Southern Delaware

With fall approaching, many travelers who may have been reluctant to plan a road trip at the height of summer due to crowds and safety concerns are looking to hit the roads for some adventures of their own. Fall is a great time of year to plan escapes and it’s an especially great time of year to escape to Southern Delaware.

Our open places and open spaces are plentiful, allowing for comfortable social distancing, our beaches are especially lovely in the autumn as the air may be a bit cooler but the water stays relatively warm well into October, our outdoor adventures and winding country roads and antique trails beckon, and our Culinary Coast™ is cooking up all kinds of deliciousness. Here are four more great reasons to pack up the car and head for Southern Delaware:

1. Safety: For good reason, everyone’s number one concern right now is, “Is it safe to visit?” Rest assured, our accommodations, outfitters, restaurants, attractions and amusements, and other local businesses have implemented recommended safety measures. It’s in their best interests to keep their staff members, visitors, and communities safe, and they take that responsibility seriously. Restaurant capacity is limited to 60%, but if you’re still not comfortable dining out, many offer reservations and outside dining and most offer curbside, take away, or delivery. Additionally, keep in mind that the responsibility to keep each other safe is a shared one and visitors are expected to abide by face covering and social distancing requirements too. Doing so will make their visits to Southern Delaware truly relaxing getaways. To learn more and see examples of our partners’ safety measures in action here, visit www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/open-places-open-spaces.

2. Our many hiking and biking trails, expansive beaches, sparkling bays, beautiful state parks, roomy boardwalks and wide sidewalks in beach towns and river villages all offer a multitude of opportunities to participate in socially distant activities. Feel like hiking or biking? Kayaking? Paddle boarding? Boating or fishing? Strolling the beaches or birdwatching? How about some tax free shopping? You can do all of that and more while keeping a safe distance from others. It will be even easier this fall because many of the events and festivals that typically bring autumn crowds have been cancelled or postponed. For information about outdoor adventures, visit www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/recreation-outdoor-adventures-de. (Note: Check out the Bike & Stay Package on Southern Delaware Tourism’s Sidekick App! Stay at a participating hotel and bike Southern Delaware’s scenic trails while receiving exclusive offers from restaurants, breweries, distilleries and shops plus access to an interactive trail map. Pick your route and start cashing in on your journey! Visit www.SouthDelSidekick.com)

3. Explore the history of the southernmost county of the First State! You’ll find lots of fascinating history here, from Captain John Smith’s exploration of the Nanticoke River - a Chesapeake Bay tributary on the western side of the county - to the first European settlement in 1631 at present-day Lewes on the Delaware Bay. You’ll hear tales of shipwrecks, pirates and their booty, storms, political intrigue, and lots more. With 26 museums, history tours, and historic sites, there are a lot of great stories to uncover here. And we’ve put them all in one place for you. Visit our Fall for our History page for more information. www.VisitSouthernDelaware.com/fall-for-history.

4. Don’t forget to leave some time for arts and entertainment while you’re here. Our theaters and other venues offer concerts and performances, many held outdoors. The area is also home to talented artists, artisans, and crafters and therefore to many shops, galleries, outdoor art festivals, and studios where their one of a kind works are exhibited and sold. Visit our Arts Around our Towns page to see what’s planned for this fall: www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/arts-around-our-towns.

Southern Delaware Tourism supports and encourages the identification, development and promotion of sustainable, year-round tourism in Southern Delaware that contributes to economic growth and improves the quality of life. For more information, call Southern Delaware Tourism at 302-856-1818 or visit their website, www.VisitSouthernDelaware.com.

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