Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Rehoboth Beach? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Rehoboth Beach?”
Sprawling sandy beaches. Boogie-board-friendly waves. An iconic old-school boardwalk crammed with greasy beach eats, shops and retro rides. Rehoboth Beach isn’t nicknamed the “Nation’s Summer Capital” for nothin’. It’s one of the East Coast’s most popular summer destinations, attracting vacationers from families to rowdy groups of singles to President Joe Biden, who owns a picturesque blue beach house in the north end.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth is one of a handful of like coastal towns in the area, including Dewey and Ocean City, Md., but it stands out for its perfect mix of high- and lowbrow restaurants, quirky stores and beachfront hotels, plus its aforementioned boardwalk, where you can buy everything from a $65 Lafco candle to a hermit crab. Here’s what else you can do on the boardwalk: get a black-and-white photo strip from an old-timey photo booth, ride bumper cars, play Skee-Ball, eat funnel cake, eat ice cream, eat taffy, eat a giant bucket of french fries you’ll still be thinking about in February.
I’ve been going to Rehoboth my whole life and never stray far from the beach, but less lazy types will find more diverse stuff to do if they’re willing to hop in the car. Like life itself, a trip to Rehoboth is what you make of it.
*All located in Rehoboth unless otherwise noted.