Delaware shouldn’t be discounted as a top vacation destination. The state boasts hundreds of miles of Atlantic shoreline, several natural attractions and even a NASCAR track. Put the First State at the top of your list for Eastern Seaboard vacation spots.
Founded over 330-years ago, it’s no surprise that history abounds along the tree-lined streets of downtown Dover. Whether exploring the cultural sites of First State Heritage Park or the wild tidal marshes of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, it’s easy to step back to simpler times with a visit to this capital city.
Old State Style
With 19 different historic sites within a few blocks, the First State Heritage Park is a history buffs dream. Start with a visit to the Old State House, originally built in 1791, before admiring the stunning collections at the Biggs Museum of American Art and the John Bell House, which offers interactive tours of the city Green.
Pond of Plenty
Less than half an hour to the south, Killens Pond State Park is a picturesque retreat perfect for day-tripping families. Home to bass, catfish, crappie and more, the park’s 66-acre pond will keep anglers happy, while canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are also available to rent.
Plan your next beachside getaway for the coastal city of Rehoboth, Delaware. Better known as Rehoboth Beach, the coastal playground offers year-round attractions and activities for vacationers of all ages.
Stroll the mile-long wooden boardwalk and browse quirky shops. Catch the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series, a free event that’s been held since 1963 and draws more than 50 bands to perform in the open-air concert venue on weekend evenings.
With a rich history and rich natural resources, Sussex County is a gem of a getaway. Stretching from the Atlantic Coast inland to Maryland, Sussex County fills much of southern Delaware. Whether you want to relax with your toes in the sand or actively explore ruggedly beautiful landscapes, Sussex County has a place for you.
A Bounty of Beaches
Sussex County has over 25 miles of shoreline. Popular coastal towns include Rehoboth Beach, Fenwick Island, and Bethany Beach. Held as public lands since 1682, Cape Henlopen State Park has been preserved as a sublime piece of the Delaware Coast.
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Use fresh Delaware crabs to whip up this savory seafood dish. Adapted from Woodall’s Favorite Recipes from America’s Campgrounds.
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 1 jar cheese spread
- 1½ tsp mayonnaise
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- ½ tsp seasoned salt
- 6-8 oz crabmeat, cooked
- 6-8 English muffins, split
Soften butter and cheese at room temperature. Mix together with mayonnaise. Add salts and crabmeat. Spread mixture on split muffins and arrange on cookie sheet. Broil until bubbly and crisp.