There are a number of different highways leading to Lewes, Delaware:
Route 1- starts at the Maryland/Delaware state line. Some major roads connected to Rt. 1 are:
Business 9- near Lewes
US 113- from Milford, Delaware
DE 9- near the Dover, Delaware Air Force Base
DE 896- near Odessa, Delaware
MD 528- in Ocean City, Maryland
I-95- coming from New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York
There are no airports in Lewes. The closest major airports are Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL), Baltimore/Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR).
The closest train station is in Wilmington, served by SEPTA Regional Rail services from Philadelphia and Amtrak services from around the country.
There is also the option of traveling by bus. There are several different services to choose from in and around Lewes:
Dawson Bus Service- Camden, DE
Lehane's Bus Service- Claymont, DE
Buses Unlimited- Dover, DE
Chaney's Charter Bus Services- Harrington , DE
Five Pointe Group Travel- Lewes, DE
Mill's Charter Bus Service- Milford, DE
Lehane's Bus Service- New Castle, DE
T & D Bus Service- Newark, DE
Trailways Bus Terminal- Rehoboth Beach, DE
Seaford Bus Terminal- Seaford, DE
Gregg's Bus Service- Yorklyn , DE
Van-Go Transportation Lines- Yorklyn, DE
Since Lewes is small town, traveling by foot is a popular option for locals and visitors. You can easily walk to the beach and through town to go shopping or site seeing. Many people also choose to bike and rollerblade to and from their destinations.
If you are planning to travel on Route 1 to the outlets, grocery store, movies, or head towards the other beaches, your car or public transportation is the best way to go. Route 1 is three lanes on each side and gets extremely busy during the summer months.
There are a few different options of public transportation you can choose from while traveling in Lewes:
DART- a public bus service which covers areas from Wilmington, Dover, Rehoboth Beach, and makes its way around Lewes, Georgetown, Long Neck, Ocean City, and Dewey Beach.
Park "N" Ride Transit System- this transportation system is run by the state of Delaware and operates between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It commutes on Route 1 between Lewes and Dewey beaches and also makes some stops in Rehoboth beach.
Seaport Transportation- a 24-hour taxi and shuttle service.
Jolly Trolley of Rehoboth- a shuttle service traveling between Rehoboth and Dewey beaches with stops about every half hour.
ASA Transportation- another shuttle service geared for visitors who are experiencing the nightlife at the beach, also for trips to and from the beach resorts, and the airports, bus and train stations.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Trolley- if you are a foot passenger traveling to Lewes, there is the option of the trolley that the ferry provides. Buses and trolleys run from June 14 to Labor Day and make their way from the Lewes Terminal, through Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and to the outlets on Route 1.
Although Lewes is a small town, there is always something to see and do! The beaches to visit in and around Lewes are, Lewes Beach, Lewes Bay, Cape Henlopen Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and Ocean City Maryland.
If you are a history buff, here are some places that offer tours that will interest you:
Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation- this tour takes you out on the Bay to look at the beautiful and historic lighthouse of Lewes; the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse. The Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse was built in 1926 to replace a lighthouse that was previously damaged by a storm. It is also one of the most popular lighthouses on the Atlantic. The Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse housed keepers from 1885 to 1950 when it was lit automatically and was only less than a mile from the beach.
Fort Miles Historical Association- located in Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes and focuses on World War II history in Delaware.
Lightship Overfalls- built in 1938 and located on the canal in downtown Lewes since 1973. This was the final lightship that was constructed by the United States Lighthouse Service.
Zwaanendael Museum - honors the first European colony in Delaware and houses pieces from Lewes military and social history.
If you are into art, there are art studios and galleries in downtown Lewes and surrounding areas to choose from (just to name a few!):
Cape Artists Gallery- 110 West 3rd Street, 302-644-7733
Denise Dumont Painting Studio- 114 Third Street, 2nd Floor, 302-245-6258
Thistles Fine Art- 203 Second Street, 302-644-2323
Peninsula Gallery of Fine Original Art & Framing- 520 Savannah Road, 302-645-0551
Market Street Studio- Steve Rogers and Pat Staby, 302-645-9030
Cape Henlopen State Park- several camp grounds, trails for walking, biking, and skating, nature trails, tennis and basketball courts, large fields to run around, hosts the annual Great Delaware Kite Festival which is held on Easter weekend every year, the Great Dune, a World War II observation tower overlooks the beach, 3,000 acre park, nature center, and areas for surf fishing.
