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T he largest of Delaware's Atlantic resorts traces its origins to 1873, when the grounds of the Rehoboth Beach "Camp Meeting Association of the M.E. Church" were established. Fishing, swimming, basketball and volleyball, beachcombing and strolling the mile-long boardwalk are just a few of the activities on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Off the beach, Rehoboth Beach offers bandstand concerts, a convention center, shops of all kinds, outlet shopping, restaurants, amusements, and an exciting nightlife.

Many Rehoboth Beach events, including the Sea Witch Halloween Festival & Fiddler's Convention in late October, the world famous Punkin Chunkin' contest in early November, and this year, the renewal of the old Fourth of July celebration complete with fireworks, dot the calendar.



We offer some of the best surf and deep sea fishing to be found along the East Coast. Fishing is also excellent in the Indian River Inlet area, Rehoboth Bay and Delaware Bay. A children's fishing bridge is a popular spot on Lake Gerar in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Any bait and tackle shop will be happy to help you plan a fishing outing to suit your needs. Division of Parks and Recreation Surf Fishing Beaches include Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park.

For additional information on fishing licensing, regulations or locations, contact the DE Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9910, or visit .

There is a four-wheel drive vehicular license requirement for all state-owned beaches. For more information call 302-739-9220. Charter boats available from Fisherman's Wharf 302-645-8862, and Fish On Charters 302-732-3886. Fishing Facts
Tunas and tuna-like fish, billfish, and certain sharks are the speed champions, reaching 50 miles per hour in shorts bursts. Most strong swimmers speeds range from 5 to 10.

There are many opportunities for cycling in the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach area. Bicycles can be rented for the family to enjoy a pleasant outing through the streets of Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and the surrounding area. From May 15 to September 15, riding on the Boardwalk may be done between 5:00 AM and 10:00 AM only. For additional information call 302-227-6181 or 302-227-2233. The Junction and Breakwater Trail off Wolfe Neck Road on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park midway between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach is 3.6 miles. For more information, call 302- 739-4702 or visit .

For cyclists desiring a longer ride, Sussex Cyclists (a local cycling group) leads day and evening rides from 11 to 50 miles mostly through rural Sussex County roads. Visitors are welcome to participate. Information is available at or by calling the ride leader on 302-645-6633. All riders must wear approved helmets and carry liquid adequate for the ride. Cue sheets for the rides are available on the web site. For your safety, please drive carefully. (Note: bikers are asked to obey all laws governing motor vehicles.) For information on Bicycle Route 1 (a north-south route the length of Delaware) and Delaware Bicycling Maps, contact the Delaware Dept. of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian Coordinator at 302-760-2509, or visit their web site at .

Back road Bicycling and Auto Tours: The Southern Delaware Heritage Trail connects rivers, scenic drives, local heritage and historic sites, country inns, bed and breakfasts motels and antiquing. The loop trail is marked by signs which connect several historic towns west of Delaware's beach resorts. The trail route provides 130 miles of connecting trails for cyclists and more than 70 miles of scenic country roads for motorists who like to venture off the beaten path.

All motorboats launched from tidal access areas administered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife must be registered in Delaware. Ramp certificates cost $35 and must be purchased from the Division of Fish and Wildlife (302-739-9916). The Rehoboth and Delaware Bays offer excellent conditions for small boating, sailing and water skiing. Boating and water skiing information can be obtained from any of our marinas. Sailboat rentals are available in many areas in Dewey Beach and in Lewes. Don't forget ocean kayaking. Rentals - For rentals and school call the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association at 302-227-9008 or Rehoboth Bay Marina at 302-226-2012.


Anna Hazzard Museum - 17 Christian Street in Rehoboth Beach. A Camp Meeting Era "Tent" structure housing artifacts and memorabilia. For information or appointment, phone 302-226-1119.

Biggs Museum of American Art - 406 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware, 302-674-2111. Fine and decorative arts. Also visit .

Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum - Located on Route 1 near the Indian River Inlet, 302-227-6991. The 1879 station was once home to members of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, later the Coast Guard, who kept watch for foundering ships. It has been refurbished to its 1905 appearance and is home to a museum, dedicated to the history of the local Coast Guard, and a gift shop.

Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation-302-227-0478;Discover-Sea Museum-888-743-5524; Rehoboth Art League-302-227-8408 and Rehoboth Beach Historical Society/Anna Hazzard Museum-302-226-1119. Indian River Lifesaving Station Museum-302-227-0478. Overfalls Maritime Museum - 302-645-4733. Biggs Museum of American Art 302-674-2111.


Grove Park, Columbia Ave., at the intersection of Columbia Ave & Grove Street, Rehoboth Beach. See Tot Lots page 20. Cape Henlopen State Park - on the water where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. This 3,000 acre park near Lewes has the famous "walking" sand dunes, nature trails with guides, a nature center, camping, bathhouses, tennis, recreation areas and areas for surf fishing and swimming. For information call 302-645-8983. Seasonal, tent, and RV camping. Delaware Seashore State Park - the State of Delaware has major coastal areas reserved for public use, including the section south of Dewey Beach to Indian River Inlet. Just north of the Inlet there are usually surfers riding the waves. For information call 302- 227-2800. Limited year round, tent and RV. For Delaware State Parks (including Cape Henlopen State Park) reservations call 1-877-98-PARKS or visit . State Park entrance fees apply May 1 - October 31. NEW - Lifetime passes are now available to Delaware residents over the age of 65.

Surfboard riding is available on the Atlantic Ocean near Indian River Inlet on Route One, south of Dewey Beach. School/lessons for surfing available from Rehoboth Beach's Boarding School - 302- 270-8103 or 302-745-5804. Also visit . For skimboarding summer camps call 302-227-7087 or visit .

Transportation around the area is provided by the following businesses: Cape May-Lewes Ferry - Whether in a car making a connection with New Jersey or on a walk-on trip for the voyage itself, visitors to this area should take the scenic trip across the wide mouth of the Delaware Bay. Approximately 70 minutes one way. For information call 1-800-64-FERRY.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Trolley - Shuttle buses and trolley service are available seven days a week from June 14 through Labor Day. The service goes between the Lewes Terminal, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and the shopping outlets along Route One. During nonpeak months in the spring and service is available only on weekends. Riders may connect with the Delaware Resort Transit System for other destinations. Hours of operation: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. - Lewes Terminal: 302-644-6030 or 800-64-FERRY.

Jolly Trolley of Rehoboth - This public carrier runs between Rehoboth and Dewey with stops throughout the area every thirty minutes or less depending on traffic daily, in season. Also available for special events, weddings and parties. For information call 302-227-1197.

DART First State Resort Transit Bus Service Bus service operates from Memorial Day weekend through the second week in September.  Most routes run from 7 AM to 1 AM, seven days a week.  Resort Transit provides service to Lewes along the Rt. 1 corridor, to the Outlets, into downtown Rehoboth, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, MD.  All buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts, bike racks, and are air conditioned for your comfort. View a map of the different routes here .

DART's Rehoboth Park & Ride Lot is located on Shuttle Road, just off of Route 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue.  For a $7.00 parking fee, everyone in the vehicle receives a FREE daily pass that is valid on all Resort Transit buses.

Due to the Rt. 1 construction project, during the 2007 season passengers with bikes can ride FREE on Rts. 203, 204, 205 & 206.  Riders can board the bus at the Rehoboth Park & Ride lot or at any bus stop along the route.  The bus can transport 2 bikes at a time, and riders are responsible for loading and unloading their bike from the rack on the front of the bus.

DART's Beach Bus, Rt. 305, provides bus service between Wilmington, Dover & Rehoboth Beach on Friday nights, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

For more information on Resort Transit or Beach Bus, visit or call 1-800-652-DART.

Carolina Trailways ( tentative information as of May 2, 2007 :)
Carolina Trailways bus service has informed us via phone that they will run May-September (beginning May 16) with a daily stop at the Shore Stop/Valero Gas Station at 801 Rehoboth Avenue Extended - 7 days per week. The bus coming from the north heading southbound will arrive at 1:10 PM (this is the same as last year); the bus coming from the south heading northbound will arrive at 8:20 AM (this is a change from last year). For more information call 1-800-231-2222 or visit .

Clerk of Peace, Sussex County, Delaware: 302-855-7834. For permission to have a beach wedding please contact the local municipality (City of Rehoboth at 302-227-6181 or Town of Dewey Beach at 302-227-6363). Also, download a wedding planner at .
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