Nestled between Maryland and New Jersey, the state of Delaware offers scenic beaches, beautiful state parks, and plenty of history and culture. Home to the Biggs Museum of American Art and the First State Heritage Park, the capital city of Dover is a must-visit destination. Head to Rehoboth Beach if you’re craving sun, picturesque coastline, and fresh seafood. Book a stay at a Delaware vacation rental for your upcoming spring break getaway. Check out the most popular cities and towns in Delaware.
1. Rehoboth Beach
If your dream spring break vacation is filled with sun, surf, and sand, look no further than Rehoboth Beach. First, hit the beach for some swimming and sunbathing, because nothing says spring like soaking up the rays. If you have kids, opt for Jungle Jim’s, a waterpark with slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a bumper boat pool. Jungle Jim’s even boasts miniature golf, climbing walls, and batting cages to supplement your water fun. Next, head up to Cape Henlopen State Park. While there are public beaches and water access, there are also miles of paved trails perfect for a family ramble or bike ride, courtesy of Bike Barn which lies in the park. Finally, stroll down the boardwalk, a 1-mile-long stretch where you can find the best shops and restaurants in town. Stop at Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, The Ice Cream Store, or Archie’s Ice Cream for a cool treat.
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The capital of Delaware offers an alternative to the typical beach spring break. Dating back to the 17th century, Dover has plenty of charming history mixed with modern features. While enjoying a glimpse of Dover’s agricultural past, visit Cowgills Corner Sheep and Wool Farm. The kids will love visiting the sheep and discovering how the wool is made into yarn. Dover’s also a great place to learn at several local museums, including the Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, and the Museum of Small Town Life.
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Wilmington lies in the northernmost part of Delaware, just a few hours from Philadelphia. Located on the Delaware River, it offers a range of water- and land-based spring break activities. On land, you can take the kids to the Wilmington Flower Market Festival, the perfect springtime activity. The Wilmington and Western Railroad offers scenic rides through the Brandywine Valley, a thrill for both kids and adults. Then take your love of nature to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, one of the state’s most popular museums. It features dinosaur replicas, a hall of mammals and birds, a shell gallery, and the interactive nature nook, perfect for children. Outdoors, you can put your new knowledge to work in the pollinator garden, wildflower and native grass meadow, and the Larry F. Scott nature trail. Finally, complete your nature experience at the Dupont Environmental Education Center, Ashland Nature Center, and the nearly century-old Brandywine Zoo.
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4. Fenwick Island
Fenwick Island is a barrier island that sits just above the Delaware and Maryland Border. Its location between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay makes it perfect for water fun. Rent some boats at Coastal Kayak, and explore the bay, keeping an eye out for native great blue herons and red-tailed hawks. For a fun learning opportunity, make your way to the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum with exhibits containing tons of items fished from the bottom of the ocean, illustrating the march of history and culture. Some other family-friendly activities include Viking Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark and Golf Down Under.
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5. Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach is another sun-and-sand spring break vacation destination that puts you at the nexus of fun and relaxation. With a slower pace, this is the perfect place to get a vacation rental with your family. Build sand castles with the little ones, go bodyboarding in the ocean with rentals from Bethany Surf Shop, or keep an eye peeled for dolphins. Be sure to stop for ice cream at Dickey’s.
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Felton might be the smallest town on the list, but it’s located just a few miles from Killens Pond State Park. This park, featuring an 18th-century 66-acre millpond, offers a quieter take on the traditional spring break. You can still swim and kayak, but away from the beach crowds. When you’re not swimming, try your hand at disc golf or go hiking along the Pondside Trail, a 2.6-mile loop taking you through forested areas. If you have a few hours with the adults, visit the Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery for some grown-up fun.
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While Milford is located inland, it’s not far from Slaughter Beach and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge if you want to make a day of swimming. Otherwise, there’s plenty to do in and around town such as visit Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. Here you can go canoeing with your kids, hike the trails, and tour historic buildings including a gristmill over 200 years old. If you have small children, try out the Isaacs Preserve Boardwalk or the nature center trail. The former circles around a white cedar swamp where barred owls nest. The latter wanders past historic buildings, a 3-mile trail that makes its way around Johnson’s Branch and Abbott’s Pond. Afterward, visit River Walk Farmers Market, which opens in the spring.
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Georgetown is another landlocked city that offers plenty in the way of nature, history, and culture. It abuts the Redden State Forest, over 12,000 acres of pine and hardwood trees. The 44 miles of trails mean you can hike, bike, and horseback ride to your heart’s content. There’s even fishing and hunting available (with the appropriate licenses, of course). If you want to instill a little history into your kids while exploring nature, head to Redden’s Headquarters Tract where historic buildings stand including the carriage house. Continue your history lesson in the town proper at Georgetown’s First Firehouse, Marvel Carriage House, and Treasures of the Sea.
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