With so many amazing experiences waiting to be had this summer in Delaware, the real question becomes, how will you pack everything you want to do into three short months? Start by getting organized with a bucket list. Outline the top ten must-dos for this summer and go from there! Let this bucket list inspire you to make one of your own!
As Delaware reopens to visitors, please remember to plan ahead! Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. Please remember to stay home if you are sick. For more info click here.
See the sunrise and set in the same day
Admire beautiful sunrise and sunset views at the Delaware beaches. Begin your day before it’s bright and early by laying a blanket on the beach and watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. Conclude the day with a bayside sunset. Plan to take in the view while enjoying dinner at a spot like the Rusty Rudder in Dewey or Harpoon Hanna’s in Fenwick Island.
Savor fresh steamed crabs
The blue crab is a summer staple in Delaware. Savor them fresh from the water, steamed and coated in delicious seasonings at one of Delaware’s crabhouses or take them to-go to enjoy at home. View top crabhouses open for the season here.
Spend a day at Delaware Seashore State Park
This park is sure to make every member of the family happy with its seemingly endless options from camping to hiking to biking to fishing to surfing. Be sure to enjoy the great eats (and views) of Big Chill Beach Club – an elevated restaurant inside the park and sandwiched between the beach and the bay.
Venture off the beaten path
Explore Delaware’s hidden trails this summer. Whether it’s a trail you’ve never tried in your favorite park or one truly off the beaten path, you’ll enjoy scenic views and a peaceful trek when you choose one of these locations.
Visit the Wilmington Riverfront
Stroll along the Christina River where you'll catch a beautiful view of the Wilmington skyline. Dine at one of the tasty restaurants lining the Riverfront and explore the nearby Jack A. Markell trail - perfect for a walk or bike ride.
Immerse yourself in the natural (and manicured) beauty of Delaware’s gardens
From the sprawling native plants of Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library to the finely maintained grounds of Nemours Estate, take a stroll through one of Delaware’s breathtaking gardens. Many are tucked away, unexpectedly close to towns and cities making them an easy stop where you can wander for hours. Check ahead at each location to view their hours and operations.
Spend a day paddling
Skim the water with your paddle during a kayak or canoe journey through one of Delaware’s scenic waterways. Weaving through the baldcypress trees of Trap Pond State Park is always a great choice, but the open waters of the Rehoboth Bay, Assawoman Bay and smaller routes like the Broadkill River all offer peaceful, beautiful experiences.
Stretch your legs on the boardwalk
You may be familiar with Rehoboth’s iconic boardwalk, but have you ventured into Delaware’s small towns and wildlife preserves that offer a more natural experience? Try one of these boardwalks where you’re bound to see resident birds, turtles and fish, many in Delaware’s unique estuaries.
Float down the Brandywine River
A very relaxing way to cool off on a hot, sunny day is to float along the gentle current of the Brandywine River. Simply pack some innertubes and hop in or join a tour with Wilderness Canoe Trips.
Enjoy an afternoon pondside
Take in beautiful views at Killens Pond State Park when you take a walk, run or bike ride along the three-mile pondside trail. Spend some time on the water when you rent a canoe and go for a paddle, or pack the discs for a disc golfing adventure through a wooded course.
Treat yourself to photogenic sweets
Show off sweet desserts that are not only breathtakingly beautiful but delicious too! Try a expertly decorated cookie from Sweet Melissa, uniquely frosted cake from My Sister’s Fault, creatively blended milkshake from Mug & Spoon or colorfully topped doughnut from Glazed.
Say “cheers” to summer
With roomy bars and airy patios, Delaware’s craft beverage locations are a great spot to relax and enjoy yummy seasonal flavors. Craft beverage locations are also offering great take-out options and specials so consider picking an order to enjoy at home. Remember, you can check in on the Delaware on Tap app whether your sticking around for a drink or just picking up to get one step closer to a free prize! Consider trying out a beer garden like Constitution Yards or Revelation at Hudson Fields. You'll be able to enjoy some fun yard games in addition to your cold beverage.