Bethany Beach

Delaware Beach Daycation

Soaking up the sunshine, swimming in the ocean and getting the experience of a beach vacation can make for a wonderful day. With Delaware’s central location, it’s the perfect destination for a quick, fulfilling beach trip, especially if you’re trying to maximize your time.

Hop in the car (or on the ferry) bright and early to make the most of your beach day. If you arrive beforeCape May Lewes Ferry Delaware dawn, head to Cape Henlopen State Park for an unforgettable sunrise over the water before a casual breakfast at one of two Surf Bagel locations.

Spend your morning getting active with a bike ride through Cape Henlopen State Park, paddleboarding at Fenwick Island State Park or skimboarding at Delaware Seashore State Park.

Claim your spot on the sand at any of the state parks or on one of the public beaches in Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany or Fenwick Island. All locations are great for sun bathing, swimming and sandcastle building.

Let the kids cool off with some water park fun at Jungle Jim’s or Thunder Lagoon, a go-kart ride around the track at Midway Speedway Park or mini golf at Ryan’s overlooking the ocean in Rehoboth.

Enjoy a quick lunch at Delaware beach staples Grotto Pizza, Nicola Pizza or the Greene Turtle where you can dine with a great view of the beach.

After lunch is a great time for tax-free shopping. Do some boutique shopping along Baltimore and Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth and Garfield Parkway in Bethany or large scale shopping at Tanger Outlets along Rt. 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth.

Big Chill Beach ClubDelaware’s beach towns are known for their food so be sure to save plenty of room for dinner at a local favorite, Big Chill Beach Club at Delaware Seashore State Park, with its lovely views of the ocean and bay.

Premium dinner spots for admiring a beautiful sunset include Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island’s waterfront restaurants, the Rusty Rudder and Harpoon Hannah’s, respectively. Cultured Pearl, Nage, or Henlopen City Oyster House are situated further from the water, but not further from first-class flavors

A stroll along the Rehoboth or Bethany boardwalk is the perfect way to cap off the day with its ice cream shops, arcades and Funland, full of games and rides perfect for the little ones.

After making the most of your day, it’s time to pack up and head home with a smile on your face.

Your daycation will give you the perfect taste of Delaware beach life and leave you ready for another visit.