The Summer of 2020 rolls on this week with the return of a couple of coastal Delaware’s most popular seasonal attractions. That’s right – finally making their long awaited debuts this weekend are both Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and the great local shows held at the Freeman Stage near Fenwick Island.
Both attractions have been cautiously preparing for an abbreviated summer season, finally green lighting their respective openings this weekend to the anticipated delight of both residents and visitors.
So if you’re in the area, we urge you to support these great local traditions in whatever way you can. And don’t forget to enjoy a meal while you’re at the beach and help all of your favorite spots survive the current season, so they can come back stronger than ever for the Summer of 2021.
But for this weekend, we continue with our “Glass is Half Full” approach to this year’s summer season by highlighting five more ways to enjoy the middle weekend of July in both coastal Delaware, as well as neighboring Ocean City, Maryland.
If you’re at the beaches over the next few days, you can’t go wrong with the quintet of options featured below. We begin our events preview this week on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach…
Funland Rides Opening for the Season (July 10). We teased this a couple of weeks ago and it finally happens this Friday, July 10 – the rides at Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk will be open to the public for the 2020 Summer Season.
That being said, there will be some changes in place for this year as Delaware and the rest of the country continues dealing with the COVID-19 situation. These regulations have been put in place after consultation between the Funland management and the Delaware Department of Health, the Small Business Association of Delaware and the Delaware Fire Marshall’s office.
The biggest difference is that ride tickets will need to be purchased ahead of time and are sold only as a “fun pass.” That means visitors will be allowed into the rides section of the park for a two hour window, which right now are scheduled for either 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., or 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
Fun passes are available for $20 a person and allow unlimited riding during that two hour time window. They must also be reserved BEFORE arriving at Funland by visiting www.funlandrehoboth.com.
Visit Funland online to learn more about changes that are being made to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the park for the remainder of the summer season.
First Freeman Stage Shows of the Summer (July 9-11). The reopening of local entertainment venues began a few weeks ago with the Milton Theatre and extends this weekend with not only Funland returning for the summer, but also the fantastic shows at the Freeman Stage, located just west of Fenwick Island.
As with everything else this summer, the shows at the popular entertainment venue will have a bit of a different feel for 2020. The seasonal schedule will include mostly local and regional acts this year, with special seating designed for adherence to social distancing guidelines.
All that being said, the Freeman Stage is back! And with it, more of a feeling of normalcy at the Delaware beaches.
The first weekend of shows are highlighted by Lower Case Blues on Thursday, July 9, a Steely Dan Tribute on Friday, July 10, and special appearances by both Cascading Carlos the Juggler and the Lauren Glick Band on Saturday, July 11.
Visit www.freemanstage.org for much more on what’s coming this summer at the popular Freeman Stage.
Virtual Sandcastle Contest (July 11). There’s nothing that symbolizes summer in Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region quite like the many sandcastle contests that take place every year on area beaches.
And while COVID-19 is playing quite the villain this summer, that’s not stopping the good folks at Delaware Seashore State Park from holding their annual sandcastle contest this Saturday, July 11.
But in keeping with the theme of this week’s blog, there are changes in store for this year’s event. But while it may be a bit different than in years past, there’s still plenty of family fun to be had at the park.
This year’s sandcastle contest will officially be held on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with creations dotting the beaches throughout the park. While the competition usually takes place only at the South Inlet Day Area, this year’s virtual event allows sandcastles to be built anywhere in the park on any day leading up to July 11.
Here are the steps for inclusion in this year’s virtual sandcastle contest:
- Plan a beach day anytime between now and July 11
- Choose your class:
– 12 and under (no help from adults)
– Open class (all ages)
- Build the sandcastle of your dreams. Castles will be scored on structural complexity, aesthetic appeal, use of natural materials (do not use beach grass) and originality.
- Do a photo shoot of your completed sandcastle and be sure to have at least one photo with your castle and “DSSP2020” written in the sand or on a piece of paper in the photo
- Post on social media with two hashtags: #DSSPSandcastleContest2020 and either #OpenClass or #12andUnder (if you don’t have social media, please email photos to IRLSS@delaware.gov)
- Post or submit your photos by 2 p.m., on Saturday, July 11
- Photos will be judged and winners will be announced by 5 p.m.
For more information on this year’s contest, visit the event’s Facebook page here.
Ocean City Tuna Tournament (July 10-12). Now we’re not saying you should rent a boat and hit the choppy waters of the Atlantic in search of tuna fish. But watching the action at the Ocean City docks is certainly a sight to behold.
This is the 2020 edition of the world’s largest tuna tournament, with weigh-ins scheduled for the docks at the Ocean City Fishing Center on Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Not only can you witness these massive sea creatures being weighed, but there will also be live entertainment, plenty of food choices, cold drinks and plenty of good times for all attendees.
Visit www.octunatournament.com for much more on the 2020 Ocean City Tuna Tournament. Or watch the video below from the 2019 tournament to get a feel for the event.
Murder Mystery Night at the Atlantic Sands (July 9-11). We conclude our options for this weekend with a fun and exciting event scheduled for the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.
Featuring a full buffet and a fun-filled murder mystery dinner theater, this event is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The title for this small town mystery is “The Sinister Secret,” featuring the aptly named Poultry Princess and several other interesting characters you won’t soon forget.
So put on your sleuthing cap and look for hidden clues, interact with all of the suspects and see if you can figure out “who dunnit” before time expires.
This event is appropriate for participants 8 and up and will be hosted in the Swan Ballroom at the Atlantic Sands.
And whatever you plan on doing this weekend, have a great time here in the coastal region.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!