Delaware is a historic state home to plenty of beaches, natural marvels, and a thriving craft brewery trade. Consequently, this humble state offers amazing bachelor party possibilities. You can opt for a beach retreat, head to a state park for kayaking, tour a local distillery, and much more. After settling into your Delaware vacation rental, get the party started by exploring one of these vibrant cities and towns.
Dover is known for two things: casinos and the races (of both the four-legged and four-wheeled variety), which is why Dover Downs Casino is number one on the bachelor party list. Here you can gamble, watch horse races, or gamble on horse races. There are five bars and eight restaurants ranging from the fancy to ultra-laid back, perfect for joining your buddies for drinks, dinner, and memories. There’s even a spa on-site if you need a full-body massage to ease your nerves before the big day to come. The Dover International Speedway is another must-do, especially if you’re partial to speed. Join the throngs for a thrilling NASCAR event and even meet your racing heroes. For the softer side of Dover, head to Silver Lake. You can walk the trails or visit McGlynns Pub and Restaurant. It is surrounded on three sides with water for a great view as you hang with the dudes.
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Milton is every guy’s dream destination for one reason: The Dogfish Head Brewery. This place isn’t just a brewery; it’s a local institution. For example, when you first get there, you pass a super-artsy tree house that you can climb. Next is the tour of the brewery and distillery; which you can take with a beer in hand. Once you hit the tasting room, you’ll have an option of 27 on-tap brews. Soak up some of that alcohol at the brewery’s food truck (conveniently located by the tasting room) where you can indulge in corned beef sandwiches, brats, and soups, all of which are infused with beer. However, your bachelor party doesn’t have to be all about beer; Milton is a short drive from the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge with great kayaking, fishing, and hiking sports. Plus, it boasts a beach on Delaware Bay where you can laze the day away.
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3. Rehoboth Beach
Speaking of the Dogfish Head Brewery, you don’t have to go to Milton to get a taste of its beer (and beer-battered) fare. Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats and Chesapeake and Maine are both found in Rehoboth Beach, and each offers a wide selection of the brewery’s best drinks. The former is all about the seafood from fish tacos to crab corn chowder; although there are hamburgers and pizza for those who want good old American food. The pub also offers live music. Rehoboth Beach has a great beach and boardwalk where you can swim. Rent a boat at Rehoboth Bay Marina Ventures, and go out on the water with the boys for some fishing.
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4. Bethany Beach
If you want to avoid the crowds without giving up the sand, head down to Bethany Beach, where you can get a vacation rental with beach access. Spend your days relaxing under the sun without a care, or head to Bear Trap Dunes, Cripple Creek Golf, or the Salt Pond for a round of golf. Afterwards, stop at the Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar for super fresh food. For a quick bite, consider Boardwalk Fries and Grotto Pizza.
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5. Fenwick Island
At the southeastern-most tip of Delaware is Fenwick Island, a barrier island that’s low-key with plenty of outdoor and indoor fun. For instance, satisfy your inner child and race your buddies at Viking Go-Karts. Then be a pirate for a day at the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum, or see a shipwreck in person at the menhaden fishing trawler wreck. Try Ocean City Scuba Diving or Water World Scuba School for diving classes, guides, and rentals. Explore the wetlands of Little Assawoman Bay and Assawoman Wildlife Area with kayaks rented from Coastal Kayak or Island Watersports.
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Wilmington is a historic town perfect for artsy crowds. It’s also big into craft breweries, food, sports, and nature, making it the perfect all-around city for your bachelor party. Start with a tour of Iron Hill Brewery. Placed right on Christina River, you can enjoy good food and brews along with the view. Then head over to Frawley stadium for a baseball game. Brandywine Creek State Park is a bit of heaven within the city. Hike through the 190-year old tulip poplar trees, fish in the Brandywine and Wilson creeks – bass and trout are plentiful – and enjoy over 900 acres of wild beauty.
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Newark, which lies by the Pennsylvania and Maryland borders, is a college town rich in attractions and activities such as playing disc golf at Carpenter State Park, kayaking at Newark Reservoir, golf at Deerfield, and hiking at White Clay Creek State Park. A multitude of state parks makes this a great place for outdoor enthusiasts to hang out and explore. Top off a full day in nature with a drink at The Deer Park Tavern, or The Hunt Club.
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