Include These Spring Activities in Your Delaware Beach Plans

Spring is an ideal time to hit the beaches before the summer crowds arrive. These spring activities offer plenty of seaside fun.

Spring is here, and businesses across coastal Delaware are reopening their doors for the season. You may be waiting for the summer sun for seaside sunbathing and swimming, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beaches right now. These spring activities provide the perfect warm-up before the busy beach season.

The mild spring weather in Delaware makes it the perfect time of year for a seaside stroll, a day exploring various boardwalk destinations, outdoor dining and more. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the Delaware beaches this spring.

1. Get Your Summer Shopping Done

Whether you’re looking to update your summer wardrobe or want to treasure hunt for unique antiques, you’ll find plenty of shopping opportunities at the Delaware beaches. The scenic Penny Lane Mall is a great stop for gift shops. Plus, the Tanger Outlet Mall at Rehoboth Beach is a local favorite for clothing finds.

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2. Dine at High-Demand Beach Eateries

Plenty of restaurants in Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey and Fenwick are booked out throughout the summer. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy seasonal specials, al fresco dining and chef-curated menus without the long wait times. The beaches are home to farm-to-table concepts like Lewes’s Heirloom or Fenwick’s One Coastal. Or, try a swanky sushi hotspot like The Cultured Pearl, which offers rooftop dining with scenic koi ponds.


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3. Learn About Delaware’s Dynamic History at the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum

Looking for an indoor spring activity at the beach? This museum is filled with interesting artifacts unearthed and researched from historic shipwrecks. Shipwreck diver and maritime archaeologist Dale Clifton has discovered thousands of artifacts and derived plenty of knowledge throughout his career. About 10% of his massive collection is rotated annually at this free museum.

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4. Create a Coastal Delaware Beer Trail to Sample Local Brews

The Delaware beaches are home to many incredible breweries which have garnered national attention. When it comes to spring activities, outdoor sipping and sampling is a must. Dogfish Head in Milton is a must-visit for IPA lovers, while fans of fruited sours are sure to feel right at home at Dewey Beer Company. Big Oyster Brewery is always releasing creative small-batch brews from roasted coffee stouts to light, refreshing ales.

Looking to try something new? Check out The Brimming Horn Meadery for a break from the norm. Along Route 1, you’ll also see Crooked Hammock Brewery, Thompson Island Brewing Company, Iron Hill Brewery and many more.


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5. Take a Seaside Stroll

While Delaware’s spring weather may not always lend itself to a dip in the Atlantic, there are plenty of spots along the coast for a scenic stroll. Whether you prefer the natural landscape of Cape Henlopen State Park or a boardwalk stroll in Rehoboth, there is plenty to explore. Make sure you bring your camera and keep an eye out for local wildlife.

Looking for more seaside inspiration? Find things to do, places to stay, top eateries and more in our Beach Guide. 

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