9 Off-Season Attractions to Check Out at the Delaware Beaches
From shopping to museums and theater, here are some things to do on the coast in the fall and winter months.
Delmarva Discovery Tours run in the beach off season, and display the best of southern Delaware's beer, wine and spirits offerings./Adobe Stock, by Mark.
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While Delaware's beach towns attract many out-of-towners during the summertime, off-season attractions keep coastal residents entertained all year long. From shopping to local museums to brewery and winery tours, check out these local hot spots to keep in mind during the fall and winter months.
Clear Space Theatre Company
Located in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Clear Space Theatre is a hot spot for professional local performances and acting classes. Clear Space puts on over 100 performances a year, with upcoming shows "James and the Giant Peach" from Nov. 8-10, and "A Christmas Story: The Musical" from Nov. 29-Dec. 15. Children and adults alike can also sign up for classes at the theater. Off-season is the perfect time for adults to get on-stage, according to the website. Clear Space offers classes in acting, voice and more for all ages and experience levels. Find more information and show tickets at clearspacetheatre.org.
20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-2270
Movies at Midway
This independently-owned multiplex building brings the hottest upcoming movies right to the beach, 365 days a year (yes—they're even open on holidays). Located on Route 1 between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach just north of the Tanger Outlets, the theater boasts a full cinematic experience complete with comfortable seats, high quality speakers, digital projectors, 3D capabilities and stadium-style theater layouts. The theater also provides handicap seating and assistive listening devices.
18585 Coastal Highway, Suite 1, Rehoboth Beach • 645-0200
Delmarva Discovery Tours
Whether you're in to antiquing, farming, dining or partying, Delmarva Discovery Tours showcase the best of southern Delaware's beer, wine and spirits offerings. All inclusive tours include brewery tours, winery tours, farm tours, wine and garden tours, meadery tours and more for groups of 6 to 25 guests. There are also non-inclusive party bus rentals available. Tours are offered in the morning and afternoon all year long; visit delmarvadiscoverytours.com or call 260-9008 to book.
19470 Coastal Hwy #5, Rehoboth Beach • 260-9008
With over 130 stores and designer brands to choose from, no one will be running out of places to shop at the Tanger Outlets. Perfect for stocking up on holiday gifts for loved ones (or yourself), the outlets are a staple at the beach. Browse all of the latest sales and deals at tangeroutlet.com/deals.
36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Rehoboth Beach • 226-9223
Rehoboth Beach Museum
Beach goers have a long history of enjoying the sun and sand of Rehoboth Beach, and the Rehoboth Beach Museum showcases that nostalgia through its exhibits. Sand toys, surf boards, archeological artifacts and more have been on display at the museum, which accepts donations for admission. The museum also features a gift shop that has plenty of unique gift options for the beach or history lover in your life.
511 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-7310
Crooked Hammock Brewery
Offering easy going, flavorful craft beer and backyard vibes, Crooked Hammock is a great option for gathering around a firepit on a chilly fall or winter nights with friends and family with beer and great food. The popular local brewery changes their beer lineup often, so check crookedhammockbrewery.com to see what's on tap for fall and winter.
36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837
Shell We Bounce
This family-owned trampoline park and family entertainment center will have you (literally) bouncing all day long. Aside from trampolines, there are several entertainment amenities perfect for the entire family like virtual reality, an arcade, a Kid Zone with a jungle gym, an enclosed playground and a café. Open daily at 9:30 a.m., bounce time slots begin every 30 minutes in addition to special events and classes happening weekly.
32295 Lewes-Georgetown Hwy, Lewes • 827-4453
Lewes Polar Bear Plunge
One of the First State's signature events, the 2020 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge will take place Sunday, Feb. 2. The yearly event held on the first Sunday in February, will celebrate its 29th anniversary in 2020. It's a great opportunity to jump into freezing cold water with your friends and family and hundreds of others to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
619 S. College Ave., Newark • 831-4653
Cape May–Lewes Ferry
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry allows residents to enjoy Delaware’s tax-free shopping and local attractions, plus the scenic and historic destinations of Southern New Jersey. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is family-friendly and offers numerous kid attractions, plus events and excursions for the whole family. The ferry and its events operate year-round, check cmlf.com for more details.
43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes • Customer service: 1-800-643-3779