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Lewes, DE: The First Town in the First State

Beautiful and quaint, the seafaring town of Lewes (pronounced Loo-is) is an oft-overlooked beachfront escape in the heart of Coastal Delaware. Tree lined, walkable streets in charming Downtown Lewes feature unique shops and restaurants, galleries, antique stores, B&B’s, incredible gardens, parks, a marina, museums, and a Town Dock on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. And the areas surrounding are filled with beautiful bay and ocean beaches, nature preserves, and endless adventures in the great outdoors.

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Why Do Residents Choose Lewes?


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So Many Things to Do

Lewes truly is a town with something for everyone. Explore the charming local shops, restaurants, and historic buildings of Downtown Lewes. Step back through time and discover the vibrant history of Coastal Delaware at one of Lewes’s museums, like the Zwaanendael Museum. Discover the restaurants and shops of Fisherman’s Wharf along the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Seek out iconic lighthouses, like Overfalls Lighthouse, the Delaware Breakwater East End Light or the Harbor of Refuge Light.

And don’t miss out on any of Lewes’s exciting annual events, activities, and festivals, many of which are long-held local traditions. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Doo-dah Parade, Boast the Coast, an Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Boat Parade, Coast Day, Seafaring Days, First Thursdays, summer concerts, fishing tournaments, the Christmas Parade, and a popular Antiques Show—to name but a few. The Historic Lewes Farmers Market, a community-based, producer-only market open May through October, has become an extraordinarily popular destination for shoppers since its opening in 2006.

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Amazing Outdoor Exploration

Nature lovers and adventurers find Lewes a playground of truly endless wonders. From a scenic stroll through a landscaped neighborhood to a sunny walk through a marsh or alongside a pond to the wild wilderness biking of Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes has a destination for all explorers. Hiking, biking, birding, horseback riding, exploring, geocaching, camping, tennis, golf… it’s all just a short drive, bike, or walk from home.

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So Many Ways to Enjoy the Coast

Bay beaches, ocean beaches, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, surfing… Lewes really does have it all. Stroll the white-sand beaches along the Bay in Lewes, or trek the trails of Cape Henlopen State Park to discover Atlantic beaches ringed in rolling sand dunes. Launch a boat and even moor it at the City Dock and Marina along the Lewes & Rehoboth Canal in the heart of town. Or paddle the numerous winding inlets, waterways, canals, marshes, and streams present throughout the area.

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Outstanding Active Adult Communities

Lewes is starting to draw the interest of new residents—particularly retirees—for its wide selection of lovely homes and neighborhoods. Throughout town, you’ll find a diverse sampling of beautiful architecture, from the historic Queen Anne, Second Empire, Early Republic, Mid 19th Century Revival, and Colonial architecture of Downtown Lewes to the charming classic beach cottages of Lewes Beach neighborhoods to gorgeous modern homes along the bay.

And popping up throughout the community and its surrounding areas are lovely new Active Adult communities‚ fully equipped with new low-maintenance homes and amazing neighborhood amenities. If you’re looking for a relaxing, fun, and active beachside retirement, then it’s time to come and explore life in Lewes!


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Lewes at a Glance

Want to know even more about residential life in this outstanding city of beautiful homes, friendly faces, and big opportunities? You don’t have to look far! As your Coastal Delaware experts, we know all the insider details! Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!

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Quick Facts

Population: 2,943
Zip Codes: 19958
County: Sussex
Median Home Price: $375,990

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Travel & Access

Rehoboth Beach: 20 min
Dover: 45 min
Bethany Beach: 35 min
Major Roads: Route 1, US-9


Other Points of Interest

Shipcarpenter Square: Located in beautiful Downtown Lewes 
Fort Miles: Built in 1941, the massive coastal fortification was designed to defend assets along the Delaware River and Bay such as oil refineries and factories, as well as the city of Philadelphia during the Second World War. Today Delaware State Parks is working to restore a portion of that facility so that visitors may experience what took place here.
Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape May – Lewes Ferry
Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation: An all-volunteer organization that serves as the caretaker for two of Delaware's nine remaining historic lighthouses, the Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse and Delaware Breakwater East End.
Historic Lewes Farmers Market

Additional Resources

Lewes Chamber of Commerce
Parks & Beaches

Lewes Historical Society
Beebe Medical Center


Lewes Real Estate

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