Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware coast offers plenty of fun and affordable activities for kids of all ages, all within a short distance of your vacation rental. Most activities are located near the boardwalk, so you won’t have to travel too far to find something to do. Enjoy outdoor activities at Cape Henlopen State Park, shop in Penny Lane Mall, or gather together for a concert at Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. No matter what their interest, kids won’t be bored. Take a look at the to 10 things to do here with kids and start planning your trip to a Rehoboth Beach vacation rental.
1. Walk Along the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach’s most popular destination, the boardwalk packs in lots of activity in a short one mile walk, making this the perfect location for any age. In just a few minutes, walk to your vacation rental or to the beach. Swim in the ocean, or soak up the sun while lounging on the sand. Kids enjoy snacking on Dolle’s famous salt water taffy or Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard after grabbing a slice from Grotto’s Pizza. Events, such as the Sandcastle Contest, Sea Witch Festival, and Jazz Festival, are held throughout the year, so there’s something going on no matter when you visit.
2. Swim and Hike at Cape Henlopen State Park
For a quieter beach experience, take the kids to Cape Henlopen State Park. Gordons Pond offers calmer waters for little ones to splash and play, while the trails take you to a scenic overlook for spectacular bird watching. Learn some history of the area by visiting the WWII Fort Miles Museum. Catch dinner by clamming, crabbing, or fishing, or simply enjoy the outdoors with the family.
3. Splash Down at Jungle Jim’s
More than a water park, Jungle Jims River Safari Water Park has something for everyone, featuring mini-golf, batting cages, and bumper boats. More adventurous members of the family can splash into the pool from the tube slides, while others can choose to float along the lazy river. A kid’s splash pool offers a safe area for younger kids, and food vendors are on hand to combat hunger.
4. Ride the Carousel and More at Funland
Funland has operated next to the boardwalk since 1962, and this old-fashioned amusement park covers a wide range of rides, arcades, and carnival games. Rides range from the relaxing carousel to the thrilling Seadragon. Older kids will enjoy scaring each other in the haunted mansion. Games such as skeeball, duck pond, and whack-a-mole offer fun prizes for those who win.
5. Relax on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry
If you are looking for a day of relaxation, board the Cape May-Lewes ferry for a close-up view of Rehoboth Beach from the Delaware Bay. This 85-minute cruise takes you to Cape May, NJ, where you can visit the animals at the Cape May County Park & Zoo. Some cruises offer live entertainment and food, so you can sit back and relax while listening to music. On Thursdays, the ferry’s mascot, Lighthouse Pete the Pirate, joins the kids for the trip.
6. Take a Paddleboard Excursion With Delmarva Board Sport Adventures
Anyone can test their balance on top of a stand-up paddle board while navigating the waters of Delaware Bay. Delmarva Board Sports Adventures rents out both kayak and paddle boards and includes delivery to your vacation rental. Guided tours along the coastline are also available. Older kids and adults love the nighttime NightSUP tour, which includes lighted paddles that illuminate the water. Other options are Alley-Oop Skimboard and Coastal Kayaks.
7. Enjoy a Concert at Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
The historic open-air Rehoboth Beach Bandstand sits right on the boardwalk and provides the perfect evening entertainment for the entire family. Free concerts are held throughout the summer, ranging from orchestras, jazz musicians, and rock and roll bands. Movie screenings are occasionally held, so you can catch a film right on the beach. For more nighttime fun, head to nearby Dewey Beach for free movies or bonfires on the beach.
8. Explore History at Rehoboth Beach Museum
For a break form the sun and sand, take a trip to Rehoboth Beach Museum. This small museum explores over 100 years of Rehoboth Beach history and is the perfect size to keep kids entertained. Exhibits include vintage bathing suits and postcards to showcase the town’s history as a beach resort. Other highlights include artifacts that date back to the area’s first settlement.
9. Shop and Dine at Penny Lane Mall
Hidden off of Rehoboth Avenue, tiny Penny Lane Mall is a quaint alley of boutiques, souvenir shops, and cafes. Help kids pick up some gifts to take home at the Old Salt Gift Shop and then stop by Cafe Papillon for crepes and other French pastries. For more bargains, head up to Tanger Outlets and enjoy a full day of shopping.
10. Race Go-Karts at Midway Speedway Park
Race each other in go-karts at the Midway Speedway Park. This park holds five different go-kart tracks, ranging from a kiddie track for younger racers to a family track where kids can ride with an adult. For those who prefer golf, there is an 18-hole mini-golf course that features a volcanic mountain. Other activities include a climbing wall, bumper boats, lazy river, and waterslides.
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