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Overview of Dewey Beach
Dewey Beach is the smallest of beach towns at the Delaware Beaches. It’s located adjacent to Rehoboth Beach, and just north of Bethany and Fenwick Island. While many know it as the party capital of Delaware, it’s actually quite family friendly. Don’t get us wrong, the nightlife is fantastic, and there’s plenty of tomfoolery about, but it’s quite a family friendly destination all things considered. It is a popular destination for summer vacationers and is known for its lively nightlife and beach activities. The town is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and is located south of the larger town of Rehoboth Beach. Some popular attractions in Dewey Beach include the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station Museum, the Dewey Beach Farmers Market, and the Dewey Beach Music Conference.
Local attractions in Dewey Beach Delaware
Some popular local attractions in Dewey Beach, Delaware include:
1. Rent a bike
- Ride through town, go on a restaurant food tour starting at the Rusty Rudder and head up to the Rehoboth Boardwalk. All Wheels is right up the road – they have bikes for rent, electric bikes, trailers for kids, but no scooters for rent (only for sale). Stop in and tell George we said hi!
- Check out their bike rental rates >
- Scooters for sale >
2. Catch the sunset – a local favorite spot is
3. Go on a sunset cruise! Cape Water Tours is a popular local option for sunset cruises on the Rehoboth Bay. Rates hover around $20-$30 depending on age, and whether or not you’re a veteran or actively serving in the military.
- Dewey Beach Water Sports is located next to the Rusty Rudder and is also well known for their sunset cruises. You can book online at their website -but I’m pretty sure you have to book for a group of 6 (90 min from $350). Either way, good luck!
4. Rent Jet Skis, ride on the Banana Boat, or rent some Stand Up Paddle Boards or Kayaks! Honestly, this should probably be #1! Dewey Beach Water Sports >
5. Dewey Beach: The town’s main attraction, Dewey Beach is a wide, clean beach with soft sand, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beach games.
6. Dewey Beach Life Saving Station Museum: This historic museum is housed in the town’s original life-saving station and features exhibits on the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which later became the Coast Guard.
7. Dewey Beach Farmers Market: This outdoor market features a variety of vendors selling fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and other locally made products.
8. Dewey Beach Music Conference: This annual music festival features a diverse lineup of up-and-coming and established musicians from a variety of genres.
9. Rusty Rudder: This popular restaurant and bar is located on the Rehoboth Bay and offers a laid-back atmosphere, live music, and a variety of drinks and food.
10. Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk: This famous boardwalk is located just a short drive from Dewey Beach, and offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.
11. Cape Henlopen State Park: This state park is located just a short drive from Dewey Beach and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, fishing, and bird-watching.
Dining in Dewey Beach Delaware
A local legend with deep roots in the community, Garys Dewey Beach Bar and Grill (and 3875 Brewing) is proudly branded as “Dewey’s Greatest Dive Bar”, or known as “Dewey’s Last True Beach Bar”. While it’s both a beach bar, and a dive bar with much character, they have plenty of healthy options, fantastic service, and a truly unique atmosphere. It’s one of our favorite places in Dewey, and I (Chris the guy writing this article) frequent Gary’s on a regular basis.
Ask for Gary or Holly, try their famous turkey cheesesteak, tell them Chris sent you!