Un-Tourist Scavenger Hunt
You know all the typical landmarks. Now go discover the offbeat sites!
From the May 2017 issue
Anybody can find the Rehoboth Beach Museum, the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes (but can you pronounce it?) or the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro. And you should! But there are other amazing historical — and hysterical — sites (and sights) here on the Delaware coast.
I came to this topic after my own weird discovery on a trip to southern Virginia. Along the road I spied a sign that said “Foamhenge.” I stopped to investigate and discovered a hilarious life-size replica of England’s iconic Stonehenge, constructed entirely from foam rubber. You can’t make these things up.
So, it got me thinking. Does the Delaware coast have some oddities of its own? Curious, I rounded up some friends and we went on a hunt for local oddities that are worth a look. The safari was so much fun, we here at Delaware Beach Life want to send you on a hunt of your own.
Here are a delicious dozen unique sites within driving distance of the beach. How many of these fascinating but relatively unbeaten-path attractions can you find? You can take the trip all at once in a full day of drive-and-seek, or track down a few attractions at a time. Whatever way you approach it, there’s fun to be had.
Studying the Coast
Researchers at the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment explore local ecology — and humans’ role in preserving it
From the May 2017 issue
The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment was created in 2009 when the university’s College of Marine Studies was merged with its Department of Geography. Located on two campuses, in Newark and Lewes, the college’s mission is to study the workings of the physical world and how human society interacts with and affects that world.
“We want to better understand the land, water and atmosphere in ways that will help improve conditions for humans as well as for the environment,” says spokesman Mark Jolly, whose office is in Newark but who travels south to Lewes “whenever I get the opportunity.”
Jolly adds that the college’s position is that the interests of both the environment and society can go hand-in-hand: “It is our firm belief that we can have both a positive environmental impact and a positive economic impact.”
Culinary Coast: High Tech Is on the Menu
From seating to ordering to paying the bill, electronic advances are changing the restaurant experience
Menus in hand, the diners at The Backyard in Milton were ready to place their order. The server, however, kept her gaze on her iPad. “I wish she would stop playing games on that thing and take our order,” one of the diners said indignantly to her companion. The server replied: “But ma’am, I am taking your order!” The Backyard uses iPad-based software — not paper — for that very purpose.
Like The Backyard, many coastal eateries rely on some form of technology to do business. There are text-message loyalty programs, table-management platforms and digital menu boards that change with the touch of a key. But even with such advantages, there are some tasks that coastal restaurants prefer to handle the old-fashioned way.