Bear sits just outside Delaware’s capital and largest city, Wilmington, which is also adjacent to the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Book an RV in Bear, and you'll be connected to these cities via an excellent public transportation network, which means you won’t need to drive your Bear RV rental in the city’s traffic.
For much of its history, Bear was a rural crossroads between the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. However, in the 1980s, the Wilmington metro began to sprawl out into the countryside, and now the town is populated with numerous housing developments and shopping centers where there were formally farms and cow pastures.
The Great Outdoors
Bear is quite close to some great outdoor adventures, with many state and city parks available along with a few choice beaches within easy driving distance. White Clay Creek State Park is one of the more popular green spaces in the Bear area. This massive park has 37 miles of hiking and biking trails to enjoy along with a fishing pond. It also includes the Judge Morris Estate - an 18th-century home that is open for guided tours.
There’s also New Castle Battery Park, which sits on the Delaware River just outside of Wilmington. Here you’ll find a playground for the kids along with great riverside paths that are perfect for taking in the sunset. You can also lounge on the river shore and watch the massive ships making their way up to Philadelphia’s harbor.
For a day of fun in the sun, you might want to take a road trip down to the southern part of the state where you can find some beautiful beaches. Broadkill Beach is one of the closest but is also one of the least crowded. There’s plenty of sand to spread out on, but facilities are somewhat limited, so if you want kayaks, stand up paddleboards, or lounge chairs, it’s best to pick them up in nearby towns.
Bear’s location on the outskirts of the Philadelphia/Wilmington metropolitan area makes it a prime location for RV camping. There are lots of tourist attractions nearby, though the town is still far enough from the urban core that you can enjoy some peace and quiet.
The campground at Lums Pond State Park is one of the closest options, which could make it a good choice if you don’t want to drive too far from Bear. As far as state parks go, it has quite a few amenities including a convenience store, flushing toilets, drinking water, and a dump station for your travel trailer rental from Bear. Perhaps an even greater draw, though, is the extensive parkland surrounding the sites, which is home to ten miles of hiking trails and a pond with boat launch facilities.
Another possibility is Woodlands Camping Resort in nearby Maryland. It's a full-service RV park with a playground, swimming pool, basketball court, and of course, full hookups for your Bear motorhome rental. It’s also located close to the Elk River arm of the Chesapeake Bay if you’re interested in doing some fishing and kayaking while you’re here.
There’s also the Four Seasons Family Campground that’s across the Delaware River in New Jersey. It’s in a rural location so it could be a good place to go when you rent an RV and don’t want to encounter the congestion of the Wilmington area. Sites have full hookups, and on-site amenities include a dump station, swimming lake, canoe rentals, and a large playground. It’s also closer to the Jersey shore if you’re hoping for a day trip to the beach when you get a camper rental in Bear.
Exploring the City
If you’re searching for some retail therapy, the Christiana Mall in Newark, Delaware might be a great place to spend the afternoon. They have a wide variety of stores including discount and designer brands. They also have a food court if you get hungry along the way. There’s also the New Castle Farmer’s Market, which has an excellent selection of fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted gifts. It's a great place to pick up some souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Bear has some fairly extensive dining options too, considering that it’s a relatively small town on the outskirts of a major city. Some of the more popular restaurants serve great ethnic cuisines including Chinese, Thai, Peruvian, and Indian. However, if you’re looking to try something unique to Delaware, order scrapple at one of the local diners. It’s a dish imported from the nearby Pennsylvania Dutch region and is made from pork scraps and flour fried into a patty.
When you need to stock up on supplies, you’ll find a variety of grocery stores along Route 40, which runs through the center of town. Most of what you find there will be mid-market and discount stores; if you’re hoping for higher-end food options you’ll need to head into Wilmington. There are also quite a few truck stops along Interstate 95 just north of town, which will probably be your best bet for fueling up the Bear motorhome rental as it'll be easier to maneuver in the wider fuel bays. They’re also more likely to have dump stations to empty your tanks in if those were not provided at your campground.