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Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

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Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

Hello,

Thanks to this wonderful web-site, we found out about Lewes and want to go there in August.

My understanding is that there are two main beaches in town: Lewes Beach (with no waives) and Ocean Beach (with big waives). Is there a fee to enter them? What about parking (charge, availability)?

Also, what are good activities for little kids nearby?

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1. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

Lewes is a wonderful small town, very historic and has a "seaport" atmosphere.

Lewes Beach is actually the southern shoreline at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, hence the only waves are from wind or boat wakes. It is reviewed on this site. You pay only to park in the main lots that border the sand, or you can search for parking on residential streets if you don't mind walking. There's also free parking at "Fisherman's Beach" at Roosevelt Inlet. However, only the beaches adjacent to the paid parking lots have lifeguards.

The ocean beach is in nearby Cape Henlopen State Park, just beyond the Cape May/Lewes ferry terminal. It costs $8. per vehicle to enter the park and then parking in the huge lot is free. You may have quite a hike to the beach during peak season. The beach here is guarded and the park has a bath house and concession stand (as does Lewes beach).

For the kids, take them to the amusuments in Midway, Jungle Jim's, or Funland on Rehoboth boardwalk is an old fashioned amusement park with great kiddie rides and cheap ticket prices. There's also mini golf at the ferry terminal, along Coastal Highway, and on the boards in Rehoboth. They might also like hanging out at the fish-cleaning dock when the fleet boats come in. Also the discovery center in CHSP, and check their schedule for kid activities during your stay.

Have fun.

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daddio361,

Thank you very much for your post.

The Lewes Beach is mostly wave-free, corrrect? We have small kids and wave-free beach is the main reason we want to go to Lewes.

Also, I hear about bike rental. Are there trails or people bycicle across the streets?

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3. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

Yes...Lewes beach is within the breakwater and waves are minimal. There is a hiking biking trail along the Lewes Rehoboth canal. This canal links Lewes Harbor with Rehoboth bay and is a nice scenic nature hike.

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frank-n-pat ,

Thank you. That sounds very good.

Another question. I noticed that most rental properties would require us to drive to the beach (even 1/2 mile walk with 3 little kids is hard). How easy is it to find a parking spot close to the Lewes beach? We are early birds and will probably be there around 9 am at the marning.

Also, is it hard to find a parking spot at dowtown Lewes?

And question about bycicling. May be somebody will remember: do they have bycicles with a child seat? Our baby will be 14 months old by the time of the trip...

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5. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

At 9am you will practically have the beach (and prime parking spaces) all to yourself. The main parking lot (beyond the Dairy Queen) is large, but it does fill up on nice beach days.

And it can be a challenge to park in the "downtown" (commercial) district, but you can always find parking a few blocks away.

As for bikes, I think you will find what you need, if not in Lewes, certainly in Rehoboth. Also, Cape Henlopen is an ideal place to ride bikes away from vehicle traffic. In addition to the scenic Junction & Breakwater rail/trail, they have several paved trails, and the park maintains a fleet of various bikes for the use park visitors free of charge. However, if you rent bikes elsewhere, you can ride into the park without paying the admission charge.

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6. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

Thank you very much!

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Delaware Tourism Office What's this?

Great posts above about Lewes Beach and Cape Henlopen State Park.

Activities for kids: Shell we Golf Mini Golf, Jungle Jim's, Movies at Midway, Midway SpeedwayPark, Funland in Rehoboth Beach and tons of arcades on the Rehoboth boardwalk. Have a blast!!

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8. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

Is the beach area at Cape Shores friendly for laying out (teenage girls :))? What about to play in (teenage boys). I love Cape Henlopen State Park, just wondering what would be right outside of our door if we go with Cape Shores.

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9. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

urbanagrl, you'll get better response if you start a new thread.

The beach at CS is the eastern end of Lewes beach. The ferry terminal and Pilot's station are just on the other side of the jetty. This beach never gets crowded like the main protected stretch of beach. So it offers a measure of privacy, yet guy watching is just a five minute stroll down the beach away.

The only negative at CS beach: the water there sometimes gets stagnant and has debris.

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10. Re: Question about Beaches in Lewes, etc.

I asked almost this same question on the Delaware forum. So parking isn't bad at Lewes Beach? What about bathroom access? We were considering getting a state park pass, but not sure yet.

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