Delaware Seashore State Park

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 northern tip of the Indian River Marina, offering views of upland forest, salt marshes and Indian River and Rehoboth Bays. Camping is available year-round (campsite $40 to $50).

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2. Zwaanendael Museum

7.45 MILES

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3. Bethany Beach Nature Center

9.57 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.

4. Fenwick Island State Park

14.63 MILES

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5. Cape May Lighthouse

18.46 MILES

In the lush wetlands of Cape May Point State Park, this 1859 lighthouse gives a fine view. The 157ft structure underwent a $2-million restoration in the…

6. Cape May Point State Park

18.5 MILES

The 190-acre Cape May Point State Park, just off Lighthouse Ave, has 2 miles of trails, plus the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. You can climb the 199…

7. Redden State Forest

18.91 MILES

Three miles northwest of Georgetown is the largest state forest (9500 acres) in Delaware. You can access some 44 miles of trails in the forest, but for…

8. Cape May Bird Observatory

18.93 MILES

Cape May is one of the country's top birding spots, with more than 400 species during the spring and fall migration seasons, when neotropical birds are…