Ready for the adventurous feeling as you travel off the beaten path in Delaware? From hidden gems to local favorites, here is a look at ways to take the road less traveled. Speaking of roads, make sure to travel one of Delaware’s scenic byways to make the most of your adventure.
Delaware Bay Towns
The coastal towns along the Delaware Bay are for the nature enthusiasts and those looking for things to do outside. Take scenic drives to explore marshlands, groves of trees, and the beauty of nature's landscapes. These towns are also the prime locations in the state for viewing the migrations of shorebirds.
Delaware Bay Towns
Breathtaking views from golden sunsets over horizons of green grass that is surrounded by rippling water. Stories and lessons shared from waterman who wake up before the sun each day, for the perfect catch. Local flavor that is undeniably some of the best seafood you’ll find on the east coast. This is all just a glimpse of what you can expect with a visit to a Delaware Bay Town, explore all these off-the-beaten path, locally loved, gems have to offer.
Historic New Castle
The charm of Historic New Castle flows through each piece of the town just like the Delaware river that surrounds it. Step back in time to discover historic landmarks among cobblestone streets or get an up-close view of the water with a stroll at Battery Park. Make your visit complete with a colonial meal at Jessop's Tavern.
Leipsic is a quiet, feel-good town with a front and center view of the Delaware Bay. Driving into town you’re welcomed by wide-open spaces, and farmland as far as the eye can see. Before you arrive, be sure to stop by Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge for a one-of-a-kind experience with migratory birds, marshland, glistening reflection ponds, and anything else you can discover along its nature-filled paths. For a waterfront dining experience second to none visit Sambos Tavern from April to October. Where you’ll likely be greeted by the owner each time and be served up a pile of mouthwatering freshly caught Delaware crabs. Insiders tip: the Delmonico steak and honey dipped fried chicken are great too!
Bowers Beach resembles more of that coastal town vibe. Where there aren’t many houses where you drive by and don’t see a crab pot or boat anchor nearby. A place that prides itself on representing the “way life used to be.” Its sandy beach brings a sense of calm serenity, and yet a sense of excitement to our four-legged friends. A trip to Bowers Beach is made complete with a seafood dinner at JP’s Wharf from freshly shucked oysters Rockefeller, fan favorite crab balls, blackened salmon, an ice cream cone from Barnacles Ice Cream to top it all off. Be sure to visit the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum which is home to historic artifacts of Bowers Beach, the Delaware Bay, and watermen from over the years.
Slaughter Beach is the perfect spot for those ready to grill and chill during their beach vacation. A perfect spot to spend the whole day at the beach and relax at your home away from home after a sunny filled day. Renting a house steps from the sand makes for a relaxing stay away from it all. Bring your best beach shoes and go on a hunt for unique pebbles shells, and maybe spot a couple hundred horseshoe crabs.
Adventures on the Bay await in Long Neck. Whether it be through the mode of an inner tube gliding through the water, or a kayak excursion through the bay there is always some type of fun happening here. Live music rocks the bay during the summer months at Paradise Grill, a swim up bar at Masseys Landing keeps the coastal vibes pouring, and hole-in-one-moments await at b/node/9796