Rehoboth Beach is a small, yet rapidly growing city located on Delaware’s central coast and home to one of the state’s most popular beaches. The town has many historic Victorian buildings and a lively nightlife scene.
It’s the First State’s third-largest city and is a popular summer destination. Home to the University of Delaware, as well as some excellent restaurants and shopping. Nearby Lewes has been growing in popularity in recent years, thanks to its wide range of beachfront activities and beautiful riverfront scenery.
The beachside town of Rehoboth Beach has been drawing visitors since the early 20th century. Named after the Delaware Indian tribe that once lived here, the city is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and has so many things to offer. In addition to its coastal beaches, it offers shopping and dining at some great local establishments
With its pristine beaches, fun nightlife and beautiful architecture, Rehoboth Beach has quickly become one of our favorite beach towns.
Things to do in Rehoboth Beach:
Find Thrills at a Rehoboth Beach Amusument Park
Family fun abounds at Amusement Parks in Rehoboth Beach! Funland is a family-friendly destination that offers thrills and arcade games with a classic boardwalk feel. Take your pick of 17 rides from the Superflip 360 that satisfies thrill seekers to the more classic carousel that is perfect for children young and old. You can also try to win big at an arcade game like Skee-Ball or a crane game.
Perfect for a hot summer day, a visit to Jungle Jim’s Water Park is a perfect way to beat the heat. Float around the lazy river, bodysurf in the wave pool, or slide down one of the more daring large water slides. Little ones will enjoy the Kiddie pool and splash area while more fun can be found on dry land in the batting cages of the two mini-golf courses.
Gordons Pond, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Gordons Pond is a scenic hiking and biking trail in Delaware. Recently expanded, the trail runs past the pond and into the lush forest. Admire the wetlands and the dunes as they offer picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The trail is an elevated boardwalk for about half a mile and the two observation points allow the visitor to appreciate the scenery of the stunning landscape.
There are several types of reptiles and mammals in this area. During the summer, the coastline is a nesting ground for piping plovers, a species of shorebird that is threatened.
Junction and Breakwater Trail, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
With rail-trail history dating back to the mid-1800s, the modern day Junction and Breakwater Trail originally opened in 2003 as a 3.6-mile northbound trail out of West Rehoboth. Extended in 2007, it now runs a full 6 miles to Lewes Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park. There are natural coastal forests and wide open farm fields hidden behind the shopping centers of Route 1. It is a nature retreat for walkers, runners, bikers, and families alike.
The trail features an 80-foot long refurbished railroad bridge originally built in 1913. Along with scenic views of a World War II observation tower and coastal wetlands, this pine-studded crushed stone trail offers a perfect outdoor fitness opportunity near the natural beauty and unique history of the Delaware Coast. Junction and Breakwater Trail is one of the best things to do in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Attractions of Rehoboth Beach
The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk is the best scenic spot in town and one of the top Rehoboth Beach attractions. Featuring interesting local shops, family amusements and restaurants, it’s so much fun for kids of all ages! The open air concerts with bands that perform during the warm season are sure to impress, and the colorful beach cottages are charming. Take a stroll along the one-mile-long boardwalk and admire the scenic beauty of this area.
The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is one of the top attractions in Rehoboth Beach and is certainly a must when visiting the area. This fun spot features colorful beach cottages, a great variety of restaurants and shops, colorful entertainment during the warm season and family amusement rides. The boardwalk is the city’s most famous attraction!
Delaware Seashore State Park
One of several state parks scattered inside the First State, Delaware Seashore sits between the Atlantic Ocean where the sun rises at dawn, and the Indian River Bay where it sets at dusk (the Atlantic to the east and the IRB to the west, if that wasn’t clear). And as its proximity to those might imply, it’s one of the great places for water activities.
It’s not a small state park, either, with an area of 2,825 acres, there’s enough space inside for all those activities (and there are a lot of them). Yes, you can camp there, too.
One of the things Delaware has over most other states is tax-free shopping! Like an item for $4.99 literally sells for $4.99 with none of those sneaky hidden fees that push the price over the innocuous price tag. Nope! None of that in the First State! And what better way to enjoy this perk than to experience it? We’ve got the perfect place for this (and you!).
Looking for new shoes? Take a look! Accessories? Check. Clothing, you say? Got you covered. And best of all, tax-free! Shop to your heart’s content. There’s even a shuttle to help you get around? Shopping’s never been this easy. Give it a try!
Where to find them? Route 1’s beaches are right by.
Midway Speedway Park
What’s that? You’re not a beach person and prefer something fast and exciting? No problem, there! We got you covered. How about… a fun track of kart racing? In Delaware? Yes, really!
