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Lewes is a historic seaside town located in Sussex County, Delaware. The population of the town is approximately 3,000 residents. Lewes is one of the oldest towns in the United States, founded in 1631 by Dutch settlers, and since Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution, the town refers to itself as "The First Town in the First State." Lewes proud heritage has been carefully preserved by the local Historical Society - a half-mile square area of the town center contains many of the communitys oldest historical buildings, plus antique shops, museums, art galleries, boutiques, bed & breakfast inns and fine restaurants. Lewes is situated right where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay at Cape Henlopen. Directly across the bay is the equally historic town of Cape May, New Jersey and a ferry runs between the two towns on a regular basis. Lewes, together with the towns of Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, comprises the fastest growing beach resort area of Delaware. Lewes, in particular, is known for its fishing marinas, tranquil beaches, bird sanctuaries and nature trails. Just one mile east of Lewes is Cape Henlopen State Park, which offers four miles of beach for swimming, shelling, crabbing, surf fishing and picnicking and its famous "walkable" sand dunes.

Surrounding areas: Broadkill Beach, Delaware (4.7 mi), Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (5.8 mi), Dewey Beach, Delaware (7.0 mi), Primehook Beach, Delaware (7.2 mi), Long Neck, Delaware (11.1 mi), Georgetown, Delaware (14.2 mi), Millsboro, Delaware (15.5 mi)

Lewes Vacation Rentals

Lewes Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Captain's Quarters Motel406 Savannah RdLewes, DE (302) 645-9800
Inn At Canal Square122 Market StLewes, DE (302) 644-3377
New Devon Inn2ND & Market StLewes, DE (302) 645-5973
Sleep Inn & Suites1595 Hwy OneLewes, DE (302) 645-6464
Comfort Inn Rehoboth4439 Hwy OneRehoboth, DE5.6 mi.(302) 226-1515
Quality Inn & Suites3100 Hwy 1Rehoboth, DE5.6 mi.(302) 226-2400
Airport MotelRR 1 Box 96Rehoboth Beach, DE5.7 mi.(302) 227-6737
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center101 N BoardwalkRehoboth Beach, DE5.7 mi.(302) 227-2511
Bay Resort MotelRehoboth Beach, DE5.7 mi.(302) 227-6400
Holiday Inn Express-rehoboth Beach4289 Hwy OneRehoboth Beach, DE5.7 mi.(302) 227-4030
Board Walk Plaza Hotel2 Olive AveRehoboth Beach, DE5.8 mi.(302) 227-7169
Admiral Hotel2 Baltimore AveRehoboth Beach, DE5.9 mi.(302) 227-2103
Brighton Suites Hotels34 Wilmington AveRehoboth Beach, DE6.0 mi.(302) 227-5780
Americinn Lodge & Suites329 Z Airport RdDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 226-0700
Atlantic Inn & Suites4353 Hwy OneDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 227-0401
Atlantic Oceanside Motel1700 Hwy OneDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 227-8811
Best Western Gold Leaf1400 Hwy OneDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 226-1100
Dewey Beach Suites & Motel1406 Hwy 1Dewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 226-0233
Econo Lodge Resort19540 Castal HwyDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 227-0500
Hampton Inn4529 Hwy OneDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 645-8003
The Marina Suites1115 Hwy OneDewey Beach, DE7.3 mi.(302) 227-1700
Best Value Inn Georgetown313 N Dupont HwyGeorgetown, DE14.7 mi.(302) 856-7532
Comfort Inn And Suites20530 Dupont BlvdGeorgetown, DE14.7 mi.(302) 854-9400
Congress Hall Hotel251 Beach AveCape May, NJ15.9 mi.(609) 884-8421
Hotel Alcott107 Grant StCape May, NJ15.9 mi.(609) 884-5868
Carroll Villa Hotel19 Jackson StCape May, NJ16.1 mi.(609) 884-9619
The Queen Victoria102 Ocean StCape May, NJ16.2 mi.(609) 884-8702
The Mainstay Inn635 Columbia AveCape May, NJ16.3 mi.(609) 884-8690
Southern Mansion720 Washington StCape May, NJ16.4 mi.(609) 884-7171
Grand Hotel's PalaceOceanfront At PhiladelphiaCape May, NJ16.9 mi.(800) 257-8550
Sandpiper Beach InnBCH & Grant StCape May, NJ16.9 mi.(609) 884-4256
Blue Surf Motel98 Garfield PkwyBethany Beach, DE17.4 mi.(302) 539-7531
Manor House612 Hughes AveCape May, NJ17.4 mi.(609) 884-4710
Bethany Arms Motel99 Hollywood StBethany Beach, DE17.5 mi.(302) 539-9603
Colony Inns729 Bay RdMilford, DE18.9 mi.(302) 422-2777
Holiday Inn Express-Bethany Beach710 S Coastal HwyBethany Beach, DE20.6 mi.(302) 541-9200
Levoyageur Motel232 E Andrews AveWildwood, NJ22.6 mi.(609) 522-6407
Fenwick Sea Charm Hotel & ApartmentsLighthouse Rd & Bethany AveFenwick, DE22.8 mi.(302) 539-9613
Ric Mar ApartmentsDelaware & Bunting AveFenwick, DE22.8 mi.(302) 539-9613
Bolero Hotel & Conference Center3320 Atlantic AveWildwood, NJ23.2 mi.(609) 522-6929

