Top 10 Things to do in Lewes, United States

March 26, 2018 Carley Gatson

Lewes (/ˈluːɪs/ LOO-iss) is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population is 2,747. Along with neighboring Rehoboth Beach, Lewes is one of the principal cities of Delaware's rapidly growing Cape Region. The city lies within the Salisbury, Maryland–Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lewes proudly claims to be "The First Town in The First State."
Restaurants in Lewes

1. Cape Henlopen State Park

42 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958-1168
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cape Henlopen State Park

This oceanside state park comprises 155 campsites and the Seaside Nature Center.

Reviewed By delbeachhouse - Lewes, Delaware

Cape Henlopen Park is as beautiful in the winter as in the warmer weather.... it has fantastic walking and biking paths throughout the woods. For the brave of heart you can walk along the ocean. The Park also has “Festival of Lights “ which runs during the Christmas season. This year it was fantastic......my family and friends from N.Y. and Florida were thrilled with the show! You can take a tour of Fort Miles and see the city underground that was used during WW ll...unbelievable experience. Could go on and on . ..so much to see and do!

2. Eating Rehoboth

Main St, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 +1 888-908-7115
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5 based on 171 reviews

Eating Rehoboth

Rehoboth Walking Food Tour: Discover incredible sights and tastes on our walking food tours. Find out why Rehoboth is one of the nation’s fastest growing culinary hot spots! ​All food tastings included behind-the-scenes access, specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairing. Learn the history of our community an get 5 bites & 5 sips on our 3 hour tour of Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $45.00 for all food, beverage, and guidance.​ Our tours currently runs 2 days a week from 1-4 Fri and Sun. Check our Calendar for available bookings.​Tours begins at either Hotel Rehoboth or The Bellmoor Inn. Please arrive 15 minutes early. If you have any questions, need assistance with your order, or would like to inquire about a private tour, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Reviewed By maryannem174

We had a great time on the Eating Rehoboth tour to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We had been to some of the restaurants before but it was fun meeting the chefs and getting some background on the food and the establishments. The food was delicious! Highly recommend! #iaterehoboth

3. Cape May-Lewes Ferry

43 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958-3142 +1 800-643-3779
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Whether you're crossing the Delaware Bay for a fun day trip or as part of a long-distance trip, on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, your journey is sure to be a memorable one.Enjoy historic lighthouses, picturesque harbors, oceangoing vessels, unique seabirds and, just maybe, your very own dolphin escort!The 17-mile, 85-minute cruise between New Jersey and Delaware can cut miles off a trip along the Atlantic Coast, connecting points like Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Ocean City and the rest of the Jersey Shore with Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Sussex Shores, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, and destinations throughout Virginia.Our welcoming, modern terminals are a destination in and of themselves, with enjoyable restaurants and lounges, and well-stocked gift shops!

Reviewed By Rachel L - Newark, Delaware

Cape May is wonderful, I highly recommend doing a day trip from Delaware. It's a very charming town with beautiful Victorian houses.

4. Gordons Pond

Ocean Drive, Cape Henlopen State Park, Rehoboth Beach, DE +1 302-645-8983
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5 based on 291 reviews

Gordons Pond

Reviewed By 221jacquelynh - Dover

I walk this trail morning, noon and late evenings in summer, fall, winter and spring and never tire of the endless visual delights the scenery, birds, plant and other animal life offers, In summer, I find the best time to walk is close to dusk, ie, after sunset but before pitch dark. Most others, including those speed bikers, are gone and the marsh and forest is quiet and inviting with soft light and silence.

Winter is always less trafficked and less populated and offers surprises of its own making like gorgeously "severe clear" vistas across grasses beaten down by frost and senescence,

April simply put is my favorite season when birds are migrating and noisy, green sprigs are poking up through the muck and people have not yet populated the trails with conveyances such as bicycles, baby carriages and other self powered vehicles. Listening to all the sounds of spring awakening from a deep winter chill is in itself enough reason to walk here at anytime in April. Plus, days are warmer, longer and hold the promise of yet another torridly busy beach season.

Summer, except after sunset and before dark, is the time I least walk the Gordon's Pond Trail as I am swimming at Lewes Beach on my back watching the sunset! Oh la la an experience not to be missed!

Another delightful trail to walk if you are on the Cape Henlopen side of Gordon's Pond, is the Ft Myles Trail from the Nature Center (shorter) or Fishing Pier (longer). Again, best time in Summer is just after sunset but you must walk at a good clip. Otherwise, start 30 min prior to sunset and stroll instead of "force march" your walk.

Happy walking Gordon's Pond Trail. It's a love affair without end!

Jackie

5. Hopkins Farm Creamery

18186 Dairy Farm Rd, Lewes, DE 19958-4505 +1 302-645-7163
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

Hopkins Farm Creamery

Reviewed By Claudia B - Lewes, Delaware

Growing up in a farming community, we had access to homemade ice cream. Thick, rich, sweet and delicious.
Well that pretty much sums up Hopkins dairy. It's a treat any time we go.
One little drawback in the summer is the pungency that comes with having a dairy farm.
Close your car windows and "Forget About It". All I can say.

6. Junction and Breakwater Trail

Wolf Neck Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Junction and Breakwater Trail

Reviewed By James M - Altoona, Pennsylvania

Our recent vacation in Rehoboth DE, included several rides on this trail. We rode to Lewes on the trail. The trail is a pleasant flat trail thru farm country, Marsh land, residential and paved roadside paths. We often rode the trail past Lewes , & rode back to Rehoboth via the Cape Henlopen Park Bike paths and Gordons Pond Trail. This loop is about 16 miles. There is some parking at the Tanger Outlets, that are near a short path that connects to the trail. I would not recommend parking anywhere else... as merchants and residential are parking is watched closely.
Simply said... this is a great trail. If you like Rails to trails.. this is a good one.

7. Lewes Beach

Lewes, DE 19958
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4.5 based on 407 reviews

Lewes Beach

Reviewed By pattye6912015 - Stevensville, Maryland

Quiet, reserved, quite different from Rehobeth. Parking is free from Oct to May. After that, charges are by paying at booths.Clean beach, and dogs are allowed after 1 Oct.

8. Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park

Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, DE +1 302-645-8983
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Fort Miles Historic Area at Cape Henlopen State Park

Reviewed By dale1006 - Calabash, North Carolina

A good look at our defenses during World War II. We were very disappointed that the museum was closed after a long walk to get there. Signs should have bee posted to say it was closed.

9. Lightship Overfalls

Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE +1 302-645-7377
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Lightship Overfalls

Reviewed By Don B - Falling Waters, West Virginia, United States

A must stop while in this area. Great ship to walk and tour. this was a life saving ship where a crew went out to save other ships and crews in trouble.

10. Zwaanendael Museum

102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958-1418 +1 302-645-1148
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4 based on 134 reviews

Zwaanendael Museum

This museum duplicates the architecture of a medieval Dutch town.

Reviewed By PITTparent - PA

New to Lewes and wanted to learn more about the history. Stopped in the Zwaanendael Museum which is a beautiful museum filled with local history and it is free but I would recommend a donation if you can. Enjoyed the exhibits and the Dutch and Naval history. Worth going back to see again and right in town on Kings Highway.

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