For many, the beach is where it all starts. The coast is lined with resorts and state parks, with multiple access points. State parks and nature preserves offer some of the finest bird watching, hiking and biking, all with magnificent ocean vistas.
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes is the most well-known nature sanctuary. The bay is ideal for shell collecting, hiking, swimming and biking. The park has bicycles available for use, free with park admission, to tour the park on the many paved bike trails. There is also an observation tower from World War II era that provides the perfect vantage point for taking in the view. Kids love the interactive Seaside Nature Center.
Sea kayaking is very popular, and one of the best way to see all types of wildlife and take in the scenery. Rentals are widely available, as are guided tours. The Delaware Bay offers some of the best views of the Breakwater and the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouses and maybe even a glimpse of rare birds like osprey, terns, and oystercatchers. A tour of Rehoboth Bay offers views of herons and shorebirds in their natural habitat.
The Brandywine Valley offers the nature enthusiast a little bit of everything. The Brandywine Creek State Park, close to Wilmington, is the place to go to escape the hustle and bustle. The park has a unique program that allows guests to see owls that are part of the park’s rescue program. Visitors then go into the forest with a knowledgable guide. The Bird and Breakfast tour consists of a hike through the park, a pancake breakfast, and opportunities for birders to hob nob and compare notes.
This is just the tip of the iceberg! There are many, many more opportunities to get out and explore Delaware’s outdoor scene.