Delaware's Lesser known trails
Worries seem miles away while traveling along Delaware’s scenic outdoor trails. Whether it’s exploring the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley or biking along the shores of Delaware’s beaches and bays, these lesser known trails will take you off the beaten path.
- 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 Summer Bucket List
So much to do, so little time. You’ve got 93 days to make the most out of summer. Now, you’ll have one less thing to do – create a bucket list. These are the top ten things your summer in Delaware should include to ensure it’s your best season yet.
There’s nothing quite like watching the sun rise over the water - except maybe watching it set over the water. You can do both in a single day at Dewey Beach. Wake early and see the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean. Then, stay outside and wait for it to set over Delaware’s Inland Bays. The view from the Indian River Bridge is splendid.
The East Coast’s premier summer musical festival takes over The Woodlands in Dover every June. Jam out to more than 100 artists over four days at the Firefly Music Festival.
Explore Delaware’s beach towns as you never have before. The Cape Water Taxi takes a scenic glide through the inland waterways connecting beach towns. Marvel at a gorgeous sunset from the deck or learn about the regions diverse plant and wildlife on an eco-tour.
Take a break from the beach and head inland to Trap Pond State Park, home to the nation’s northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees. Pack a paddle because the park provides some of the most picturesque places for canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking in the state.
5. Go Ape!
Swing from the treetops of Lums Pond State Park. Go Ape! is a ropes course and a zip line adventure all in one. You’ll climb through the park’s trees and fly across its expansive waterway for an experience you’ll never forget.
One of Delaware’s smallest towns is home to one of the state’s most delicious and distinctive restaurants. Sit along the Leipsic River as you crack open a steamed crab or devour a crab cake at Sambo’s Tavern. Stop by in the afternoon to watch the crab boats come in or at dusk to enjoy the sunset. This hidden gem is a favorite among NASCAR drivers.
Let the Delaware on Tap mobile app be your handheld guide to Delaware’s craft beverage industry. Spend time at nationally known breweries to hidden gems distilling unique spirits and sweet meads. Use the app to check in at every location you visit and once you reach 10, you’ll win an awesome free prize!
Take a three-hour tour… not THAT three-hour tour. This one will take you through some of the best sites and, most importantly, tastes of Rehoboth Beach. Eating Rehoboth gives you a VIP foodie experience with exclusive food tastings at five of the town’s best restaurants. It’s the easiest and most fun way to enjoy Delaware’s Culinary Coast.
Bring your rod and reel, and drive your vehicle right onto some of Delaware’s best beaches. From Cape Henlopen to Delaware Seashore to Fenwick Island State Park, it’s definitely exciting to put the car in drive and head off down the sand to your favorite fishing spot. Four-wheel drive and a surf fishing permit is required.
Enjoy the best of both worlds at Delaware Seashore State Park where you can spend your morning on the beach and afternoon on the bay. Grab a bite to eat under the huge umbrella at the Big Chill Beach Club where you’ll get a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River Inlet and Indian River Bay.
First State National Historical Park
Embracing a variety of historic locations in the northern and central regions of Delaware, the First State National Historical Park touches on tales that are central to America’s story – including the debates over Colonial allegiances and slavery, and the crucial role that this new land’s rivers and natural resources played in our economic growth.
All across the state, from the tranquil bays just off the beach to the ponds and streams tucked into leafy state parks, Delaware boasts a bounty of waterways that are beautifully suited to long, lazy days—or even a splashy episode of high-speed fun. So get ready for a day of fun.
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