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Delaware Outdoors

Outdoor Delaware should be easy to figure out – just head outside and see what comes to you. Whether it’s golfing on a fresh green or surfing in the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware has the answer for your next vacation.

The sandy escape of Dewey Beach is located on the beautiful Delaware coast just east of Rehoboth Bay. A major fixture along Coastal Highway 1, Dewey Beach is set just south of major attractions like Cape Henlopen State Park.

Take advantage of great golfing in Dover, travel to Smyrna’s own Blackbird State Forest and Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, or check out the impressive Wilmington state parks. This should all add up to one conclusion: Your next vaction is in Delaware.

Dewey Beach: Beaches

Dewey Beach is not only a way of life, but also a chance to get to know coastal Delaware no matter the season.

Brought your clubs? Take advantage of nearby courses like the Old Landing Golf Course just east of Dewey Beach, or head south to the Delaware Seashore State Park.

Encompassing nearly 3,000 acres, the park is home to outdoor activities like biking, boating and hiking. Head out for seaside fun like clamming, crabbing and fishing, or strap on your wetsuits for a day of swimming, surfing and kayaking.

The Delaware Seashore State Park is open daily, so find a picnic spot with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, or sign up for a horseback trail ride during your time in coastal Delaware.

Dover: Golf

Dover is a Delaware golfing town, and don’t let anyone tell you different. Delaware’s capital city is host to some great golfing in the area – no matter the skill level.

Grab your clubs and head to Jonathan's Landing Golf Course in the suburb of Magnolia, just south of Dover, and shoot 18 until you see the sun setting. Need a little practice? Check out the Dover Center Par 3 & Driving Range in Dover for a little warm-up session before hitting the courses.

Military families have even more options when it comes to golfing in Dover. Grab your military I.D. and head to the Dover Air Base Golf Course at the Dover Air Force Base.

Smyrna: Forests

True nature fans will have a great time in Smyrna. An outdoor haven in northern Delaware, Smyrna has a welcoming environment for nature lovers. A suburb of Dover, Smyrna is just east of the Blackbird State Forest, and northwest of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Head to the 6,000-acre Blackbird State Forest for hiking, biking and horseback riding on the many nature trails, or take a stroll through the Blackbird State Forest Education Center. Blackbird Forest is home to 10 tracts – or multipurpose trails – throughout the area.

The Tybout Tract is wheelchair accessible, while the Meadows Tract takes you right to the educational center. Other recreational trails include the Barlow Tract and the Oak Hill Tract, so be sure to sign up for horseback riding, or just bring those hiking boots.

Of course you could also get those cameras ready and head to the 16,000-acre Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Get a shot of the Port Mahon Lighthouse, or the whole family in front of the Bombay Hook Lighthouse or the 18th century Allee House. Explore the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge with hiking and even auto-touring.

Wilmington: Parks

Wilmington – Delaware’s largest city – is home to an impressive, four-member state park system open throughout the year from dusk until dawn. The park network consists of Alapocas Woods Natural Area, H. Fletcher Brown Park, Rockford Park and the popular Brandywine Creek State Park.

Brandywine Park is great place to take the kids during your time in Wilmongton. Free to the public, the park is home to Brandywine Zoo and Baynard Stadium.

Spread over 12 acres, Brandywine Zoo welcomes guests daily from May to November, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Check out the Exotic Animal House, and don’t miss a visit with the capybara of the Brandywine Zoo.