Seaford is located in Sussex County in southwestern Delaware, near the border with Maryland.
The area around Seaford is flat, rural, and largely agricultural, but commercial fishing is also an important economic driver, both in the region’s tidal rivers and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Visitors to Seaford have easy access to the stunning beaches of Maryland and Delaware. There is a wealth of historic sites and outdoor recreation options such as golf, fishing and biking.
Here are 15 things to see in and around Seaford.
1. Seaford Museum
The Seaford Museum has been open for nearly two decades and houses one of the most complete collections of memorabilia related to the region’s culture, history and economy.
Items on display relate to the Native Americans who called the area home long before it was officially settled, as well as canning and shipbuilding, agriculture, and railroads.
There are also exhibits about the roles African Americans and women have played over the years. Most visitors agreed that the time they spent on site was both engaging and educational. Plan to spend about an hour before heading out to explore other attractions.
2. East Coast AFRAM Festival
The Eastern Short African American Day (AFRAM) is held every year on the second Saturday in August, when the weather in the First State is often perfect for the outdoors.
The festival is unique due to its impressive variety of events. Previous attendees described it as a unique combination of state fair, family reunion and business networking events.
AFRAM Festival is known for its delicious food, crafts and live music, including gospel, blues, jazz and reggae.
If you plan to relax on the lawn and listen to music, bring a blanket or lawn chair as seating is limited.
3. Davellis Bagel Cafe
While many travelers tend to opt for a national chain of restaurants they recognize, others prefer to support local businesses, such as Davellis Bagel Café in Seaford.
Davellis is open every day, except Sunday, from 6:30 to mid-afternoon. It is popular for its comfortable environment, attentive staff and affordable home-cooked food.
Almost everything Davellis offers is freshly made on-site every day. Their soups, sandwiches and salads are perennial favorites.
The only complaint most tourists have is that they are not open for dinner. If your schedule allows, consider grabbing breakfast before heading out to explore, or a late lunch after a long day of standing.
4. Southticoke River Festival
The South Ticock River flows out of central Delaware and flows into the Chesapeake Bay in neighboring Maryland.
In many ways, it is the heart of the region, both a place of entertainment and a means of livelihood for the local community.
Held in July, the Nanticoke Riverfest has been a highly anticipated annual event for nearly two decades.
It’s a family-friendly occasion with contests and games, arts and crafts, lots of delicious food and drinks, and even live entertainment throughout the day.
For those travelling with young children, there is a kid-only fishing tournament, guided treasure hunts and a spectacular boat parade.
5. Ross Mansion and Plantation
The Ross Mansion and Plantation, which was once the state’s governor’s residence, includes more than a dozen acres that date back to the Civil War, when slave labor was used on many of the area’s farms.
The Plantation Homes have impressive architecture and many outbuildings, such as slave quarters and workshops; their pasts are both unique and grotesque.
Both the house and grounds include exhibits and memorabilia that give visitors a unique look at the lives of the people who lived and worked on the plantation, as well as the events surrounding some of the most formative years in the country.
6. Bethany Beach Jazz Festival
Bethany Beach is a short drive east from Seaford. For many tourists, this is the perfect day trip option.
The Bethany Beach Jazz Festival, held in September, is a free and family-friendly event.
The festival features many local musicians playing traditional and modern jazz. It all takes place on the boardwalk’s bandstand, which is convenient for those who want to spend hours on the beach with music, food, and drinks.
Generally, summer beach crowds disappear in September, so parking and accommodation shouldn’t be an issue.
7. Henloppen Point State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park is one of Delaware’s most popular coastal attractions. Apart from being natural and unexplored, it also has many historical wonders.
The park covers more than 7,000 acres, most of which borders the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Swimming, sunbathing and biking are popular park activities, and there are several campgrounds that are open year-round.
History buffs appreciate the park’s rich concrete towers, which were used to spot enemy submarines during World War II, and can be great for fishing from the 24-hour fishing pier in the fall.
