Activities For Dogs In Delaware On Nice Days

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Introduction

The state of Delaware experiences a variety of temperatures and weather conditions, to include rain and snow. Any poor weather that is encountered by the state makes the nice weather feel even better. On a nice day in Delaware, it is likely that you and your pup would like to enjoy some time outdoors together. Fortunately, the state has a variety of things that you and your canine companion can do together, regardless of your (and your dog's) activity level. Taking advantage of gorgeous weather should be no problem in the state of Delaware!

Cape May Lewes Ferry

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
10 - 120 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
The Cape May Lewes Ferry operates year-round and your canine companion can accompany you for no extra charge! Your dog will have to remain away from the food court areas, but is welcome throughout the rest of the boat. Fortunately, the ferry terminals are also dog-friendly. Start in Lewes (called "The First Town In The First State"), Delaware and cross the Delaware Bay to Cape May. Or choose the reverse. Lewes, Delaware also offers plenty of things to keep you and your pup busy and enjoying some time together outdoors. Make sure to keep your dog on their leash and bring waste bags to clean up any messes!

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Plan and book your trip
First, you will want to decide when you would like to take the ferry and where you will begin your journey. There is a ferry terminal in Lewes, Delaware and one in Cape May, New Jersey. If you are coming from Delaware, you can visit Cape May, or you can come from New Jersey and spend some time in Lewes, Delaware. The website for the Cape May Lewes Ferry provides information on activities that you can do in each town, which will help you with your planning. Once you know when you would like to travel, you can easily book your ticket online.
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Get packing!
Next, pack what you will need for your outing. This will vary based on the time of year you are taking the ferry, as well as how you plan to spend your time at Lewes or Cape May. Bring appropriate layers for when it is cool, that you can remove when you warm up. Make sure to bring a leash for your pup, as well as water and some waste bags. Both Lewes and Cape May offer spots where you can enjoy a picnic, so consider bringing along some food.
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Ferry departure
The ferry departs at regular intervals throughout the day. Make sure to arrive before your reservation time so that you have plenty of time to board. Your pup will be required to stay away from food court areas, but can explore the rest of the ferry along with you. Or, you and your dog can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
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Exploration Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
10 - 120 min
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Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Activity description
On a nice day in Delaware, you and your pup can easily enjoy some outdoor time together. When it comes to taking a walk or going for a hike in Delaware, there are plenty of interesting options to consider. There are quite a few state parks that you can visit in Delaware (like Fenwick Island State Park, Cape Henlopen State Park, and Delaware Seashore State Park) where you and your pup can enjoy a hike together or walk on the beach. You and your pup can walk along the Junction and Breakwater trail or the James F. Hall trail, both of which were created from a former rail line. And of course, you and your canine companion can enjoy a simple walk around the neighborhood.
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Choose your destination
First, you will want to decide on where you and your pup will go for your walk or hike. Consider your activity and endurance level as well as that of your dog before choosing where to go. After all, you want to be sure that the experience is enjoyable for both of you. Other considerations include the predicted temperature and the time of day that you plan to walk. Some of the beaches in the state, for example, have times that you are allowed to bring your pup into the beach. Keep these in mind as you make your plans.
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Put together your pack
Before you and your dog embark on your hike or walk, you will want to be sure that you have everything that you need. A backpack may be in order and for extra fun, let your canine pal carry a pack too. What you need will vary based on where you are going, what you will be doing and for how long you will do it. For most hikes or walks, you will definitely need a leash, waste bags, water and some treats for your pup. Consider the weather before you leave. If there is any chance of rain and you will be gone awhile, a rain slicker will be good to have along. You may also benefit from dressing in layers.
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Explore and enjoy
All packed? Then you are good to go to the place that you have chosen, even if it is right outside your front door. No matter where you are walking, you and your dog will be able to enjoy the nice weather together. Especially on longer walks or hikes, make sure to keep your pet hydrated with regular water breaks. Also, remember to clean up after your pet!
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Dog Park Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description
Spending time at the dog park is an excellent activity on a nice day. Delaware offers numerous dog parks that you can plan to visit. One top spot is Elsmere dog park. Located in Elsmere, Delaware, Elsmere dog park offers a lot for you and your pup. The park is fenced in and offers two separate areas; one for small dogs and one for larger pups. While humans can quench their thirst with water fountains at the park, water spigots are present for the dogs. There are plenty of benches for you to relax on while you watch your dog make new friends and play. An added bonus is that the park offers basic equipment for agility training, so you can work with your pup on some new skills.
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Choose the park
As you realize you will be having pleasant weather and want to spend time with your pup at a dog park, you will have to first decide WHICH park you would like to visit. The location you choose will likely depend on where in Delaware you are, as well as how far you are willing to drive. You may have possibilities in mind or you can look online for more information on dog parks in the state. Each dog park will have different features and you can choose the one that best meets the needs of you and your pup. Are you looking for a park with water options, or a doggy playground that is busy with other folks in place? Hiking trail availability may play a part. Search online for just what you are looking for.
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Pack for the fun
Once you know where you will be going, you will want to pack the items that you and your pup will need while at the dog park. What you need will depend on the weather and the particular dog park. For example, if it is a very sunny day and the park that you are visiting does not have much shade, you will likely want to bring sunglasses and a hat. Regardless of the park you are visiting, you will want to bring a leash, water, treats, waste bags and a ball or Frisbee.
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Enjoy the outing
The dog park will offer multiple things for your pup to do. Your pup may enjoy running on their own or with new friends in a fenced-in area and you can enjoy watching your pup having a good time. The park may offer opportunities to get into water or agility activities. If your pup is not engaged, it is the perfect time to get the Frisbee or ball out and get a game of "fetch" going.
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See A Movie At Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

When the weather is nice in Delaware, why not see a movie outdoors with your pup? You and your canine pal can check out a movie at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, located in Rehoboth Beach, where you can enjoy an outdoor screening starting at dusk. Screenings are free and occur during the summer months, with seating available on a first come first serve basis. Make sure that your dog does well around others (dogs and people) before giving the activity a try. Bring some water and treats along for your pup, as well as waste bags to clean up any mess. 

Take Your Dog Fishing

On a nice day in Delaware you and your dog can go on a chartered fishing trip. There are multiple options for a fishing excursion with your pup in the state. For example, Katydid Sportfishing offers shark fishing, bottom fishing or wreck fishing charters and your dog is welcome aboard! Before booking a fishing trip for you and your pooch, make sure that your dog is comfortable on the water so there is a good chance that both of you will have a good time on the adventure! 

Visit the Rockwood Mansion Park Museum

Located in New Castle, Delaware, the Rockwood Mansion Park Museum is now a public park on what used to be an estate. The house on the property has been turned into a museum; however, you and your canine companion can explore the grounds of the park as long as your pet is on a leash. The historic gardens include six acres and the landscape is considered "Gardenesque" which is a style that includes long vistas, paths that curve and a lawn bordered by trees and shrubs. Not only will you and your pup enjoy the nice weather, your dog will encounter plenty of smells that they can explore!

Conclusion

Fortunately when the weather is nice in Delaware, there are a number of ways that you and your pup can spend time together outdoors to enjoy it. The activities vary when it comes to activity and energy level for you and your pup, meaning that you can choose what works best for you and your canine pal on a particular day or even participate in more than one to take full advantage of the nice day. So get ready for some fun and quality bonding time with your special friend while in the state of Delaware!