I like to consider Rehoboth my ‘home away from home’. For the last 16 years we’ve gone there for the beach, boards, restaurants and, of course, shopping. THIS summer was different, we were on a mission to find the most unique family fun activities to do in the area. All of these things I either did solo with my quad squad or with friends that visited us. So, here’s a list of the kid-friendly recommendations for your next Delaware Beach getaway that my husband, fellow mamas and I came up with!
- Check out the local library! Rehoboth Library has awesome weekly events.
- Day trip to the Maryland side of Assateague Island! $20 per car gets you in for a week. We went back 5 days after our first visit. Both on misty/rainy/cloudy days and both were huge successes. Be sure to check the website for what activities the Visitors Center has. Also, the Visitors Center has great bathrooms, use those before going over the bridge to visit the ponies. And take advantage of the short movies they show to learn a lot about the island!
- Create a scavenger hunt for the boardwalk after dinner. We did an “eating” hunt. Definitely not diet-friendly, but we sure enjoyed the tasty experiences! We also did one for sounds and smells. That was fun and the littlest siblings really got into that one!
- Funland! $30 gets you 100 tickets! The Haunted Mansion (probably their most popular ride) is 6 tickets, but most are about 2.
- Cape Henelopen State Park in Lewes. SO much to see and do. Trails. Water sports. Beach. Disc Golf. Camping. And there are boat rides and organized activities you can check out online.
- Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Lewes. For $100 we had a round trip ticket for 1 adult, 4 kids, and 1 mini-van. And our day trip to Cape May was super fun! Pinterest and friends’ recommendations made it a day with 4 fantastic stops. But the ferry alone was exciting for us!
And I’ve saved the best for last….
7. Pirates of Lewes Expedition at the Anglers Marina in Historic Lewes. Oh my goodness, this was the cherry on-top of our vacation sundae! We booked it at 9:30am on my sons birthday. Went into thinking he’d love this, left it with all 6 of us filled with so much joy! We all had a BLAST! We arrived at 9am at the dock. There, the staff dressed the kids up in vests and sashes, then they received a sword, eye patch, earring hoop, face painting and a tattoo! Each staff member was friendly and in “pirate” character. It was clear they loved their job and had a great working relationship. The ship sails on the calmest waters with the prettiest views. We saw many osprey along the way and learned about pirate history and sea life in the area. The children read a map, found a pirate, had a water cannon fight with the pirate, retrieved the treasure, got a generous amount of booty, played limbo, and were fully engaged for the entire expedition! Meanwhile, the parents were laughing the whole time with the subtle adult jokes in their well-organized adventure. Plan for kids to get wet! Be sure to reserve your spot in advance. They sail at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm but will also book private groups! Be sure to Like them on Facebook for more information and easy communications.
Whatever you find yourself doing, enjoy it. As my best friend always says, “We don’t remember days; we remember moments.”
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. We received no monetary compensation for this post. My family was gifted with a complimentary Pirates of Lewes Expedition in exchange for my honest review.