Midway Speed Park is part of a much larger complex, with its main thing being kart racing! Channel your inner Mario Kart (just a bit!) and race along five different courses. There’s even the twin cart option in some for those who prefer to share their rides. Or you can drive solo and blaze around the track. Up to you.
And once you’re done, you can also visit the mini-golf and water parks attraction. And speaking of water parks…
We have the last item on the list! But it’s definitely not the least one. Why, it’s only the largest water park in the First State, Jungle Jim’s!
So it’s the biggest, big deal. There’s gotta be more, right? What’s so special about it, you say?
A kiddie pool? “Eh, standard,” you’ll probably say.
How about a lazy river? Too boring?
A wave pool? Too much like the sea, you say? That’s sort of the point, but alright.
How about this? It also has the bumper patrol boats! If you’re thinking bumper cars on water, you’re right!
But here’s the best part: add to that… a mounted water gun (yes, REALLY) to have the biggest splash fight of all time! Until you get a bigger group then it begins all over again! What better way to have a blast with your friends and family?
What’re you waiting for? Visit now!
Places to Stay in Rehoboth Beach
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel
Who doesn’t love the beach?
The salt air cleanses us and the sun’s warmth embraces us. The ocean heals the heart, mind and soul—in summer, fall, winter and spring. The Boardwalk Plaza is fortunate to call the ocean’s edge our home, and happy to offer you a unique and comfortable respite from the world, where you can truly get away from it all.
From the moment you step under our antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby, the Boardwalk Plaza’s staff stands ready to offer you exceptional service.
Ocean Glass Inn
Our luxurious, boutique, and beautifully redone Inn is perfectly located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach. Just a 1 mile walk to the beach and nationally recognized boardwalk. Less than 1 mile to a wide array of restaurants and shops. Perfectly situated near all the outlet malls. Our luxurious rooms come equipped with all the amenities you could ever dream of, and are backed by our unmatched service our staff provides. Our purpose was to modernize and restyle our Inn to mirror today’s time and make every guest feel as comfortable as possible.
Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Rehoboth Beach
The Econo Lodge of Rehoboth Beach is a comfortable choice of stay in the First State. Found in the southern part of Delaware, it’s quite near the other attractions mentioned above, such as the Boardwalk and the Tanger Outlets (say it with me, tax-free shopping!)
Places to eat in the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Attempting to check out most (or all, if you’re into that) of the items on this list would make anyone hungry. So how about some places to eat?
- Looking for seafood? Check out Zoggs!
- Is fast food what you’re craving? Give a Gus and Gus a shot!
- Is fine dining your cup of tea? It’s Victoria’s for you, then.
- Are you done with those choices? How about some desdert? Tasty’s got the best gelato around
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section
Question: Are dogs allowed on the beach?
Answer: It is illegal for dogs to run at large at any time. The City has both a leash law and a pooper-scooper law which are enforced. Dogs are prohibited from the beach and boardwalk at all times from May 1 through September 30, but are allowed on the beach in Dewey Beach (just south of the RB Boardwalk) before 9:30am and after 5:30pm. They must still be on a leash and have a Dewey Beach Dog License. Dogs are allowed in the state parks. You may want to visit Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes or Delaware Seashore State Park south of Dewey Beach.
Question: How & where can I drive on the beach?
Answer: Because driving on the beach can cause serious damage to vegetation and wildlife and contributes to shore erosion, Delaware State Parks limits vehicles on the beach to designated surf fishing areas only, for the sole purpose of actively engaging in fishing. To use these areas, you must have a valid surf fishing vehicle permit and be actively engaged in surf fishing at all times while on the beach. To keep our beaches clean and safe for wildlife and park visitors, other recreational beach driving is not allowed. Vehicle access at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware Seashore State Park south of Dewey Beach & at Fenwick Island State Park south of Bethany Beach. Surf fishing vehicle permits are issued for the calendar year. Visit the Division of Parks & Recreation’s Web site for additional rules & regulations.
Question: Is there a fee for the beach?
Answer: NO. Access to Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach is free. The state parks, however, charge a small entrance fee.
Question: Which airport is closest to Rehoboth Beach?
Answer: The airport in Salisbury, MD, 410-548-4827, where you can rent a car and drive 45 minutes to Rehoboth Beach. For larger airports, try Philadelphia INTL (2 hours from RB), BWI (2 hours from RB), or Dulles INTL (2.5 hours from RB). See Transportation for details.
Question: Can I get married on the beach and what do I need?
Answer: Sure, you can get married on the beach in Rehoboth.