The 5 Best Places to Camp in Delaware this Summer

Written by Cindy Rasmussen
Published: August 10, 2022
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With 28 miles of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, you can imagine there are some amazing places to go camping in Delaware. Whether you want a beachside campground or access to excellent fishing, here are the 5 best places to camp in Delaware this summer.

1) Delaware Seashore State Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore
With 6 miles of ocean and a bay of 20 miles, this is one of the best places to camp in Delaware this summer.

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This popular state park has 6 miles of ocean beach and 20 miles on the bay, and it is also where the Indian River flows into the ocean. There are two beaches perfect for swimming, surfing and sand castle building. This also offers anglers lots of choices from fishing along the banks of the Indian River for flounder or surf fishing in the Atlantic for sea trout, blowfish, bluefish, kingfish, sharks, and skates. The Indian River Marina offers charter boats if you prefer to do a little deep sea fishing for marlin or swordfish.

There are two campgrounds at Delaware Seashore, one on the north shore of the Indian River and one on the south shore. Various campsites are available, from large RV sites with full hookups to tent-only sites. There is also one cottage available for rent. The campground has all the amenities you need with restrooms, showers, laundry, 2 restaurants, and a camp store. Definitely one of the best places to camp in Delaware this summer!

LocationJust south of Rehoboth Beach
Nearest CityRehoboth Beach
RV Sites227
Standard86
Tent Only33
Cottage1
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, camp store, 2 restaurants, gift shop, marina
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestYou can walk right to the beach!

2) Killens Pond State Park

Killens Pond
Killens Pond State Park has an awesome waterpark to cool off this summer! The pond is also a popular fishing spot.

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Right in the state’s center is Killens Pond, a 66-acre pond surrounded by miles of hiking and biking trails. The highlight of the park for kids is the large waterpark! There is a nature center, boat rentals, and the loop trail where you might see woodpeckers, barred owls, or a water snake. Fishing in the pond is also popular with an abundance of crappie, bass, catfish, and sunfish. Maybe you can fry your catch at your campfire when you stay at the campground.

The campground has sites for RVs and tents with a separate walk-in tent camping area. Family cabins are available for rent, and the deluxe cabins overlook the pond! There is a camp store on-site and your standard restrooms, showers, and playground.

Location13 miles from Dover, DE
Nearest CityHarrington, DE
RV SitesYes, some with electric and water
Tent SitesYes
CabinsYes
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, waterpark, camp store, playground
Pet FriendlyYes, but no pets in the cabins
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestThe waterpark makes it one of the best places to camp this summer!

3) Wilmington, the Riverfront: Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond
Lums Pond was named Readers Digest Best RV Park in Delaware! It’s the largest freshwater lake in the entire state

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If you want to visit all the sights of downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront, but you also want to spend the night under the stars, then Lums Pond State Park is the place to stay. The park and campground are only 18 miles SW of downtown Wilmington. Spend the day exploring the Nemours Mansion and Garden, Delaware Art Museum, or the small Brandywine zoo, where they have red pandas, ring-tailed lemurs, and Toco Toucans. The zoo also has twin Nigerian Dwarf Goats named Monterey Jack and Colby Jack! Then head to the Riverfront to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the riverfront restaurants.

After a day in the town, you can settle into your campsite at Lums Pond State Park. The campground is located on the largest freshwater pond in Delaware, with 17 miles of hiking trails surrounding it. There are 63 RV sites, 10 tent-only sites, and 1 yurt. Bring your dog because one of the highlights is the off-leash dog park, where your dog can run free on the trials and swim in the pond!

Location18 miles SW of Wilmington
Nearest CityWilmington
RV Sites63
Tent Sites10
Yurts1
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, convenience store, fishing pier
Pet FriendlyYes, including a dog park and dog swimming in the pond
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestClose access to downtown Wilmington!

4) Cape Henlopen State Park: near Rehoboth Beach

Largest dolphin - white beaked dolphin
You can go dolphin watching at “The Point” in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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Hike to “The Point,” where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic. Here you can look for seals, dolphins, and a variety of shorebirds. Cape Henlopen State Park is 8 miles north of Rehoboth Beach, famous for the Rehoboth Boardwalk and Funland amusement park right on the ocean. It is worth spending time at the Rehoboth Beach area and Cape Henlopen Park.

The campground is located right on the Atlantic, so there is ocean swimming, fishing off the pier, and sea kayaking. You can choose from RV sites, tent sites, or cabins and enjoy the new picnic tables and fire rings. There is a camp store on site, food concessions, and non-motorized boat rentals. History enthusiasts will love seeing the WWII towers that still stand and the Fort Miles Museum on a former military base. So much to do all in one place!

LocationNear Rehoboth
Nearest CityLewes, DE
RV Sites120 standard RV Sites
Tent Sites43 tent only
Cabins12
Picnic Tables at each siteYes, new ones!
Fire Pit at each siteYes, new ones!
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, camp store, playground
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestRight on the ocean!

5) Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground

A large quantity of fresh-caught snow crabs
One of the best bayside campgrounds is Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground. Try your hand at crabbing or fishing off the pier.

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Treasure Beach RV Park and Campground are at the far southern end of Delaware on the border of Maryland. Some of the sites at this campground are on the water, meaning you can dock your boat outside your camper. The campground is bayside. So you can count on calm waters and excellent fishing! Maybe you want to try crabbing and catch enough crabs for a campfire dinner! The campground has two large swimming pools, a splash pad, and a large playground and jumping pillow. Some luxury campsites have a concrete drive, hardscaped patio, fire pit, and patio furniture so you can look out over the bay.

LocationJust west of Fenwick Island
Nearest CityFenwick Island
RV SitesYes, water/electric/sewer and cable
Tent SitesNot available for the summer of 2022
Cabin RentalsSome lakefront, some wooded
SeasonalStay for the whole summer! Late April- Mid October
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, 2 swimming pools, splash pad, playground, fishing pier, crabbing pier
Pet FriendlyYes, the cabins are pet friendly too!
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestDock your boat right at your campsite!


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