Delaware beaches: 21 places to take the kids, from Lewes to Fenwick
By Kit Waskom Pollard
For The Baltimore Sun|
May 08, 2018 at 5:00 AM
The Delaware beaches are some of the most family-friendly summertime destinations on the East Coast. It's no surprise why: From sun and sand to go-karts and virtual reality, there are enough kid-oriented activities to keep you busy all summer long.
From toddlers to teens, kids of all ages are wowed by the rides at Funland in Rehoboth Beach, where classic kid rides like the pint-sized trucks operate alongside more thrilling adventures, like the SuperFlip 360.
Beach traffic is no fun, so why not travel by boat? A ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May, N.J., takes just under an hour and a half, and the ferry runs between the towns multiple times every day, so your family can take a quick side trip to the Jersey shore without spending a second in the car.
Bayside canals are often calm and serene, making them ideal for padding as a family. Rent stand-up paddleboards or kayaks to explore on your own, or sign up for lessons and guided tours through Delaware Paddlesports in Lewes.
Grotto Pizza has a been a Delaware beach favorite since 1960. Yes, these days you can find the pizza, with its iconic swirls of sauce, on the western shore. But it still tastes better at the beach.
Crab Claw Adventures
39415 Inlet Road, Dock 26, Rehoboth Beach; 302-260-4347; crab-claws.com
There's nothing quite like catching your own dinner. Crab Claw Adventures offers two-hour crabbing tours of Indian River Inlet, complete with kid-friendly instruction for catching your own blue crabs.
Various locations; kalmarnyckel.org
The Kalmar Nyckel, a reproduction of the flagship for the 1630 expedition to present-day Delaware, will be in Lewes June 2-3 and Aug. 15-22. Take a sail and get to know what it was like to crew on a 17th century tall ship.
Shell We Bounce Trampoline Park in Lewes is a prime spot for kids with a little too much energy. The indoor park includes trampolines, a foam pit, a kids' play area and an arcade, plus a cafe to refuel after hours of bouncing.
Put your foot on the gas at Midway Speedway, where 10 styles of go-karts operate on five tracks. Older racers can fly, while younger kids can truck along on a kiddie track and a kiddie dune buggy track.
Your family can climb Mt. Everest, fly a dragon or play dodgeball in space at Escape Reality. The arcade offers tons of virtual reality options, including those that are appropriate for every age.
Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard
Multiple locations; kohrbros.com
It's not a trip to the beach until you grab something sweet at Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard. With five locations along the Delaware coast, from Fenwick Island to Rehoboth, you won't have to go far to get your fill of creamy custard.
Now in its 37th season, the theater is the place to go for pint-sized drama. It offers camps geared toward theater, film and television, and will produce several kid-friendly shows, like "Aladdin" and "Cinderella," throughout the season.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach; cityofrehoboth.com/visitors/beach-and-boardwalk