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Hit the beach in a First State playground.

The optimal convergence of sun, sand and sea entices thousands of beachgoers each year to visit this East Coast town with roots that stretch into Colonial times.

Location, Location, Location…

Lewes, Delaware, is nestled on Cape Henlopen, which separates Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Lewes offers a number of opportunities to take full advantage of its progressive yet laid-back atmosphere. Local shops and restaurants beckon visitors to stop in for a bite or to browse. Walking tours are encouraged, since the town’s historic district, eateries and museums are all located within a half-square-mile—making a leisurely stroll around town fit nicely into a day that includes heading out to one of several nearby state parks.

The town is the primary entrance into Cape Henlopen State Park. This 3,000-acre park is home to the so-called Great Dune—which towers 80 feet above sea level—as well as a World War II observation tower. With miles of beaches, endless guided nature trails, recreation areas and awe-inspiring bird sanctuaries, this preserved land is where visitors will find a quiet respite from a hectic pace. Nearby, the mile-long boardwalk along Rehoboth Beach is just the place to slow things down.


Sandcastles, Surf Fishing and Suntan Lotion…

Lewes’ proximity to prime Delaware’s beachfront is what brings visitors from all over. Most beaches have bathhouses, picnic areas and designated spots for a variety of recreational activities. In addition to Cape Henlopen State Park and Rehoboth Beach, Lewes is at the virtual doorstep of the 2,000-plus acre Delaware Seashore State Park. As it name implies, the park’s eastern shoreline is kissed by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, while its western shore enjoys sunsets glimmering upon Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay. Surf fishing, sailing and other watersports abound. In the summer, the locals sponsor sandcastle-building contests, offering prizes for the best sculptures and castles on the beach.

Lewes also counts among its recreational options visits to nearby Fenwick Island State Park, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Killen’s Pond State Park and Trap Pond State Park. The latter has preserved part of an area wetlands swamp featuring a unique section of Bald Cypress trees.


Clams, Crabs and More…

Cravings for fresh seafood can be satisfied by grabbing some gear and getting your own. Notwithstanding the fishing options, bays in the Lewes area also have designated clamming and crabbing sections. Be sure, though, to check in with park officials on just when and where permission is granted. Of course, you can always opt to take a table at one of the various restaurants around, including a trio of eateries right on the waterfront. Lewes offers a range of dining choices—everything from steaks to Irish pub fare.

For More Information

Lewes Chamber of Commerce




Delaware Tourism