Coastal Delaware is known for many things, from our 26 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, to our eclectic and regionally renowned local restaurant scene, our fantastic selection of state parks, and much more.
But what about for the little ones? Well, the Delaware beaches have an abundance of fun and exciting things to do for children, and we’re going to feature some of them here today on our blog page.
I mean, coastal Delaware is a great place to live, or vacation, for people of all ages. So why should the grownups have all the fun, right?
Whether you’re a kid, or possibly just a kid at heart, coastal Delaware has you covered with a wide selection of fun things to see and do.
Here are our “Top 10” events and attractions at the Delaware beaches for young people. And we start with…
Funland. The obvious place to begin our list is likely the place that’s most well known in the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” and that is the decades old tradition of Funland. From the classic boats and fire engines for the littlest ones, to the Viking, the Haunted Mansion, the new SuperFlip 360 and more for the thrill seekers, Funland has it all.
And that includes games, like Skeeball and others where you can win prizes and take home souvenirs from your day at the beach.
Funland is also still extremely affordable, with individual ride tickets only costing 35 cents. Families can easily have a full day of fun at Funland for less than $50.
Water Parks. Primarily on Route 1 in the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area, there are a few water parks to choose from on hot summer days in coastal Delaware.
Popular parks include Jungle Jim’s and the White Water Mountain Water Park, both in Rehoboth Beach, and the Thunder Lagoon Waterpark in Fenwick Island.
All three attractions are great places to spend the day with your children, particularly on days when the weather is warm and the sun in shining.
Go-Kart Racing. Midway Speedway Park, on Route 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth, has a great go-kart track for children (and adults too, if you’re so inclined).
The facility is located on the northbound lane of Route 1 and offers several different ride options and ticket packages.
So if you have an adrenaline seeking young one, go karting is a great way to spend a summer day in coastal Delaware.
Putt-Putt Golf. I know, this is a no-brainer, right? One thing coastal Delaware has in spades is putt-putt and mini golf courses.
You’ll find them on Route 1, on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, and all the way down the coast to Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.
It’s a traditional family-friendly event at the Delaware beaches, and one the masses never seem to tire of. So grab the family, put some clubs in everyone’s hands and prepare for a couple of hours of fun at any of the region’s fantastic putt-putt golf courses.
And if you brag about getting a hole in one, but really didn’t, nobody’s going to know. Just enjoy the day!
Ice Cream Shops. Coastal Delaware has some of the finest ice cream shops you’ll find anywhere in the mid-Atlantic.
Some of our favorites include Hopkins Farm Creamery on Route 9, just west of Five Points, King’s Ice Cream in Milton and Lewes, the Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, Kohr Brothers in Bethany Beach and Vanderwendes in Dewey Beach.
But there are others, to be sure, so just take a look around. The warm weather season is several months long, so you have plenty of time to try them all.
Fishing. With some fantastic state parks and an abundance of inland bays, rivers and streams, there’s certainly no shortage of options in coastal Delaware when it comes to fishing.
Do so from the shore, from a small boat in the bay or, if you’re really feeling adventurous, hire a boat and tackle some deep-sea fishing.
There are also several fishing tournaments throughout the season designed for children, with prizes and trophies handed out regularly. So keep a lookout online for more information on when and where these events will be held.
You can’t beat the smile on a kid’s face when he or she pulls in that first fish. And, with all of the options available to us here in coastal Delaware, there’s no reason why your child too can’t experience that feeling.
Kayaking/Canoeing. As with fishing, there are lots of places in the coastal where you can rent a kayak or canoe and head out on the water for the day. This includes many of our state parks, where the prices are reasonable and the scenery is pretty spectacular.
Some good places to start include Trap Pond State Park between Millsboro and Laurel, Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island, Quest Kayak in Lewes and Delmarva Board Sport Adventures in Rehoboth Beach.
What’s better than a day out on the water, right? And it’s fun for the whole family.
Bike Riding. The state of Delaware has placed a big emphasis on bicycling in recent years, so much so that the state is now ranked as one of the top areas in the country for this warm-weather activity.
There are bike trails at Cape Henlopen State Park, the Junction & Breakwater Trail, Gordon’s Pond and at several other locations throughout the region.
You can even ride your bikes on the Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach boardwalks during certain times of the day, usually in the early morning and/or late evenings, or during the offseason.
Trampoline Park. There are a couple of fun trampoline parks in the area, one in Rehoboth Beach and the other a short drive west in the town of Delmar.
Your child is sure to have a great time in either, be it Shell We Bounce in the Lewes/Rehoboth area or Altitude Trampoline Park in Delmar.
Summer Camp. There are several summer camps in the coastal region, all designed with the young ones in mind.
One of the more popular is the fabulous Camp Barnes, located near Bethany Beach. A free camp for youth throughout Delaware, this camp is run as an outreach program by the Delaware State Police, and is for children between the ages of 10 and 13.
The camp rotates weekly between a boy’s camp and a girl’s camp, and is great, safe fun for children from Delaware.
Visit www.campbarnes.net for more information.