National Parks

Cape Henlopen State Park

Lewes, DE

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Address: 42 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958, USA Number: 302 645 8983 Website Contact How do we get there?

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Cape Henlopen State Park is a super popular place for families to visit! Want to know why? Well, the beaches at this natural Delaware gem are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, and they even have designated swimming beaches over summer too, so you know the kids can stay safe!

The state park beaches also have showers, changing rooms and concessions, so you can really just spend the day relaxing, swimming, and enjoying family time!

It's not just swimming and sunbathing that Cape Henlopen State Park has to offer though. Hope! You can try your skills on the 18 hole disc golf course where friendly competition is encouraged, and even basketball courts to challenge you for that hole in one. Slam dunk!

Annual events such as the Kite Festival and the Halloween Fantasy Trail are family favorites, so make sure you keep an eye out for those too! If THAT wasn't enough, Cape Henlopen has many year-round hiking and biking opportunities for those active kids.

Don't forget to take some time and immerse yourself in the nature too. Experience the park's scenic and ever-changing landscape - and get a lesson in history - along the three-mile-long paved trail that loops the park. You might even be able to squeeze in some history as you take a trail break and climb to the top of the World War II Observation Tower, where the 360-degree views are amazing!

Or you might want to take a short climb to the top of a former military bunker to view the dynamic action along the Atlantic coastline. 

There is almost TOO much to do at this amazing state park in the USA's first state. So what are you waiting for? Let's explore!

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The northern swimming area has a modern bath house with showers, and changing rooms

Any top tips?


Take plenty of sun protection as that summer sun can be quite strong!

I'm Hungry!


Take a picnic! It's a great place to enjoy some lunch surrounded by nature! They also sell concessions there too for those rumbling tummies

Healthy Eating Make sure you take plenty of bottled water to keep hydrated!

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The park also conducts a variety of entertaining recreational programs, including natural history lectures, seaside seining, and birdwatching, to name but a few.

Can I get one of those?


Umbrellas can be rented over the summer

Need a little extra help?


Mobi-Mat equipment, consisting of three 30-foot mats allowing those in wheelchairs and power chairs to access the beach from the boardwalk, is also available

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Delaware

When can we go?

8am to sunset. Nature Center hours vary so check online

Year round

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