I’m a native Delawarean and proud to share a very nice campground in the area I was born! We went back for a visit to the family beach house this past summer and visited the area where there is a very nice campground right on the beach and water. I thought it would be nice to give a shout out to my little state of Delaware and share a few pics and some info because there is so much to do here that it makes a nice family vacation or a nice relaxing camping trip.
The specific campground I am referring to is the The Delaware Seashore State Park at the Indian River Inlet and you can use reserve America to make the reservations. Just like most state parks, it does book up quick, but since it’s a northern state, the winter months are not as popular.
Delaware may not be a popular destination for most, it’s our very first state and has some great beaches with lots of entertainment and restaurants. This park has water bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Rehoboth Bay, and the Indian River Bay. On the opposite side of the campground is what the locals call the Indian River Inlet and where most of the surfing happens because the waves are bigger. You can take a short walk under the beautiful bridge to this side. On this side is also a life saving station and a nature center.
According to their site, there are 97 RV sites without hook ups and 37 tent sites. They also have 2 full bath houses that are operational from April to November. In addition, they do offer laundry facilities and a camp store.
There are lots to do if you don’t want to wander out to the boardwalks and other beaches that are nearby. The park offers swimming, Fishing, Kayaking, Boating, Bird watching, and hiking. It’s a beautiful view and you are sure to have a nice breeze too!
From your camp site you will be situated somewhat under the newly built Indian River Inlet Bridge that opened in 2010. I remember going on tours of this bridge as it was being built. It was a big deal to the locals and the state of Delaware. It’s a cable stayed bridge that spans over 2600 feet in length. On the east side of the bridge, there is a walkway for pedestrians and bicycles and you are sure to see someone crossing the bridge. It’s a great view from the top and something you can do for FREE that’s really neat!
In addition, there is a brand new restaurant and we were lucky enough to be there on opening night to enjoy this really cool experience!
The view changes so quickly once the sun starts to set and it’s quite spectacular!
The restaurant is called The Big Chill Beach Club and you can walk to it from the campground. It’s on the other side of the bridge, but you can walk underneath the bridge very easily if you don’t want to drive. SoIt’s outdoor seating as you can see and there is a huge umbrella in the middle around the bar you can sit under. The umbrella is a one of kind thing here in the states. An employee told us the umbrella is from Germany and costs over 200,000 and it’s huge and quit a site to see closing! We were there opening night to see it close it. Check out the video of the umbrella here ->Opening of the umbrella but unfortunately, they didn’t capture it closing. It will give you an idea of what it’s like under the big top!
There is a very nice fire pit area where we hung out after our meal or you can use it while waiting for your table. We went in the evening and I’m so glad we did because you can get a spectacular view of the sunset and the bridge as it lights up with blue lights once the sun sets.
In addition to everything else, you can also check out the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and the Ocean City Boardwalk. The campground is situated in between both areas and I would estimate only a 30 minute drive (due to traffic) to each. Knowing these areas very well, I would suggest Rehoboth beach boardwalk if your children are younger and Ocean City Boardwalk for teens. Funland is located in Rehoboth and has some fun rides for the younger crowd and there is a pier in Ocean City with rides geared towards the older ones.
Have fun visiting the first state of Delaware!