6 Best Water Activities to Beat the Heat This Summer in Delaware’s Quaint Villages

Stay cool this summer with these fun-filled water activities in Delaware’s Quaint Villages! With 350 miles of shoreline, Delaware is the perfect destination for your summer vacation on the water. From fishing to boating to some of the East Coast’s best beaches, get ready for a splashing good time!

Kayak Down the Mispillion River

Delaware River Adventures in downtown Milford offers guided and solo kayak and canoe tours along the Mispillion River. Book a single slot or a group tour, and enjoy a full river adventure! With a range of vessels, including solo seaters and tandem options, and with easy modifications available so all skill levels can enjoy, Delaware River Adventures ensures you will have a delightful day out on the water.

Charter the Captain’s Lady

Located in North Bower’s Beach, Captain’s Lady Charters offers charter fishing and cruises in the Delaware Bay. The professional crew can take you to some of the best fishing spots available or help you throw the ultimate party cruise! At 70’ long, Captain’s Lady is the largest charter boat in Bowers Beach.

Visit Killens Pond State Park and Water Park

Enjoy a leisurely day on the water at Killens Pond. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats are available, so you can easily explore this 79-acre pond surrounded by local wildlife or go upstream on the Murderkill River. Just launch your boat, soak up some sun and relax. And the adjacent water park will thrill the kiddos: several slides, pools, and wading pools make this a fun destination for the whole family.

Discover the DuPont Nature Center

School may be out, but the learning never stops at DuPont Nature Center — and it’s never been more fun! DuPont Nature Center is a science-based educational and interpretive facility that connects visitors with the natural history and ecology of the Delaware Bay. With interactive exhibits, aquariums, and more than 130 species of birds, fish, shellfish, and other wildlife in the surrounding estuary habitat, DuPont Nature Center is the perfect place to spend an afternoon discovering Delaware’s natural wildlife.

Cruise Down the Delaware Bayshore Byway

This scenic, 50-mile stretch winds its way through creeks, beaches, ports, and more along Delaware’s shoreline. The Delaware Bayshore Byway crosses lush marshes, treks through wildlife sanctuaries (including the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Kitts Hummock), and weaves through charming seaside towns like Bowers Beach and Little Creek. A gorgeous tour of the best waterfront scenery in Delaware, the Bayshore Byway is a drive we recommend you take with the windows down!

Explore the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum houses many artifacts of Delaware's coastal history — including from pirates! The museum offers information on Delaware Bay, the watermen of the area, and the history of Bowers Beach. Featuring remnants from shipwrecks, fossils, maps, and more, this is a site you won’t want to miss. Re-opening for the season Memorial Day weekend - with a new addition to the museum – just in time for the annual Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash!

Where will you go first? Check out upcoming events in Delaware’s Quaint Villages and start planning your summer vacation today!

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