Cape Henlopen State Park is a beautiful stretch of coastline in southeast Delaware and also one of the oldest public parks in the United States, having been set aside for public use by statesman William Penn in 1682. That's right, the park has been a popular place for nature lovers even since before the founding of the United States! These days, nothing has changed: the park is still a popular area for fishing, camping, surfing, biking, and bird watching.
If you're headed to Cape Henlopen State Park to do some fishing, there's a 24-hour fishing pier open in the park throughout the year and a small shop where you can stock up on bait and snacks. If you'd rather fish directly from the beach, you should get in touch with the park as a special permit if needed (though the process is simple). Cape Henlopen State Park is also one of the most popular surf spots in Delaware, especially the Herring Point area.
Since we're talking about Delaware, there's also a historic fort on the island: Fort Miles. Rather than being from the days of the Revolutionary or Civil wars like so many other forts in Delaware, Fort Miles was one of the major defense centers on the East Coast during WWII. Today, you can visit the fort and learn a little bit about its history. Not a bad way to cap off a day of swimming, fishing, and picnicking!
The Cape May - Lewes Ferry is one of the best transportation options for crossing the Delaware River and, why not, a pretty fun little excursion in and of itself. The ferry crosses the 17-mile waterway that separated Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware and, as many a happy local can attest, is a much more relaxing and scenic trip than the often heavy traffic on the roadways.
If you're traveling along the Atlantic coast in Delaware and enjoying the beaches in Lewes, you might consider taking a ferry ride one morning to enjoy the ocean breeze and the lovely views when it's clear in the morning. Also, make sure to have a look at the ferry website as they often have special deals combining ferry trips with tours or activities in Cape May and Lewes. The fare for foot passengers is only $10 and there are magazines and snacks for purchase on the ferry itself.