As we continue meandering our way through the offseason here at the Delaware beaches, it's certainly normal to begin feeling a little bit of "Cabin Fever."
We all want to get outside and enjoy what makes living in the coastal region so special, and we're getting closer to the time of year when the outdoor temperatures will allow us to do so.
But in the meantime, there are many activities in southern Delaware we can all enjoy when Mother Nature is being a bit more difficult.
Here are our favorite things to do during the winter months in coastal Delaware.
Let's take a look…
Not that long ago, there were many more bowling alleys in the coastal region than there are today. But with the one in Midway closing several years ago, as well as both establishments in Seaford, it was a bit of a dying form of entertainment.
But now Lefty’s Alley and Eats is entering its second year, giving us four alleys at which to enjoy a fun wintertime day with family and/or friends.
Click on any of the links below for more information on each site, including hours, prices and more. You can also read our past blog entry on Lefty’s HERE.
Lefty’s Alley and Eats (Rehoboth Beach)
Millsboro Bowling Lanes (Millsboro)
Milford Bowling Lanes (Milford)
Bryan’s Bowling Center (Laurel)
Explore the Delaware History Trail
Why not hop in your car and enjoy some of Delaware’s great historical sites during the winter season? With a past dating back nearly 400 years, there are certainly plenty of great things to see and experience here in the First State.
Stops in Sussex County include Fort Miles, the Rehoboth Beach Museum, the Milton Museum, the “Governor’s Walk,” the Lewes Historic District and the Indian River Life-Saving Station, among others.
Visit www.visitdelaware.com/delaware-history-trail for more information and sample itineraries, not only for Sussex County, but for the entire state.
See A Show
We have a few local theater groups in southern Delaware that do a really nice job in the performing arts. There’s some real talent in our area, and we have three of the best small town theaters you'll find anywhere in the country.
And the winter months are a great time to enjoy some of these fantastic performances, be it in Rehoboth Beach, in Milford or in Georgetown. And don’t forget to check out the Milton Theater as well, as they often have shows and performances of their own.
There's also Dickens Parlour Theatre just west of Bethany Beach, where you'll find some of the best magic shows in the mid-Atlantic.
Below are links for Sussex County’s three main local theaters. They’re all great and provide a fantastic night out with your someone special.
ClearSpace Theater (Rehoboth Beach)
Second Street Players (Milford)
Possum Point Players (Georgetown)
Visit a Local Museum
This is always a great option and one that we’ve written about in the past. Check out our previous post on some of southern Delaware’s finest museums HERE.
During the winter months is a fantastic time to get out and really explore some of these great sites, while learning a good deal about the history of Sussex County in the process.
There are really too many to possibly name them all, but we’ve included links to a few of our favorites below:
Rehoboth Beach Museum (Rehoboth Beach)
Zwaanendael Museum (Lewes)
Nanticoke Indian Museum (Oak Orchard)
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum (Fenwick Island)
Seaford Museum (Seaford)
Take a Walking Tour of Lewes
Run by the Lewes Historical Society, these tours of Lewes are led by an informative guide and include many of the “First Town in the First State’s” most notable attractions, including the Cannonball House, the Lewes Life-Saving Station, the Lewes Historical Society complex and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
We can personally attest to the fantastic nature of these tours, where you’ll hear many stories you probably won’t hear anywhere else. The tours include very knowledgeable guides and provide for an extremely enjoyable experience.
We’ve included the link below for more information.
Go Out to Eat
This is truly one of our favorite things about Rehoboth Beach, no matter the time of year. But during the winter months, you can visit some of our great local restaurants without the big crowds and without having to wait for a table.
There are so many great locally owned and operated restaurants in Sussex County that we won’t attempt to name even a few of them here, for fear of upsetting some of our favorites that would surely be left out.
But no matter where you live in southern Delaware, there are great local eateries that are owned and operated by chefs who are actually in the kitchen preparing the food.
So do a search online, pick a few that look interesting and enjoy! Or if you already have your favorites, this is a great time of year to pay them a visit.
Enjoy a Spa Day
What better time to enjoy a little pampering than during the winter months, when you really want to be inside and toasty warm anyway, right?
Southern Delaware has several great spas where you’ll be treated like royalty, and we urge you to seek them out. Again, there are so many that naming just a few would simply be unfair to the ones that we didn’t mention.
But do a Google search for “Coastal Delaware Spas” and you’ll come up with several options, none of which are bad.
So get out there and let the pampering begin!
Take a Walk on the Beach
Who doesn’t love a walk on the beach, right? And we certainly have plenty to choose from, with 26 miles of fantastic Atlantic coastline here in southern Delaware.
But the advantage of taking a walk on the sandy shores during the winter months is obvious – you can pretty much have the beach to yourself.
There may be a few people out and about, but you’re certainly not going to experience any large crowds like you will between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Our beaches are extremely popular with hundreds of thousands of people and we certainly welcome them to coastal Delaware during the tourist season. But right now is the time of year for you, your family and your pets to get outside and enjoy the serenity of the coastline.
You may even run into one of us while doing so.