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Day 4: Baltimore to Lewes, DE (90 Miles)
Head east to Cape Henlopen State Park (302.654.8983; www.dnrec.state.de.us/parks/chsp/chsp.htm), located off Delaware Route 9. It's a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the park. Delaware's largest beachfront park with 5,193 acres, Cape Henlopen attracts swimmers as well as hikers in search of gentle nature trails that wind past dunes or lead inland through pinewoods and cranberry bogs. Bordering the town of Lewes, the park is a prime spot for pier fishing and crabbing, a time-honored Delmarva tradition. You can rent rods and reelsÂ—as well as kayaksÂ—and buy bait at the Cape Henlopen Fishing Center & Kayak Rentals (302.644.2291; www.dnrec.state.de.us/parks/dbase/Concessions.asp?parkid=chspf). For a panoramic view, climb to the top of the WW II lookout tower. For those who prefer to pedal, pick up a free bicycle, available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the park's Seaside Nature Center. You can also play a game of family Frisbee golf on the park's 18-hole course.
A good place for breakfast or lunch in the nearby town of Lewes is the Notting Hill Coffee Roastery (302.645.0733), which serves pastries, sandwiches, and soups. Striper Bites Bistro (302.645.4657; www.striperbites.com) has a casual ambiance and fresh seafood along with burgers and pasta. Open for lunch and dinner weekly except for Sundays.
Cape Henlopen State Park offers tent sites only, 17 without hook-ups and 139 with water hookups (www.dnrec.state.de.us/parks/chsp/fishcamp.asp). Reservations can be made from one day to seven months in advance (reserve online at http://delaware.reserveworld.com, or call 877.98.PARKS). The nearest RV campground is Big Oaks Family Campground (302.645.6838; www.bigoakscamping.com), located on route one, about two and a half miles north of Rehoboth, five miles from Lewes.
Day 5: Daytrip: Rehoboth (8 Miles)
Rehoboth, a few miles south of Cape Henlopen State Park, is a bustling beach town, attracting crowds in summer, especially on weekends. Although Rehoboth proper is just one square mile, it buzzes in season with 100 eateries, specialty stores, and a wide, old-fashioned boardwalk chock-a-block with sun worshipers. Take little kids to Funland (302.227.1921; www.funlandrehoboth.com) for a spin on the Ferris wheel and a ride on the merry-go-round. Just outside the beach area on Route 1, shoppers flock to Rehoboth's outlets (866.665.8682; www.tangeroutlet.com), whose 130 plus off-price brand name shops include L. L. Bean, Brooks Brothers, and Polo Ralph Lauren. There are plenty of places on the boardwalk and in town for cheap eats. Nicola Pizza (302.227.6211; www.nicolapizza.com) has good slices, and for teens who want more sophisticated fare such as a seafood bouillabaisse, book a table at Eden (302.227.3330; www.edenrestaurant.com).