My favorite beach in the area by FAR is Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I grew up coming here as a kid and have visited for a week in the summer every year since the twins were born. It is the perfect beach town – walkable, tons of local shops and restaurants and super kid-friendly!
One of my favorite things about being a parent is getting to share experiences I loved as a kid with my own children. I feel all kinds of nostalgic visiting Rehoboth with my girls and watching them play on the same beach I used to play on, run along the boardwalk and ride the same rides at Funland.
Everywhere I included in this post is walkable from where we stay in Rehoboth (some are 30 minutes walking, so you’ll need a stroller – but still a nice walk!) At this stage (with lots of little ones) I really love being able to park our car and not have to drive anywhere the entire week. There are so many great places around Rehoboth that you can drive to, but its just our preference to stick close by and walk everywhere instead.
I’m so excited to share all of our favorite spots with you – I hope you and your family can make some great memories in Rehoboth, like ours does!
Things to Do
6 Delaware Ave Rehoboth Beach, DE
A trip to Rehoboth Beach is not complete without a visit to Funland. Funland is a family run amusement park located right on the boardwalk. It is the perfect place to bring toddlers! There are 17 rides, and 14 of them are geared towards little ones. This summer the twins (3.5) were able to do most of the rides on their own. My 18 month old was even able to go on several by herself! Funland is a super nostalgic place for me – many of the rides are the same ones I went on as a kid. The park is family owned and operated and has been open – with many of the same rides – since 1962.
One of the best parts about Funland is the reasonable prices. In a major tourist destinations, retailers normally take advantage and jack their prices up. That is NOT the case at Funland! Ride tickets are as low as 50 cents each, and several of the rides only require 1-2 tickets. Because of these reasonable prices, we are able to let the girls ride as much as they want, and we are able to visit Funland multiple times on our trip. Our girls had an absolute blast! One more awesome thing about Funland – the tickets don’t expire! If you have a lot of ride tickets left, safe them for you next visit. This trip we were able to use tickets from our last Funland visit 2 years ago. 🙂
In addition to rides, Funland also offers arcade and carnival style games. Some earn instant prizes (like whack-a-mole) while others earn tickets that can be redeemed for a prize.
Tip: Go early if you want to avoid crowds! We try to go close to when they open (while everyone else is still on the beach) as we’ve found its MUCH busier in the evenings.
To get a glimpse of how amazing Funland is – check out this video from CBS Sunday Morning. The segment was filmed in 2015 so a few things are outdated but it does a really good job showing all the wonderful things about this place. Click here to watch the CBS Sunday Morning segment on Funland!
133 Rehoboth Ave Rehoboth Beach. DE
Browse-a-bout books has been open since 1975 and is one of the nations top independent bookstores. They have a coffee shop inside and an amazing kids section! We have a tradition with the girls to visit at the start of each vacation and let them pick out a new book. They have a great section for local authors and we picked out some children’s books about Rehoboth. Pre-covid they had a train table in the kids section and it was a nice place to play when we needed a break from the beach – I’m hoping the train table will eventually return!
4 Wilmington Ave Rehoboth Beach, DE
Our favorite place for ice cream in Rehoboth is Royal Treat! I think we went 4 times on our week-long trip. It is located in an old house on Wilmington Ave, just one block from the beach and 2 blocks from Funland. You order inside but they have a great screened in porch for seating. They have ice cream, milkshakes, banana splits, root beer floats and old-fashioned ice cream sodas. Everything is served in traditional ice cream glasses. To avoid crowds/waiting in line – I recommend going for ice cream as soon as they open in the afternoon! We usually will do ice cream first and then dinner later 🙂
They also have amazing breakfast – though we don’t make it out for breakfast as often as I’d like!
I loved reading this article about Royal Treat from the 2020 summer season.
58 Baltimore Ave Rehoboth Beach, DE – Open Thurs.-Mon. 10-6
Frank and Louie’s serves authentic Italian sandwiches, desserts and “heat and eat” prepared entrees (carryout only with a few outside tables). This is always one of our first stops when we get to the beach – we look forward to it all year – prior to kids we even made road trips JUST to visit Frank and Louie’s in the off season 🤪 they are open Thurs.-Mon. 10-6 AND they are open much of the off season as well 🙌🏼 (check their website after summer season for update hours!)
My favorite sandwich is the #4 – prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and sundried peppers with olive oil on fresh baked ciabatta. 😍 We also like to order a pan of their eggplant parm dinner one night while we’re here. It is – by FAR, the BEST eggplant parm I’ve ever had. Perfect for feeding a huge family or great if your vacationing with a group!
Don’t forget to add cannolis, lemon squares or any of their other delicious treats to your order! Check out their website to see all of their offerings!
Frank and Louie’s is a convenient place to pick up food with your kids since they have an outdoor pick up window. Simply call in your order ahead of time and pick it up at the scheduled time. Prior to Covid you could go inside, and they were always so welcoming and wonderful with my twins. This is a excellent family-owned business. If you find yourself in Rehoboth, definitely give them a try!
