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Rehoboth Beach started life in 1873 as the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church for their summer religious camp meetings. With the lengthening of the railroad in 1888, more and more regular visitors poured into Rehoboth Beach and today its mile long boardwalk is loaded with beach front condominiums, hotels, shops and quaint cottages. The city bills itself as “the nation’s summer capital” because it’s a frequent summer vacation hangout for the Washington DC crowd as well as visitors from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Fishing, sunbathing, walking the boardwalk, beach combing, volleyball, dining ...

Rehoboth Beach started life in 1873 as the Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church for their summer religious camp meetings. With the lengthening of the railroad in 1888, more and more regular visitors poured into Rehoboth Beach and today its mile long boardwalk is loaded with beach front condominiums, hotels, shops and quaint cottages. The city bills itself as “the nation’s summer capital” because it’s a frequent summer vacation hangout for the Washington DC crowd as well as visitors from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Fishing, sunbathing, walking the boardwalk, beach combing, volleyball, dining and shopping are not the only things happening in Rehoboth Beach. The city has a wealth of cultural events as well. The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand hosts a summer concert series of music, dance and films. The Rehoboth Beach Theater of the Arts offers plays by local performers year round. Main Street is lined with art galleries and the Rehoboth Gallery Collective hosts art gallery walks the second Saturday of every month. This city does not go to sleep in the winter months: there are numerous holiday events such as the lighting of the boardwalk with hundreds of holiday lights and displays, the Christmas tree lighting at the bandstand and a holiday parade down Main Street. February brings hundreds to the beach for the annual polar bear plunge, there are Mardi gras celebrations, and winter is topped off in March with the Chocolate Festival.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Spring and summer are the optimal months for beach or outdoor activities, autumn and winter are the quiet time but also offer lots to do.