Tanger Outlets#4 in Best Things To Do 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.
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.
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#1 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.
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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