I have visited this boardwalk for MANY MANY years. Our parents used to take us here as kids to play in the arcades, get some pizza/fries/ice cream and ride the rides. As teenagers, we used to walk the boards with our friends to just hang out and pass the time. AND as an adult, I still find myself strolling along the boardwalk just to relax and take in the sounds, scents and sights of this oceanfront town.
The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is about a mile long if you walk if from end to end. It starts out in front of the Henlopen Hotel (near Grenoble St) and extends south to Queen Street. The far ends of the boardwalk are quieter since it extends in front of the Henlopen Hotel on one end and private beachfront condos & homes on the other. The central section of the boardwalk between Baltimore Avenue and Delaware Avenue is where most of the shops, restaurants and attractions are located.
On the boardwalk, you will find a couple of Grotto Pizza locations (south boardwalk & north boardwalk), Grotto's Beach Bar & Grotto's Whiskey Jack's, Victoria's Restaurant, Dolle's Arcade, the Beach Luncheon featuring Nick's Pizza, Dolle's Popcorn & Salt Water Taffy, Candy Kitchen, The 5 & 10, Starkey's Cones, Gus & Gus Place, Thrasher's Fries, Thrasher's Funnel Cakes & Smoothies, Playland, Ryan's Mini Golf entrance, Ryan's Beach Store (formerly Ryan's Gems & Junk), Surfside Arcade, Funland, and MORE. There are a few oceanfront hotels located on the boardwalk & they include The Henlopen Hotel, The Sands, and The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel. In addition, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol has their patrol station located on the boardwalk at Baltimore Avenue. You will find restrooms here, at the information booth next to Funland, and next to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand & Veteran's Memorial Park.
The sounds and scents of this boardwalk are one thing I will NEVER forget. You will hear the sounds of the waves crashing against the shoreline, the seagulls squawking, children laughing, rides and games making various noises, and people chatting. You will smell a mixture of scents including the ocean salt air, pizza, french fries, caramel corn and funnel cakes. The smell of all of the foods will definately make you hungry. Even if I'm not hungry when I get there, I eventually end up craving something just from smelling all of the food scents swirling around in the ocean air. And there is no shortage of FUN beach foods on this boardwalk. You can get lots of fun food including ice cream, funnel cakes, frozen chocolate bananas, cotton candy, pizza, corndogs, french fries, caramel corn, chocolate covered strawberries, crab cakes, cheesesteaks, gyros, fried chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs and MORE!!
In addition to strolling the boardwalk, playing in the arcades, riding the rides at Funland, playing a round of ROOFTOP mini-golf at Ryan's, dining at the foodstands & restaurants...you can also just take a seat and relax at one of the many oceanfront benches that dot the boardwalk. These old fashioned benches are very interesting. You can move the back of the seat forward and backward...so you can either face the boardwalk or face the ocean...depending on which way you move the back of the bench!! It is a fun place to grab a seat and take in the sites while you are snacking on one of the delicious boardwalk foods!
Along the boardwalk there are a couple of shops..such as the 5 & 10 and Ryan's Beach Store...where you can pick up a bathing suit, beach towel, beach chair, boogie board, sun screen/lotion and etc....should you forget yours at home! AND you can also pick up a souvenir or gift to take back home too.
In front of the boardwalk at the intersection of Rehoboth Avenue is the City of Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Pavillion and Veteran's Memorial Park. Here you can often catch a free concert or show during the summer concert series. Most concerts are on Friday and Saturday nights, however...occasionally you will see a show or concert scheduled for other nights/days of the week. We once watched an Elvis impersonater here doing a tribute to Elvis and it was pretty interesting.
Please take notice of the Beach & Boardwalk Rules signs that are posted on the boardwalk. They will instruct you as to the times of year that DOGS, bikes, rollerskates/blades, and scooters are restricted from the boardwalk. It will also give you some safety information regarding lifeguards and rip currents & information on why staying off of the beach dunes is important. You will also find a few sprinklerheads on poles located at the edges of the boardwalk, where people can enter & exit the swimming beaches. Here you can rinse off after a day of play on the beach.
Also, please note that you can take the Jolly Trolly (runs between Bethany, Dewey & Rehoboth Beaches) and DART (park & ride) into downtown Rehoboth Beach. You can also take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry shuttle to the DART lot, and take the DART bus into Rehoboth Beach. Parking is limited in downtown Rehoboth & requires that you either pay a parking meter or purchase a parking permit for the non-metered areas. There are trolly stops in front of the bandstand and Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
Whether, you are visiting the boardwalk for the ocean views, exercise (walking the boards/swimming), food, amusement style rides, arcades, shops, mini-golf, or games...it is definately good old fashioned family fun. I have been visiting this boardwalk since I was a toddler & will continue to visit this boardwalk...well into my golden years!
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