- Cape Henlopen State Park : Pick your flavor of fun at Cape Henlopen, a stunning and picturesque wonderland of Delaware’s unique oceanside landscape: Walking and biking trails twist gently through soft and sandy dunes, overflown by singing shorebirds and touched by salty ocean breezes. Fishing and sunbathing are top activities but don’t miss the chance to take a walk to the end of the cape, surrounded by sea and a world away from your worries.
- Inland Bays : The quiet and calming ambience of Delaware’s peaceful inland bays are just steps from the seashore, but so secluded from our worrisome world. Pick your next moment of Zen from a bounty of adventures: kayak tours, paddleboard yoga sessions, or maybe even a splashy dash across the bay aboard your roaring jet-ski. Check out Coastal Kayak, Dewey Beach Watersports, Delaware Paddlesports, Delmarva Board Sport Adventures, Cape Water Tours & Taxi, Rehoboth Surf Boarding School, or Dewey Beach Parasail.
- Close to Nature : Get up, get out and get moving at Delaware’s top back-to-nature destinations: See flocks of shorebirds fill the sky at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the lush rolling hills and soothing scenery of Delaware’s First State National Historical Park, with more than 18 miles of trails for hiking, running, biking, or horseback riding. Climb into the treetops and take a zipline across the water at Lums Pond State Park, home of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course.
- Water Tours : With so many beautiful waterways to enjoy, Delaware gives travelers a chance to cool down even as the days warm up. Along the sea coast, Cape Water Tours casts off throughout the summer with narrated excursions along the coast, evening cruises and even voyages accompanied by live music. Or take a journey of your own at Woodland beach, a perfect scenic kayaking destination.
Delaware’s Historic Homes
Explore historic homes in Delaware where each location tells a rich legacy, one that may be decades or even centuries old, but is all brough back to life with guided tours and historic interpreters. Here’s a look at some of the top historic homes, heading from north to south.
- Boardwalk Trail at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge : (Smyrna) - A beloved trail for photographers and bird watchers alike, Bombay Hook’s Boardwalk Trail is one of five walking trails in the wildlife refuge. Follow the raised boardwalk over a quarter mile of marsh to catch a glimpse of Bombay Hook’s migrating birds and wildlife. And while you have your camera ready to capture birds, you can take an insta-worthy photo of the Delaware Discoveries Trail artwork on display at the entrance pavilion.
- Bob Trail at Trap Pond State Park : (Laurel) - With every change in season Trap Pond is transformed into something new and wonderful. In the winter with the cold air and occasional fresh fallen snow you can walk the Bob Trail with its pondside view and take in the serenity and stillness of the season.
- Junction Breakwater Trail : (Lewes, Rehoboth) - Stretching between Lewes and Rehoboth you’ll find the Junction Breakwater Trail. Perfect for those looking to take in some of Delaware’s coastal scenery by foot or bike. And for craft beer fans it’s the perfect way to move between their favorite breweries, filling growlers, and getting back on the trail without having to take the highway.
- Mispillion River Greenway : (Milford) - Running alongside the Mispillion River and through historic downtown Milford is the Mispillion River Greenway. Grab a coffee from Dolce Bakery & Coffee to warm you make your way through the city parks and riverwalk winding back and forth over the Mispillion. End your stroll downtown with a post walk empanada from My Sister’s Fault, a local favorite.
- Northern Delaware Greenway Trail : (Wilmington) - Connecting Bellevue State Park, Brandywine Park, and the City of Wilmington, the trails of the Northern Delaware Greenway cover a lot of ground making it ideal for hiking, biking, and jogging. Over 10 miles long, the trail is an idyllic showcase of Northern Delaware’s natural beautiful landscape and hiking it in the winter heightens an already truly stunning landscape
- Battery Park : (New Castle) - For those earlyrise hikers looking to take in the pastel skies of early winter, hiking through Battery Park offers spectacular sunrises over the Delaware River. An oasis for Northern Delaware locals, Battery Park’s shoreline is a relaxing green space where you can get away from the everyday.
- Prickly Pear Trail at Delaware Seashore State Park : (Ocean View) - South of the Indian River Inlet Bridge you’ll find the Prickly Pear Trail. A combination of a packed small stone half mile loop and a longer sandy 2 mile loop, it’s a great trail to escape to with your whole family or your four-footed friends.
- Nature’s Bounty Trail at Ashland Nature Center : (Hockessin) - Blossoming horticulturists, this trail is for you. If you’re looking to learn more about the natural plants and animals found in Delaware and how Native American, early settlers, through today used them for medicines, food, and other uses. You’ll also find one of Delaware’s few remaining covered bridges on the trail as well, a beautiful red contrasted against the soft muted colors of winter.
Top Beach Destinations
You’ve arrived at the beach, and a week of sun and sand stretches before you. What do you do? Well, it depends – on who you’re with, and what adventures you crave. With tax-free shopping, dining, and an endless supply of to-dos, Delaware's beaches offer something new each time you visit to cross of your list. Here are some ideas for a great beach vacation, based on each beach resort’s most beloved qualities.