Located on Cape Henlopen close to Lewes Beach, Fort Miles today stands as a reminder of the defensive measures our country took to protect our homeland from foreign invaders during World War II. Learn more about this intriguing historical Rehoboth attraction down below!
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Plans for Fort Miles were first approved in 1934 as a way to defend the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, as well as to protect America’s domestic shipping from enemies. However, it would be seven years before the fort was completed on December 4, 1941—a mere matter of days before Japan attached Pearl Harbor. Fort Miles also had a controlled naval minefield in the Delaware River estuary to prevent enemy ships from entering.
Despite housing upwards of 2,200 soldiers and installing batteries, Fort Miles never saw any wartime action. In 1948, the majority of Fort Miles was labeled as surplus, though the fort continued to be partially used through the early 1990s.
Today, Fort Miles is home to picturesque views of rolling sand dunes, the Fort Miles Museum, and the Fort Miles Historical Area. The museum includes a fire control tower, an orientation building, six barracks, the Fort Miles Artillery Park, and Battery 519 (fortified underground chamber spanning 15,000 square feet). In addition, there are numerous informational exhibits on the fort’s role in our national defense from World War II through the early 1970s. The museum also elaborates on the state of Delaware’s contributions to America’s World War II efforts, from wartime heroes and civilian pilots to submarine battles out at sea.
Fort Miles also houses an art gallery, guided tours of the grounds, an armaments collection of World War II technology that was considered cutting-edge in the era, and interpretive programs.
The grounds of the Fort Miles Museum are open daily, from 8:00am until sunset. However, public access to the museum is only granted through open houses and guided tours of the facilities. The Museum Orientation Building is open between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays from early March through early June. From mid-June through early September, the Orientation Building holds the same hours, but extends their operational days to Tuesday through Saturday.
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Situated in Rehoboth Beach, Midway Speedway Park is a family-friendly attraction that’s home to a variety of amusements and rides catering to kids and kids-at-heart. Read on below to learn more about why Midway Speedway Park deserves a spot on your “must-see” list of things to do near Rehoboth Beach—especially if you’re traveling with your family!
A Fun-Filled Attraction for All Ages
As you can imagine from its name, Midway Speedway Park has an exhilarating racing track for what the park touts as the fastest go-karts not only in Rehoboth Beach, but on the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Peninsula as well. Visitors who choose to race go-karts will have ten styles of go-karts to pick from, in addition to a selection of four tracks, including a course specially designed for children.
However, Midway Speedway Park has even more to offer visitors outside of its go-kart tracks! Fire Mountain Golf is an eighteen-hole mini-golf course themed around volcanoes, while White Water Mountain Water Park has water slides, an Olympic-size swimming pool, an activity pool, and a lazy river. Furthermore, Midway Speedway Park has amusement rides and obstacle courses like the Climbing Wall, the Gravity Storm, and the Bumper Boat Lagoon.
Midway Speedway Park has varying operational hours and days according to the season. The go-kart racing portion of the park is open on the weekends year-round, in addition to being open daily from the beginning of April through mid-September.
During the spring, Midway Speedway Park and Fire Mountain Golf are open from 10:00am until dark. From early April through early June, the two parks are open from 10:00am until 10:00pm depending on the weather.
Then, from late May through early September, White Water Mountain is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Midway Speedway and Fire Mountain Golf are open from 10:00am until midnight during these same months.
Prices for go-kart racing are broken into “Rookie” for those under 54 inches tall and “Pro” for those above 54 inches tall. Rookie prices range from $7.00 for one ride to $30.00 per person for an eight-ride arm band. Pro prices range from $8.00 for one ride to $40.00 per person for an eight-ride arm band.
Fire Mountain Golf costs $8.00 for players under 42 inches tall and seniors, while tickets for those above 42 inches tall are $10.00.
White Water Mountain Park’s prices range from $14.99 for twilight water park hours after 4:00pm for those under 42 inches tall to $24.99 for an all-day ticket for those over 42 inches tall.
Combination tickets for multiple parks range from $12.00 to $39.99.
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When you’re planning your stay in a beautiful locale like Rehoboth, it’s hard to imagine that anything could possibly make it any better. However, there’s something to be said for taking the time out for a spa day by the sea, elevating your vacation relaxation levels to a blissful state. Read on below to learn more about the top Rehoboth spas!
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day in Rehoboth Beach
Whether you’ve been craving a massage or you’re looking for someone to take care of not only your body but your appearance as well, there is an excellent selection of Rehoboth spas perfectly suited to your needs.
