Nature February 28, 2017
You’ll Never Forget A Trip To These 9 Waterfront Spots In Delaware
We’re lucky to live in a state surrounded by water – it’s only a short drive from anywhere in the state to a beautiful river, bay, canal or the Atlantic Ocean. The First State has certainly taken advantage of its location by developing or preserving the best Delaware waterfront spots that you can enjoy while you stroll, shop, hike, eat or relax.
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1. Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes
Whether hiking through abandoned ruins or laying out on the beach is more your style, you'll find it at Cape Henlopen State Park. Directly from the park, you can walk or bike to Rehoboth Beach or into the town of Lewes for a great meal, or you can take a ferry over to New Jersey to shop in quaint Cape May. Not to mention the unbelievable views of the Delaware Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and Lewes-Rehoboth Canal that you'll see from nearly everywhere in the park. Cape Henlopen State Park is absolutely worth a visit.
2. Wilmington Riverfront
The Wilmington Riverfront is one of the nicest areas of our biggest city, and it's worth exploring. You'll be steps away from some of the best restaurants in the state, some great arts and entertainment, and more history than you can take in during a single evening. In fact, there's so much to do on the Wilmington Riverfront that I can't even begin to recount it all - so explore
their official website
for a taste of what's in store.
3. Sambo's Tavern, Leipsic
Sambo's is a rowdy, 21+ crab house in Leipsic that sits right on the water. You can pick crabs that came in that very day! The tavern will open again in the spring, and if you haven't gone, you really need to make it a priority.
283 Front St, Leipsic, DE 19901
4. Indian River Inlet Marina, Rehoboth Beach
The Indian River Inlet is a great place for waterfront camping, fishing, walking, biking and more. It also has one of the state's most impressive bridges (that
may be a bit haunted
). Rent a paddle board or a kayak and hit the water here - it's a trip you won't soon forget.
5. Fenwick Island State Park
Fenwick Island is another gorgeous oceanfront state park, and it tends to be a little quieter than Cape Henlopen. Lots of people do their surf fishing in the park, and many more bring dogs in the off season to give them a taste of the ocean and sand. I love escaping to Fenwick Island in the middle of the summer, when the rest of the beaches are just too crowded for my liking.
6. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important stops on the international flyway for migratory birds, and the park is a great maze of waterfront trails and observation points. Bring some bug spray and a camera and you'll be in for the hike of a lifetime.
7. Abbott's on Broad Creek, Laurel
Abbott's on Broad Creek is a little inland for most people seeking a Delaware waterfront meal, but it really can't be skipped. They serve up some of the best food in Delaware and their outdoor deck right on Broad Creek provides some great waterfront views. Visit Abbott's the next time you're in beautiful Laurel, or when you're exhausted after a day of fun at Trap Pond State Park.
300 Delaware Ave, Laurel, DE 19956
8. Milford Riverwalk
Milford is one of the most underrated towns in the state, despite their beautiful Delaware waterfront! The Riverwalk in Milford shows you the town's quaint charm as you pass the Georgia House, the theaters and antique shops that make Milford such a hidden gem.
9. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Prime Hook is the waterfront spot in Delaware that's a true escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of life. It's smaller than Bombay Hook and less crowded than Fenwick Island, but there are miles and miles of trails from which you can observe some of the most diverse wildlife in the state. Whenever I have a few free hours on a nice day, I run away to Prime Hook and watch the birds fishing on the water from the observation docks.
We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful state! For more suggestions on great waterfront dining, check out our list of
18 restaurants in Delaware with stunning waterfront views.