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“Messy Facilities and a Steep Beach” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware Seashore State Park
130 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE
302-227-2800
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: From fishing and boating to surfing and sail boarding, this six-mile stretch of coastline boasts a wide variety of outdoor recreation for people of all ages.
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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“Messy Facilities and a Steep Beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I guess it is a nice beach for transient visitors and "Day Hops", like ourselves. We paid $8 to park. The bath houses are included. The MONSTER dune was a bear to get our beach cart up and over! Almost silly it is so high! The beach itself was very clean and broad enough to comfortably accommodate the Thursday crowd.
My wife did not like the sand. It was very "grainy". This was our first time to a Delaware beach. We are used to the beaches in New Jersey, most of which have a fine, powdery "sugar sand". I suggested it might be "beach replenishment sand", in the wake of "Superstorm Sandy", last fall? Sand is what it is. MY major beef is the steepness of the beach where it enters the water. The waves break right AT the water line! WHAM! No rollers, or breakers, like in N.J. You would get your belly "skinned" if you tried to body-surf, one of my favorite activities. Again, maybe Sandy altered the "fall-off" too? I mean, people just a few feet off shore were in water over their heads! If I had little kids I would DEFINITELY be afraid of letting them go in alone, OR without floatation devices, like "water-wings"! It has "Rip Current" written all over it!
When it came time to clean up, we found the "modern bath houses" unacceptably dirty and "slopped up", and we are veteran campers! One shower stall actually had a soggy, water logged "boat" of French Fries and ketchup on the bench! There was wet clothing in one shower stall! ("Soiled"?) WOOF! My wife wanted NOTHING to do with the ladies facilities either, choosing ONLY to use the toilet. We both chose to simply change in the back of our Van, the way we sometimes do on day trips.
By 3:30 the snack bar was pretty rough looking too! I wouldn't eat the food. We bought 2 sodas from a vending machine.
I seriously doubt we will ever go back!

Visited August 2013
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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“Tower Beach is a Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Large beach, plenty of parking, $8.00/day or $54 / yr. The seashore parks have rest rooms and refreshment stands. You can rent unbrellas and chairs. Beaches are lifeguard protected and clean.

Visited August 2013
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NC
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“nice for public beach access”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

It is so hard to find public beach access and to find a parking spot. The state park is a great alternative. and parking is good. It will however cost you 8.00 a day.

Visited August 2013
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Enjoyable family programs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Really enjoyed the programs for young kids; knowledgeable and friendly staff helped to make our experience pretty great. Will be going back this summer for Little Keeper programs.

Visited August 2012
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Baltimore, MD
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“Great beach for family fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We typically go to Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes but this year there were lots of jellyfish there so after a few days we tried DSSP near Rehoboth Beach. It was relatively easy to get on and off the beach. There's also a bath house (not the cleanest one I've ever seen) and a snack shack. We found the best part to be all the nice families we met there. Our kids were quick to make friends and had a blast playing in the sand and splashing around the water.

We purchased the annual parking pass for the Delaware State Parks for $54 (it's only $27 for Delaware residents). You can purchase a daily parking pass for $8.

Visited July 2013
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