The Beach No visit to Bethany is complete without a day passed on its lovely beach, which is among the nicest in the Middle Atlantic. And the town's small but well-kept boardwalk will be a pleasant surprise for those accustomed to the crass commercialism that so dominates most larger Atlantic Ocean resort town beachfronts. Just be sure to take in a sunrise from it during your visit.
Chief Little Owl. 24 foot totem pole erected in 1976 on Garfield Parkway at Delaware Avenue (Del. Rte. 1).
Town Museum, 214 Garfield Parkway (Inside Town Hall). Visit and learn about Bethany Beach's birth as a religious retreat over a century ago.
Yesterday's Fun, 117 Atlantic Ave, ☎ (302) 539-1938, . A very unique toys and games store stuffed to the gills with toys from the years of decades past. In addition, they carry used video games, and a very extensive selection of board games. On most Thursdays after 7:00pm, they host a free gaming night, for people to come by and play board games.edit
Tidepool Toys & Games, 98 Garfield Parkway, Suite 104 (On the boardwalk), ☎ (302) 539-8697, . Toys, games, kites, beach toys, crafts, puzzles and more. Open year round.edit
Bethany Beach offers a large selection of restaurants. Some of the local favorites include:
The Cottage Cafe Restaurant & Pub (Rte. 1, about half a mile south of Garfield Parkway). The Cottage Cafe has a well-earned reputation for serving up reliable homestyle American fare in a family-friendly atmosphere twelve months a year.
DiFebo's Restaurant and Deli This classic Italian restaurant boasts seasonal specials and a take out menu.
Mango Mike's is a Caribbean-themed restaurant on the boardwalk at Garfield Parkway.
Mickey's Family Crab House (222 Jefferson Bridge Rd.) Mickey's welcomes all comers for its crabs, crab-cakes and more. Did we mention they have crabs?
Turtle Beach Cafe, 98 Garfield Parkway, Suite 102 (On the boardwalk), ☎ (302) 616-1036. Paninis, crab cakes, salads, gelato, and a great breakfast and coffee house right on the boardwalk. A healthy alternative steps from the beach.edit
Originally a dry town, Bethany Beach now has a limited number of establishments with liquor licenses. That said, this ain't no party town. If there's a scene here at all it's youngsters running around with glow sticks and silly string. Dewey, to the north, is popular with the college-age frat set, while those looking for a more urbane scene will be well-served by a visit to Rehoboth Beach.