Cape Henlopen State park is full of beautiful sites and great beaches! I've lived here in DE for 5 years and always went to Rhoboth, but a family wanted a photoshoot in an uncrowded spot and this was the place! If you live in DE or have DE tags on your car it is $4.00 to get in, unless you have the state park pass (35.00 for the year). Out of town tags...$8.00. The park has campgrounds, and what I find most beneficial- 2 totally different kinds of beaches! If you follow the signs to the beach-bath house- you will find a very nice, clean, bathhouse (with bathrooms and showers and changing rooms), there is also a little snack bar that sells stuff like hotdogs, burgers and fries...the beach is great as well, there are waves, and plenty of families, as well as plenty of lifeguards and it's not as crowded as all the other beaches.
If you want serene beachs...ones that look like Bermuda...nice white sand...no waves...views of Lighthouses, and the pier that takes the Ferry out- follow the signs to "The point".
Half of the The Point is roped off for nesting grounds for birds, it's a photographers dream with the beautiful beach plants, and all the birds. There is only baby waves so children can actually swim in the water and see their feet.
There are a few things you should know tho...for those that may be squirmish:
- There are a lot of Dead horse shoe crabs, this point is one of 2 places in the world where horse shoe crabs go to mate, so they have been being stranded...and there are quite a few dead ones
-Along the water line there are alot of crushed shells, so if you have senstive feet, or you dont want the kids to complain, wear water shoes
-There are little black snails and sand crabs in the shallow water (my kids enjoy catching them- and letting them go. Do not take them home...they are salt water crabs and they will not live if you do not replenish them with fresh salt water.
-There are tiny minnow looking fish that swim up on the sand islands and jump out of the water in schools...it's very fun to watch.
-Last time I was there a cable of some sort had washed ashore- half still in the ocean, so walk down the beach past that cable so the kids wont get hurt, it's rusty and I'm afraid of tetnus.
-There are mating horseshoe crabs- please do not disturb them...their are also some in the water, they will not hurt you, they do not sting with their tails...they are harmless, but if you step on one, it may hurt as all sea life (mullosks and stuff, cling to their shells and make an unpleasent surface to step on)
-The walk is a little long down the hill (if your out of shape ...like me :) haha) so pack light.
Other wise...if you get here early, there are little sand islands the kids can all go and play on...and swim (like in a pool) with out waves knocking them down. HOWEVER, AT THIS BEACH THEIR ARE NO LIFEGUARDS...PLEASE WATCH YOUR CHILDREN CAREFULLY!
When the tide comes in the islands disappear (in July that happens around 4 pm)...if you get there and just relax-bring your camera, there is historic watch towers overlooking the beach, and often there are deer in the grasses behind you.
This is by far my favorite beach exceeding every beach I've been to on the east coast!
I'll post some photos.