42 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach, DE
Cafe Papillon is a small French bakery serving crepes and pastries. They are located in Penny Lane mall, a cute alley way with shops tucked off of Rehoboth Ave. (One thing I LOVE about Rehoboth is all the little side alleys to explore with tiny shops and eateries!) The crepes at Cafe Papillon are made to order and AMAZING. They open at 8 and there is often a line already forming at that time. There are several outdoor tables to sit and eat, and a separate window for pastries and coffee.
There are 4 amazing playgrounds in Rehoboth Beach!
Silver Lake Tot Lot
303 Stockley Street Rehoboth Beach, DE
This is a great little playground located right on scenic Silver Lake. There is a fence separating the playground from the waters edge to keep little ones safe. The playground sits on mulch and has swings for toddlers and big kids, a really cool fish bridge, and several slides perfect for various age levels! We were there early in the morning so it’s hard to say for sure, but there were tons of surrounding trees that seemed like they would provide great shade! It took us about 15 minutes from the south end of the boardwalk to walk to this playground.
There is a nice pavilion with picnic tables next to the playground with views of the lake. There is also a bridge that goes over the lake – a great spot to see fish, turtles and geese. The bridge lead us to an unexpected but AMAZING find, the playground at Rehoboth Beach Elementary!
Rehoboth Elementary Playground
500 Stockley Street Rehoboth Beach, DE
Rehoboth Elementary has the most incredible playground I have EVER seen at a school! Absolutely worth a visit if you are ever in the area. The current school building and playground opened in 2019 so it is all fresh and newly renovated. The playground sits on rubber surface with 2 main play structures and several themed areas – including a Rehoboth beach patrol vehicle, a giant whale, crabs, a canoe, etc. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking here – it was truly and amazing playground!
The playground is open to the public outside of school hours and is FULLY fenced 🙌🏼 It is just a short walk (2 min) from the Silver Lake Tot Lot so you can hit both playgrounds in one trip!
Lake Gerar Tot Lot
*couldn’t find a street address for this park, but here is the link to the location on google maps.
This playground is located just off of the north end of the boardwalk behind the Henlopen Hotel and Condos on Lake Gerar. Sadly, the playground is currently in the process of being replaced so I don’t have any pictures to share. However, this article shows the plans for the new park if you’re interested in seeing what’s to come! It appears the new playground (like the old one) will be fully fenced, and this one will be fully accessible! Can’t wait to play on it during our next visit to the beach!
Located at the intersection of Grove St and Columbia Ave
Many of you messaged me recommending Grove Park in Rehoboth, but sadly we still weren’t able to make it there this trip! Grove Park is located at the entrance to Rehoboth near the circle, close to the Vistitor Center and the Rehoboth Beach Museum. There is a Rise-up coffee on the other side of Rehoboth Ave from the park. This is also the site of the Rehoboth Beach Farmers market which runs on Tuesdays from 10-2 May thru October.
This park is well shaded by the surrounding trees. It has one big play structure with several slides, swings for both toddlers and big kids, a merry-go-round, a few smaller climbing structures, 2 covered pavilions, a paved walking trail, adult exercise equipment and clean public restrooms.
Other Great Spots!
- Ryan’s Rooftop Mini Golf – Rooftop mini golf located on the boardwalk with amazing views of the ocean!
- Coffee Mill – coffee shop tucked off Rehoboth ave in Rehoboth Mews
- Mill Creamery – new ice cream shop directly across from The Coffee Mill, serving ice cream from Hopkins Farm Creamery
- Nicola Pizza – one of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants in Rehoboth. This business would have been featured front-and-center in my post, but sadly they are closing their Rehoboth locations after 50 years and moving to Lewes, DE. We are SO sad about this change, but if you are ever in the Lewes area, definitely pay them a visit!
- American Classic Golf Club – my husband played 9 holes at this course in Lewes, Delaware. It was a short drive from where we stayed. It was inexpensive, the course was in great shape and took about 2 hours to play.
Where to stay
We have stayed at the following ocean front condo buildings and have had good experiences at all 3.
- Henlopen Condos
- One Virginia Avenue
- Edgewater House
Just a note about Rehoboth – there are no high-rise buildings and there is less density in Rehoboth. This means inventory for places to stay is lower, and prices from renting/hotel rooms are higher than places like Ocean City. If you are able to go outside of peak travel times, that is a great way to save money! A lot of the hotel and condo buildings here are older, which adds to the charm of the town but also means some of them need updates (which we often see they are working on when we visit!) Just some things to keep in mind when looking for places to stay.
I’d love to hear your favorite spots in Rehoboth Beach. We loved exploring the town and finding new places to try, while still enjoying all our old favorites as well. I hope you’ve found this info helpful and that you can use to it to plan a future trip to Rehoboth Beach!