Lewes Weather & Climate

Southern Delaware's weather is greatly moderated by the Atlantic Ocean. The state is the second smallest in the U.S., only 96 miles long and 9 to 35 miles across. Most of it lies within the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the climate transitions between a humid subtropical climate and a continental climate. However, despite its small size, there are significant variations in temperature and amount of snowfall among the state's three counties. Sussex County, which includes the southeastern beach areas, has a somewhat milder climate and a longer growing season than the northern part of the state. Summers are warm with occasional thunderstorms and July is the hottest month of the year. Southeastern Delaware tends to have the highest temperatures and more precipitation than the center of the state, with an average precipitation of 46 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although August is usually the wettest month. The whole state has mild winters because the mountains of Pennsylvania protect it from cold northwest winds. January, on average, has the coldest temperatures.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 28°F 4.01 in. -
February 46°F 29°F 3.22 in. -
March 54°F 36°F 4.45 in. -
April 64°F 44°F 3.54 in. -
May 73°F 54°F 3.91 in. -
June 81°F 63°F 3.15 in. -
July 86°F 68°F 4.19 in. -
August 84°F 67°F 5.34 in. -
September 78°F 61°F 3.77 in. -
October 68°F 49°F 3.42 in. -
November 58°F 41°F 3.33 in. -
December 49°F 32°F 3.67 in. -

Lewes Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Millville Municipal airport (MIV) located about 40 miles north of Lewes in Millville, New Jersey, the Atlantic City International airport (ACY) located approximately 55 miles northeast of Lewes in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the New Castle County airport (ILG) located roughly 66 miles northwest of Lewes in Wilmington, Delaware, and finally the Philadelphia International airport (PHL) located around 75 miles north of Lewes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lewes Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
FunderlandRehoboth BeachDE5.7 mi.
Mariner's LandingWildwoodNJ23.2 mi.
Morey's PiersWildwoodNJ23.2 mi.
Splash Zone Water ParkWildwoodNJ23.2 mi.
Wild Wheels Adventure PierWildwoodNJ23.2 mi.
Baja AmusementsOcean CityMD30.9 mi.
Jolly Roger Amusement ParkOcean CityMD30.9 mi.
Ocean City Pier RidesOcean CityMD30.9 mi.
Trimper's RidesOcean CityMD30.9 mi.
Gillian's Wonderland PierOcean CityNJ46.2 mi.
PlaylandOcean CityNJ46.2 mi.
Storybook LandEgg Harbor TownshipNJ50.2 mi.
Storybook LandCardiffNJ52.9 mi.
Steel PierAtlantic CityNJ56.1 mi.
Tivoli PierAtlantic CityNJ56.1 mi.
Blue Diamond ParkNew CastleDE64.9 mi.
Six Flags Great AdventureJacksonNJ70.5 mi.
Clementon Amusement ParkClementonNJ71.8 mi.
Fantasy Island Amusement ParkBeach HavenNJ72.5 mi.
ExhilaramaVoorheesNJ73.8 mi.
Water Parks
Morey's Pier Raging WatersWildwoodNJ23.2 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE27.9 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ46.2 mi.
Thundering Surf Water SlideBeach HavenNJ72.5 mi.
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD74.9 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ77.4 mi.
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA95.3 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA97.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Midway Par 3 Golf CourseLewesDE 
Golf Park at Rehoboth BeachRehoboth BeachDE6.0 mi.
Old Landing Golf CourseRehoboth BeachDE6.0 mi.
Rookery Golf ClubMiltonDE8.6 mi.
Baywood GreensLong NeckDE11.1 mi.
Bethany Bay Golf ClubMillvilleDE16.7 mi.
Bear Trap Dunes Golf ClubOcean ViewDE17.0 mi.
Cape May National Golf ClubCape MayNJ17.0 mi.
Salt Pond Golf CourseBethany BeachDE18.1 mi.
PonderlodgeVillasNJ20.4 mi.
Links at Lighthouse SoundBishopvilleMD23.6 mi.
Jonathans LandingMagnoliaDE26.4 mi.
Woodland Golf ParkSeafordDE26.6 mi.
Pine Shore Golf CourseBerlinMD26.9 mi.
Avalon Golf ClubCape May Court HouseNJ27.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ77.4 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ77.4 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA92.5 mi.
State Parks
Beach Plum Island State ParkDE1.7 mi. 
Cape Henlopen State ParkDE3.5 mi. 
Delaware Seashore State ParkDE10.2 mi. 
Holts Landing State ParkDE13.3 mi. 
Holts Landing State ParkDE13.9 mi. 
Holts Landing State ParkDE13.9 mi. 
Fenwick Island State ParkDE22.1 mi. 
Trap Pond State ParkDE24.6 mi. 
Killens Pond State ParkDE25.1 mi. 
Martinak State ParkMD37.5 mi. 
Assateague State ParkMD38.7 mi. 
Nutter D. Marvel Carriage MuseumGeorgetownDE14.2 mi.(History)
Emlen Physick EstateCape MayNJ16.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
DiscoverSea Shipwreck MuseumFenwick IslandDE22.6 mi.(History)
Ward Museum of Wildfowl ArtSalisburyMD37.8 mi.(Art)
Museum of American GlassMillvilleNJ43.4 mi.(Technology)
Oyster & Maritime MuseumChincoteagueVA59.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Cape May County Park ZooCape MayNJ16.9 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD37.8 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE70.0 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ79.2 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA81.0 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD86.0 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD86.0 mi.
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC101.8 mi.

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