Lewes: Calm bay beaches or exciting ocean waves, a rich nautical past, historic house tours, lighthouses; visit this quaint small town with boutiques, craft shops and restaurants specializing in local seafood.

Cape Henlopen State Park

, Lewes: This beautiful nature sanctuary, where the ocean meets the bay, is perfect for swimming, seashell searching or hiking. Visitors can use "white bikes," free with park admission, to explore paved bike trails. A World War II observation tower provides a bird's-eye view of the coast, and families love the Seaside Nature Center's please-touch tanks and wide variety of educational programs.

Rehoboth Beach

: Often called "The Nation's Summer Capital" because of the number of Washingtonians that vacation here, offers chic shopping, gourmet restaurants and a mile-long boardwalk loaded with family activities.

Kayaking the Delaware shore area

: One of the best ways to experience the abundant wildlife that resides at the Delaware shore area is via kayak. You can rent your own or sign up with one of the area's local outfitters for a guided tour. Touring the Rehoboth Bay is a great way to see a variety of herons, ducks and shorebirds. Kayakers in the Delaware Bay get a spectacular view of the Breakwater and Harbor of Refuge lighthouses as well as a close-up look at rare birds including nesting osprey, oystercatchers and terns.

Dewey Beach

: From windsurfing and jet skiing on the bay to skim boarding along the ocean’s edge, water sports rule here; also known for its hoppin' night life as well as eclectic, casual restaurants and pubs.

Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island

: The Quiet Resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are perfect for people who want a simpler, more natural beach experience without the honky-tonk atmosphere of rides and flashing lights. The area is the center of the region's ecotourism attractions and perfect for those who want to bike, bird, paddle or hike.

Owl Prowl/Birds and Breakfast at Brandywine Creek State Park, near Wilmington

: During the Owl Prowl, guests get an up-close view at owls that are under the care of the park's rescue program. Then, the group heads into the woods with a trained guide. Birds and Breakfast features a light hike through the wildlife-rich woods of the park, followed by a tasty pancake breakfast where birders can compare notes on what they spotted.

For more information: www.visitdelaware.com, (866) 284-7483.

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