Fenwick Island, Del., is really Ocean City, Maryland's quiet little sister. Starting just south of Bethany Beach and ending at 146th Street in Ocean City, Fenwick is only just a few blocks when compared to its two neighbors. But in that small space is a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere that is perfect for beachcombing, fine dining and - of course - tax-free Delaware shopping.So leave the boardwalk and the hustle and bustle to Ocean City, and come to the quiet beaches at Fenwick, where World War II lookout towers and armament bunkers still dot the shoreline. And while you're there, check out the following fun and unique attractions.
Fenwick Island State Park: A visit to Fenwick is not complete without a quick side trip to Fenwick State Park for a gorgeous sunset over the lovely Little Assawoman Bay. Established in 1966 and renamed in 1981, the park rests on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Little Assawoman Bay and is largely undeveloped. Fenwick Island State Park is open for year round recreation from 8:00 a.m. until sunset and is perfect for shell-seekers and those breathtaking sunsets. The beach is also open for swimming, surfing and surf fishing, with lifeguards on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fenwick Island Lighthouse: In the 1850's, the U.S. Government paid Fenwick resident Mary Hall $50 for the 10-acres of land that would one day be home to the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. And although it was decommissioned in 1978 and its beacon dimmed, the lighthouse has become an attraction for thousands of visitors each year. First lit in August of 1859, the 87-foot tall lighthouse is fully restored and offers a breathtaking view of both the bay and the ocean. Photos are permitted, but you can also take home detailed replicas or picturesque shots on postcards.
Viking Golf and Amusements: There are mini golf courses and there are water parks and then there's Viking Golf, where the two happily combine. Thunder Lagoon Waterpark includes six slides, a kiddie pool and a 2800 square foot activity pool. There's also the Black Hole body slide, a Twister double slide where parents can take a small child along with them and a one of a kind tipping prate ship, where 300 gallons come spilling out to children's delight. Once you're all wrinkled from water play, check out 18 holes at Viking Golf, with its fun and exciting Scandinavian decor, complete with dragons, trolls and, of course, Vikings. Tickets are available separately or together for a whole afternoon of fun.
Harpoon Hannah's: Mention Harpoon Hannah's to someone who has been there, their eyes light up and they start talking about the blackened Cajun catfish they had there while sitting on the deck overlooking the bay. But there's lots more than casual bayside dining on fresh local catches. There's the Tiki Bar, complete with palm trees and waterfalls. There's the indoor sports bar, with 15 televisions and four big screens. There's even free dockside boat parking, so you can scuttle on up and head right in. You can even take the kiddies on a 60-minute "Pirate Cruise" with Captain "Cholly by Golly" Baker. Harpoon Hannah's is located bayside on the border between Fenwick and Ocean City and is open year 'round.