Avenue Apothecary & Spa is a family-owned and operated spa that specializes in everything from massage therapy and facial treatments to waxing and makeup application, with spa package options available in multiple categories. Massages range in price from $110.00 for a one-hour custom herbal therapeutic massage to $195.00 for an herbal poultice massage for an hour and a half, while facials vary from express organic facials at $75 for half-an-hour to a two-hour nirvana facial for $250.00.
Stephan & Co. is both a beauty salon and a spa with options for facial treatments ranging from $50.00 for an express facial to $135.00 for micropeel or dermapeel treatments. Massages range from $50.00 for a half-hour reflexology session to $95.00 for a therapeutic massage. Other services that Stephan & Co. provides include spray tanning, men’s and women’s haircuts and styling, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and packages that combine elements of these services.
Made Ya Look! Salon & Day Spa focuses on body and skincare through massage, body treatments such as wraps and scrubs, facials and facial peels, pedicures and manicures, hairstyling and cutting, waxing, and makeup application. The spa also has its own sauna for maximizing the effectiveness of facials and body treatments, as well as combination packages that combine services. Prices for these spa packages range from $123.00 for the “Stress Be-Gone” package including an hour-long Swedish massage and a half-hour sauna session to $314.00 for the “Look at Me!” package’s hour-long facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, conditioning treatment, shampoo, and blow-dry session.
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Bethany Beach is one of many small beach towns along the coast of Delaware. Although the year-round population is only around 1000 residents, this quaint town comes to life in the summer months with an influx of visitors. Between the welcoming locals and the beautiful scenery, Bethany Beach has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. During your stay here, be sure to check out some of the unique Bethany Beach restaurants that set this town apart. Below are some of the best restaurants in Bethany Beach!
Off the Hook
Ask a local where the best restaurant in Bethany Beach is, and they are sure to respond with Off the Hook! This Bethany Beach restaurant focuses on a New American style of locally sourced food, and along the East Coast that means plenty of seafood options! Their lunch menu feature classics such as a grilled chicken BLT sandwich and a burger, but also surprisingly upscale options such as garlic gnocchi and roasted corn and jalapeno bisque soup. For dinner, choose from many great options such as seared scallops or three day chicken. Although they focus on high quality, modern cuisine, they are still family friendly and offer a children’s menu. Off the Hook is a must-visit restaurant in Bethany Beach!
Another local standout in Bethany Beach is 14 Global. Established in 2012, they focus on quality ingredient and their menu will change to highlight foods that are in season. Just because they focus on handcrafted cocktails and tapas doesn’t mean that 14 Global can’t also serve up some great entrees! Go with a large appetite to enjoy their seafood pasta or mac and cheese. Their menu also features a wide variety of options, including a gluten free menu, vegetarian options, and a children’s menu. Their oceanside patio makes for great views while you dine! 14 Global is a popular spot, so you may want to make a reservation in advance to avoid a long wait.
Bethany Blues BBQ
For a more casual dining experience that still offers up delicious food, be sure to visit local joint, Bethany Blues BBQ. Like many restaurants along the coast, they offer great seafood options, but their specialty is all-American BBQ! Since their Bethany Beach restaurant first opened in 2003, they have been a local staple! Be sure to try their award-winning brisket and their famous Pig on the Wing. They also have a Sunday brunch menu that combines their delicious BBQ with breakfast classic for a result that is unlike anything else!
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The seaside Delaware town of Rehoboth Beach is famous as one of the best beach destinations along the east coast. This small community has grown into a year-round destination, and it has a reputation of being the place to go for family-friendly fun. However, everyone needs to let their hair down every once in a while, and there is a great nightlife and bar scene in Rehoboth. For those like want to great a great cocktail and have a fun night, be sure to check out some of the best bars in Rehoboth Beach!
Rehoboth Ale House
Located just steps from the beach, on the trendy Wilmington Avenue, the Rehoboth Ale House serves up great brews along with delicious eats. A modern gastropub, they offer 20 craft brews on tap, and many more are available in cans and bottles. Not a beer fan? Their wine and cocktail list is sure to delight as well! Their food menu offers a great variety of shareable plates and small bites, but also has larger entrees for those with an appetite. On weekend nights, expect to hear great live music, always with no cover charge at this Rehoboth bar!
The owners of 208 Social carefully chose its name in order to reflect their ideal atmosphere: a fun, informal gathering of friends. This atmosphere is perfectly reflected in the staff and ambiance of this restaurant and cocktail bar in Rehoboth Beach. During dinner service, the high-end entrees are sure to delight, but happy hour is where 208 Social truly shines, serving smaller versions of their appetizers and shared plates at amazing prices. Happy Hour also features drink specials which change daily, so be sure to ask your waiter. Their cocktail menu combines classic cocktails with more modern creations, and they pride themselves on creating their juices and syrups in house. 208 Social is a fun and unique cocktail destination!
