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.
Updated August 1, 2019
- #1View all Photos#1 in Rehoboth BeachBeaches, FreeTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, FreeTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPEND
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.
The beach is free to visit and is reachable from numerous access points, but the sands are off-limits between 1 and 5 a.m. each day for safety reasons. Lifeguards patrol the beach inside the city limits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays (and until 5:30 p.m. on weekends). If you drive, you'll have to pay for parking – either at metered spaces, which cost $2 per hour, or by purchasing a parking permit that ranges from $10 during the week to $15 over the weekend. Extended parking permits are also available. For more information on beach rules and regulations, check out the City of Rehoboth Beach website.
- #2View all Photos#2 in Rehoboth BeachBeaches, Hiking, RecreationTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, Hiking, RecreationTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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.
You can reach the Gordons Pond parking area by taking Ocean Drive north from Rehoboth Beach. Another entrance is available a mile east of the Cape May–Lewes Ferry. The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset. Daily entry fees cost $5 for Delaware registered vehicles and $10 for out-of-state vehicles. For more information on all the park has to offer, check its website.
- #3View all Photos#3 in Rehoboth BeachAmusement ParksTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDAmusement ParksTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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.
It's free to enter the park, but rides and games will cost you between 25 cents and $2. You can save on fares by purchasing multiticket booklets. They never expire, so if you don't use them all during the season you can bring them back the following year. The park is open seasonally from May to September and hours vary by day. For more information or to check current hours, visit the park's website.
- #4View all Photos#4 in Rehoboth BeachShoppingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDShoppingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
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.
The outlet mall's hours vary depending on the season, but generally it opens between 9 and 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. (or as late as 10 p.m. during the winter holiday season). There are plenty of parking lots on-site and there's no cost to park or window shop, but you'll want to bring your wallet if you plan to do more than peruse. For more information and to view a full store directory, visit the Tanger Outlets website.
- #5View all Photos#5 in Rehoboth BeachEntertainment and Nightlife, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDEntertainment and Nightlife, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
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.
Locals and summer visitors alike say the concerts are fun, free entertainment right along the boardwalk. Since the bandstand is located at the center of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, plan to walk or find nearby permitted parking. To check the schedule for upcoming acts, check out the bandstand's website.
- #6View all Photos#6 in Rehoboth BeachAmusement ParksTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDAmusement ParksTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND
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.
You'll find Jungle Jim's about 3 miles west of the beach. Open seasonally, the park welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to between 6 and 8 p.m. (weather permitting; hours vary by season). You can purchase all-day passes starting at $23 or enjoy reduced admission starting at $18 if you enter after 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary by height. Keep in mind: You'll have to pay extra if you want to try your hand at the bumper boats, mini-golf course or batting cages. For more information, check out Jungle Jim's website.
- #7View all Photos#7 in Rehoboth BeachMuseums, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDMuseums, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
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.
Recent visitors described the museum as quaint and said it's a good activity for a rainy day. The museum is located just off Rehoboth Avenue, a few blocks west of the Dogfish Head Brewing Company. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The museum's hours vary by season, but generally, it's open from 10 or 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. To learn more, head to the museum's website.
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