With the holidays approaching this weekend, there aren’t many local events to tell you today. And for good reason, it’s time to be with family and friends, enjoy meals, open gifts and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
But we know that there are a lot of people who consult us on theoldfathergroup.com every week at this time for ideas of fun things to do in the area. And we certainly don’t want to disappoint.
So we’re going to step away from formal events and gatherings a bit this week for a more leisurely conversation about the things you can do outdoors over the next few days.
If you’re in the mood to walk on some of that Christmas ham or just want to enjoy the crisp, early winter air on or near beaches, these options can definitely help you in both of those endeavors.
Let’s start with the one you’ve heard of before, at least if you’re reading our weekly events blog, and that’s another chance to enjoy some of the fabulous light shows that will soon be finishing their 2021 runs.
We have covered them before in our ‘weekend blog’, but there is no harm in presenting them once more before the end of the season.
For a little last minute Christmas cheer, you can’t go wrong with:
- Winter wonder. This holiday event continues at Hudson Fields near Milton. It is open every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., until Sunday, January 2. Admission prices are $ 20 Monday through Wednesday and $ 25 Thursday through Sunday.
- Schellville’s Enchanted Winter Celebration. This event takes place behind Tanger Outlets Seaside and is open Thursday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., until December 31. Free entry.
- Winter festival of lights. This long-running vacation event is once again held at Northside Park in Ocean City and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $ 5 per person, children under 11 are admitted free.
- Lewes Lights. This special Lewes holiday event runs through the end of the year and features dozens of party homes across town.
Now, if you want to get some exercise on a daytime vacation, there are certainly plenty of great places to do it here on Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular choices for getting out and enjoying a nice walk with your partner, or even a more invigorating walk or bike ride to get your heart rate up.
Here are some choices to consider:
Junction path and breakwater
Southern Delaware’s most popular walking and biking trail is often packed with locals and visitors. But it’s late December, so there’s a good chance you have plenty of room to do your thing over the holiday weekend.
The junction and breakwater trail runs along the western edges of Cape Henlopen State Park and winds through deciduous and pine forests, coastal marshes and open fields.
The trail includes an old railway bridge that dates back over 100 years and crosses Holland Glade.
The most popular section of the trail is approximately six miles, but it also connects to other trails for those who wish to continue to other areas of southern Delaware.
Cape Henlopen State Park
Delaware’s largest and most visited state park is full of great places, including hiking and biking trails, an extra-long fishing pier, and even a beautiful beach at Herring Point.
Simply enter state park, choose a trail, and see where it takes you. There are lots of signs along the way to guide you or you can just fly it up and see where you end up.
Climb up the fire control tower and walk through historic Fort Miles while you’re there.
Can you really have a bad day at Cape Henlopen State Park? We certainly don’t think so!
The beach and the promenade
Whether it’s Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach or Ocean City, beaches and boardwalks are always good choices for taking beautiful walks and forgetting the stresses of everyday life.
These are obviously a lot less crowded this time of year, so grab the family dog, along with a loved one or two, and wander the boards. Or if it’s not too cold and you feel so inclined, the sand is just as soft in December as it is in July.
And come on, there really is no such thing as the salty air of the Atlantic Ocean, is there?