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Why Fall Is The Best Time To Visit The Delaware Beach
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Less Crowds at Cape Henlopen Fishing Pier
On summer weekdays the Cape Henlopen State Park fishing pier is packed, but in fall you'll have your pick of spots to cast your fishing pole into the Delaware Bay and the weather may still be warm enough to wear shorts or even a bathing suit. Conversely, you may need long pants and a jacket, but even if you do, inhaling the salty sea breeze adds an intoxicating element to the crispness in the air, and the changing leaves bring a welcome splash of color.
Discount on Delaware Seashore State Park Cottages
The Cottages at Indian River Marina are adjacent to the Indian River Marina, have fantastic water views, and are within easy driving distance from beach resorts, restaurants and tax-free shopping outlets and historic sites. These cottages have amenities such as year round climate control, screened porch with views of the inlet, gas fireplaces and satellite TV. Each cottage sleeps 6 people and has 2 bedrooms and a loft, fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining area.
Fall is a great time to take advantage of reduced cottage rates in the shoulder season which begins in early Sept. through end of October, or enjoy a further reduction in the off season which begins early November through April.
Fabulous Weekend Festivals
Beginning in early October there are festivals every weekend which draw droves of tourists back to the beaches and the beach towns pulse with music, entertainment and fun for people of all ages. I'll give you a few highlights of the ones that are my favorites.
Dewey Beach Elvis Festival
If you're an Elvis fan be sure to attend the 2012 Elvis Festival at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, which is one of the biggest Elvis festivals in the country, and I believe it's the only one that's held outdoors, where you have a beautiful bay side view from the deck of the Rusty Rudder.
This event is scheduled to be held 9/28/12 and 9/29/12. It will showcase 40 to 50 Elvis impersonators competing for a $5,000 cash prize draws and is sure to draw a large crowd of happy fans. I've seen women swoon as an impersonator bends down and places a scarf around their neck, just like Elvis used to do. Call 302-227-3888 for further information.
Though there can never be anyone who will thrill crowds as much as Elvis, this festival is still a real treat for Elvis fans or anyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful day or night at the beach in early fall.
2012 Coast Day Free Family Event
U. of Delaware Hugh R. Sharp Campus Exhibits
Cape May Lewes Ferry
If you're looking for a free, fun educational event for the whole family mark your calendars for Oct. 7, 2012 and plan on attending the University of Delaware's Coast Day, held at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware. This is an annual event that aims to teach thousands of attendees about the wonders of the sea and the importance of Delaware's marine and coastal resources. Visitors enjoy hands-on exhibits, ship and lab tours, lectures on popular science topics, a boat show, crab races, seafood cooking demonstrations, a crab cake cook-off and many other activities.
Kids can speak with marine scientists and explore many fascinating careers available in environmental science fields. They can also take a close-up look at dogfish sharks and other marine life. You can find out more information about this event by calling the University of Delaware Marine Public Education Office at: 302-831-8083 or sending an e-mail to: MarineCom@udel.edu.
This year there will also be a Boast the Coast Maritime Festival on Oct. 6, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. which will include Seafood-tasting from local restaurants, activities for children, and boat tours during the day, plus a lighted boat parade at dusk. For further info call 302-645-8073 or log onto the Lewes Chamber of Commerce website at www.leweschamber.com.
If you are coming from New Jersey, consider taking the Cape May Lewes Ferry which will shave miles off the trip and will also be fun for the kids.
Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach
Sea Witch Festival
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival
The annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival is held the last weekend in October in Rehoboth Beach, a town that Travel & Leisure Magazine (May 2013 issue) called one of America's Best Little Beach Towns because of its vibrant boardwalk. Every year thousands of costumed participants march down Rehoboth Avenue to the tunes of the Woodland String Band Mummers and a score of local bands. Another crowd pleaser is the NUR Temple Shriners in their decorated mini Corvettes. There are also hayrides, arts and crafts activities, free entertainment, face painting and many more things to do at this unique festival. Contact the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-441-1329.
Another fun and inexpensive fall activity in Lewes, DE, is a visit to Cape Henlopen State Park during their annual Children's Fantasy Trail Trick of Treat Event which co-incides with the Sea Witch Festival.
Children's Fantasy Trail
Trick or Treat at Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware, has an Annual Children's Fantasy Trail the last weekend in October. Let your kids experience a jack o' lantern-lined trail while they trick or treat for candy and toys with their favorite storybook characters. Kids should come in costume and will also enjoy entertainment such as singing, juggling and magic under a large tent. Cost is $5 for each adult and child and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 302-645-6852 for more information. You can also go online at www.destateparks.com for a list of education programs offered at all the Delaware State Parks.
2012 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
2012 Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival showcases 100 of the best American and International films including features, documentaries, and shorts. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $8 for seniors, youth and students. You can purchase tickets, refreshments and souvenirs in the Big Tent behind the movie theatre. The tent is also a great place to relax, meet new friends, and share information about the films you've just seen, plus special events are held in the Big Tent.
As in years past, some highlights of this year's festival include informative seminars, chats with celebrity guests and a Children's Cinema Corner which elementary school film buffs will enjoy.
Attendees get to pick and vote on their favorite films in several categories and the film winners for Best Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Short and Best Documentary are announced at the Festival's Closing Party.
Don't forget that in between screenings you can enjoy tax free shopping in the nearby Tanger Outlets and many other fine shops along Rt. 1 and in the beach towns of Lewes and Rehoboth.
There are many fine restaurants. Two of my favorites are Arena's Cafe which was voted the best lunch spot in Delaware, and Jake's Seafood which serves award winning crab cakes. Many other fine restaurants can be found a few miles away at Rehoboth Beach.
Hope to see you at the 2013 festival during Nov. 6 through Nov. 10, 2013. For a full schedule of events log onto www.rehobothfilm.com . In an effort to keep this increasingly popular event accessible to all who wish to attend, the promoters of the festival are launching a campaign called, "Reel Manners," and their suggestions for attendees can be read at the above mentioned website.
Punkin Chunkin Festival
Can Pumpkins Really Fly?
Answer this question as quick as you can. "The thing I most associate with pumpkins is.........."
If you answered cannons instead of the "smell of baking pie", or "jack-o-lanterns", or "Halloween", it's a safe bet you've been to a World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition or seen one on TV. Or you've read, "Pie in the Sky: the Authorized History of Punkin Chunkin" by Bob Kotowski.
What began as a 1986 challenge to see who could throw a pumpkin the farthest has become one of the largest events in Delaware, drawing tens of thousands of people to Sussex county each fall to watch grown men shoot 8 to 10 pound pumpkins out of awesome looking mechanical cannons. Some competitors are hardcore engineers while others are backyard tinkerers who trailer their homebuilt contraptions to a large open field.
The 2012 event will be held Nov. 2 through Nov. 4. Please note that due to safety and health reasons no pets are allowed except for service animals. For more info call 302-854-8196 or log onto www.punkinchunkin.com .
Punkin Chunkin Poll
Have you been to a World Championship Punkin Chunkin Competition?
So Now You Know Why Fall is a Great Time to Visit Southern Delaware
The listing of festivals in this article are just a sample of the many great activities and events that are held in Southern Delaware during the fall season.
Hope you get a chance to visit this great area in Fall 2012.