Winswept Stables- a great place to visit for people who wish to learn how to ride horses. 302-645-1651
Cape May-Lewes Ferry- a seventy minute cruise traveling on the Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey, you can travel as a foot passenger or bring your car or truck across with you. 302-644-6030
Lewes Harbour Marina- charters boat trips and hosts a shop for your boat shopping needs. 302-645-6227
Midway Par 3 Golf Course & Range- eighteen hole golf course open all year round with a driving range.
Heritage Golf Club- if you are looking for a larger, more developed golf course, this golf course boasts a waterfall and eleven sand traps.
Nassau Valley Vineyards & Winery- picnic tables are available for people packing lunch, also hosts weddings.
Anglers Fishing Center- offers cruise that talks about the history of Lewes including the popular lighthouses, charters boats for fishing groups, and also offers kid friendly cruises.
Zwaanendael Museum- historic museum built in 1926 to honor the 300th anniversary of the first European settlement in Delaware.
Great Delaware Kite Festival- held on Easter weekend every year, offers kite raffles, local food, you can come out and watch stunt demonstrations or compete in the festival.
Rocks, Rims and Rapids- offers many activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, and cycling, all led by instructors that are certified in these sports, you can train indoors or outdoors, and one on one training sessions are available.
Peninsula Gallery of Fine Art- a popular framing shop that also hosts a two room gallery which features both regional and national artists.
Overfalls Lightship Opening Party- this party is held the Friday before Memorial Day every year and commemorates the beginning of summer and offers live music, food, and a cash bar.
Downtown Lewes offers Second Street shopping which has many small specialty stores where you can shop for clothes, books, antiques, art, homemade candy and ice cream, children's toys, crafts, flowers, furniture, jewelry, and sporting goods.
A few minutes outside of Lewes on Route 1 is Tanger Outlets which houses many outlet stores such as Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Disney, and Coach just to name a few.
There are many different types of restaurants to choose from when dining in Lewes. There are local favorites as well chain restaurants like Ruby Tuesday, Five Guys, Outback Steakhouse, Domino's Pizza, TGIFridays and Dairy Queen. There are also fast food restaurants such as Taco Bell, Subway, Wendy's, KFC, and McDonald's on the Route 1 highway.
Gilligan's Waterfront Restaurant- offers seafood cuisine, outdoor dining, overlooks the canal, and is right down the street from the Inn at Canal Square.
Buttery- located in downtown Lewes, American and International cuisine, formal bar, full wine list, Sunday brunch.
Second St. Grille- fine dining, restaurant is owned by the chef, the chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, American cuisine, Sunday brunch, happy hour daily, located in downtown Lewes.
Striper Bites- American style, specializes in seafood. Located in downtown Lewes
Agave Mexican Restaurant- Mexican food, located in downtown Lewes, reasonable pricing, locals rave about the guacamole and margaritas.
Mr. P Pizza and Pasta- local favorite for homemade pizza and fresh bread.
Beseme- located in downtown Lewes, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant relies on the local farmers for the fresh food and vegetables.
The Wharf- overlooks the historic Lewes harbor, seafood, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, free cruise offer.
Lemon Tree Restaurant- local favorite, diner food, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, home of the famous "Bubba" size which is two feet.
Blue Plate- local favorite, downtown Lewes, diner food.
La Rosa Negra Restaurant- fine dining, Italian cuisine, full bar, extensive wine list, award winning dessert.
Pelican Grille- local favorite, good prices, clean atmosphere, the chef is the owner.
Tokyo Stakehouse- Japanese cuisine, popular for sushi and sashimi, hibachi grilles.
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop- fine quality sandwiches since 1976, wide variety of specialty sandwiches.
Tijuana Taxi Restaurant- Mexican food, open year round.
Cirelli's- specializes in Italian cuisine and seafood, large wine list, offers catering, family oriented atmosphere.
Whether you're going out for just a drink, dinner and a drink, or a night of dancing, Lewes and Rehoboth offer bars and nightclubs for everyone's interest.
Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant- there are two different locations in Lewes and Rehoboth, offers large beer list and menu. 213 Anglers Road, Lewes and 52-b Rehoboth Avenue.
Vine Wine Bar- large selection of red, white, and sparkling wine. 211 Rehoboth Avenue.
The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille- there are flat screens in every booth to watch games. 17388 North Village Main Unit 21, Lewes.
