Delaware is full of great little towns, and we’re lucky that so many of them are on the water! Whether you want to boat or fish, or just want to enjoy scenic views while you shop and dine, these 14 towns will become your favorite summer daytrip destinations.
Lewes is the most charming town in Delaware! With a gorgeous canalfront area, some delicious restaurants, and one of the most historic state parks at Cape Henlopen, this town has something for everyone.
2. Fenwick Island
Fenwick Island is the sleepy beach town just north of Ocean City, MD. It's a great escape from the busier beaches, and there's great shopping and great dining right in town.
Wilmington's Riverwalk is one of the state's best kept secrets. While everyone is used to Wilmington's downtown areas, be sure to check out the charming riverwalk, spot all of the birdhouses, and enjoy the waterfront views.
4. Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach is America's favorite resort town. With handmade salt water taffy, an amusement park, and the best boardwalk around, Rehoboth Beach has captured the hearts of millions of Americans for a reason.
5. Dewey Beach
Dewey Beach has a reputation for being Delaware's party town, but there's more to it than the bars! This is one of the coolest towns in the country. There are great concerts, movies and bonfires on the beach, and some of the best food in the state. Try the crabcakes at Woody's - they're hard to beat.
6. Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach is the quieter resort town, where families spend their summer days. Visit the nature center for a real treat. It's one of the most underrated places in Delaware, you'll enjoy everything they have on display and the daily activities are fun for kids of all ages. Grab a gourmet meal at DiFebo's before you leave town.
Millsboro is a great little town near the Indian River Bay. Millsboro Pond is one of the best fishing spots in the state,a nd the downtown restaurants serve up freshly caught seafood and some great crabcakes.
8. Bowers Beach
Bowers is a quaint, quiet fishing town right on the Murderkill river. It's a small town that keeps its old fashioned charm, so that it feels like you're stepping back in time every time you visit. Dine at JP's on the Wharf for great views, or charter a boat to see the bay.
9. New Castle
New Castle is full of beautiful waterfront spots, like Battery Park. Watch a sunrise here for an incredible view. Then, explore the historic downtown area and walk amongst the oldest buildings in Delaware. To cap off the day, try a meal at Jessop's, which is a colonial restaurant right in the middle of Old New Castle.
10. Delaware City
Delaware City is a misnomer - this town is tiny! Grab lunch Crabby Dick's at the haunted Delaware City Hotel and enjoy strolling the streets along the water. This town is one of Delaware's most overlooked, and you'll soon fall in love with its charm.
Leipsic is a great little fishing town! Visit for the views and for the great crabs at Sambo's Tavern, a lively spot that's famous throughout the state.
Seaford is one of the larger towns in Delaware, but you wouldn't know it by visiting! Drop in and float on the Nanticoke River for a great summer day trip.
Downtown Milford is one of the best waterfront spots in the state! There are always events along the river, and you'll love the downtown shopping and dining options.
Laurel is full of natural beauty! Situated right on broad creek, you'll find waterfront restaurants like Abbots and one of the state's best parks at Trap Pond. Did you know that there are baldcypress trees throughout the town? Trap Pond is one of the largest Baldcypress swamps around.