Now more than ever, Delaware’s kids are revved up and raring to go: The time has arrived at last to head outside and explore some of Delaware’s best outdoor adventures for children.
Summer activities are starting to get in gear at a variety of outdoor destinations across the state, from the hills of Northern Delaware to the shores down south.
Load up the sunscreen, pack a face covering and check out some of these outdoor activities for kids:
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.
Delaware State Parks: Park programs and organized activities are still on hold, but the parks themselves are still the perfect places for kids to expend some excess energy. Try wandering the woods at White Clay Creek State Park, take a camping trip to Lums Pond, or just soak in the sea breezes along the Gordon’s Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library: Head to this grand estate in Wilmington with its beautiful gardens and “Enchanted Woods” designed just for kids! They can explore a kid-sized Faerie Cottage, Tulip Tree House, bird nest and more! At this time, Winterthur is only open to members, but a membership is good for the entire year so you can keep coming back to explore.
Take a walk along the Riverfront: Walk or bike along the Christina River in Wilmington. The path leads you to the scenic Russel Peterson Wildlife Refuge where you can see birds and animals in their natural habitat and hop on the nighboring Jack A. Markell Trail.
Head for the waves: Delaware’s beaches and boardwalks are now open for sunbathing, swimming and exercising. Masks are being required on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth, and are being encouraged on the sand.
Take a paddleboard excursion: One of the Delaware beaches’ most popular family activities is back with a splash now that state restrictions are ending, giving the young-and-restless a chance to spend the day kayaking, paddleboarding and discovering nature’s wonders with an eco-tour. Check them out at Coastal Kayak (Fenwick Island) and Quest Fitness and Kayak (Lewes). In Northern Delaware, head for Wilderness Canoe Trips (Wilmington). Or, rent a kayak or paddleboard from Delmarva Board Sport Adventures and explore the Rehoboth Bay (Dewey Beach).
Visit the James Farm Ecological Preserve: From the sandy beach at low tide, you can walk the trails through seven wildlife habitats, wandering from salty marsh to deep forest, emerging into the sunshine in the meadows that were once farm fields. This quiet gem near Ocean View and Indian River Bay is ready to be discovered!
Go on a crabbing adventure: The people at Crab Claw Adventures offer a two-hour crabbing adventure by boat of Indian River Inlet, complete with kid-friendly instruction for catching your own blue-claw crabs, those delectable Delaware delicacies. (adventures are limited to groups of 4).