Lewes Travel Guide

  • Arriving in Lewes
    Arriving in Lewes
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    Bob on the ferry waiting for it to leave
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Lewes Things to Do

  • Take a Ferry Ride

    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...

  • Walking Tour

    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.


    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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.........

  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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.


Lewes Hotels

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  • Hotel Blue

    110 Anglers Rd., Lewes, Delaware, 19958, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Inn at Canal Square

    122 Market Street, Lewes, Delaware, 19958, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Rodney

    142 Second Street, Lewes, Delaware, 19958, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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...

  • 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.

  • 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.


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

  • 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

  • Bicycles for Rent

    There is a trail in Lewes called The Junction and Breakwater Trail. This 6-mile-long trail, which is a former rail line connecting Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, is located on the southwestern side of Cape Henlopen State Park. The trail includes two bridges that offer gorgeous views of the coastal wetlands of the Cape Region. The trail consists of...

  • Cape May Ferry

    We went to line up for the ferry as they start lining people up an hour in advance. To make the reservation (and pay) I had to give them a driver's license number and I gave them mine. I didn't know if that meant that I actually had to drive the car. But it didn't. We told them that I would go up the service elevator. I should have had my scooter...

  • From NJ take the Garden State...

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


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.

  • 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.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Lewes Tourist Traps

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    The Outlet stores in Rehoboth...

    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.


    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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    Packing List

    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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Lewes Off The Beaten Path

  • Harbor of Refuge Light

    I also saw this lighthouse from the ferry, but I didn't take my telephoto lens from the car, so my photos are not that good of it.1926 was when this lighthouse was built, and it is still active. The lantern is 72 ft tall with a white flash every 5 seconds. Two red sectors cover nearby shoals. This is a round cast iron lighthouse with 3-story round...

  • Lewes Breakwater Lighthouse

    If you get a chance, take a tour of this lighthouse. It is located at the east end of a detached breakwater sheltering Lewes harbor and is accessible only by boat, In 2004 the Delaware River and Bay Authority and the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation formed a partnership to restore the lighthouse, and the lighthouse was subleased to the...

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  • Documenting Cemeteries

    I belong to a group of people who do photo-documentation of cemeteries. So whenever I go someplace, I try to add to the database. We got to Lewes about 3, so I thought we had time to go do a couple of cemeteries before the 1615 ferry. . Thefirst one, we overshot, and never did find it. It appeared to be in the middle of a new housing...

  • 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...

  • 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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