Bethany Beach, DE, (and surrounding beaches) is a great place to bring the family. Only a 2 and 1/2-hour drive from cities such as Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C., Bethany has all the elements of a classic beach town. Families will love strolling on the boardwalk, shopping in the downtown area, eating at local restaurants, and of course, relaxing on the beach. The thing that I like best about this town is how clean, non-commercial and well-kept it is, and much of the area is kept in a natural state since there are several national park beaches and wildlife preserves nearby. Fishing, surfing, boogie boarding, and beach combing are fun activities for the family. Nearby Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Ocean City, MD have amusement rides for the family. Also in nearby MD is Assateague Island, a beach of incredible beauty and home to a large herd of wild ponies and other wildlife.