The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, DE, is located along this Atlantic Ocean beach. The beach and the boardwalk bustle with people in the tourist season. This area is considered by many to be among the nicest beaches and beach towns in the Northeastern United States.
The Boardwalk was originally built in 1873, between the beach and Surf Avenue, running the full length of the shore on high ground. Storms have provoked changes over the years. It is currently a mile long.
In May of 2006, this boardwalk was named the best of America's boardwalks by Reader's Digest.
Much of the boardwalk was renovated in 2009.
Funland amusement park is right at the boardwalk between Brooklyn and Delaware Avenues. It is home to arcades, classic boardwalk games and 18 rides for young and old. It is one of the best buys in boardwalk amusement on the east coast. It has been a cornerstone of the boardwalk since the 1930s.
Further up the boardwalk is the Beach Arcade, dedicated strictly to arcade gaming since it opened in 1985. It was originally called Dolle's Arcade in deference to its landmark neighbor. Dolle's is located at Rehoboth Avenue on the boardwalk and offers old fashioned salt water taffy and other sweets to beachgoers.
The Virtual Fun Arcade and Playground and the Surfside Arcade are also found on the Boardwalk giving recreational gamers a variety of options right at the beach.
The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, DE, was having lighting installed from Rehoboth Avenue southwards to Laurel Street in 2009.
Numerous shops and restaurants line the boardwalk as well as several hotels and condos.
Between May 15 and September 15, bicycles are not allowed on the boardwalk after 10 AM. Rollerblades, skates and scooters are banned 24 hours a day during these months. From April 1 through October 31, dogs are also banned from the boardwalk as well as the beach. Sleeping on the boardwalk or its benches is prohibited throughout the year.
Since the 1960s Grotto Pizza, a local chain, has been serving slices to beachgoers. Clams, crabs and hot dogs as well as other beach fast food is all available here. But fine dining can also be found in the hotel restaurants that are located steps off of the wide wooden planks within the resorts' doors.
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, DE, is divided between north and south at the point where Rehoboth Avenue ends at the boardwalk.
Accommodations right at the boardwalk range from the above mentioned luxury and resort hotels to budget options such as nearby motels.
During the off peak season the boardwalk can appear abandoned as less than 2,000 people inhabit the town year round. However, over 75,000 summer residents and visitors pound over the wooden planks daily on the in-season weekends.