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Lewes, DE
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Lewes which includes a small town or village

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.

Where to stay in Lewes

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lewes Rehoboth Beach
Home2 Suites by Hilton Lewes Rehoboth Beach
2.5 out of 5
17388 OCEAN ONE PLAZA, Lewes, DE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $269 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Situated in Lewes, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nassau Valley Winery, Midway Par 3 Golf Course, and Beebe Healthcare. Great Marsh Preserve and American ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)
"Clean room. Friendly staff. Poorly marked entrance. Easy to see but difficulty finding driveway into property."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lewes Rehoboth Beach
Hotel Blue
Hotel Blue
3 out of 5
110 Anglers Rd., Suite 107, Lewes, DE
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 1812 Memorial Park and Lewes Beach. Cannonball Museum and Zwaanendael Museum are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (467 reviews)

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Hotel Blue
Driftwood Motel
Driftwood Motel
3 out of 5
18282 Coastal Highway, Lewes, DE
Situated on the Strip, this motel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cape Henlopen State Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Beebe Healthcare. Tanger Outlets and Lewes Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (275 reviews)
"Decent and clean. Would stay there again. Running out of details."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Driftwood Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Luxe Family Beach House w/ Porch, Pool & Game Room
Luxe Family Beach House w/ Porch, Pool & Game Room
Lewes, DE
This family-friendly Lewes vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beebe Healthcare, George H.P. Smith Park, and 1812 Memorial Park. Lewes Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
No problems
"No problem except the fireplace did not work"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Luxe Family Beach House w/ Porch, Pool & Game Room
Fun-in-the-sun Condo in the Villages at Five Points
Fun-in-the-sun Condo in the Villages at Five Points
Lewes, DE
This family-friendly Lewes condo building is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Nassau Valley Winery and Midway Par 3 Golf Course. Cannonball Museum and ...
5/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great Spot!
"We were in town for a baseball tournament and this was a great place to stay! It was close to shopping and the beach."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Fun-in-the-sun Condo in the Villages at Five Points
Cool Little Cottage Minutes From Beaches, Shopping and Dining
Cool Little Cottage Minutes From Beaches, Shopping and Dining
Lewes, DE
Situated in Lewes, this cottage is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Nassau Valley Winery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tanger Outlets and Midway Par 3 Golf Course. Great Marsh ...
5/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
Comfortable
"Queit and comfortable, clean and relaxing, close driving distance to everything. Owner is great and responsive."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Cool Little Cottage Minutes From Beaches, Shopping and Dining
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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