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Before and after – What to do outside the festival (beaches, tax-free shopping, Dover restaurants)
When you’re in the midst of the Firefly Festival, it’s easy to forget that there’s still a world around you. With all there is to see and hear and eat, some fans might even wonder why they should bother going anywhere else.
Those are the fans who might be missing the discovery of a lifetime.
The Firefly Music Festival offers the perfect chance for first-time visitors to explore Delaware’s delightful attractions, ranging from top-rated beaches to savory local breweries, including the home of Dogfish Head Brewery the genius minds behind Firefly Ale and one of the locations featured on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Because we’re situated nearly dead-center in the mid-Atlantic, and since we have no sales tax, Delaware stands as one of the most affordable and convenient leisure destinations on the East Coast. Here’s a look at a few tempting diversions to consider before and after the festival:
Delaware Beaches: Less than an hour’s drive south of Firefly, fans will find a string of beach towns renowned for their unique character – Rehoboth Beach is a quirky, friendly town filled with offbeat restaurants and art shops. Dewey Beach is a lively nightlife destination for vacationers who prefer live bands and cold brews. Fenwick Island offers serene waters for kayaking and paddle boarding. And Bethany Beach offers a quiet, natural beauty ambiance. Firefly campers can pack up their gear and head to Cape Henlopen and Delaware Seashore State Parks for seaside campsites and drive on beach access.
Tax-free shopping: While you’re in Delaware, it’s a great time to save some solid cash by shopping at tax-free outlet centers and malls. Along Interstate 95 north of Firefly, the Christiana Mall offers such high-end retail destinations as Apple, Microsoft, Nordstrom and Michael Kors stores, and the Tanger Outlet centers in Rehoboth are known for deep discounts on top-name brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama and Kate Spade.
Outdoor adventures: Discover the high-flying fun of the Go Ape! zip Line at Lums Pond State Park or head out on the new Delaware Outdoor Trail, a collection of more than 60 activities at over 40 statewide locations.
Around Dover: Just outside the festival itself, Delaware’s capital city boasts its own unique appeal, ranging from the quaintly historic to the thoroughly modern. Fans can take a chance on a jackpot (at Dover Downs Casino), enjoy a Colonial walking tour (at the First State Heritage Park), or sample locally made brews (at Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co.). For a memorable meal, consider some of the nearby stops from the Delaware Culinary Trail, including Cool Springs Fish Bar and Restaurant, Delaware’s famous Grotto Pizza, or the classic crab-shack authenticity of Sambo's.