Swimming at guarded beachs, hiking on trails, horseback riding, guided tours of Fort Miles, nature center, picnicking, camping, kayaking and many more outdoor activities!
18 hole disc golf course
We visited Cape Henolopen State Park Beach the last Monday afternoon in September. We had plans to drive around the park and spend time at the nature center and other points of interest in the park. But, instead we spent the whole afternoon at the beach.
There is a large parking lot, but I imagine it fills up in the summer. There were only 10-15 cars there when we visited. The snack area at the bathhouse was closed but the dressing rooms were open.
The beach is long. It appears that you can walk north along the beach towards a lighthouse. We didn't walk, so I don't know how close to the lighthouse people can get. It was easy to find a nice space for ourselves.
The water was cool - but not as cold as the Pacific Ocean. There were lots of shells including pieces of horse shoe crabs. Above the tidal zone the sand is a fine texture. Towards the water it's a bit rough on the feet with a more pebbly texture and broken shells. I still walked barefoot.
The waves are similar to nearby Rehoboth.
We will definitely come back to check it out in the summer.
We had a blast camping at Cape Henlopen State Park. We had the best of both worlds as far as having the beach to go to if we wanted and also playing in the bay. With having younger children, they enjoyed the bay a lot, because they weren't being knocked over by the waves. The park itself was very nice and clean, and had trails for the kids to ride their bikes on or go for a walk. There were plenty of other children around for them to play with also. I would definitely recommend this for a great family site!