Boundless Recreation Options
Delaware’s natural wonders — from its sandy beaches to coastal forests — provide limitless recreation opportunities. The state is also ranked among the top 10 most “Bicycle Friendly States ” by the League of American Bicyclists and offers a variety of state parks, outdoor trails, world-class golf courses, and sports and gaming attractions.
The Delaware Outdoor Trail
Each year, millions of visitors flock to the Delaware Outdoor Trail , where Delaware’s abundance of natural resources comes together in a single scenic trail. The outdoor haven offers a collection of family- and budget-friendly activities, including walking, hiking, running, biking, wildlife viewing, water sports and everything in between. With 60-plus activities at more than 40 statewide locations, the Delaware Outdoor Trail has something for everyone.
Delaware’s 14 state parks offer a plethora of activities for any outdoor enthusiast — including boating, biking, fishing, tennis, sightseeing, camping and hunting. A few unique highlights include zip-lining at Lums Pond State Park , bird watching at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge , exploring Civil War History at Fort Delaware State Park , or kayaking and canoeing at Trap Pond State Park .
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Delaware’s pristine, family-friendly beaches have been rated among the best in the country. Charming Bethany Beach was named one of the “Top 10 Best Beaches for Families” by Family Vacation Critic in 2013, and one of the “Best Secret Beaches on Earth! ” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Breathtaking Dewey and Rehoboth Beach have been recognized as two of the cleanest beaches in the U.S. by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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The First State is home to more than 40 championship golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Bayside Resort Golf Club , which is ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” by GolfDigest.
Delaware’s Bear Trap Dunes Golf Course near Bethany Beach was named one of “America’s 100 Best Golf Courses” by Golf Week Magazine and was featured as one of the “100 Must Play Golf Courses of the Mid-Atlantic” by Washington Golf Monthly.
Sports and Gaming
The state offers a variety of activities for sports enthusiasts — from the University of Delaware’s football team, the Fightin’ Blue Hens, to the biannual NASCAR Monster Mile races at the Dover International Speedway and the only sports betting found on the East Coast at Delaware’s racinos .
Fans of professional sports will be pleased to know that Delaware is home to the Kansas City Royals’ farm team — the Wilmington Blue Rocks — and the Philadelphia Sixers’ farm team — the Delaware 87ers. Additionally, Delaware’s strategic central location means professional teams like the Phillies, Eagles, Orioles, Ravens, Yankees, Knicks, Giants, Redskins and other major teams of all sports are just a quick car or train ride away.
In addition, there are many incredible boating and fishing opportunities around the state. Calm lakes, inland bays, and the open waters of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean provide excellent boating and sailing opportunities.
For freshwater fans, Delaware also offers a number of freshwater ponds. Fishing enthusiasts can catch Delaware’s famous blue crab and clams, along with a variety of fish.