Lewes Things to Do

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    Historic Lewes Farmers Market

    by garridogal Updated Jul 13, 2011

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    Support local farmers and eat organically. What could be better? We hit the market on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society. (Apparently, it's held in different locations.) This was a perfect location for it because of the abundance of trees to provide shade for the vendors, products, and shoppers.

    We enjoyed checking out each of the stands, trying some samples, and shopping, of course! We bought fresh veggies, peaches, zucchini blossoms, and some awesome chocolate chip cookies, among other goodies!

    The market What to buy first? Gorgeous, aren't they? Health, health, health darling...
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    Walking Tour

    by grandmaR Written Oct 19, 2014

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    The town of Lewes has a nice walking tour on their website. Unfortunately I did not find out about it until after I got home. The tour includes Victorian houses, the shops along Second Street, the harbor, a museum and a historic church and graveyard. The Historical Society also has tours.

    Victorian House Bridge keeper's house for canal drawbridge Photo on a grave n Friendship Cemetery St Peter's church Canal/waterfront
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    Take a Ferry Ride

    by grandmaR Written Oct 21, 2014

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    A nice mini-cruise from Lewes is the ferry to Cape May. It is a seventeen mile crossing and takes approximately 85 minutes. You can park and walk on the ferry (which is cheaper) and take the round trip. A round trip in the peak season would cost an adult foot passenger $16.00. Park your car for free in their secure lot, walk aboard the ferry and sail as a foot passenger

    PEAK SEASON: Memorial Day to Labor Day–Fri, Sat, Sun, & Holidays It would be cheaper at other times.

    You can see two lighthouses from the ferry.

    All the vessels and the terminals have food concessions There is also a gift shop, located on the 2nd deck, which will be opened by an attendant about 30 minutes after departure.

    Delaware Breakwater End Light from ferry Sign directing foot passengers to parking Walkway to the ferry from the car Ferry terminal House of Refuge Lighthouse from the ferry
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    Take a Stroll Along 2nd Street

    by lindainlewes Written May 14, 2005

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    This is the main street in downtown Lewes, and it's straight out of a travel brochure or postcard. Set just a block away from the Lewes Canal, folks park and spend the day on foot exploring the quaint little shops and restaurants.

    Stop for an ice cream and continue around the block to walk along the canal waterfront. There is never a shortage of boats, fishermen, and stories....and if you time it right, you just might see the pirate ship!

    There are several historical buildings downtown, including the Cannon Ball House and the Zwaanendael Museum. For a complete list with lots of background, check out www.lewes.com.

    Annon Ball House
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    Check Out Fisherman's Wharf

    by lindainlewes Written May 14, 2005

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    You can't come to Lewes and not check out the canal and the wharf. There are several waterfront restaurants, and an endless parade of commercial and private boats.

    Visitors can hop on one of several fishing boats...charter and headboats are both available. There are also Dolphin/Whale Watches, Lighthouse Cruises, and Sunset Cruises.

    The locals are friendly and the rates are reasonable. So head to the wharf!

    Lewes Canal
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    Cape Henlopen State Park

    by lindainlewes Written May 14, 2005

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    This beautiful state park is just south of Lewes...about a 3 minute drive from downtown. It is right at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, with gorgeous beaches, biking and hiking trails, a campground, and a huge fishing pier.

    There is a clean, guarded public beach at the park, as well as access to several private stretches of shoreline. With a permit, you can even drive your 4WD vehicle onto your own patch of beach!

    Take the kids out to the pier for some fishing,or just to watch the variety of fish and crabs that are caught here each day. You can also watch plenty of boating activity from the pier, including the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

    If you are into camping, there is a fabulous campground here, too!

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    Historical Lewes

    by garridogal Written Jul 13, 2011

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    Lewes is the first city in the first state so expect to see evidence of this all around town. Situated on the grounds of the historical society are some of the original town structures. The plaque belongs to a home on 3rd Avenue.

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    Zwaanendael Museum

    by garridogal Updated Jul 14, 2011

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    The Zwaanendael Museum was built in 1931 to commemorate Delaware's first settlement of people in 1631. I just copied and pasted that from somewhere else in the cyber world. Sorry, I didn't have time to visit it but YOU might.

