Beach and Boardwalk#1 in Best Things To Do 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.
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.
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#2 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.
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.
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