Labor Day Getaways

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Fenwick Island

This tiny coastal town, just north of the Maryland border, sits right on the Atlantic. Its small population—under 400 at the last census—makes it a snug hideaway that’s just a little off the beaten path. About a two and a half hour drive from the Main Line, it bypasses more popular Delaware getaways like Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach.

Just north of Fenwick Island, on a small barrier island, is Fenwick Island State Park. The three-mile stretch of beach makes for the perfect sandy spot to spend a few days, offering visitors 344 acres of shore, where they can spend a day lounging on the sand and swimming in the lifeguard-patrolled surf. There is also a designated surfing spot for those hoping to catch some waves.

Get break from the beach at Viking Golf and Thunder Lagoon Water Park. Right on the edge of town, there’s plenty to keep everyone amused, from mini golf to go go-karts to water slides. For those who want to get a little more adventurous than a lazy river, the Atlantic and the calmer Little Assawoman Bay make for great spots for watersports. Located on the beach, Coastal Kayak offers a myriad of rentals, from kayaks to paddleboards to sailboats. They also offer guided tours and instructions for those who want to learn the ropes. Like any beach town, there are plenty of spots nearby to grab ice cream to complete the quintessential summer escape.

Accommodations in Fenwick Island are somewhat limited, with just a couple of hotels, inns and motels. The Seaside Inn is right in town and offers simple accommodations and a pool. North of Fenwick Island, there are many more hotels, like the Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach. Slightly removed from the bustle, it offers easy access to Fenwick Island State Park, the bay and the beach. 

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