Nestled between the busy vacation cities of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland, Fenwick Island State Park is a quiet retreat from the more tourist-filled areas along the east coast. Stretching over three miles of undisturbed barrier island, Fenwick offers all the fun of surf and sea without the crowds. Whether you want to spend your day in the sea or on land, Fenwick Island State Park is perfect natural destination along the Atlantic coast!

History of Fenwick Island State Park

This little strip of barrier dunes between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay were protected from the forces of nature, and over time, created this beautiful undisturbed strip of beachside paradise that we know today. In 1966, it was designated as a part of the Delaware Seashore State Park, but was eventually distinguished as a separate entity in 1981. Today, it is a great place to go out and enjoy nature!

Activities in the Fenwick Park

With three miles of shoreline, swimming, sunbathing, and boating are naturally some of the favorite activities of visitors to Fenwick Island State Park. It is also one of the few places in Delaware to have a designated surfing area, so definitely come prepared to catch big waves. Lifeguards patrol the beach every day during the busy season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, the fun here extends far beyond the shore! Nature enthusiasts will want to hike the 2.6-mile trail, which is also horse-friendly, and discover the changes from sea to land. With over 300 acres in the park, you will always find something new to explore!

Available Amenities

Picnic tables, showers, and restroom amenities make Fenwick Island State Park a comfortable place to spend the whole day. Although there are no camping facilities, a day here is more than enough fun! There is also a snack stand and a shop that rents beach equipment, so you can enjoy the surf, even if you leave your boogie board at home. Designated pet areas allow you to bring even the furry members of your family along. A boat ramp and rentals allow you to head out into the water to fish, explore, or simply enjoy. Best of all, everyone is welcome here, as the beach is set up for wheelchair access. Enjoy a fun, sun-filled day of swimming, surfing, fishing, hiking and more at Fenwick Island State Park!

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