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Daytrip to a Delaware beach — Mommy Daze

Fenwick Island State Park beachAs a teenager, I spent every summer vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, with my boyfriend’s (now husband’s) family. A tradition of theirs was to visit the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, just north of Ocean City, in Delaware. They would bring bags full of quarters to play games at the small amusement park and arcade there known as Funland.

So this year, instead of heading to Ocean City for the day as we’ve done in the past with our boys, we decided to try something a little bit off the “beaten path.” We headed to Fenwick Island State Park, just north of the Maryland-Delaware state line.

It costs $6 to park for out-of-state visitors, which is cheaper than what we would’ve paid to park somewhere in Ocean City for the day. It has a large bathhouse with restrooms and changing areas, concession stand, a few picnic tables and umbrella rentals.

We went on a Wednesday morning and had no problem finding a good spot on the beach, only steps away from the bathhouse. It was a great morning building sandcastles, splashing in the ocean and watching the dolphins swim by. A typical summer storm rolled in after lunch, which sent the whole beach running for cover.

After waiting out the rain in the van for about 30 minutes, the sun came back out and we decided to continue our day nearby at the Fenwick boardwalk. This adorable little place is like a miniaturized version of the larger boardwalks, consisting of a water park, go-karts, miniature golf, a cute toy store, and plenty of typical beach treats such as ice creaFunland at Rehoboth Beach boardwalkJustin Watts and his brother, Dave (top) in the same ride at Funland as Justin’s two boys (bottom) a generation later.m, snocones, funnel cakes, pizza, burgers and fries.

We took the boys for their first-ever round of mini-golf at the whimsical Viking Golf course where it wasn’t crowded at all since it was the middle of the day. We could take our time and let the boys swing away at the ball to their hearts’ content. Though the water park looked refreshing, we instead grabbed ice cream sundaes to cool off before hopping in the van and heading to our next destination, Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

What great memories I have of Rehoboth, from meandering through the quaint shops along Rehoboth Avenue hearing the music coming from the bandstand to grabbing dinner at one of the many unique, tucked-away restaurants. But today our mission was Funland, so we parked along a side street behind the boardwalk and got to work spending some quarters!

With a cup of Thrasher’s fries in one hand and an armful of cheap vending machine stuffed animals in the other, we whiled away a few hours taking in all the rides and games we could. My mother in-law, who was with us, shared how surreal it was to see her grandsons enjoying the exact same rides her two sons had ridden over 30 years ago.

As the sun began to set and the boardwalk bustled with nightlife activity, we grabbed a pizza to-go from Grotto’s and headed home. Within minutes our boys were sound asleep, and we enjoyed a peaceful drive, reminiscing about the beach trips of the past and looking forward to the ones yet to come.

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 4-year-old James and 2-year-old Luke.

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