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
For the passionate beer lover, Dogfish Head Brewery is one of the nation’s premier craft breweries. Began in 1995, they started as the smallest commercial brewery in the country! Now, they have expanded greatly, but they keep the original spirit alive. At Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, enjoy over 20 beers on tap in a fun atmosphere with great food! Featuring live music and exclusive beers on tap, this is the only location in the nation, so be sure to check the bar in Rehoboth!
Originally gaining fame as a summertime destination, Rehoboth Beach has grown into a thriving community that attracts visitors all year long. The beach and boardwalk, along with surrounding historic attractions and State Parks, initially entice visitors, but it is the unique culture of the community that keeps people coming back. There is a wide variety of restaurants in Rehoboth that offer great quality food along with wonderful service. Although there are many great restaurants to choose from, below are what we think are the best restaurants in Rehoboth.
Henlopen City Oyster House
If you can only dine in one restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, dine at the Henlopen City Oyster House! They were voted the Restaurateur of the Year in 2016 by the Delaware Restaurants Association, and their passion for food is found in every corner of their Rehoboth restaurant. As the name suggests, they specialize in serving oysters, however their menu features a variety of foods. Everything they serve is fresh and sourced locally to ensure the best quality. In addition to great food, they have an amazing selection of wines, brews, and cocktails to accompany their dishes. They do not accept reservations, and a table there is highly desirable, so be sure to come early when you plan to dine at the Henlopen City Oyster House.
Looking for a sweet way to start your day? Then you definitely want to check out Kaisy’s Delights! This Austrian-inspired cafe serves breakfast and dessert all day long, and their specialty is the “Kaisy,” an American twist on the traditional Kaiserschmarn pastry. The classic version is served with powdered sugar, but there are savory options available as well. They also serve other European favorites, such as latkes and quiches. Dine in or take your Kaisy to go and enjoy the boardwalk!
Salt Air Restaurant and Bar
This local favorite restaurant in Rehoboth specializes in serving organic and locally served food in a high-end dining atmosphere. Their seasonal farm-to-table menu changes often to reflect what is in season, and features east coast classics such as crab cakes, seafood stew, and more. To pair with the great food is an extensive wine list, cocktail menu, and craft brew selection. You will definitely want to make a reservation here, as wait times on the weekends can be upwards of two or three hours! However, this hidden gem is certainly worth the wait.
With so many amazing restaurants in Rehoboth, it is hard to choose a favorite! Discover a new great place to dine during your next visit to Rehoboth Beach!
First and foremost, Rehoboth Beach is fantastic summer beach destination. However, in recent years, it has grown to town that offers year-round activities, and the fun extends far beyond its sandy shores. Head into town and enjoy some of the best Rehoboth Beach shopping you’ll find anywhere. Best of all, all shopping in the state of Delaware is tax-free! Below are some of our favorite Rehoboth Beach shops and outlets!
If you are looking to shop some of your favorite brands at guaranteed low prices, then you definitely want to shop at the Tanger Outlets. They have three locations in Rehoboth Beach, so no matter where you are staying, you are close to a great Rehoboth Beach shopping destination! Tanger Outlets guarantees that they will have the lowest price for anything you purchase, and with brands such as Brooks Brothers, Coach, Michael Kors, and more, that means big savings! In addition to great deals, they also offer exclusive special events, promotions, and a personal shopping service. Shop guilt-free at the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach!
Penny Lane Mall
Penny Lane Mall is one of the hidden gems of the Rehoboth Beach shopping scene. Located off of Rehoboth Drive, one of the main drags in the town, Penny Lane Mall features small local Rehoboth Beach shops and restaurants that you won’t find anywhere else! Shop sea glass art, handmade artisan goods, and antiques in a quaint, off the beaten path shopping environment. Penny Lane Mall is a great spot to find a unique souvenir or gift in Rehoboth Beach. For a great snack while you shop, be sure to visit the French bakery and grab a crepe to go!
Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market
The slogan of the Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market is “real food, real farmers, real community.” When you visit this year-round market, you will certainly experience the sense of community that Rehoboth Beach has to offer. Visitors and locals alike flock to this market in order to purchase fresh and local foods and swap recipes. The Farmers Market takes place in Grove Park each Tuesday, rain or shine, from May to October. June through August, the market is open from 11AM to 3PM, and the other months it is open from 11AM to 2PM. There is also a special holiday market that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year. Shop the best in local foods at the Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market!
