Introduction to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in Sussex county, is 53 miles S of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 85 miles S of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The city is a popular tourist destination, especially during the summer. It attracts residents of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The city is well known for its beaches, wooden boardwalk and unique shops.
The municipality is a popular vacation destination for the gay community. Reader's Digest ranked the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk as the "Best in America." The AARP named the town as one of the five dream towns for "Best Places to Retire." The population swells during the summer.
Beginning in 1650 English and Dutch settlers arrived. The area was established in 1873 as the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association by the Rev. Robert W. Todd, from the St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church of Wilmington Delaware. It was established for Methodist camp meetings. In 1925 a highway was constructed that connected Georgetown with Rehoboth Beach which brought tourists from the Washington D.C. area including legislators and diplomats.
- Sea Witch Festival
- Biggs Museum of American Art
- Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival
- Nantucket Indian Museum
- Treasures of the Sea Exhibit
- Zwaanendael Museum
- Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
- Delaware Comedy Theatre
- Rehoboth Beach Museum
- Coastal Concerts
- Overfall Maritime Museum
- Rehoboth Summer Children's Theater
- Cannonball House Marine Museum
- Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts
- Discoversea Shipwreck Museum
- Lewes Historical Society Complex
Visitors enjoy the boardwalk, the scenic beach, the unique shops and numerous restaurants. The Cape Henlopen State Park is a vast acreage which includes nature trails and is known for its sand dunes. The nearby Delaware Seashore State Park is a popular destination. Fishing opportunities are provided at the Indian River Inlet, Delaware Bay and Rehoboth Bay and along the coast. The city can be toured by walking, bicycle riding, by bus and by trolley.
Visitors enjoy the opportunities for dolphin and whale watching. Surfing is popular at the Indian River Inlet area. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the local courses including Baywood Greens, Rookery of Milton, Bear Traps Dunes of Ocean View and the Old Landing Golf Course. The local bandstand hosts a variety of concerts during the summer. The downtown area is popular for shopping. Rehoboth Beach is know for its active nightlife.