    Oh, and those people were Dutch. (In case the architecture didn't give that away to you!)

    But even if you don't visit the museum, you can drive by and admire this beautiful Flemish building whose name means "Swan Valley." (Thanks to my friend Jeroen for that translation!)

    Craving stroopwafels yet? And here's some more info on it!
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    Lovely Waterfront

    by garridogal Written Jul 13, 2011

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    We parked right by this lovely waterfront area. The restaurants across the canal were packed and it looked like just a lovely spot to spend time in.

    I know what's on my to-do list if I ever return to Lewes!

    Idyllic waterfront Not my yacht Tacky tourists are everywhere
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    Craft Fair

    by garridogal Updated Jul 14, 2011

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    I had to resist the temptation of going to this craft fair. There simply wasn't time.

    However, I did get a fab five dollar necklace from one of the local store's sidewalk sale!

    And yes, that did help.

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    Fishing

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    We fished with Capt Tom Smith of Doctor's Orders. His first mate, Steve, was awesome and made the trip enjoyable despite the bad weather, poor conditions, and grumpy attitude of the captain. Most charter boats in Lewes rent for about $600 per day for 6 people on an 8-hour trip. Depending on the weather you can go out into the ocean or stay in the bay just a few miles from Lewes. Boats depart from Angler's Marina next to Irish Eyes restaurant (good place for beer, bad place for food). Don't forget to tip the first mate 15-20%.

    Ooops! A shark! Ray and our first mate Dad and Chadd Laura & Chadd Chadd's arm and our first mate
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  • Could be a waste of time

    by Charlieandfran Written Jul 1, 2011

    Fisherman's Wharf Sightseeing Cruises advertise times for cruises, but they will not go out unless they have a certain amount of interested people for the cruise. We went on Saturday June 25th and when they didn't have 12 people at $35.00 a person they canceled the cruise and told us we were free to come back that night to try again with no assurance that that cruise would sail either.

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  • Kalmar Nykel , Tall Ship

    by grovertdslayer Updated Aug 15, 2008

    There is a cool and very old tall ship at the port on Lewes. It is from the 16th century and Dutch. Nicely maintained and restored. You can take a sail on it. It is dockside at the cape May/lewes ferry. It is not always in Lewes as it sails around the east coast.

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    SCAM DONT BOTHER WITH THIS PLACE!

    by saraparkcity Written Sep 20, 2014

    Bought a groupon for this place for a 4 hr fishing charter (GROUPON BEWARE) for my dad for a Fathers Day present. Reserved this beginning of August (YES I TALKED TO A LIVE PERSON) as I was coming in to PA the weekend after labor day to visit from FL. Now LEWES DE is about a 3 hour drive south from Philadelphia area and since the trip was 8-12PM we left quite early the to get down there in time. I called on the way down 6:30 ish... talked to the owner myself and asked do we still have a reservation..he says yeah yeah no problem. OK....so we get there with about 6 others waiting to get on the boat and I go up to the desk to check in give them my groupon. The women then tells me they aren't going to be running the trip unless there is at least 12 people that show up ...WO what???? So I proceed to tell her I reserved, called earlier, and not only was I told NO PROBLEM...there was no disclaimer (GROUPON BEWARE) that there was stipulations to the number of people to get on the trip... OH and then she started to tell me (WHILE MY MOUTH WAS WIDE OPEN) that she wouldn't be able to except my groupon if they did go out and I'd have to pay full price....So I walk over to the owner sitting there and tell him my issues ...fathers day gift ...made reservations...ect ect... So he makes us wait till 930am to tell us trip cxl and if we wanted to pay another $100+ dollars (WHICH IT WAS) there was another boat leaving at the end of the marina that would take us out...If there wasn't children there the things I would of said to that owner ...MORAL OF THE STORY...DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE WE DID...

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    Ride the Junction and Breakwater Trail

    by marca Written Nov 10, 2011

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    This trail runs from just outside Lewes to Rehoboth Beach behind all the congestion on Route 1. There are signs posted beginning at the bridge over the canal.

    The Junction and Breakwater Trail
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