Fenwick Island State Park

Delaware Coast

This barrier island park tucked between Bethany Beach to the north and Ocean City, MD to the south offers peaceful groves and 3 miles of quiet beach and wooded trails. Lifeguards are on duty at the swimming beach from 9am to 5pm June through early September.

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Nearby Delaware Coast attractions

1. Bethany Beach Nature Center

5.15 MILES

Kids and the science-inclined will enjoy the exhibits and short nature trail here. It's also open 10am to noon on the first two Saturdays of the month.

2. Ocean Gallery

9.48 MILES

An enormous art gallery stuffed with prints of varying quality (mostly bad, but there are a few gems), with an exterior papered in vibrant folk art.

3. Trimpers Rides

9.98 MILES

If you really want to engage in tacky seaside fun to the fullest possible extent, hit up Trimpers Rides, one of the oldest of old-school amusement parks…

4. Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

10.05 MILES

This small but engaging museum sits inside an 1891 life-saving station at the southern end of the boardwalk. Here, the station keeper and six to eight …

5. Calvin B Taylor House Museum

13.37 MILES

Built in 1832, this green-shuttered Federal-style house evokes everyday smalltown life in the 1800s and 1900s through period furnishings and exhibits…

6. Delaware Seashore State Park

14.63 MILES

A windswept slice of preserved dunes and salty breezes possessed of a wild, lonely beauty. The 3-mile round-trip Burton Island Trail begins at the…

7. Assateague State Park

16.7 MILES

The Maryland-run section of Assateague Island stretches for 2 miles along the coast and is tucked within the boundaries of the national seashore. Come…

8. Assateague Island National Seashore

19.64 MILES

A low-key barrier island, Assateague is a place to relax. In the Maryland section of the national seashore, you can cycle along a 4-mile road, hike nature…