If you’re looking for a small beach town feel and experience, visitors along the East Coast often recommend Rehoboth Beach. This seaside town in Delaware boasts a variety of shops, attractions, and family activities against a beautiful natural landscape, meaning it is no wonder the area is a prime destination for individuals, couples, and families looking for a weekend trip or extended getaway.
These are our top recommendations when planning your next vacation at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
1. Visit Cape Henlopen State Park
You can easily spend a few hours exploring Cape Henlopen State Park. The area offers fun adventures with something for everyone, including The Point Overlook where the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay meet, the Fort Miles Historical Area and WWII observation tower, bike and walking loops, a nature center, a historic fishing pier, miles of sandy beach and dunes with occasional dolphin and wildlife sightings, the Biden Environmental Training Center, Gordon’s Pond and Trail for year-round dog-friendly walks on a beautiful beach connected to Rehoboth Beach, and more.
2. Go for a stroll on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
One of the mostbeautiful and well-known landmarks in Rehoboth Beach is its mile-long boardwalk originally built in 1873. It is the center of the action and home to a number of accommodations, dining options, shops, and seasonal festivals. Do some tax-free shopping, stop for a coffee or ice cream, or just go for a walk to people-watch. It was even voted one of the nation’s best boardwalks!
3. Experience nature throughout Rehoboth Beach
Whether it is a breathtaking sunrise or a hike through one of many nature trails and beaches within Rehoboth Beach, you can experience the tranquility and beauty that nature has to offer in this coastal paradise. Some local favorites include Breakwater Junction Trail, Thompson Island Trailhead, and the Cape Henlopen State Park Bike Loop. If you are truly fortunate, you may even catch a glimpse of dolphins traveling along the shore during your outdoor adventures.
4. Taste the local beach fare
You have not completed a visit to Rehoboth Beach without enjoying a few delicious shore food meals. Check out some of these popular dining establishments, and don’t forget to try some blue crabs while you’re there:
Blue Moon– extraordinary dining and entertainment in restored Victorian home
Cultured Pearl – a great spot to grab some delicious sushi
Henlopen Oyster House – the perfect place for a nice, coastal-inspired dinner or drinks with family and friends
Purple Parrot – your go-to for great bar food and a lively atmosphere
Grotto Pizza – a coastal favorite
Thrasher’s – no trip to the beach would be complete without beach fries!
The food scene in Rehoboth Beach is expansive, so it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with any of its hundreds of cafes, lunch spots, restaurants, and bars.
5. Take a break with a craft beverage
The greater Rehoboth Beach area is a great place to explore craft breweries, wine tours, and taste delicious craft cocktails. A few brewery favorites include Dogfish Head, Thompson Island Brewing Company, and Iron Hill Brewery, or check out Chesapeake & Maine, Coastal Taproom, or Cooter Brown’s for a delicious craft cocktail. If wine is more your thing, the area is filled with great options like Nassau Valley Vineyards & Winery and Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery.
Bonus things to do in Rehoboth Beach
Looking for other options for attractions and activities in the area? Consider stopping by the Rehoboth Beach Visitors Center, Rehoboth Beach Museum, Dewey Beach, Indian River Casino, Delaware Seashore State Park, Bethany Beach, Delmarva Discovery Tours, Jungle Jim Water Park, or one of the area’s many golf courses, go karts locations, batting cages, other state parks, bike rentals, miniature golf courses, Tanger Outlets for shopping, and more, plus take a ride on the Jolly Trolley!
Ready to book your trip? Contact The Canalside Inn to speak with one of our experts about any booking or rental questions you may have, as well as recommendations on any of our favorite things to do in Rehoboth Beach.