Friday August 17, 2018
You can’t fully experience all that Millville by the Sea has to offer until you’ve taken a day trip to Bethany Beach. Just four short miles away, Bethany Beach is practically a home away from home. Community members have the luxury of hopping on the beach shuttle to make the quick trip as easy as it is enjoyable. We’ve put together a list of the best of the best for you to peruse before you go—think of it as a local’s ultimate guide to this picturesque beach town. We don’t want you to miss a thing! (Cue Aerosmith song.) From the best burger to the best gifts to plenty of outdoor excursions, here’s our guide to Bethany Beach and its surrounding area:
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Date night? Family fun day? Coffee and a book enjoyed gloriously all by yourself? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered with this curated list of good eats in and around Bethany Beach.
Beach Break Bakrie & Café (4.7 miles)
Start your day off right with an excellent morning meal before heading to the beach. Or maybe you got a late start and you’re craving breakfast in the afternoon? The Beach Bakrie & Café is known for its made-to-order hot breakfast sandwiches, served all day long. Check out all your options on The Beach Break Bakrie & Café’s Facebook page.
Boardwalk Fries (4.7 miles)
Exercise? Oh, I thought you said extra fries! French fry lovers unite at this classic East Coast establishment that has been serving the local community since 1997. Favorite “side dishes” include chicken nuggets and hot dogs served aside a heaping helping of – you guessed it – French fries. Get a glimpse of what they have to offer on the Boardwalk Fries Facebook page.
Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar (5.4 miles)
Does being by the water make you crave seafood? Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar has you covered! A staple for locals in the Bethany Beach area, Bluecoast was named one of the Top 10 Destination Restaurants in the US by Attache Magazine. Serving fresh, local seafood and overlooking the Salt Pond, you won’t be disappointed with the food or the ambiance. Combine that with their extensive wine list and a rotating selection of craft beers and you’ve just discovered a great place to take your next date! Preview this local gem on the Bluecoast Seafood website.
Pie (4.6 miles)
Pizza is always a good idea. Whether you’re a gourmet foodie or prefer to keep things simple, Pie in Bethany Beach has something everyone will enjoy. On the menu, you’ll find some unique pairings - pesto and fresh crab, short ribs and Gorgonzola – as well as an option to build your own. Visit Pie’s Facebook page to survey the toppings offered!
Off the Hook (3.7 miles)
This hotspot for the seasonal crowd is also a favorite casual date spot for locals. The popular Farm to Table trend is brought to life here with their sumptuous menu full of fresh seafood and classic American dishes. Try the pan-seared scallops or the grilled swordfish and thank us later. The full menu is available on the Off the Hook website.
Sedona (4.6 miles)
For over 26 years Sedona has offered the Bethany Beach community creative and unique cuisine with seasonal ingredients. If you’re short on time it’s a great place to stop in for tapas and happy hour, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their homemade dessert. Also a great place to bring your gluten-free or vegetarian friend. Full menu and photos that might cause excessive salivation (we warned you!) on the Sedona website.
Mangos (3.5 miles)
With oceanfront dining and a fun name, Mangos is an excellent place for the whole family to grab a bite. In what’s possibly the most premier location in town, this boardwalk eatery boasts a family friendly menu as well as many tropical dishes inspired by the local owners’ travels to the Bahamas and Jamaica. It’s a great place to meet up after a day at the beach, grab a cocktail, and even enjoy live music on the weekends. Check the schedule and the menu on Mangos’ website.
DiFebo’s (4.2 miles)
For a taste of Southern Italy on the East Coast, look no further than DiFebo’s Modern Italian Grill, where guests are treated as part of the family. A father-son team lead the staff and personally prepare all the food, sharing tried and true family recipes with their patrons. The Homemade Abruzzi Raviolis are a popular dish that will keep you coming back year after year. See what else they have to offer on the DiFebo’s website.
Maureen’s (3.2 miles)
You didn’t think we forgot about ice cream, did you? We can’t think of a better treat on a hot summer day than a classic hand-dipped ice cream cone. Maureen’s is a local treasure, offering some of the best gourmet ice cream and coffee in the area. Full of fun flavors and nostalgic staples (when’s the last time you had a banana split?) this place can’t be missed! Find your favorite flavor on Maureen’s website.
