In the digital age, sometimes the best thing to do is unplug. Delaware offers a multitude of opportunities to embark on an outdoor adventure, far from the hassles of everyday life. Well, as far as you want to be. Here are a few of the best parks in Delaware to bring the family for an outdoor excursion.
Trap Pond State Park
Take a day trek through Trap Pond State Park under the area’s trademark pines and see some of the area’s best wildlife, or spend the night in a tent, cabin or “yurt” — a stationary structure which mimics a tent that can house up to five people comfortably. Take your pick of a multitude of water sports available to play on the pond, or choose your own adventure.
Location: 33587 Bald Cypress Dr., Laurel, Delaware 19956
Fee: $25-$49 daily
Cape Henlopen State Park
Want to get away from modern amenities, or do you still want keep your hair clean? At Cape Henlopen, the option is up to you. The 150 plus camp site park has both “primitive camping,” for experienced campers who want to sleep in a tent and get there on foot, or regular camp sites, most of which have water hook ups. Covered by gorgeous pines, this state park is a back woods getaway where the family can bond over shared outdoor experiences.
Location: 42 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, Delaware 19958
Delaware Seashore State Park
This Delaware park lives up to its name, quite literally. Right on the shore of Rehoboth Bay, this little slice of paradise is complete Americana. Each year, thousands of families park their RVs at the park, gathering people from all walks of life into one makeshift community where kids can make friends and grownups can mingle. Plus, you can play in the water to your heart’s content.
Location: 39415 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971
Fee: $26-$38 daily
Killens Pond State Park
This is truly an all-encompassing state park experience. Forget the modern world and take a primitive hike up to camping sites, or park the RV and plug into electricity and water supplies. Reserve a cabin on the pond or pitch a tent. Rent a boat and venture out onto the pond for fishing and water sports — it’s bound to bring the family together.
Location: 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton, DE 19943
Fee: $25-$65 daily
Lums Pond State Park
Relax in the great outdoors with modern amenities, paired with the charm and adventure of Delaware state parks. Rent a yurt or pitch a tent. You’re never far from a shower or a grill. Hike around the grounds or simply spend your time lounging by the pond or telling stories around the campfire.
Location: 1068 Howell School Rd., Bear, Delaware 19701
Fee: $24-$49 daily
Image by Lauren “Lolly” Weinhold from Columbia, MD, USA (Trap Pond State Park, DE) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons