Living in Coastal Delaware is like being on vacation every day. But if you’re looking to explore outside of the area, here are our favorite day trips from Coastal Delaware to enjoy!

berlin, maryland main street

Berlin, Maryland

Just about an hour south is the charming town of Berlin, Maryland. Voted the “Coolest Small Town in America,” here you’ll find tree-lined streets bursting with eclectic boutiques, unique dining, antique shops, and history. Not to mention a year-round calendar of events. Try stopping by the Mermaid Museum to learn all about magical lore. Come to the Berlin Farmers Market every Sunday, May through September. And stroll up and down its quaint main street, stopping for a bite or to find a new treasure to take home.

the deck of the cape may-lewes ferry

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Who says the journey can’t be just as fun as the destination? When you take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a fun ferry trip that transports you to another classic seaside town! Pick up the ferry at the Lewes Terminal (they welcome all methods of travel: cars, foot passengers, and bicycles). Then enjoy bars, food, TVs, comfortable chairs, and great views on your 85-minute journey. At Cape May, explore a bustling boardwalk with shops, dining, and Victorian-style architecture. Then hop on the ferry back across the Delaware Bay. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry also has a full calendar of events to experience, including live music, festivals, fireworks cruises, and more. Remember, sailings frequently sell out, so reservations are required.

white clay creek state park bridge

White Clay Creek State Park

In just over one and a half hours, you can visit a state park that’s as famous for its history as it is for its beautiful scenery: White Clay Creek State Park. This state park is widely known for its rolling hills, wildlife, and the Mason-Dixon line that runs through it. You could spend hours fishing, hiking, biking, and learning about local history at the 200-year-old Chambers House Nature Center — even playing disc golf.

Mature Couple Driving Along Country Road In Open Top Car Hoding Arms Up

The Coastal Highway Drive

For a truly unforgettable drive, spend the day going up and down Delaware’s Route 9 Coastal Heritage Scenic Byway. Pick up this 52-mile historic byway about 40 miles north near Dover Air Force Base, and follow it as it winds through several wildlife refuges and areas along the western shore of Delaware River and Bay. In fact, this entire road lies within the Atlantic Flyway where hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds pass through each spring. Stop along the way for local bites, antiques, historical places, and natural wonders. There are plenty!

Great Blue Heron On Dead Tree

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Only one and a half hours south, you could find yourself at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1933 as a waterfowl sanctuary for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, this preserved locale has over 20,000 acres open for public recreation — including 5 miles of hiking, 17 miles of paddling, and a 3.6-mile wildlife drive that’s incredibly popular with photographers and birders. Pack a picnic, bring your binoculars, and enjoy a day that’s truly for the birds!

Carefree senior couple enjoying car ride while sitting on front seats of the car

Take These Day Trips From Coastal Delaware as a Resident

Living in Coastal Delaware is like a vacation every day — especially when you’re a Sweetbay resident! But having enriching day trips like these right at your fingertips means you’ll never run out of exciting things to do and see. To learn more about living here, contact us today.