8. Delaware Wine and Beer Trail
For such a small state, Delaware has a surprising number of microbreweries. Its wine and distilled spirits scene has also experienced a renaissance in recent years.
The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is the informal name often used for the route that winds between producers of adult beverages in the state. While many avid enthusiasts choose to explore the trail on their own, there are also many professional guides available. Tours include historical narratives along the way, as well as stops for food and sightseeing.
According to the latest count, there are more than ten stops along the way.
9. Southeastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour
Primarily due to its rural nature and sweeping undisturbed coastline, which is simply inspiring, Delaware has always had a thriving local arts scene.
The Southeast Delaware Artist Studio Tour is another annual event in the state that draws crowds both locally and in some mid-Atlantic states like Maryland and New Jersey.
The event was held for two days at the end of November and has been going on for more than two decades.
Many local artists, galleries and studios open their doors to art-loving tourists, and every year, the number of participants increases.
10. Historic Lewis Farmers Market
For a relatively small town, Lewis has a surprising number of farmers’ markets. They are all provided by a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting local farmers with regional consumers.
Two of the town’s three markets are held in summer – one at George HP Smith Park and the other at Crooked Hammock Brewery.
The former is open on Saturdays from early May to late September from 8am to noon, while the latter is open on Wednesdays from early June to late August from 8am to noon.
There is also an autumn market, open from the beginning of October to the end of November.
11. Rehoboth Boardwalk
For many beachgoers, the boardwalk is the perfect place to spend an evening after a long day in the sun.
They often go back to a different era when ski balls and marshmallows were the norm and cell phones hadn’t been invented.
The Rehoboth Boardwalk is one of the beach town’s most iconic attractions. While it has a fair amount of noise and flash, it’s definitely more relaxing than others at nearby resorts like Ocean City, MD.
The boardwalk features many games and rides, mini golf, arcades, souvenir shops, and many delicious dining options.
12. Trap Pool State Park
At nearly 4,000 acres, Trap Pond State Park is one of the largest parks in Delaware. It’s located outside Laurel, just down the road from Seaford.
The park is famous for being the northernmost bald Berlin in the country. For many tourists, it’s like entering the Deep South without spending two days driving to get there.
The park is full of activities, and many active guests end up staying on site for a while, enjoying everything from hiking, biking, and fishing to picnicking, sunbathing, and volleyball.
Bird watching is also popular, especially in swampy areas lined with semi-submerged cypress trees.
13. Delaware Waterfront State Park
Delaware Waterfront State Park is located in Rehoboth where the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay meet.
The park covers nearly 3,000 acres and is surrounded by endless waters. It’s a particularly popular destination for those who prefer to avoid the crowds associated with the area’s more commercial beaches.
Two stone jetties jut out into the water, perfect for fishing. In designated areas of the park, vehicles can be driven directly to the beach for surfing, swimming and fishing.
The park also hosts many annual events, and chairs, umbrellas and rafts can be rented on-site.
14. Tanger Outlets
Anyone who’s been in southern Delaware will tell you that Tanger Outlets seem to multiply like bunnies, especially in Rehoboth Beach, where they can be found on just about every corner.
The outlet mall centers around well-known national brands such as Izod, Eddie Bauer and Gap. Since there are no retail taxes in the state, they’re a great place to stock up on things you’ll be buying anyway and save on bundles in the process.
In addition to clothes and shoes, there are books, toys, sporting goods and electronics. Facilities also include many dining options.
There is also a free shuttle, please check online for details.
15. Rehoboth Beach Museum
Located on Rehoboth Avenue, the Rehoboth Beach Museum was established in the mid-70s to promote and preserve the rich history of the area, much of which dates back to the Revolutionary War and founding more than two centuries ago.
Museum exhibits include an impressive collection of historical memorabilia such as clothing, tools, weapons and documents, as well as two different buildings.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and welcome. Most visitors agree that despite its modest size, the museum ends up being one of the highlights of their trip to southern Delaware.
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