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Welcome to Lewes, Delaware where the sun, the sand, and the sea are the number one attractions.

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Lewes Delaware, explore the seemingly endless great outdoors!

Here is our top list of local parks and nature related attractions within a stones-throw of Lewes Delaware.

Enjoy the Beaches, and Wildlife in and around Lewes Delaware

Rehoboth Beach

Located within the City limits, Rehoboth Beach has it all. Stroll the mile-long boardwalk, relax on the beach, swim in the Atlantic, and visit the exquisite local shops and restaurants. The area’s most popular destination: Rehoboth Beach is a lively town bustling with activity.

Lewes Beach

Just a little north of Rehoboth Beach, Lewes is an inviting coastal town filled with history and charm. It offers a quaint waterfront district complete with antique shops, historical sites, charming eateries and unique boutiques. The Delaware Bay provides a different assortment of water activities including fishing, crabbing and kayaking.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Located on the coast of the Delaware Bay, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is an important coastal wetland and migratory stopover area. The refuge was established in 1963 to preserve critically important wetland habitats and to provide feeding and resting areas for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy caused massive damage to the refuge in 2012 that destroyed much of its infrastructure, but since then the refuge has been working diligently to restore its facilities.

The refuge offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for visitors who want to learn about the area’s natural history, including hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. There is also a visitor center with exhibits about the history and wildlife of the refuge.

Fort Miles – Within Cape Henlopen, Gordons Pond

The history of Fort Miles exemplifies America’s call to action to stem the tide of war against German invasions along the Atlantic Seaboard that, at the onset of World War II, appeared virtually unstoppable. The gun batteries of Fort Miles, secret state-of-the-art installations built within the massive sand dunes of Cape Henlopen, were designed to defend against the powerful German navy.

With more than 2,500 soldiers stationed on high alert, the heavy guns, mine fields, and searchlights of Fort Miles defended the vital trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. As America moved into the cold war, the role of Fort Miles shifted to highly classified missions defending against the threat of Soviet submarine operations off our coastline.

Fort Miles is a newly established Historical Area encompassing nearly 4,000 acres and more than 1 million cubic yards of concrete structures and tunnels. It is one of the largest such areas in Delaware as well as one of its most significant but largely unknown historical sites. The military structures and equipment that remain on site are used by visitors to transport themselves back in time to understand what it was like for those who served at Fort Miles during times both peaceful and perilous.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

While Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge was officially established in 1963 “for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds,” its roots extend much further back in time. The freshwater marshes of the refuge have been host to an array of wildlife since before Europeans first arrived on the continent.

The refuge is located on the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) about 10 miles north of Lewes, Delaware, and 20 miles east of Rehoboth Beach. It occupies 8,600 acres of coastal freshwater marsh along the east shore of Delaware Bay.

Prime Hook is one of the most ecologically important estuaries on the Atlantic Coast. Its marshes and shallow waters host millions of migratory birds each year. The refuge serves as an important rest stop for migrating waterfowl both flying south from Canada in fall and returning from the southern states in spring. These lands are also home to turtles, amphibians, fish and mammals such as deer, otter and beaver. In addition to providing habitat for these animals, Prime Hook’s marshlands act as a natural filter that cleans water flowing into Delaware Bay.

Learn More: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/prime-hook

Trap Pond – Delaware State Park

Trap Pond State Park is a place of beauty and tranquility, with almost 400 acres of natural scenery and recreational opportunities. The park is centered on Trap Pond, the northernmost naturally occurring stand of baldcypress trees in the United States.

A network of hiking trails guides you through forests, swamps and wetlands, while a nature center helps you identify the wildlife and plant life found along your way.

It’s also a hiker’s paradise – with more than 12 miles of trails winding their way through forests and wetlands. You can explore on foot or by bike. Horseback riding is allowed on the lower section of the Laurel Trail.

So take the time to get away from it all. Escape to Trap Pond State Park.

 

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Check out the latest social media posts from Lewes Delaware!

Updated in Realtime for your viewing pleasure

Ice cream shops are back with the opening of kingshomemadeicecream in Lewes!

