Family Activities:

Cape Henlopen State Park


Cape Henlopen State Park

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE

Cape Henlopen offers something for the entire family. Lounge and play on the beach overlooking calm Delaware Bay waters or the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Hike or bike the numerous trails. Go fishing, camping, horseback riding, picnicking or visit Fort Miles. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Restrooms, bath houses with showers and changing areas and food concessions can be found near several of the beaches. Families will also find playgrounds, an 18-hole disc golf course and basketball courts.

The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse offers excellent photo opportunities from the beach at the Point. The lighthouse is situated at the mouth of the Delaware bay along a “breakwater barrier” at the point of the Cape and still protects boats from rough seas.

The annual kite festival held in March is something special to see with kite flying contests and demonstrations. Parents can also register kids for several different types of weekly summer camps.

8 a.m. to sunset

A park entrance fee is charged per vehicle from March 1 through Nov. 30. The charge is per vehicle, not per person. A daily pass for out-of-state vehicles is $10 and for in-state vehicles is $5. A daily pass booklet, which provides three passes for out-of-state vehicles, is $25. A daily pass booklet, which provides six passes for in-state vehicles, is $25. An annual pass for out-of-state vehicles is $70 and for in-state vehicles is $35. Credit cards are not accepted at the park entrance.

Numerous parking lots can be found throughout the park.