The Delaware Beaches and Bays:
About Bethany Beach:
Bethany Beach is part of the Quiet Resorts, a seven-mile stretch of sandy, Atlantic Ocean beaches in the southeastern corner of Delaware. Guarded by its famous totem pole, Bethany Beach offers many recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, surfing, boogey boarding, and raft riding. The water is warm enough in which to swim from late May through early October. On the bay side, the water provides safe places for sailing, windsurfing, jet skis, fishing, crabbing, water skiing and boating. At night, everyone in the family can find something to do with shops, restaurants, basketball and volleyball, video arcades, or just walking Bethany Beach's 1/2-mile long boardwalk.
Directions: Take 26 West (cross Route 1) until you reach the Beach; you can park either straight ahead or to the left or right of the Boardwalk.
Delaware Seashore "beach" State Parks:
A Fee is Required; you can get a daily pass or you can purchase for more than a day (e.g., weekly) and you can get a discount if you purchase it at the Indian River Life Saving Station.
Directions: Take 26 West until you reach Route 1, turn left and continue north on Route 1, go over the Indian River Bridge and State Park, about 2 miles (on the right.)
Indian River State Park:
Water, water everywhere describes Delaware Seashore State Park. Bounded on the east by the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay, the 2825-acre park is a beach-goer's delight. The main attraction for many visitors is swimming and sunbathing along the park's spectacular beaches. Two ocean swimming areas feature modern bathhouses with showers and changing rooms. Lifeguards patrol the beaches from 9 am to 5 pm daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Snack foods are available at the bathhouses, and umbrellas, chairs, and rafts can be rented on the beach. Fishing and boating are very popular year-round pastimes at Delaware Seashore. In addition to surf fishing on the ocean beaches, anglers may try their luck along the banks of the Indian River Inlet. A special access pier at the Inlet allows the elderly and people with disabilities to get close to the fishing action. Surfers enjoy riding the mighty ocean waves at Delaware Seashore, too. The beach just north of the Inlet is one of the few designated areas in the state for this exciting sport. Marked dune crossings allow fishing access for four-wheel drive vehicles onto the beach.
Directions: Go Route 26 East to Route 1. Turn Left (North) until you reach the Indian River Bridge. The right exit BEFORE the bridge is the South Side (Guarded Beaches) and the Left Exit After the Bridge is the North Side (unguarded). The North side is under construction, and may be a long walk from the parking lot until the new Bridge is finished. The South Side is probably preferred at this time.
Located a couple miles south of Dewy Beach is famous for folks finding coins along this beautiful State Park
Directions: Take 26 West until you reach Route 1, turn left and continue north on Route 1, go over the Indian River Bridge and State Park, pass the Indian River Life Saving Station and its about 3 miles (on the right.)
Fenwick Island State Park:
A beautiful stretch of guarded beach about 4 miles south of Bethany Beach (right before you reach Fenwick Island.
Directions: Go Route 26 East to Route 1. Turn Right and continue for about five miles, entrance is on the right.
The Bays (There is usually a "bay" State Park located on the opposite side of the hwy (Route 1) of each "beach" State Park)
Holt’s Landing- the same permit for the Delaware Seashore Park will allow entrance into Holt’s Landing
Holts Landing is an undiscovered facet of the Diamond State's park system. The 203-acres area contains a variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests. Picnic tables and grills are located under shade trees throughout the park, and the large grassy lawns overlooking the bay invite visitors to spread out a picnic blanket. A picnic pavilion with a built-in barbeque grill can be reserved for family reunions, corporate parties, and other group events. Children will enjoy the new playground near the picnic area, and horseshoe pitching provides an entertaining diversion for those who bring the stakes and horseshoes. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy the park's peaceful surroundings with a quiet stroll along the shoreline or through the fields. Many large birds, such as hawks, herons, and osprey frequent the area, and songbirds make their home among the forest trees and shrubs. Careful hikers may spot a deer, raccoon, possum, muskrat, or fox, or see animal footprints in the sandy soil. Several old borrow pits used by the highway department have evolved into small ponds hidden in the woods, creating a valuable freshwater habitat for native flora and fauna. A well-kept secret, Holts Landing harbors many pleasant surprises.
Directions: Take 26 East. Turn left at the Hudson General Store (Irons Lane). At the first stop sign, turn right on Old Mill Road, and turn Left into the Park.
Assawoman Wildlife Refuge/Camp Barnes
Boat ramps, tons of nature, all primitive. Pavilions for picnics... great bird watching, a bird observatory tower.
Directions: Turn Right on Powell Farm Road. Cross over Route 54 Go straight (road name changes, to Pepper Creek) but continue on the same road. Turn Left on Double Bridges. Make first right on Camp Barnes and follow signs.