Cape Henlopen State Park

Delaware Summer Bucket List

So much to do… so little time to do it. You’ve got 93 days to make the most out of summer. Now, you’ll have one less thing to do – create a bucket list. These are the top ten things your summer in Delaware should include to ensure it’s your best season yet.

1. Cape Water Taxi
Explore Delaware’s beach towns as you never have before. The Cape Water Taxi takes a scenic glide through the inland waterways connecting beach towns. Marvel at a gorgeous sunset from the deck or learn about the regions diverse plant and wildlife on an eco-tour.

Trap Pond State Park2. Trap Pond State Park
Take a break from the beach and head inland to Trap Pond State Park, home to the nation’s northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees. Be sure to pack a paddle. The park provides some of the most picturesque places for canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking in the state.

3. Go Ape!
Swing from the treetops of Lums Pond State Park. Go Ape! is a ropes course and a zip line adventure all in one. You’ll climb through the park’s trees and fly across its expansive waterway for an experience you’ll never forget.

Rail Explorers Delaware4. Rail Explorers
Delaware’s newest outdoor journey is Rail Explorers. You and your friends or family will pedal specialized vehicles down old railroad lines through the beautiful Brandywine Valley. The excursion is unique, easy and fun for all ages. Book a voyage now! It’s only here through June 15.

5. Sambo’s Tavern
One of Delaware’s smallest towns is home to one of the state’s most delicious and distinctive restaurants. Sit along the Leipsic River as you crack open a steamed crab or devour a crab cake at Sambo’s Tavern. Stop by in the afternoon to watch the crab boats come in or at dusk to enjoy the sunset. This hidden gem is a favorite among NASCAR drivers.

6. Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail
Find your spirit in Delaware. The state’s recently expanded Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail is the best way to discover its many craft beverage makers. From beer and wine to liquors, meads and ciders, there’s something on the trail for every taste. Plus, if you hit enough locations, Visit Delaware will send you an awesome, free prize.

Indian River Inlet near the Delaware Seashore State Park7. Watch the sunrise and sunset in one day
There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the water, except maybe watching it set over the water. You can do both by merely turning around at Dewey Beach or Delaware Seashore State Park. Wake early and see the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean. Then, stay outside and wait for it to set over the Delaware’s Inland Bays. The view from the Indian River Bridge is particularly splendid.

8. Eating Rehoboth
Take a three-hour tour… not THAT three-hour tour. This one will take you through some of the best sites and, most importantly, tastes of Rehoboth Beach. Eating Rehoboth gives you a VIP foodie experience with exclusive food tastings at five of the town’s best restaurants. It’s the easiest and most fun way to enjoy Delaware’s Culinary Coast.

Firefly Music Festival Delaware9. Firefly Music Festival
The East Coast’s premier summer musical festival takes over The Woodlands in Dover every June. Jam out to more than 100 artists over four days at the Firefly Music Festival. Previous headliners have included Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson and the Black Keys. The 2016 headliners are Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine and Kings of Leon.

10. Drive on the Beach
Get your rod and reel, and you can drive your vehicle right onto some of Delaware’s best beaches. From Cape Henlopen to Delaware Seashore to Fenwick Island State Park, it’s definitely exciting to put the car in drive and head off down the sand to your favorite fishing spot. A surf fishing permit is required.