Headed to the beach for the day or weekend? We totally recommend spending some time in historic Lewes, Delaware. Check out our favorite fun things to do in Lewes; we promise they’ll deliver good fun, food and memories!
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Fresh ingredients and flavorful goods, Agave is a tiny Latin American restaurant with a laid back attitude and some of the best margaritas in Delaware. Trust us, it’s worth the wait, or head to the hidden upstairs bar for appetizers and margaritas until your name is called. If you’re not in Lewes, you can also visit Agave’s other location in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware or Annapolis, Maryland.
agaverestaurants.com | 123 Second Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958
These are THE BEST BAGELS around, NO JOKE! Surf bagels serves up awesome bagels, sandwiches and dinner items. Dine in among the Hawaiian surf inspired murals or take your food outside to their patio and soak in the sun!
surfbagel.com | 17382 Coastal Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
Nectar Cafe and Juice Bar
Fresh organic ingredients and shabby chic decor mixed with the scents of freshly juiced fruits and veggies will leave your mouth watering. The buttered pecan french toast, topped with freshly made ice cream, is to DIE for!
cafenectar.com | 111 Neils Alley, Lewes, DE 19958
Serving fresh catches, cool crushes and a selection of beers, Irish Eyes is a great place for the whole family. Sit indoors or enjoy the breeze of the bay while dining al fresco on their large patio! Dogs are welcome in the bar area and local bands play regularly.
irisheyespub.com | 213 Anglers Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
The Shops on Second Street
After breakfast, or lunch, take a stroll down Second Street and check out the various boutiques, jewelry, old fashioned toy, antique and home decor shoppes. Bring Fido along for the walk, all these businesses are pet friendly and usually have water and treats out for your four legged friends.
Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Open through November the Lewes Farmers Market takes place in downtown Lewes at the Lewes Historical Society; after 9/26 check it out at the Shields Elementary School parking lot. Come and peruse the fresh goods, watch a local chef prepare a meal using farm fresh products and sip some wine while you taste the end result! However you slice it, the Farmer’s Market is a great place to spend the morning.
historiclewesfarmersmarket.org | George H.P. Smith Park, Johnson & Dupont Aves., Lewes, DE 19958
King’s Ice Cream
No day, or evening, is complete without a dip of King’s homemade, old fashioned, ice cream! Their wide variety of flavors and huge sundaes (with a cherry on top!) will have everyone smiling. Don’t forget to walk across the street to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s famous graveyard. Take their self guided walking tour through some of the most interesting graves Delaware has to offer- one person was born on February 30th… you do the math!
kingshomemadeicecream.com | 201 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958
Um, combine the beach, new renovated rooms, and some of the best craft beer the east coast has to offer? Yep, we’re in. Looking for a place to stay in Lewes, you’ll definitely want to check out Dogfish Inn. From Dogfish Head Brewery, the 16-room motel boasts newly renovated modern rooms in the heart of downtown Lewes. let their staff set you up with a brewery tour while you’re visiting. Plus, your 4-legged companions are welcomed at this inn as well! Oh, you must also be 21 years old to make your reservation at the hippest hotel in Delaware.
dogfish.com/inn | 105 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
If the laid-back casual setting of Dogfish Inn isn’t your thing, then you’ll definitely want to try staying at the posh Hotel Rodney. A boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Lewes, the 1920’s hotel building is a central part of the town’s history and charm. Be sure to check out the elephants—wood carved chairs in the main office/lobby area.
hotelrodneydelaware.com | 142 2nd St, Lewes, DE 19958
Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen is a great place to enjoy beaching, camping, hiking, biking, fishing and much more. Check out the Nature Center with the kids, or climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower, where you can get a 360-degree view of the entire area.
destateparks.com/beaches/capehenlopen | 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958
Chrissy Moore holds degrees in English, theater, teaching, and educational theater. She currently serves as a middle school teacher at A Mario Loiederman For the Creative & Performing Arts in Montgomery County, Maryland. Chrissy also is the copy editor for Sass Magazine in-print issues as well as a lead writer.