Cape Henlopen State Park

Lewes Trip Ideas

A few miles north of Rehoboth Beach, visitors will discover the golden sandy beaches and charming coastal community of Lewes, Delaware. Located where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet, this small town offers gorgeous views of the coastline with a historic twist as the First Town in the First State. 

Visitors to the Lewes beach area can sit back, relax and enjoy the view of the bay to ocean coastline, watch as boaters sail by the Breakwater Lighthouse or splash their way into a fun outdoors adventure by enjoying popular watersport activities.  

After taking a bike ride or walk along the Lewes Canalfront visitors will discover a marina that offers fishing charters, sunset cruises, local seafood restaurants and a Lightship Overfalls museum. 

Discover Cape Henlopen State Park!

One of the most popular destinations in Lewes is Cape Henlopen State Park, which is home to beautiful beaches, miles of scenic trails and a campground. Travelers can enjoy a lifeguard-patrolled beach (during the summer months) with a modern bathhouse offering showers and changing rooms. 

Lewes BeachCape Henlopen State Park also has plenty opportunities for surf fishing with drive on beach access (vehicle permit is required) and a quarter mile long pier with access to the Delaware Bay. 

If you’d like to head a little inland, Cape Henlopen has scenic trails, a challenging disc golf course, shaded campground area and a picnic pavilion for group events. Looking for a unique view of the coastline? Climb to the top of the WWII observation towers in Cape Henlopen State Park and discover 360-degree views of the Atlantic coastline. 

Dine out and shop on Second Street

Striper BitesSecond Street in Lewes, Delaware is a picturesque small town setting filled with delicious dining options and fun boutique shopping. The diner’s paradise begins with fresh seafood from Striper Bites to homemade pasta at Touch of Italy followed by the savory flavors of Agave and continues with indulging your sweet side at King’s Ice Cream. And that’s just a few of the favorite dining locations in Lewes. While strolling down Second Street, visitors can shop tax-free at local boutiques that offer the latest fashions, antique finds, jewelry, nautical gifts and much more!  

Insider’s tips:

For a unique way to travel to the area visitors can sail as foot, bike or vehicle passengers on the Cape May Lewes Ferry for a 90-minute ride across the bay from New Jersey to Lewes and the surrounding Delaware beach areas. 

From late Spring to early Fall, visitors can find one of the nation’s best farmers’ markets in historic Lewes with fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked goods, meats, flowers and cooking workshop by local chefs! The Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market is a great way to relax and enjoy an early Saturday morning in town.