Lewes Travel Guide

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    The Junction and Breakwater Trail
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    Front of Blue Water House
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Lewes Things to Do

  • Ride the Junction and Breakwater Trail

    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.

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  • Craft Fair

    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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  • Zwaanendael Museum

    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...

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  • Lovely Waterfront

    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!

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  • Great Old Cemetary

    We passed a great cemetary on 3rd street whose tombstones were just begging to be photographed. Or was it whomever was beneath them that begged? Hmmmm.........

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  • Historical Lewes

    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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  • Historic Lewes Farmers Market

    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,...

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  • Could be a waste of time

    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...

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  • Kalmar Nykel , Tall Ship

    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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  • Fishing

    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...

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  • Cape Henlopen State Park

    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,...

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  • Check Out Fisherman's Wharf

    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...

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Lewes Restaurants

  • Blue Plate Diner

    Earned Delaware Today's Best of Delaware awards for Best Diner (down state) and Best Early Bird Breakfast (down state). We got there around lunchtime on a Sunday and the place was very busy. I had a great crab cake sandwich on homemade panini-style bread and my friend had a very nice French dip sandwich. All sandwiches come with a very good pasta...

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  • Downtown Pub

    My wife and I ate lunch here because we were both embarassed entering some of the other restaurants in town wearing our bicycling outfits. This place seemed more casual and it turned out to be a good choice. I had a crab cake on a crousant and my wife really enjoyed her fried oyster/chicken salad platter which was a special that day.

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  • Irish Bar with unusual menu

    The waterfront restaurant overlooks the little harbor. On the day we went it was to cold to sit outside on the deck even with the clear plastic sides drawn down. They have live music on weekends starting about 10:00. I tried the crab quasidilla(sp) and the others in the party had hamburgers with various toppings.

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Lewes Nightlife

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  • Lewes nightlife

    Rose N Crown is a great place for locals to karaoke and have fun dancing. Irish Eyes is nice as well...live bands and great mixed drinks. Neither place is wild, nor are they "pick up joints"...why I like them! casual

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  • I haven't partied in Lewis but...

    I haven't partied in Lewis but University of Delaware has some fun nightlife. The Stone Balloon has live music and drink specials.The bars close at 1am in DE

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Lewes Transportation

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    by SURFIN7TH Written Oct 4, 2002

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    From NJ take the Garden State Parkway South to Cape May. Follow signs to the Cape May / Lewes Ferry
    You can drive on the Ferry or park at the terminal and walk on. In the summer there're shuutles to the outlet stores.

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Lewes Warnings and Dangers

  • They're Watching You

    As you stroll along 3rd Avenue admiring the quaint homes and shops and have the overwhelming feeling that you're being watched, well.... that's because you are! As creepy as porcelain dolls are, what could be worse than arranging them in a window in a waving pose?Someone's got a twisted sense of humor in Lewes. I like it.

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  • When the seas are rough some...

    When the seas are rough some people get seasick on the ferry. Also it is important to know the boating lingo. You don't want to be called a landlubber.

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Lewes Tourist Traps

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    by SURFIN7TH Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The Outlet stores in Rehoboth have some good deals but the ferry costs $22.00 each way by car so weigh it out if that's the only reason you're going. That's where I went today because of the rainy weather.

    www.shoprehoboth.com

    PS there's no sales tax in Delaware, you can save some money on big items.

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Lewes What to Pack

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    by SURFIN7TH Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Pack light, you'll be bringing bags home from the outlet stores.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you want to be outside on the ferry, dress for the weather!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: De has it all. Check out Wa Wa or any other convenience store. There's even a Super K-Mart near the outlets.

    Photo Equipment: Buy your camera in Delaware and pay no sales tax.!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunglasses, hats, sandles in the summer

    Miscellaneous: Binoculars and camera for the ferry ride.

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  • Adorable Victorian Homes

    As my intro says Lewes is a lot like Cape May because of the adorable and colorful Victorian homes. I snapped photos of as many as I saw. But I'll bet there are a whole bunch more...

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  • The Porches of Lewes

    You'll want to own a home in Lewes simply so that you can sit on of their porches and watch the world go by.

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  • Lewes Life

    I lived in Lewes for two years, from 2000-2002. I LOVE LEWES. The only reason I moved is because I built a home in Ocean View. I lived about a mile from Lewes Beach, and I live about 1 1/2 miles from Cape Henlopen State Park. Lewes is much more laid-back and peaceful than Rehoboth and Dewey. I do not like chaos and rif-raf (where I reside, at...

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