Bethany Beach

Delaware Beach Daycation

Experiencing the best of a Delaware beach vacation from soaking up the sunshine, to swimming in the ocean, to dining on coastal cuisine is possible to achieve in a single day with a well-planned daycation.

Use the guide below to learn how to maximize your time and have the ultimate day at the beach.

To make the most of your time, rising with (or before) the sun is a great way to start. Hop in the car, on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, or board the DART Beach Bus, and 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 LewesRehobothDeweyBethany or Fenwick Island. All locations are great for sun bathing, swimming and sandcastle building.Sunset at the Big Chill Beach Club in Bethany Beach

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 PizzaNicola 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.

Delaware’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 PearlFork + Flask, 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.

Night owls will find their own fun in Dewey Beach at Bottle & Cork, Northbeach, Starboard and more where live music takes the stage almost every night and signature Orange Crushes keep glasses full.

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

If you're not ready for the fun to end, book a room at a beautiful beachfront hotel and turn your daycation into a weekend vacation.