Rehoboth Beach is “The Nation’s Summer Capital,” but there’s plenty to do here year round. Here are some of the city’s highlights:
- Deauville Beach
20 Henlopen Avenue
Look for a quiet spot on Deauville Beach and listen to the sound of the waves. Go on a leisurely stroll along the shoreline or have a picnic with friends and family. It’s one of the quietest and least crowded beaches in Delaware, making it the perfect getaway.
Seasonal passes can be purchased from the Parking Meter Department and day-long parking is available for a nominal fee. Umbrella and chair rentals are also available, and a vendor sells snacks and refreshments just off Park Avenue.
- Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Located just a few blocks down from Deauville Beach, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The mile-long stretch is one of the most iconic structures in Delaware, landing a spot in Coastal Living magazine’s “10 Greatest Coastal Boardwalks”.
Lined with stores and restaurants, the boardwalk is ideal for a stroll or bike ride. Shop for books, beach gear, and jewelry, and enjoy treats like candy and frozen custard. Catch any of the events, festivals, and fitness competitions take place here year round.
- Delaware Seashore State Park
39415 Inlet Road
At 2,825 acres, the park boasts six miles of bay and ocean shoreline that beachgoers keep coming back to. Thompson Island, the latest addition to the park, is a salt marsh habitat teeming with local wildlife.
Go swimming, boating, and fishing at the park. The shallow bays are perfect for windsurfing as well. The park offers umbrella, chair, and raft rentals, and picnic pavilions are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Junction and Breakwater Trail
Wolf Neck Road
This 6.4-mile trail lies on the western border of Cape Henlopen State Park, right between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. Named for the historic rail line that ran between the two towns in the 1800s, the Junction and Breakwater Trail’s asphalt and crushed stone surface lends itself well to hiking, jogging, and cycling. It’s wide and well maintained, winding through wooded areas. It’s an excellent way to see Rehoboth Beach’s natural beauty on foot.
- Gordons Pond Trail
Also located in Cape Henlopen State Park, Gordons Pond Trail can be accessed via the Rehoboth Beach parking area. At 3.2 miles, the crushed stone trail borders Gordons Pond, a great salt lagoon, before transitioning to an elevated boardwalk and meandering through a lush pine forest. It’s a great spot for hiking, running, cycling, and observing native plants and wildlife.
6 Delaware Avenue
This theme park features over 20 rides, 17 midway games, and an arcade on the boardwalk. Kid-friendly rides include the carousel and kiddie wheel, while adults can go on thrill rides like the Freefall and Superflip 360. Win prizes at the arcade or play games like Whack-a-Mole and Balloon Bust. Buy fresh popcorn and other treats at the food stand, and shop for souvenirs at the Funland Store.
- Tanger Outlets
36470 Seaside Outlet Drive
There’s no sales tax in Delaware and you can take advantage of that in Tanger Outlets, where you’ll find brand names like Calvin Klein, Coach, Guess, and Kate Spade. Buy clothes, shoes, home furnishings, and more. Hunt for great bargains, and try any of the quick service restaurants that sell burgers, tacos, and burritos.