Lewes Canalfront Park epitomizes Delaware beach life. It’s hard to put in to words, it’s more of that feeling you get when you’re on vacation. When you go to this park, you get that feeling. From the boats, to the crabs, to the wooden playground and beautiful landscaping, it’s totally different than any other park in Delaware.
Aside from all of better than average park features offered and the unique marina backdrop, the Lewes Canalfront Park is also home to The Lightship Overfalls which begs the question…what the heck is that?
Before visiting this park, I had no idea there was such a thing! One of only 17 remaining lightships, Overfalls went through and extensive (and expensive!) restoration process and is now open to the public for guided tours. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open while we were there, but we plan on visiting again when it is. Surrounding the lightship are hundreds of other beautiful boats in the Lewes Marina. Walking along the water, you can spot crabs of all kinds both in and out of the water. We saw blue crabs hanging out near the pilings in the water and what must have been thousands of fiddler crabs in the mud and rocks. The boys could have watched them skitter around for hours.
If you haven’t had enough boat action, near the playground there’s a smaller boat that your kids can sit in and a bigger one on display to check out as well. The wooden playground offers a different kind of play experience than your standard park, especially for the younger crowd. If you’re heading to the beaches, make a day of it by having lunch in downtown Lewes, and then stop by the canal front park, you won’t regret it! Also, check out the calendar of events for other activities in the park that you can attend.