The Frogg Pond- with specials almost every night, deejays on the weekend, NFL Sundays, and College football Saturdays, there is always something happening at this bar. 3 South First Street, Rehoboth.
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats- this brewery and restaurant in Rehoboth offers vintage beers and brew new beers regularly. 320 Rehoboth Avenue.
Grayhare Tavern- offers over forty beers, hosts happy hour daily, pool, darts, and big screen tv's. 18766 John J. William Highway, Rehoboth.
Finbars Pub and Grill- a genuine Irish pub, happy hour daily, large beer selection, and named "Best Pub" in 2008 in Delaware Today Magazine. 316 Rehoboth Avenue.
Stoney Lonen- another Irish pub and restaurant located in Rehoboth, offers specials Wednesday through Sunday, and a relaxed atmosphere. 208 Second Street.
Buttery- formal bar and full wine list. Second And Savannah Road, Lewes.
Agave Mexican Grill- casual atmosphere, happy hour daily, and over 70 different kinds of tequila to try. 137 Second Street, Lewes.
Bottle and Cork- nightclub and hosts live music. 1807 Highway One, Rehoboth.
Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant- late night and fine dining, full bar, nightclub, and live music. 25 Christian Street, Rehoboth.
Mulligan's Restaurant & Sports Pub- great place to watch the game, full bar, and pub food. RR 1 Box North, Rehoboth.
Lazy L at Willow Creek- bed and breakfast, pets are welcome. 16061 Willow Creek Road, 302-644-7220
Inn at Canal Square- waterfront, within walking distance to Lewes Bay and within a mile of the ocean beach of Cape Henlopen State Park. 122 West Market Street, 302-644-3377
Cape Henlopen State Park- camp grounds that offers over 150 sites, available March 1- November 30. 302-645-8983
Zwaanendael Inn- also is know as Hotel Rodney, historic inn built in 1926 located in downtown Lewes near Second Street shopping, about a mile down the road from Lewes beach. 142 Second Street, 302-645-6466
The John Penrose Virdin House- bead and breakfast, 19th century Victorian home, located near Second Street shopping and restaurants, half mile walk to bay beach, mile and a half drive to Atlantic ocean beaches. 217 Second Street, 302-644-4481
Beacon Motel- located in downtown Lewes, near second Street shopping, restaurants nearby, near Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. 514 East Savannah Road, 302-645-4888
Blue Water House- bed and breakfast, hosts special events. 407 East Market Street, 302-645 7832
Steamboat Landing RV Park- located near the Broadkill River, within 20 minutes to Delaware Beaches, numerous grass lots for your cars and campers. 302-645-6500
Vesuvio Motel- within walking distance to Lewes Beach. Savannah Road & Canal St., 302-645-2224
Angler's Motel- Anglers Road & Market St., 302-645-2831
Cape Henlopen Motel- Savannah & Anglers Rds., 302-645-2828
Wild Swan- 525 Kings Highway, 302-645-8550
Captain's Quarters Motel- 406 Savannah Road, 302-645-7924
Bay Moon Inn- 128 Kings Highway, 302-644 1802
Country Lane Bed & Breakfast- 7 Country Lane, 302-945-1586
There are also some chain hotels such as Sleep Inn & Suites, Heritage Inn, and Red Mill Inn available to vacationers.
Lewes City Hall 302-645-7777
Cape May-Lewes Ferry 302-644-6030
Chamber of Commerce 302-645-8073
Mayor & City Managers Office 302-645-7777
Administrative Offices and the Utility Office 302-645-7777
Cape Henlopen State Park 302-645-8983
There are different options available for vacationers looking to take day trips from Lewes:
Cape May, New Jersey- A seventy minute ferry ride takes you across the Delaware Bay to the small town of Cape May where you can enjoy beaches, shopping, restaurants, and site seeing of beautiful Victorian architecture.
Rehoboth Beach- A ten minute drive from Lewes takes you to the boardwalk and beach of Rehoboth. This town is also filled with outlet shopping, restaurants, bars, miniature golf, and Jungle Jim's Safari Water Park.
Dewey Beach- There a number of activities to choose from when traveling to Dewey including kayaking tours, sailing lessons, parasailing, golfing, shopping, nightlife, boat rentals, free children's movies on the beach, and even family bon fires. There is something for everyone to participate in.
Ocean City, Maryland- about a forty-five to sixty minute drive from Lewes, Ocean City offers a large boardwalk and beach, amusement parks, outlets, watersports, fishing, and water parks.