Whether you are a big spender or a window shopper, Rehoboth Beach shopping offers some of the best vacation shopping you will find anywhere!
Bethany Beach attracts thousands of visitors each year because its friendly locals and gorgeous oceanside scenery. This summertime vacation destination is a great place to soak up some sun and get some quality time in the water. However, what many people don’t realize is that these beach cities in Delaware are great hidden gems for shopping. Not only do you benefit from shopping tax-free, but you also get a wide selection of local shops and boutiques. Below are our favorite Bethany Beach shops and outlets!
Bethany Surf Shop
Looking for somewhere to find cool new gear for the beach? Then you’ll want to hit up Bethany Surf Shop! They offer a great selection of clothing and swimsuits for men, women, and children, as well as rent out equipment for the beach. Whether you are needing a new swimsuit for the season, or want to rent a paddleboard for the afternoon, Bethany Surf Shop has you covered!
Japanesque, as the name suggests, is a Japanese-influenced boutique. This quirky Bethany Beach shop carries a variety of unique clothing pieces, alongside fun souvenirs and collectibles from Japan. Their selection, along with their great customer service, make this a fun and funky Destination for shopping in Bethany Beach!
Sea Crest Gift & Gallery
This high-end gift shop has been a local staple for years! Sea Crest Gift & Gallery is the perfect Bethany Beach shop to buy a unique souvenir to commemorate your vacation, and their gallery features artwork by local artists. They focus on quality pieces at price ranges from affordable to high end. Be sure to check out their signature item: the collection of cool clocks that sits at the front of the store.
Bethany Beach is a great family vacation destination, and the Pitter Patter boutique caters to the little ones of your group! They offer a selection of toys, games, and clothing for children from newborn to school age. This is a perfect shop to bring your kids and let them play and explore! They are sure to find a cute new outfit or fun toy to take home.
One of the nearer shops to the Bethany Beach area, S.A.L.T. is a modern general-store style boutique featuring local handmade goods. Find goat’s milk beauty products and quirky clothing pieces alongside barbecue rubs, spices, and teas.
With so many fun places to go shopping in Bethany Beach, you’ll definitely want to bring your wallet on your next visit to Bethany Beach!
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When you visit a classic beach town, such as Rehoboth Beach, you can expect great surf, sand, and sun. After all, they don’t call it the “Nation’s Summer Destination” for nothing! However, beyond the ocean fun lies even more adventure for the whole family at Funland amusement park. Located in Rehoboth Beach, Funland is a classic boardwalk amusement park, featuring rides, midway games, and attractions. This family owned and operated business is the perfect location for family friendly summer fun in Rehoboth Beach!
History of Funland Amuseument Park
Two brothers, Allen and Don Fasnacht, were vacationing along the Delaware shore in 1961 with their parents and their wives, when they discovered what would become Funland. Allen and Don owned a family friendly park of their own back home in Maryland, and they were intrigued when they stumbled upon the then-named Rehoboth Beach Sports Center. Lucky for them, the owner was willing to sell and they were able to strike up a deal. Despite the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962, their plan to buy the park went through, and has grown tremendously since then through added rides and park expansion. Today, Allen and Don, along with their 5 children, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren, are still involved in the day to day business of Funland Amuseument Park.
Rides and Attractions
Rehoboth Beach’s Funland features over 20 rides, including 5 original rides from when the Fasnacht family first opened in 1962! They range from class amusement park rides, such as the carousel, to more thrilling and modern rides such as the Superflip 360! 14 rides are great for all ages, while there 6 rides that are aimed at thrill seekers. In addition to the rides, Funland also has 17 midway games for all ages, a haunted house attraction, and an arcade filled with fun!
Ticket Prices and Information
Much like a classic amusement park or carnival, Funland tickets are for sale at one of two ticket booths and can be redeemed for admission on the rides and attractions. The smaller rides range from 1-3 tickets each, while the more thrilling rides may cost up to 6 tickets. Buying more tickets ensures a better value, and tickets can cost as little as 25 cents each! Best of all, they never expire, so hold onto to extra tickets for your next visit.
Hours of Operation
Funland Amuseument Park operates seasonally, from mid-May to early-September. Typically, the midway games open at 10am, with rides opening at 1pm, and the haunted mansion opening at 6:30, but hours do vary depending on the day. Also, they have no set closing hours, it is dependent on number of guests and weather, so be sure to check ahead if you are planning on arriving later in the day.