Dubbed The Nation's Summer Capital, Rehoboth Beach in Deleware takes up only 1.6 square miles of coastal land on the southeastern border. The town was established in 1873, but is known for having inhabitants of humans and dogs as long as ago as 10,000 BC. So with such a long history of dog companionship, what does the town has to offer for dog lovers nowadays?
The best answer to that question would be the Delaware Seashore State Park where dogs are allowed to go all year round on the unguarded beaches. Throughout the offseason months of October through April, dogs are permitted on guarded beaches and allowed to play in the water as long as they remain on a leash. The park offers plenty of walking trails throughout the area, and has clean-up stations and trash bins in the parking lots.
You won't have to go far from the beach if you want some grub, just head to the Big Chill Surf Cantina which has an outdoor, dog-friendly bar in the back where patrons can sit and drink with their dog.
It's only a short walk from the dog-friendly AmericInn hotel to the two animal hospitals in the town, and other dog-friendly restaurants, like the Arena's Deli and Purple Parrot. All within walking distance, how can this city get any dog-friendlier?
Lake Gerar Park is located in the City Center neighborhood in Rehoboth Beach, and offers a dog-friendly alternative to the town's beaches. Instead of sand, the park has vibrant green fields of green with beautiful views of the freshwater Gerar Lake. The park is 15 acres, with a fishing pier, trails and plenty of open space. Dogs are allowed anywhere throughout the park, even to play in the lake as long as they remain on a leash. Humans can find great amenities like benches, a picnic area, clean-up stations and water fountains. After playing, go chow down at Lori's cafe and relax at the dog-friendly outdoor umbrella seating. They serve salads, sandwiches, vegetarian options, and even water for your dog.
Lewes Beach West is the northern neighborhood of the town of Lewes, which is 9 miles from Rehoboth Beach. Although out of town, the community is worth the travel for dog lovers since it hosts the Cape Henlopen State Park, a dog-friendly area with dozens of acres of space for you and your dog to roam. The park has dog-friendly beaches that are open year round to off-leash pups, and guarded beaches open in the offseason months of October through April. During these months, dogs are allowed on the beach and in the water. There are miles of trails that go throughout the park, and a dog-friendly pond called Gordon's Pond. All dog amenities are back at the parking lot, so be prepared when traveling in the park.