Delaware: For Water Lovers
July 22, 2016
Delaware: Great for Water Lovers
For such small state, Delaware offers an astounding range of waterways. The east side of the state is bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, which together create wonderful beach shorelines. Within the state, there are multiple waterways for recreational activities, many within national parks.
Running through Delaware is a rich network of waterways, both natural and man-made, with many located in Delaware’s beautiful state parks. These waterways offer great outdoor opportunities for all kinds of boating and tubing, as well as related hiking and walking excursions.
A few destination highlights include:
●The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal is popular with boaters of all types, as well as offers a stellar network of roads and trails. The canal runs through Fort DuPont State Park.
●Brandywine Creek, which runs through the state’s “chateau country” (magnificent houses built by the DuPont family, founders of the DuPont company), is terrific for all kinds of outdoor fun.
●The St. Jones River meanders from Dover to the town of Bowers Beach, and offers a highly scenic route for boating and easy water excursions.
●Trap Pond State Park and Lums Pond State Park offer boating rentals of many sorts (canoes, kayaks, sailboats, rowboats and paddle boats). Lums Pond also offers fishing, plus a host of outdoor activities, including Delaware’s Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course.
Along the Delaware shoreline, there are 26 miles of sandy beaches along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Public beaches on the ocean side are located along a 25-mile stretch through the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island. On the Bay side, public beaches are accessible at Slaughter Beach near Milford and Broadkill Beach near Milton.
In addition to their easy accessibility, great beauty, and year-round use opportunities, Delaware beaches are among the safest and cleanest in the nation. Recently, the U.S. Natural Resources Defense Council awarded Delaware beaches its highest five-star rating for ocean water quality. Moreover, it ranked Delaware beaches among the cleanest of the 30 U.S. coastal states--a huge endorsement.
Given the small size of the state, all these opportunities are within easy reach, making Delaware one of the best places to retire for people who love water and want to be near it. Its shorelines and waterways offer year-round activities for residents and are highly enticing to occasional visitors as well.
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