Camp and play by the bay!
Cape Henlopen State Park
This gorgeous state park is wedged between Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, which during the summer makes it chilly at night and moderate during the day. This site offers an array of options, from cabins to RV parking to "primitive camping," or simple camping with nothing but a tent. Kayak rentals, disc golf, trails and showers are all available within this small-sized state park. Whether you want to be close to modern amenities is entirely up to you.
Location: 42 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE 19958
You don't need to rough it to go camping. That's the idea behind Lums Pond campground, a 68-site outdoor wonderland that offers showers, picnic tables and grills. Six of the sites offer electric hookups. Yurts (round, stationary structures like tents) are available year-round for those who don't want to set up a tent. Yurts can fit up to five people, perfect for the family! The small pond is great for fishing and swimming.
Location: 1068 Howell School Rd., Bear, Delaware 19701
Electric, water, sewer and showers are available April 1 through November 30 at this popular summer destination, which sees thousands of visitors each year. Bring the RV or rent one of the 37 family tent sites on-the-cheap. Have fun with water sports, or keep occupied on one of the many trails.
Location: 39415 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971
Experience the wonder of tall, loblolly pines covering 142 campsites, 130 of which have water and electric hookups, so you don't have to scrimp on modern conveniences. Cabins and yurts are also available, including picnic tables and beds for finicky sleepers.
Location: 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
Get back to your outdoor roots at Killens Pond, which, along with RV camping space, offers 17 walk-in primitive camping sites for experienced campers who want to get away from it all. Cabins are available with bedding, heat, showers and views of the pond. Reserve your spot in advance on the Delaware State Parks website to ensure your space.
Location: 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton, DE 19943
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