth Beach to Fenwick Island.
  • Boating, biking, hiking/running: Dozens of activities are ready-made for your enjoyment along the Delaware Outdoor Trail, a step-by-step guide to top outdoor activities.
  • Birding: Delaware’s two National Wildlife refuges (Bombay Hook and Prime Hook) are top destinations for world-class bird-watching. See the Birding in Delaware Guide for more.

Top outdoor attractions in Delaware:

  • Cape Henlopen State Park: Great for hiking, biking, fishing – or just enjoying the breathtaking views.
  • Delaware Seashore State Park: Lying on the beach or fishing from the jetty, this is a top spot for enjoying the coastal beauty of Delaware.
  • Trap Pond State Park: Kayaking amid the bald cypress trees is an unforgettable Delaware experience.
  • Scenic Drives: To enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your car, check out some of the state’s best Scenic Drives.
  • Brandywine Creek State Park: One of the most scenic views in Delaware.
  • Ashland Nature Center: A prime spot for discovering the flora and fauna of northern Delaware.
  • Bombay Hook, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges: Coastal beauty in its purest form.
  • Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk: An essential experience for enjoying seaside sounds and smells.
  • Lums Pond State Park/Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course: A great state park is made even better when you’re swinging through the trees.


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