Ok. Sometimes the weather is going to be not so great on Delmarva. Being near the water, storms can roll in and out quickly. Rainy spells can sit and hover for a while.
The week before Memorial Day was a perfect example. It was cold, rainy and gray. Don’t let the weather get you down, though. There is still plenty to do on Delmarva. Here are just a few ideas.
- Bowling: I am not sure about your family, but my family loves to go bowling. If you are visiting the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area drive up the road to Milford. It is about 30 minutes away from Lewes/Rehoboth. Check out Milford Bowling Lanes. They are reasonably priced and a local’s favorite. Need directions or some more info? Click here.
- Air Mobility Command Museum: Do your kids love airplanes? Do they think the U.S Airforce is cool? Well, mine do. If it is raining at the beach, head to Dover. It is about 45 minutes north of the beach. The Air Mobility Command Museum offers kids a chance to climb on airplanes and practice flying during a simulation. Here is a side note, husbands tend to enjoy the museum, too. Click here to learn more.
Library: Delaware takes its libraries very seriously, and the libraries here are magnificent. If it is raining, you can not go wrong with a trip to the Rehoboth Beach Library. The children’s section is cozy and the librarian, Sara, usually leaves a caddy for crafting on a table. If you are in Lewes, stop by the Lewes Library. It is brand new and it is FANTASTIC. There is a fireplace in the library and it is perfect for rainy days. The Lewes library has a lot to offer restless kids. There are computers, building blocks, a kitchen and board games. We highly recommend Lewes library.
- Movies: If all else fails, head to Movies at The Midway. It is the only movie theater in the immediate area. Make sure that you bring cash. The movie theater will allow you to use a credit card or debit card to buy movie tickets, but the concessions are cash only. I learned this the hard way at Star Wars with three kids in tow. Fortunately, our bank was next door. If you like to snack hit the bank first. Go for the large buttered popcorn. It’s $8 and it’s refillable.
- Laser tag: Lefty’s Alley and Eats recently opened off Coastal Highway in the Lewes area. At Lefty’s you will find just about everything you need to entertain your family. Lefty’s offers bowling, laser tag, video games a restaurant and a bar. Know this, Lefty’s is not cheap. They have a bowling alley, but we hear that it is expensive. We do not know. We have been to birthday parties there and dinner, but we have not tried bowling there. It is a lot like Las Vegas for kids, but with a bar for parents.
- Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum: We have not visited yet, but it is on our to-do list. I cannot give you a whole lot of information beyond what is listed on the center’s website. But, it looks really neat. They have hands-on exhibits and it looks like they cover everything from wildlife to Delmarva’s colonial past. I hear they have a steamship, too. We will visit there soon. The center is in Pocomoke City. Find out more by clicking here.
- The Art League of Ocean City: The Art League offers classes and exhibits. Full disclosure. We have not visited the Art League yet. But, it looks pretty cool and the fact that they offer kids classes is pretty intriguing.
- The Ward Museum at Salisbury University: This is another stop on our bucket list. We have passed by signs many times on our way to the zoo. We are going to have to just stop. It is a museum dedicated to wildlife. We are not really sure but can give a better description once we go. We can tell you this, they have a ton of things to do for kids, and it sounds pretty cool. They have drop-in art classes, and although it is currently closed, they normally offer scavenger hunts. Who does not like a good scavenger hunt? This is on our to-do list. Want to see for yourself if it is worth a trip? Click here.
NASA/Wallops Island Flight Facility: This is a must do. This place is cool. See rockets. Learn a little about physics. Learn about the launches on Wallops Island and the U.S. Space program. This trip is well worth it and a crowd pleaser. Want to learn more? Click here.
- Roseland Theatre: Roseland Theatre is a throwback to a bygone era. Don’t expect all the huge blockbuster films. Sure, they are playing the latest in the Pirates of The Caribbean series, but this is an independent family theatre. They only recently converted to digital. They play foreign films such as A Man Called Ove from Sweden. Tickets are $9 for adults. $7:5o for kids under 12. Hey, they will be showing the third Cars movie, too.
- Historical Society of the Eastern Shore: The Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society is in Onancock, Va. It is located in the Ker Place. It looks like a southern red brick mansion from the 1800s. Ker Place houses a museum, a library and collection spaces. There is also a museum shop. This could be neat, considering Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a history lover’s paradise. Keep in mind Delmarva was Captain John Smith’s stomping ground. This is also on our bucket list.