The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk has the distinction of being a perfect microcosm of what an ideal boardwalk should be. The boardwalk itself is set against a perfect white sand beach and the Atlantic Ocean, peeking across to other beach towns. There are frequently interesting boats and sonewhat less often dolphins in the water, pacing the boardwalk walkers from the ocean. The shops along the boardwalk are exactly what you would expect--mostly small local merchants (with the exception of the pizza shop, which is a large local merchant), game arcades, beach shops, and so forth. There are few to no big national chains on the boardwalk. Rehoboth Beach holds almost weekly special events, most of which end up on the Boardwalk including all the classic holiday celebrations, Jazz weekends, movie festivals, Sea Witch weekends for Halloween, and many other events. For these events, the entire small community and surrounding area all show up with their children and dogs. Rehoboth Beach is a family community and very friendly with it. Locals still appreciate it when you admire their dog or child, rather than finding it a dangerous and inappropriate familiarity. On the boardwalk you will find seniors walking together, children running or riding bikes or scooters, dog walkers, power walking groups, corporate jogging types, and a full range of visitors from all over the world. During the season (May-late October) the population of this tiny town can quadruple from the number of tourists and Summer visitors--largely families and young adults. We find Rehoboth Beach most relaxing in the Spring and Fall, as it is less crowded, less loud, and less expensive then, while still having lovely weather. As to diversions, there are organized fun (water parks, boat rides, game centers), natural fun (swimming, visiting the bird sanctuary, watching the dolphins, walking, etc.), sophisticated fun (bars, clubs, parties, concerts, festivals, fancy dining), and surprising good shopping (good bookstores, shopping outlets nearby that run a shuttle to the Boardwalk, funky homeware shops, an excellent Indonesian batik clothing and furniture store, lots of clothing stores including some with quirky and charming accessories. The person who is bored in Rehoboth Beach is a boring person. As long-term visitors, my husband and I recommend Reboboth Beach and its boardwalk.