Southern Delaware’s constellation of picturesque downtowns – all charming, yet each with its own distinct personality - are fabulous getaway destinations. From quaint B&Bs to luxury hotels, guests will find welcoming accommodations oceanfront, historic districts, charming seaside and riverside towns, and rural retreats.
Southern Delaware is largely agricultural, so our renowned Culinary Coast™ chefs use the freshest ingredients to create the most fabulous dining experiences in the Mid-Atlantic. Needless to say, our farmers’ markets are amazing and, in season, there’s at least one taking place every day of the week. That, in combination with our lucky abundance of breweries, wineries, and distilleries, is why Life Tastes Better Here.
Southern Delaware’s resort atmosphere and convenient location make it the Mid Atlantic sweet spot for meetings, retreats, reunions, and weddings. The area offers five star beaches, bays, waterways, signature golf courses, fabulous trails, and incredible scenic beauty plus a full complement of meeting- and group-friendly venues, accommodations ranging from ocean front luxury to budget-friendly, and culinary options from boardwalk fries to the finest dining along our famed Culinary Coast™. Year round amenities include outdoor adventures, watersports, indoor activities, tours, and entertainment – plus tax free shopping, dining, and meeting space.
Knowledgeable captains and crewmembers will take you out on THE DISCOVERY in comfort and style. Once on board, you will experience the panoramic views of our shorelines, the wonderfully lush landscape of our grassy marshlands, our local water life and birdlife, and the rich history of what was once a major shipping canal for transporting crops and commodities up and down the rivers to major ports such as Philadelphia and Wilmington. View the video to experience a cruise with Cape Water Taxi:
From the many local breweries to vineyards, farms, antique shops and historical sites, this area has a wealth of attractions to visit, and taking a Delmarva Discovery Tour is the perfect way to explore the area just beyond the beaches. You'll relax in one of our comfortable passenger vans and experience all the local secrets and hidden gems that are off the beaten path. Private guided tours. Visit company website for info.
Aloha and welcome to the friendliest paddlesports company in Delaware. We offer paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing rentals, lessons and guided excursions at various locations around Southern Delaware! Our fixed watersports concession is in a cove in Dewey Beach on the shallow Rehoboth Bay, right behind the Bay Resort Motel. We take walk ups in season and we deliver too. Delivery by boat also available to some areas of Dewey and Rehoboth.
We enjoy showing visitors a glimpse of why we love living here; we want to show them the environment that they might not have seen otherwise. Enjoy a personalized guided Kayaking Adventure Tour on the serene and protected waters of the Indian River Bay. Tours focus on an educational discovery of Delaware's Inland Bays and natural treasures. Small tour groups-perfect for beginners, couples, and families. Catch a glimpse of various aquatic life, wildlife, and local and migratory fowl in their natural habitat.
Start your adventure with us! Tour the Inland Bays day or night...or ride the waves of the Delaware Beaches with the most experienced local guides. Whether you're a beginner on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or an experienced kayaker, you're in for a truly memorable experience with Quest Adventures.
Hop on board for a taste of the beach craft beer culture in a safe and comfortable way. Based out of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware the Beach Brew Bus will take you to some of the beaches most popular breweries to enjoy behind-the-scenes educational tours and tastings of different beers. Sit back, relax and let the Beach Brew Bus be your designated driver to good times and great beer.
Embark on a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! Enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of best eateries, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues as your tour winds through the streets of Rehoboth Beach. Our seasoned guides will bring you up-to-date on local history and restaurant lore. The combined tastes on your tour add up to a delicious lunch, and everything is included.
Cape Henlopen State Park - Lying amidst rolling sand dunes, on a high bank overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the Fort Miles Historical Area, home of the Fort Miles Museum. The central features of the museum include Battery 519, six barracks buildings, a fire control tower, an orientation building, and the Fort Miles Artillery Park. The museum tells the story of Fort Miles, a key piece of our nation's coastal defense, from World War II through the early 1970’s. Walking tours/bike tours.
Southern Delaware is a great place to enjoy our beaches, resort attractions and areas beyond - from a unique perspective. Take a tour of the area in a helicopter! Choose from a range of tours, from a 10 minute Vineyard Tour to a 45 minute Grand Tour. You’ll love your time in the air and the beauty below.
By providing you with a unique, enjoyable, and educational experience, we hope your guided tour with us is the highlight of your vacation. At the same time we strive to create an appreciation and awareness of the importance of preserving our natural resources. Sailing tours, new in 2019! Let the wind do the work. Sit back and enjoy the sun and the breeze as your skipper sails you through the beautiful back bays of the Delaware coast. Cruise past a bird rookery and along the wooded shoreline of a state wildlife area while you learn about the many different species of shore birds and other wildlife that make their homes in this special eco-system. A perfectly relaxing and informative addition to your beach vacation!
Guided Tours of the Hugh R. Sharp Campus of the University of Delaware: The University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment offers free guided tours of the Hugh R. Sharp campus in Lewes, Del., to introduce the public to marine science and the research activities of the college. Click here for information.
Tourist At Home: Visiting or living in a new place for the first time? One of the best ways to get to know an area is to get lost and just drive! Of course, if you don't *really* want to get lost, we understand. That's why Southern Delaware Tourism has partnered with The Cape Gazette and some wonderful local tour guides to provide armchair tours of Sussex County each month that you can enjoy first in the comfort of your home or hotel room, and then can get out and explore in real life too!
Our beautiful state parks and nature centers also offer a wide variety of guided tours! Check out our calendar or their individual websites:
When you visit Southern Delaware in 2020, you'll find new accommodations, activities, events, restaurants and lots more! Of course, everything you've always loved about Southern Delaware awaits as well.
Here, in no particular order, are nearly 40 brand new – and a few new-ish! - reasons to visit...