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Bethany Beach

bethany beach signOne of Delaware’s Quiet Resorts, Bethany Beach was founded by members of the Christian Church (also known as the Disciples of Christ) of the Washington DC area and Pennsylvania as a suitable tract of land, "a haven of rest for quiet people” and a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk is only 3/8 of a mile long and provides opportunities both for walkers and for those who want to join in the seasonal morning exercise classes. North of town is the popular Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Bethany Beach Bandstand hosts weekend and other evening performances and entertainment all summer long! The Town is a full range of eating experiences, from the best beach fries to elegant fine dining and everything in between. Getting around is easy in Bethany Beach with two quaint trolley cars that run for a charge of only 25 cents a ride. Enjoy the Sunday morning Farmers’ Market and two annual Arts/Craft Festivals, seasonal Bandstand performances, a variety of Civic Clubs and state parks. The median age of Bethany’s residents is 59 years. Locals enjoy the annual Labor Day New Orleans style Jazz Funeral, lamenting the “death of summer.”

Bethany’s Totem Pole: "Chief Little Owl"

A 24-foot statue at the downtown entrance to Bethany Beach has been a landmark since 1976. The original statue of Chief Little Owl by Peter Wolf Toth was donated to the Town as part of his “Trail of the Whispering Giants” project. It stood until 1992 when it was destroyed by high winds. The second statue sculpted by Dennis Beach lasted through 2000. Paying honor to the Nanticoke nation, Charlie Clark, a descendent of Little Owl, blessed the latest sculpture in traditional fashion with song, prayer and tobacco. Sculpted from Pacific Northwest red cedar it should last from 50 to 150 years.

Resources:

  • Bethany Beach Cam: Beach Cam
  • Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Chamber Website
  • Local Newpapers:  Coastal Point  and Delaware Wave
  • Bethany Area State Parks
  • Delaware Seashore State Park is located north of Bethany Beach on Delaware Route 1. It is open from 8:00 am to sunset, year-round. This park offers six miles of ocean and bay shoreline, a campground, 295-slip marina with charter, headboat, and a boat ramp.
  • Fenwick Island State Park is located three and one-half miles south of Bethany Beach on Delaware Route 1. It offers 355 acres of ocean and bay shorelines. During the season, guarded beaches are provided with restroom facilities, a bathhouse, and food stand.
  • Holts Landing State Park is located on the south shore of the Indian River Bay. It has a pavilion for picnics, boat ramp, horseshoe pits, playground, and ball fields. It also offers clamming and crabbing. The park is Delaware's smallest, at a bit over 200 acres. The park is open from 8:00 am to sunset, year-round. 
  • James Farm Ecological Preserve is located on Cedar Neck Road about five miles northwest of Bethany Beach. The park provides guided tours, demonstrations, and various exhibits. You can walk through the woods and learn about native Delaware birds, trees, wildflowers, and shrubs. The James Farm provides three observation towers and a number of clearly marked trails on its 150 acres along Indian River Bay.  Center for the Inland Bays operates the James Farm. Admission is free. 

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