Delaware may be one of the smallest states in the country, but there is a lot to do in the Small Wonder! The conference is being held in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a beautiful small town known for its beaches and boardwalk, its maritime history, and home of tax-free shopping. Our conference hotel provides free beach chairs and umbrellas to just hang on the beach, and also has a salt-water swimming pool on the grounds. There are 3 bicycle rental shops within a block of the hotel, and access nearby to trails where you can ride through natural areas on your way to neighboring Lewes (5 miles), which is a historic and scenic seaside town. Also along the way is Cape Henlopen State Park, that boast numerous coastal nature trails with access to wild beaches. Tax-free shopping is accessible all around, and a $6 ticket on the town Jolly Trolley shuttle can take you to the nearby ferry that runs to historic Cape May across the bay. There are also museums and art galleries within walking distance all over town.
Below you’ll find plenty of resources for things to do on your own in Rehoboth Beach and surrounding Sussex County, and in other parts of the state as well. But first, enjoy a 1-min video introducing the beach resort area put together by the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center.
Hungry? Thirsty? Explore numerous eateries within a few minutes walk to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or grab a quick cup of coffee. Want some ideas on places to go? Check out this Story Map put together by DGS staff.
Here are a few popular things to do while in Delaware. Many of the items listed here are within 15-20 min drive from the conference hotel in Rehoboth Beach.
|Nassau Valley Vineyards is Delaware’s first and only award winning winery. Located just a few miles from Delaware’s bustling beach resorts, the winery is nestled among verdant fields on a quiet country road.|
|Zwaanendael Museum commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. This museum serves as a showcase for the Lewes area’s maritime, military, and social history.|
|Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. If you live or vacation in south coastal Delaware…the Inland Bays are right in your backyard!|
|Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Once on board, you get to sit back and relax while you cruise past historic lighthouses, picturesque harbors, and local wildlife. You may even have your very own dolphin pod or whale escort.|
|Tax-free shopping at the Rehoboth Beach Tanger Outlets.|
|Cape Henlopen’s beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing.|
|Where do old airplanes go? The lucky ones go to the Air Mobility Command Museum. The museum houses over 30 aircraft varying in roles and sizes. Guided tours available. Open Tues-Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking.|
|Step back in time and experience the charm and beauty of colonial New Castle. Walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy the historic sites of this riverfront community. Enjoy natural resources and riverfront park, museums, historic churches, tours, events, dining and shopping!|
|The state that started the nation welcomes you to explore the Delaware History Trail, a journey to experience the First State’s historical treasures. The trail highlights significant locations statewide that have impacted the history of Delaware and our nation.|
Additional resources on places to go and things to do when visiting the First State:
- Things To Do in Rehoboth Beach
- About Rehoboth Beach for Visitors. City of Rehoboth Beach
- Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
- Delaware Tourism Office
- Assateague Island National Park
- Wilmington Riverfront
- 8 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Delaware