Coastal Sussex : Family Activities

by Dave on July 21, 2008

wildlife-de-deer-into-the-light1.jpgThe summer is now 1/3 over and I am sure many of you are still searching for unique things to do at the beach.

If you are planning a trip for this week or next we at suggest you try the following itinerary:

Family Guy –

Family guys come to the beach for a “family vacation”. This means that the head male and female have devoted their cash resources to fun and exciting activities such as Jungle Jim’s Waterpark, Outlet Shopping, many trips to the ice cream parlor, daily beach time, and of course numerous trips to Grotto’s. We also suggest that the family guy break out of his comfort zone and offer the family these unique activities:

1. Visit the Cape Henlopen State Park before dusk and take a walk by the parade grounds (large open grassy field) to view Coastal Sussex’s most popular citizen – the Whitetail Deer. Whitetail does just gave birth to fawns in late May / early June and should be feeding with their young all summer in the early morning and evening hours. You can also stop by the Nature Center to learn about local ecosystems and even take a bike ride for free. The park offers FREE rides on a first come basis. Just drop off your ID in the box, grab a bike and enjoy the park.

2. Wake the family up at 4:45 am and head down to any beach to view the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Almost every morning the Dolphins feed close to the waves. This is a great “family activity”, but only if you provide a little snack and have the kids take photos with the $100 digital cameras you gave them for Christmas. Who knows, maybe one of their photos could be the Coastal Photo of the day.

3. Log onto for an adventure in where food originates from. Most kids, and even adults, have no idea that chickens lay eggs, steaks come from cattle, and vegetables grow in gardens. Chef Maria’e goal was to educate children about fresh food. She offers farm and restaurant tours, as well as cooking classes. This is a great activity for everyone to learn about beach food!

4. Take the kids to the Village of Five Points in Lewes for a FREE movie outside under the stars every Thursday. Almost all the movies are for the kids. Just remember to bring food and drink. Alcohol is not permitted.

5. Who does not love fishing? The Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes has a fishing pier where young anglers can try their luck fishing for flounder and the occansional trout. If the fishing is slow take the kids for a walk on the beach in search of beach glass and various local treasures.

6. Lastly, we recommend packing the kids in the minivan on that rainy day and driving north to the Dupont Nature Center at Slaughter Beach. The center features plenty of bird watching, and a kayaking excursion. Check the website for details.


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