Delaware Seashore State Park offers a little bit of everything, so you’re sure to have a great time no matter what you imagine your perfect beach getaway looking like. There are six miles of coastline and dunes on the east side of the seashore and, on the west, bay waters great for water sports. Activities include swimming, fishing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, crabbing, clamming, and just enjoying the beach.
There are two swim areas with modern facilities and concessions. Two picnic pavilions are available for rent. Events are held throughout the summer, such as guided marsh hikes and a sandcastle contest. For those who wish to stay in the area longer, there are cottages and camping sites available. There are two campgrounds that can host nearly any kind of camping setup, from tents to large RVs. Several casual restaurants are open throughout the summer at the marina and along the beach.
Off the shore itself and further inland, the park allows hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and more throughout the trails. The Rehoboth Bay Marshes Nature Preserve offers views of salt marsh cordgrass and plenty of birding. The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is an additional attraction that was built in 1876 and is now a fully-restored station with exhibits on maritime history. You might even catch a historic reenactor demonstrating early l900s methods of saving ships.
Dogs are welcome at the park beaches, but rules differ according to the time of year. During the summer season, May 1st–Sept. 30th, dogs are not allowed on swimming and sunbathing beaches (these are easily identifiable because they are the only beaches with lifeguards) but are permitted on any beach without a lifeguard. Through the rest of the year, Oct. 1st–April 30th, dogs are allowed on all of the beaches. A leash is required at all times. You are expected to clean up after your pet at all times as well, and bring your own supplies for doing so.