Summer is a season of celebration in Delaware with outdoor festivals, live music, farmers’ markets and more but sometimes you just need to chill. From ocean kayaking adventures to tax-free shopping sprees, Delaware has plenty of ways to beat the summer heat.
Delaware’s Top Waterway Adventures
All across the state, from the tranquil bays just off the beach to the ponds and streams found in state parks, Delaware's waterways are beautifully suited for long, lazy days—or even splashy high-speed fun. So, get ready for a day of fun on Delaware’s waters.
Action on the Inland Bays
Delaware’s calm Inland Bays lie just behind the Atlantic coast, inviting families to a splash of fun with plenty of rental and tour options for jet-ski trips, parasail, and paddle-boarding. For rental options check out Coastal Kayak, Quest Adventures or Delaware Paddlesports.
Dewey Beach Parasailing
It’s time to fly in Dewey Beach! This is the perfect water adventure for thrill seekers who will get to soar high above the water.
Floating on the Brandywine
With a little help from Wilderness Canoe Trips, some of the state’s most scenic views can be found from the trickling waters of the historic Brandywine River.
Killen's Pond State Park
Spend the day paddling the shaded shores of Killen's Pond State Park or keep the kids entertained all day at the ginormous on-site waterpark.
Learn to Surf & Skimboard
Did you know that Delaware is the unofficial capital of skimboarding? Delaware’s laid-back waves are just right for learning to surf or skim with the pros at Alley Oop Skim or RB Surf School, which offers affordable group lessons for beginners.
Paddle in the largest freshwater pond in Delaware
Grab a plus-one and reserve your tandem kayak at Lums Pond State Park for the sunset tours offered all summer long. Or cast a fishing line and wait for that fresh catch!
Dock at Summit North Marina
Bringing your boat with you on vacation? The Summit North Marina is open year-round, offering various amenities from boat docks, fuel services, repairs, off-water adventures, and dining at Grain H2O.
Trap Pond State Park
Meander in the shade of bald cypress trees rising from the water at Trap Pond State Park, creating the ultimate relaxing kayaking experience, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.