We recently headed to the Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, Delaware area for our first local ocean getaway since moving to Washington, DC. Unfortunately we ended up with less than ideal weather. However, never to be deterred by rain or wind, we still found a few great ways to enjoy the beautiful coast, even on an overcast, rainy weekend.
Cannonball House – Built around 1760, the Cannonball House is a small museum that is named for the damage it received during the War of 1812; even today, a cannonball is lodged in the foundation of the building. It is now home to a local museum owned by the Lewes Historical Society. One of the most incredible items we saw there was a pirate chest recovered nearby.
Zwaanendael Museum – The Zwaanendael Museum is named for, and memorializes the first European colony established in Delaware, named Swanendael, established in 1631. It features displays and cases of items from the maritime, military, and social history of Lewes and the surrounding area. Some of the most interesting exhibits featured items from local lighthouses and old shipwrecks.
Delaware History Trail – The portion of the Delaware History Trail we explored near Rehoboth Beach is located at Cape Henlopen,and encompasses the former Fort Miles. It includes six barracks buildings, a fire control tower, and the Fort Miles Artillery Park. This fort played a key role in protecting the US coast during World War II and for fifty years afterward.
Cape Henlopen – Cape Henlopen State Park is beautiful, even in the rain. Even if you can only dash out for a quick look, head to the beach for a few minutes to see this rugged, wild coast. On the day we visited, we only saw a few ambitious fishermen; otherwise, it was completely empty. There are also a number of great hiking trails that are worth exploring.
The Boardwalk – Even if you can’t camp out at the beach, it’s worth a stroll down by the water in Rehoboth Beach. The pastels of the walkway are stunning even on a cloudy day. Grab some taffy and then some fries at Thrasher’s. And if you can, have dinner at one of the restaurants that overlook the water.
What do you like to do in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes? Have I missed any great activities? Tell me in the comments.