POLL TIME: Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

📸 Photo by smalltownloveaffair
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If THIS isn’t the cutest mansard I’ve ever seen! 🤩 Such a darling find by Lisa smalltownloveaffair. Absolutely deserves a repost! 😁👍🏻 #lewesdelaware #mansardmonday #secondempirearchitecture #frencharchitecture #secondempirestyle #mansardroof #cottagesandbungalows #cottagestylemagazine ...

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Holiday Lights? Lewes "sleighed" it. ✨ Explore more merry and bright locations this season in Delaware in our bio



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Today was gray so here’s something bright and cheerful for you from my morning walk!✨



📍Kings Highway, Lewes Delaware✨



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On the Horizon / Lewes, DE / 2020 /

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A full morning/afternoon at the water park followed by crabbing at the dock and dinner with some friends.. safe to say, we’re pooped 😴 but we’re certainly making the most of the remainder of summer! Have you ever been crabbing?
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#mansardmonday Love every shake and shingle ❤
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Reposted from smalltownloveaffair (get_regrann) - Happy Saturday! 🤗 I was going to save this for #mansardmonday but I couldn’t wait! It’s been so fun to watch this beauty have the bottom floor turned from a real estate office back to an entryway. There is another floor below the street level...this old Lewes lovely is sitting pretty again!🙌🏼
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📍Lewes/Front Street✨
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Here is your most put together, always looking their best friend in house form! #tidy 🏡




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Sorting through travel photos and came across this beauty in Lewes, Delaware 💕💕 ...

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Lewes / Lewes, DE / 2022 /

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Another trip around the sun 🌅 ...

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“No lifeguard on duty”

That storm delivered and then some. Here’s my favorite one so far, but hopefully I can get a couple more ⚡️⚡️⚡️
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Morning beach walk 🌊 ...

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Marine Layer / Lewes, DE / 2020 /
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Located just off of Cape Henlopen at the ocean end of the outer Delaware Breakwater, the Harbor of Refuge Light makes the National Harbor of Refuge. The first lighthouse was built in 1908 but was ultimately rendered uninhabitable in 1920 due to storm damage, and was dismantled in 1925. The current tower, pictured here, was erected in 1926. Prior to building Harbor Light, Cape Henlopen had two other lighthouses, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse and the Cape Henlopen Beacon. The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was built in 1767, but was destroyed by British troops during the Revolutionary War. The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1784, and stood for over 100 years. Beginning in 1897, the sand dune beneath the lighthouse began showing noticeable signs of erosion. Attempts were made to support the structure but it ultimately collapsed in 1926. The Cape Henlopen Beacon was erected north of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse in 1824 to supplement the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse, but was demolished in 1884. In 2004, a model of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse was placed in the roundabout of Delaware Route 1A, and can be seen as you enter Rehoboth Beach.
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Biscuit Jars
Day 37 of #the100dayproject
I had to blip over posting yesterday, I spent the day organizing my glaze room and making glazes. Not much to photograph there. But while I did all that, these beauties were unwrapped & left to dry on the racks.
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I love me some puns 🏖 decorating the beach house has been so much fun and I can’t wait to share what’s happening here!
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I hope your Monday lined up as
perfectly as this beauty!💯



📍Jefferson Avenue, Lewes DE✨




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The rain and cooler temps have all the summer flowers looking their best!! Town is exploding with color right now... I’ll try to get out for a walk later and show you some of the gorgeousness in my stories! ✨



📍Jefferson Avenue, Lewes Delaware 😍




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Interrupting my family vacation (heading to Delaware to party on a beach) to show you how I wear my Snake Chain Necklace. I put a charm on the chain! if you have a charm with a big bail (loop), then you can do the same thing.
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I love the way the glaze flows on the knob of this Biscuit Jar. #oneofakind
Yesterday I spent most of the day photographing the new pots and put them on my website late last night.
Today is day 72 of #the100dayproject and I’ll be back in my glaze studio all day and all week. It’s my happiest studio time, so much to think about, so much to envision and experiment with....and then the hope settles in. Hope that my choices and visions were good ones and hope that the kiln firing will go smoothly. This process of glazing is precisely why I don’t make production pottery. I enjoy trying new glaze ideas and experimenting. The thought of replicating the same surface time and time again does not appeal to me, it would strip away all the fun. #mycreativelife #potterslife #biscuitjar #cookiejar #handmadehome #handmadejar #functionalart #eastridgepottery #lewesdelaware
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