Stretching out over 17,000 acres between Lewes Beach and Slaughter Beach, the Great Marsh Preserve is an immense coastal wetland located along Delaware Bay. With its diverse ecology and its variety of wildlife, the Great Marsh Preserve provides an awe-inspiring glimpse of nature for visitors brave enough to venture into its seemingly uninviting landscape. Read more below about why the Great Marsh Preserve should be on your list of things to do in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware!

Experience the Great Outdoors

The Great Marsh Preserve is one of Delaware’s few remaining wetlands, brimming with a variety of unique local fauna and wildlife. Towering pines and oaks, fields of tulip poplar, long grasses—all set the stage for sightings of red-wing blackbirds, wading birds, hawks, falcons, and more that arrive here for their summertime migration. Additionally, the vast salt marsh was once a vital resource used by locals for farming, shipbuilding, fishing, haying, roofing, insulation, livestock feed, and even artistic works.

Due to its expansiveness and its complex network of beaches, waterways, parks, and refuges for wildlife, other popular activities that visitors enjoy in the Great Marsh Preserve include fishing, bird watching, boating, hiking, and spending time on the beach. The beaches of the Great Marsh Preserve are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, surfing, and other exciting yet leisurely recreation that allows you to experience the majesty of Delaware’s wild, untamable lands that have remained largely the same since the first days of colonization.

Being located so close to Lewes Beach, the Great Marsh Preserve is a wonderful place to visit if you’re planning a day trip to Lewes or if you’re staying close by. Take hiking trails from the Great Marsh Preserve that lead through town, then spend some time in Lewes Beach’s many museums, such as the Zwaanendael Museum on the history of Delaware, or the old-fashioned ships and lighthouses that the area is known for, such as the Lightship Overfalls and the Harbor of Refuge Light. Historic Lewes is also renowned for having won a number of awards for its gorgeous greenery and flora citywide, including the reputable America in Bloom contest.

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