Memorial Day weekend is here and so begins the summer season in Delaware!

Memorial Day weekend in DelawareBring your sunscreen, beach towel, a big appetite and prepare to unwind on your weekend getaway! Here are some travel tips for Memorial Day weekend in Delaware plus, a list of events and things to do.

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   ∙ Planning a Memorial Day BBQ? Serve up some local flavor by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

   ∙ Summer in Delaware also means its time for delicious steamed crabs! Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman and you’ll be the envy at your next crab feast!

   ∙ The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger it highly recommended to make a reservation.

   ∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. They’ve announced the following hours: May 23rd (8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.); May 24th (3:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.); May 25th till Labor Day (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

   ∙ Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights. For more information, go to  

   ∙ Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, etc.

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Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, May 25, 2013
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Visit Historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts.

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of the Delaware Bay.  Enjoy arts, crafts, boat rides, exhibits, games, music and great food. A shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors to and from the Refuge.

Opening day at Jungle Jim’s Water Park
May 25 – 26th (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.); May 27th (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Enjoy giant slides, a 900-foot lazy river, wave pool and much more! Jungle Jim’s is located in Rehoboth Beach!

Opening day at Killens Pond Water Park
Saturday, May 25, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Come swim in the refreshing Killens Pond Water Park with a mushroom fountain, floating lily pad fun walk, ground water jets and slides!

Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash
May 25 – 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pirates are invading Bowers Beach Delaware for a weekend of fun and games, plundering and pillaging, pirating and buccaneering. This family friendly event will include demonstration, pirate battles, cannon and musket firing, sword fighting, pirate costume contests for children and craft vendors, food, live period music and boat rides on Sunday.

Discover the trails at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
May 25 - 27, 2013
Wildlife drive is open from sunrise to sunset daily
Bombay Hooke offers a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails and plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting and photography.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
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