What should you do today? Glad you asked! Here’s your must-see list of attractions to make the most of your time in Bethany Beach.
Bethany Beach Boardwalk (4.8 miles)
This one is a no-brainer, but no list of Bethany’s finest is complete without it. The charming atmosphere makes the Bethany Beach Boardwalk an ideal place to shop, dine or unwind after a day spent on the sandy beaches. Clean and family friendly, it’s a one-stop shop for beach gear, souvenirs, and local art. Want a sneak peek? Check out the Visit Delaware Beaches website to view live broadcasts of the boardwalk.
Fenwick Island Lighthouse (9.6 miles)
The Fenwick Island Lighthouse is a great place to soak in the history of the surrounding area. This lighthouse has guided vessels into Delaware since 1858. Officially decommissioned in 1978, a symbolic light now burns in the 87’ tower, which is lovingly cared for by the New Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Visitors can explore the landmark’s historic museum and snap an Instagram-worthy photo in front of the brick tower. Learn more about the history and check visiting hours on the Fenwick Lighthouse website.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside (6.7 miles)
If you’re looking for a fun spot to entertain the whole group, The Freeman Stage at Bayside fits the bill. This open-air theater showcases music, dance, theater and children’s performances for the community. Blues Traveler, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill, Ben Harper, and Chicago have all graced the stage. Popular cover bands and comedy shows frequent the venue. For a full list of upcoming events visit the Freeman Stage calendar.
Bethany Beach Trolley (4.8 miles)
Who doesn’t want to ride a beach trolley? From Memorial Day weekend through September, grab the grandkids and hop on this adorable trolley that stops throughout Bethany Beach. Track the trolley online, then flag it down from anywhere along its route. It’s a great way to explore the beauty of Bethany or get from one side of the town to the other for the bargain price of $0.25 (not a typo – it’s really that cheap!). For detailed information on trolley stops and schedule, go to the Bethany Beach Trolley page.
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum (9.9 miles)
If you watched Titanic for its historical significance and not just for the Jack and Rose love story, you’ll probably enjoy the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum. The museum is host to more than 10,000 pieces of history from local and worldwide shipwrecks. Visitors can stroll through the hands-on exhibits on their own or enjoy a guided tour. With rotating exhibits, there’s always something new to look at when you visit. Learn more on the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum website.
Movies on the Beach (4.7 miles)
A great beach day doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down! Keep the party going at the beach or the Bandstand on Monday nights for outdoor viewing parties of popular flicks. All movies are rated PG, making it a perfect family-friendly activity. BYO-beach chair or get there early and grab a bench! The full schedule of upcoming movies is available on the Movies on the Beach website.
Nassau Valley Vineyards (22.1 miles)
This one is a little farther away than the rest, but so worth the drive if you’re a wine lover. Delaware’s first and only award-winning winery is located on a quiet country road and is a nice change of pace from the bustling boardwalk area. The winery offers self-guided tours and tastings as well as guided group tours and educational seminars. Don’t forget to buy a bottle of your favorite wine before you leave! The vineyard also hosts a Farmer’s Market every Sunday from May through September. Find more details on the Nassau Valley Vineyards website.
Time for some retail therapy? Bethany Beach offers a combination of local charm and coastal staples making your shopping experience truly enjoyable. Don’t miss these popular places.
Bethany Beach Farmer’s Market
For a taste of the local delicacies of Bethany Bach, visit the community Farmer’s Market on Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. Pick up fresh produce from local vendors to use in your favorite recipes. The market is open every Sunday from 8am-noon, early June through early September. Head to the farmer’s market website for a full list of shops.
CrazyLadyz (3.1 miles)
If the name didn’t entice you, we’re not sure what will. This fun clothing store features labels like Laurel Burch, Fiddlesticks, Jeff Lieb and Virginia Nin. Unique handbags and reasonably priced accessories are best sellers here. The CrazyLadyz website is full of inventory you can shop online and have shipped to your home or pick-up in store.
