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Rehoboth Beach Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Rehoboth Beach

While you'll probably spend the majority of your time on the beach and boardwalk, if you venture off the sand, you'll find Rehoboth Beach offers a variety of activities suitable for all ages. Families can head to the Funland amusement park or take in a summer evening show at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. A few miles away from the shore, shopaholics can indulge in some retail therapy at the Tanger Outlets while nature enthusiasts watch for wildlife at Cape Henlopen State Park

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#1

#1 in Rehoboth Beach

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It's what sun worshippers and beach bums come for: the shore. It can get crowded during peak season (May to August), but beachgoers say the sands are clean and the waves are typically calm, making it very family-friendly. The beach is backed by a mile-long boardwalk that's packed with shops, restaurants and bars. While recent visitors noted that the boardwalk isn't as long as others in the region (like those in Ocean City, Maryland, or Atlantic City, New Jersey) the variety of local businesses ensures that visitors will never run out of things to do.
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Beaches Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
Beach and Boardwalk
It's what sun worshippers and beach bums come for: the shore. It can get crowded during peak season (May to August), but beachgoers say the sands are clean and the waves are typically calm, making it very family-friendly. The beach is backed by a mile-long boardwalk that's packed with shops, restaurants and bars. While recent visitors noted that the boardwalk isn't as long as others in the region (like those in Ocean City, Maryland, or Atlantic City, New Jersey) the variety of local businesses ensures that visitors will never run out of things to do.
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#2 in Rehoboth Beach

Located about 2 miles north of Rehoboth Beach along the coastline, the Cape Henlopen State Park offers a much quieter stretch of sand for swimming, as well as fishing spots and hiking trails. One of the most popular trails (as well as the one closest to Rehoboth Beach) is Gordons Pond. The nearly 3-mile-long trail offers a scenic overlook that locals and visitors say is an ideal place for spotting birds and wildlife. The beach is another area of the park that's popular with locals. It offers a bathhouse, beach umbrella rentals and is handicap accessible. The state park also provides campgrounds, a bait and tackle shop and seasonal horseback riding.
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Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Cape Henlopen State Park (Gordons Pond)
Located about 2 miles north of Rehoboth Beach along the coastline, the Cape Henlopen State Park offers a much quieter stretch of sand for swimming, as well as fishing spots and hiking trails. One of the most popular trails (as well as the one closest to Rehoboth Beach) is Gordons Pond. The nearly 3-mile-long trail offers a scenic overlook that locals and visitors say is an ideal place for spotting birds and wildlife. The beach is another area of the park that's popular with locals. It offers a bathhouse, beach umbrella rentals and is handicap accessible. The state park also provides campgrounds, a bait and tackle shop and seasonal horseback riding.
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#3 in Rehoboth Beach

Family-owned and operated since 1962, this amusement park is a popular staple on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Featuring 19 rides, 16 midway games and an arcade, the old-fashioned park is perfect for kids (and parents) who need a break from the beach. Rides range from a carousel for smaller children to a haunted mansion for big kids (and those young at heart), while games such as whack-a-mole and Skeeball can bring out your competitive side. Some rides have height requirements or restrictions, but recent visitors said there is enough variety for almost anyone to enjoy the park.
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Amusement Parks Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Funland
Family-owned and operated since 1962, this amusement park is a popular staple on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Featuring 19 rides, 16 midway games and an arcade, the old-fashioned park is perfect for kids (and parents) who need a break from the beach. Rides range from a carousel for smaller children to a haunted mansion for big kids (and those young at heart), while games such as whack-a-mole and Skeeball can bring out your competitive side. Some rides have height requirements or restrictions, but recent visitors said there is enough variety for almost anyone to enjoy the park.
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#4 in Rehoboth Beach

If you tire of playing in the sand, you can indulge in some retail therapy (and lots of it) less than 3 miles from the boardwalk at the Tanger Outlets. Home to more than 100 stores and restaurants, including shopper favorites like Coach, Vera Bradley, Nike and Old Navy, there's something to satisfy everyone. What's more, Delaware doesn't have a sales tax, making the discounted outlet prices even more enticing if you're visiting from a state that does impose a sales tax. Recent visitors said it's a great place for a shopping spree.
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Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Tanger Outlets
If you tire of playing in the sand, you can indulge in some retail therapy (and lots of it) less than 3 miles from the boardwalk at the Tanger Outlets. Home to more than 100 stores and restaurants, including shopper favorites like Coach, Vera Bradley, Nike and Old Navy, there's something to satisfy everyone. What's more, Delaware doesn't have a sales tax, making the discounted outlet prices even more enticing if you're visiting from a state that does impose a sales tax. Recent visitors said it's a great place for a shopping spree.
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#5

#5 in Rehoboth Beach

Free
The premier entertainment venue in the area, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is situated just behind the boardwalk. Established in 1963, the open-air pavilion hosts a free summer concert series every year. Shows are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from mid-June to Labor Day and feature a variety of acts including local orchestras, tribute bands, rock 'n' roll groups, jazz performers and even the occasional movie screening.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
The premier entertainment venue in the area, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is situated just behind the boardwalk. Established in 1963, the open-air pavilion hosts a free summer concert series every year. Shows are offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from mid-June to Labor Day and feature a variety of acts including local orchestras, tribute bands, rock 'n' roll groups, jazz performers and even the occasional movie screening.
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#6 in Rehoboth Beach

Boasting a water park, a mini-golf course, batting cages and more, the Jungle Jim's complex has a little something for everyone. Although recent visitors said the water park wasn't as large as expected, most families who ventured the 3 miles inland said the price of admission was worth it. The water park portion of the complex offers slides, a lazy river, a kids splash pool area and more water activities – all with a wildlife theme. The grounds are also home to a cafe that serves pizza, burgers and sandwiches, as well as treats like ice cream and hot pretzels.
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Amusement Parks Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Jungle Jim's
Boasting a water park, a mini-golf course, batting cages and more, the Jungle Jim's complex has a little something for everyone. Although recent visitors said the water park wasn't as large as expected, most families who ventured the 3 miles inland said the price of admission was worth it. The water park portion of the complex offers slides, a lazy river, a kids splash pool area and more water activities – all with a wildlife theme. The grounds are also home to a cafe that serves pizza, burgers and sandwiches, as well as treats like ice cream and hot pretzels.
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#7

#7 in Rehoboth Beach

Free
For a deeper look into the history of this seaside retreat, take a trip to the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The small museum displays everything from vintage bathing suits to archaeological artifacts that date back to the settling of the area. The museum also offers rotating exhibits that showcase the area's rich history as a vacation destination, such as a display of vintage Rehoboth Beach postcards that span more than 100 years.  
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Rehoboth Beach Museum
For a deeper look into the history of this seaside retreat, take a trip to the Rehoboth Beach Museum. The small museum displays everything from vintage bathing suits to archaeological artifacts that date back to the settling of the area. The museum also offers rotating exhibits that showcase the area's rich history as a vacation destination, such as a display of vintage Rehoboth Beach postcards that span more than 100 years.  
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