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Beat the heat at a distance

As summer heats up, sometimes you need to cool down. From ocean kayaking adventures to culinary escapes, Delaware has plenty of ways to beat the summer heat from a safe distance.

Water adventures
Catch a breeze off the ocean or bay when you go for a kayaking adventure in the Delaware, Rehoboth or Assawoman bays. If you prefer still waters, try a kayak or canoe trip at Lums PondKillens Pond or Trap Pond state parks.

Change into your bathing suit for watersports like stand up paddleboarding at Cape Henlopen, skimboarding in Dewey Beach or jet skiing in the Rehoboth Bay. For a truly relaxing dip, grab your innertube or join a tour from Wilderness Canoe Trips to float along the Brandywine River. As always, an ocean swim is a great way to cool off during a day at the beach.

Fun finds
Stay cool in your car when you catch a movie at Lefty’s Alley and Eats’ new drive-in movie theater or feel the cool evening breeze during a round of mini golf on the Riverwalk in Wilmington.

Let the kids put their thinking caps on during a visit to (or takeout order from) The Great STEMporium in Lewes. They can try their hands at a fun, unique science-related challenge or have them try out one of the Delaware Children's Museum fun at-home activities by following one of their instructional online videos.

Tasty bites
There’s nothing like stepping from a steamy sidewalk into the a/c, especially when mouthwatering scents are rolling out of the kitchen. Take your dining experience up a notch when you choose one of these spots with a beautiful waterfront view like Iron Hill’s Wilmington location beside the Christina River or Sambo’s Tavern where fresh-steamed crabs are served on the bank of the Leipsic River.

With more restaurants than ever offering convenient takeout, you can opt to order takeout and claim a shady spot at a picturesque park or even a lovely estate like Nemours in Wilmington. Keep a look out for a very special tree on the property that you can picnic inside of!

Top off your meal with some cold, tasty treats a milkshake piled high with toppings from Mug & Spoon in Rehoboth Beach or an ice cream cone churned fresh from the source at Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin. View more local ice cream spots in Delaware here.

Frosty brews
Throughout the year, Delaware’s craft beverage locations are a must-visit, but even more so during the summer when their frosty and iced beverages are a remedy for the heat outside. Try the season’s top new flavors and enjoy some shade and the summer breeze at one of these top outdoor locations. Download the Delaware on Tap app to guide you to Delaware’s top craft brew locations. Each stop gets you closer to a free prize!