Gallery One (2.9 miles)
To get a taste of the local art scene, be sure to check out Galley One, owned by a group of fifteen local artists from the Delaware/Maryland shore area. You’ll get to see how each artist has a different interpretation of the local landscapes and take one of them home if you fall in love! Each month the exhibition is updated as the artists are given a new theme to explore and create a unique painting. Visit the Gallery One website for more details on their upcoming exhibitions.
Japanesque (4.6 miles)
Japanese beach town inspired shop on the Delaware shore. Japanesque offers a wide array of Japanese clothing, unique gifts and trinkets, Asian-inspired jewelry, and all things Hello Kitty. See for yourself on the Japanesque website.
S.A.L.T. Provisions (4.5 miles)
A self-proclaimed “Coastal General Store” – this is where the cool kids hang out. The latest fashions are displayed next to organic grooming and skincare products. Home goods, gourmet food, fine paper goods, and some locally refinished furniture all call S.A.L.T. home. They really do have a little bit of everything, including a large selection of new and used vinyl because, why not? Even their website is cool, right down to the “treat yo self” tagline at the bottom of every page.
Bethany Surf Shop (3.5 miles)
What’s a beach town without a surf shop? Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, Bethany Surf Shop has great deals on a huge selection of surfboards, body boards, skim boards, paddleboards and more. Located in downtown Bethany Beach, it’s easy to access before you head out for a day in the water. Find out more on the Bethany Surf Shop website.
To experience Bethany Beach to the fullest, you must take advantage of all the outdoor activities it has to offer. Sure, the beach is great, but if you’re looking for a little more adventure, we’ve got some ideas.
Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf (4.7 miles)
Ahoy Matey! Challenge yourself to play an entire game of miniature golf speaking like a pirate. You’ll fit right in to this themed course with multiple water hazards and a fifty-foot pirate ship with a talking captain. To learn more about hours and pricing visit the Pirate Golf website.
Back Bay Tours (2.6 miles)
Spend a day on the water learning about the creatures that call the bay their home. If you’re lucky, you might get to hold live crabs and starfish. You’ll also spot pelicans, seagulls, terns, osprey, and if you’re extra fortunate, a pod of dolphins. Or maybe you’d rather spend your time on the three-hour fishing trip with friends. Don’t worry, you don’t need a fishing license and bait and tackle is included. They thought of everything. And if your significant other gets mad that you spent all day fishing, head back out on the sunset cruise and all will be made well again. They really did think of everything. There are too many options to list here, but you’ll find them all on the Back Bay Tours website.
Fisherman’s Wharf (22.4 miles)
Set sail on the open water with a cruise or fishing trip from Fisherman’s Warf. The whole family can view where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The cruise lineup includes fishing, whale watching, and romantic sunsets as well as options to charter your own boat for a private event. To book your next trip visit the Fisherman’s Wharf website.
Coastal Kayak (9 miles)
They don’t stop at kayaks; they’ve got paddleboards and sailboats too. All available for rent or as part of a guided tour. They offer eco-tours, providing you with an enjoyable educational experience with an emphasis on preserving our natural resources. Schedule a tour on the Coastal Kayak website.
Bear Trap Dunes (1.7 miles)
If Pirate Golf left you lusting for more, Bear Trap Dunes is the perfect retreat just down the road from Millville by the Sea. Book a tee time and bring your A-game as you navigate your way through a unique mix of different courses across 27 different holes. Visit the Bear Trap Dunes website for more information.
Bethany Bike Shop (5 miles)
Ready to pick up the pace? Grab a bike and take in the seaside sites on wheels. The team at Bethany Bike Shop makes it easy to rent the right bike and helmet whatever your age or group size. The shop also features surf lessons and kayak tours. For the ultimate outdoor experience all in one spot, check out the Bethany Bike Shop website.
That about sums it up! Your complete list of the best of the best that Bethany Beach has to offer. The diverse offerings of this community make it a coveted location for both full-time residents and vacationers alike. Let us know what you did and where you ate, we’d love to hear about your experience!
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