Although small in area compared to others in the lower 48, Delaware is BIG on attracting millions of tourists to its miles of fun and sun...
There are 24.5 miles of sandy beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, from the mouth of the Delaware Bay to the Maryland border, with the most popular resorts at Lewes and Rehoboth Beach (the state's largest resort town)
• In 1971, in an effort to protect Delware beaches the state legislature passed the nation's first Coastal Zone Act, barring heavy industries that might pollute the shore.
• Delaware Bay is home to the largest population of horseshoe crabs on the Atlantic coast. Natural born celebrities, they can be seen in great numbers during spawning season during the full moon in May and June, when researchers from around the world come to observe the phenomenon.
• For old fashioned thrills and chills, make your way to Funland amusement park in Rehoboth Beach. The main attraction is the Haunted Mansion where riders are suspended from gondolas. Adding to the spooky fun, the Haunted Mansion is only open at night.
Delaware State Parks - Nearly half of the coastline of Delaware is part of the State Park system. There are inland waters to explore as well! You can
click the map or choose the overview to see a brief summary of each park - with pictures. Each park gets a chance to shine when you click the one you want to see.