Delaware July 02, 2018
You Can’t Afford To Miss These 9 Free Outdoor Activities In Delaware
You don’t have to go broke trying to have a good time in Delaware this summer – check your town’s local calendar to find some great street fairs, festivals and events that are often free to attend! If you’re looking for some inspiration, start with the following 9 activities that are sure to get you out and about without making a dent in your bank account.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Visit one of our nature centers.
Most of Delaware's State Parks have nature centers that are free to explore. Park entrance fees may apply, but they are nominal. One of the best spots to visit is the DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, which is a great way to escape the busy city for a wilderness adventure.
2. Roast s'mores over a bonfire on Dewey Beach.
Every Wednesday from July 3rd - August 29, head to the beach at Dagsworthy Street for a family-friendly bonfire night. The Dewey bonfires run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3. Catch a flick at Dewey Beach.
Head to Dasgworthy St. Beach in Dewey on Monday nights for movies on the sand - starting at 8:30 p.m.! This year's lineup is as follows:
July 2nd – Moana,
July 9th – Tomorrowland,
July 16th – Despicable Me 3,
July 23rd – Finding Nemo,
July 30th – Beauty and the Beast (2017),
August 6th – Cars 3,
August 13th – Coco,
August 20th – The BFG.
4. Or enjoy a film after karaoke night at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
On Monday nights, movies at the Bandstand start at dusk (8:30 p.m.). This year's lineup is as follows: July 9th – Jumanji,
July 16th – The Emoji Movie,
July 23rd – Leap
July 30th – Cars 3,
August 6th – Sherlock Gnomes,
August 13th – Coco,
August 20th – Peter Rabbit, August 27 –Wonder. Bethany Beach also offers concerts at the Bandstand:
check out the schedule here
5. Enjoy a concert at the Lewes Ferry Terminal.
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal will be home to their Thursday Night concert series once again. These free concerts run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. The schedule is as follows: July 12 – Funsters (rock),
July 26 – Special Delivery (soul, funk),
Aug 9 – The Beat Tells (Beatles Tribute),
Aug 23 – Funsters (rock).
6. Attend a concert at a Delaware State Park.
Bellevue, Holt's Landing, White Clay Creek, Trap Pond... travel to them all and catch a concert this summer! With dozens of performances lined up on all days of the week, you don't have any excuses to miss out on these events.
See the full lineup here
7. Rock out at the Ladybug Music Festival.
The country's largest celebration of women in music is a two day, free festival that takes over Market Street in Wilmington! This year, the festival runs from July 20 & 21 and features dozens of performing musicians.
8. Have a blast at the Indian River Marina's 10th Annual Seafood & Art Festival.
On July 21, 2018, head to the marina for a celebration of all things Delaware! Art, music and seafood are all part of this fun, bayside festival that's been a part of Indian River life for a decade.
9. Go on a treasure hunt!
Delaware's Geocache Trail
is a blast for those of us who love exploring the outdoors and solving puzzles! Download the Geocache app and head out to discover treasures hiding right in your backyard.
These outdoor activities and festivals are a great way to spend the day with your family and enjoy the summer weather – but if you’re looking for a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences, check out our expanded list of
10 Awesome Things You Can Do in Delaware Without Opening Your Wallet.