Things to do in Bethany Beach

Southern Delaware is a wonderful place to visit. Here you can enjoy beautiful ocean sunrises and gorgeous bay view sunsets. When most coastal towns are summer seasonal, we are alive with activities during every season of the year.
Eastern shore beaches are a treasure all year long. Whether you are sunning yourself, reading a book or going for a nice long walk, our beaches are beautiful throughout every season. Delaware also has a Beer & Wine Trail. Just download the app “Delaware on Tap” and discover a whole new side of The First State. Delaware may be the second smallest state, but we’ve got a lot going on. Enjoy one of our 17 State Parks, or a town festival, Restaurant Week, live music, Farmer’s Markets or a live performance at one of our many theaters. Delaware has the best of everything and something for everyone. 
Salisbury House is conveniently located just 2 miles from quaint Bethany Beach and 20 miles south of Historic Lewes or 15 miles north of Ocean City, Maryland. Beautiful Assateague Island National Park, where the wild ponies roam, lies just 25 miles south. A quick 18-mile ride southwest you’ll find Berlin, Maryland, Main Street USA, voted one of “The Best Small Towns in America.”
There is so much packed into this corner of Delmarva’s Eastern Shore.  Come visit, any season, and discover Delaware for yourself. 

Map of Things To Do In Bethany Beach

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Things To Do 1

Local Summer Details

  • May 15 – September 15
  • Pay to Park Downtown
  • Warm to Hot Days, 80°F – 95° F
  • Warm nights
  • Many tourists
  • Busy with traffic 
A Sampling Of Things To Do:
  • Beaches – Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick, Ocean City
  • Boardwalks – Rehoboth, Bethany, Ocean City
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Kayaking/SOP/Windsurfing/Parasailing
  • Boating
  • Pilates & Yoga on the beach
  • Miniature golf/water-parks/arcades
  • Beer & Wine Trail
  • Dolphin Watching – either on a Cruise or from the beach
  • Live Music & Arts at the Freeman Stage
  • Sand Castle Contest – Rehoboth, Bethany, Dewey
  • Lewes Garden Tour
  • Rehoboth Veg Fest
  • Lewes Sea Glass Festival
  • Bandstand Concerts – Lewes, Rehoboth, Bethany
  • Movies on the beach – Fenwick, Bethany, Dewey
  • Berlin Peach Festival – August
Things To Do 2

Local Fall Details

  • September 16 – November 30
  • Free Parking Downtown
  • Warm days, 70°-80° F
  • Cool nights
  • Minimal tourists
  • Minimal traffic 
A Sampling Of Things To Do:
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • Beach time
  • Assateague Island National Park, seeing the wild ponies 
  • Beer & Wine Trail
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Kayak Eco-Tours and Full Moon Tours
  • Golf – over a dozen beautiful courses within a short drive
  • Ocean City Beer & Wine Festival
  • Fiddler’s Festival – Berlin, MD, late September
  • Rehoboth Jazz Festival – October
  • Ocean City Sunfest – late September
  • Ocean City Kite Festival – October
  • Bethany Beach Arts Festival – September
  • Milton Lady Bug Music Festival – September
  • Rehoboth Garlic Festival 
  • October Fest – Ocean City and Lewes
  • Dewey Music Festival – September
  • Rehoboth Sea Witch Festival – October
  • Lewes Boat Parade and Maritime Festival 
  • National Folk Festival – Salisbury, MD, September
  • Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival – November
Things To Do 3

Local Winter Details

  • December 1 – February 28
  • Free Parking Downtown
  • Cool – cold days, 30° – 50° F
  • Cold nights
  • No tourists
  • Minimal traffic 
  • Occasional snow
A Sampling Of Things To Do:
  • Tree Lighting – Bethany, Lewes, Rehoboth, Berlin
  • Holiday Parades 
  • Winter Fest of Lights – Ocean City and Lewes
  • Ice Skating – Ocean City at Carousel Hotel
  • New Year’s Day Polar Plunges
  • Winter Specials at Local Restaurants
  • Beer & Wine Trail
  • Ocean City NYE Fireworks
  • Milton Holly Festival – December
  • Productions at Local Theaters – Clear Space, Dickens Parlor, Milton Theater, and the Performing Arts in Ocean City
  • Wine Pairing Dinners at local restaurants
Things To Do 4

Local Spring Details

  • March 1 – May 14
  • Free Parking Downtown
  • Warm – cool days, 50° – 75° F
  • Chilly nights
  • Minimal tourists
  • Minimal traffic 
  • Occasional snow
A Sampling Of Things To Do:
  • Beach time
  • Hiking and Biking Trails
  • Great off-season Restaurant specials
  • Beer & Wine Trials
  • Enjoy a live show at a local theater
  • Ocean City Restaurant Week – March
  • Rehoboth Bridal Show – March
  • Boardwalk Arts Festival – Rehoboth
  • Ocean City Springfest – Early May
  • Lewes Tulip Festival – April
  • Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Henlopen Kite Festival – March/April
  • Chocolate Festival – Rehoboth
Things To Do 5
Our small town of Bethany Beach has a very unique historical landmark. It’s a must see …. the famous totem pole of “Chief Little Owl.”

It’s a 24 foot statue standing on the corner of Coastal Highway – Route 1, and Garfield Avenue – Route 26. The totem pole has stood there since 1976 and originally created by Peter Wolf Toth, a Hungarian born American sculptor.

The sculpture, #22, was donated to Bethany Beach as part of the “Trail of the Whispering Giants.” There are more than 50 wooden sculptures of famous Indians/Native Americans, designed and donated to at least every state in the US and some in Canada, too. Sculpture #21, “Maryland’s Inlet Indian,” is located in Ocean City, Maryland, just 15 miles from Bethany. 
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