The Atlantic Ocean needs to be savored for its sights, smells and sounds. Some places lend themselves naturally to this sensorial experience.
Lewes proclaims it’s the first town in the first state from its heritage of being settled by the Dutch in 1631. Breathe the fresh salt air as you wander through the historic streets on your way to Lewes Beach. The water is shallow for a considerable distance from shore with a lifeguard frequently on duty making it suitable for young families. Watch stunning sunsets over Delaware Bay on beach chairs available for rent. Food and drink services are located nearby. Experience bigger waves and a boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach 10 miles (15 kilometers) southward on the Atlantic Ocean.
Common sights from the Lewes Beach area are the car ferries that sail between Lewes and North Cape May, New Jersey, a distance of 17 miles (27 kilometers). Walk out on the breakwater to the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse that began service in 1926. Also, go aboard the Lightship Overfalls that is now a museum and permanently docked in Lewes Canal.
Visit Cape Henlopen State Park, about 2 miles (4 kilometers) away, which is located on a point that juts out into the ocean. The park has two designated beach areas with lifeguards often present. Try to hook a fish or catch a crab off the Cape Henlopen fishing pier. Tee off with a round of disc golf played with a Frisbee at the 18-hole facility or try your basketball skills at the courts. To get a panoramic view of the area, climb to the World War II observation tower located near the beach.
In Lewes, stroll along Second Street with its quaint stores and seafood restaurants. Here you might find a nautical memento of your time spent by the ocean.
To reach Lewes by road, travel along the Lewes Scenic and Historic Byway that connects with state highways from points north, south and west, or by boat on the Cape May-Lewes ferry from New Jersey. Visit Lewes to experience this coastal haven that may just become your family’s favorite destination.