Delaware, located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, boasts a rich history, beautiful beaches, and charming small towns. Despite its small size and population of under one million, Delaware offers numerous attractions for both travelers and locals. In this blog post, we will explore eleven fun things to do in Delaware.
Discover the state’s excellent eateries, unique hotels, and pristine beaches, including Rehoboth Beach, known as “America’s Summer Capital.” The coastline is picturesque, and the spacious, inviting beaches are a standout feature. Wilmington captures attention with its vibrant art scene and historic estates, while a visit to Dover, home of the state capitol, is a must for those seeking to experience historic landmarks.
1. Explore Dogfish Head in Milton
Take the opportunity to visit Dogfish Head Brewery, brewing unique and flavorful craft beers that will tantalize your taste buds. Tour the facility and sample the award-winning beers. Dogfish Head is renowned as one of Delaware’s top businesses, specializing in off-centered beer for “off-centered people.”
Established in 1995, this famous brewery quickly gained recognition, producing 20 styles of beer and making it to the Top 50 Breweries in the US list. They have even expanded into handcrafted spirits. With an annual production of 240K barrels, Dogfish Head Brewery ranks 12th amongst 9552 breweries.
Their free year-round tours offer a fascinating look into their 200-barrel system, while the steampunk treehouse on the brewery lawn adds to the experience.
2. Attend the Brandywine Festival of the Arts
The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is an annual event (over 50 years) in Wilmington, Delaware, showcasing local artists and artisans. Browse through booths filled with paintings, jewelry, and pottery. Support local artists while enjoying a day out. With over 100 juried artists, this Wilmington art event has been going strong for 50+ years each September. Food trucks offer trendy bites.
Impressive and reasonably priced, the selection includes sculptures, jewelry, clothing, books, and pottery. A designated area for children’s arts and crafts, outdoor equipment, and face painting is available. Live music performances add to the experience. The Brandywine Zoo is on the hill behind the festival.
3. See the State Capitol in Dover
The State Capitol in Dover, Delaware, welcomes visitors with its beautiful architecture and rich history. Discover Delaware’s government past and explore the impressive Delaware Legislative Hall at the First State Heritage Park. Learn about the state’s pivotal role in shaping the United States. Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution.
Don’t miss Woodburn and Hall House, which has served as the governor’s residence since 1965. Explore the Governor’s House on the first Saturday of each month and enhance your experience by downloading a Delaware History Trail passport online.
4. Eat Elevated Pub Grub at Crooked Hammock
Crooked Hammock Brewery is a unique and welcoming establishment with captivating decor, an outdoor dining area, and live music. Located in Lewes, Delaware, it is an ideal spot for happy hour or a family dinner. With a menu featuring upscale bar food options such as Nachos, Bavarian Pretzels, and Deviled Eggs, followed by fresh salads, hearty burgers, and hearty sandwiches.
The brewery offers a variety of craft beers, both seasonal and year-round that are sure to quench your thirst. As a stop on the Delaware Beer, Wine, and Spirits Trail, Crooked Hammock is known for its laid-back atmosphere and stunning views of the nearby marshland.
5. Tour Nemours Estate in Wilmington
The 47,000-square-foot Nemours Estate, a 300-acre property in Wilmington, was formerly owned by the DuPont family. It boasts a magnificent mansion, beautiful gardens, and charming fountains. Visitors can tour the mansion, explore the gardens, and enjoy outdoor concerts.
The mansion’s 77 rooms are adorned with an impressive art collection, antiques, and collectibles. Take advantage of the billiards room, library, morning room, and conservatory as you immerse yourself in the DuPont family’s daily life.
Outside, a French formal garden and tranquil fountains await. The estate’s grand gates were imported from Wimbledon Manor in London, and the Temple of Love, surrounded by Oriental and sunken gardens, features a captivating bronze statue that is sure to make for a memorable photograph. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6 to 16.
Pro Tip: Save time to check out the Chauffeur’s garage, which houses a delightful selection of Rolls Royces, including one elegantly crafted in Blueberry Blue (the only time the color was used), alongside Cadillacs and other classic cars.
6. Frolic on Rehoboth Beach
Delaware has many beautiful beaches, but Rehoboth Beach is one of the most popular. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, as well as various restaurants and shops along the boardwalk. Caution: you may never want to leave!
7. Stay in an Oceanfront Hotel Hotel at Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach boasts a stunning oceanfront boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean, with the 84-room Boardwalk Plaza Hotel as its anchor. This unique Victorian hotel dazzles with charming antiques, reproduction furniture, and delightful bird companions in the lobby. The hotel also offers heated pools, a restaurant, and an impressive afternoon tea service.
Additional amenities include free onsite parking, WIFI, a friendly staff, spacious guest rooms, and a fitness area. With its elegant allure, it’s no surprise that the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel’s tagline is “Victorian Elegance by the Sea.”
8. Visit the Air Mobility Command Museum
Discover the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware. Explore an extensive collection of aircraft, including vintage and military planes, both retired and operational from the US Air Force. The fleet boasts an impressive range of aircraft, from Air Force 2 (VC-9C), used by Vice-Presidents and First Ladies, to bombers, helicopters, and cargo haulers.
The museum also features a control tower, simulator, and airport. Be sure to see the C-47A Skytrain, proudly displaying its World War II D-Day invasion stripes. These versatile aircraft delivered supplies, transported soldiers, and provided support during pivotal moments in history.
Admission and parking are both free.
9. Be Impressed with the Zwaanendael Museum
The Zwaanendael Museum, built in 1931, commemorates Delaware’s first European settlers. Its gabled roofs are adapted from Hoorn, Netherlands’ old town hall. The museum showcases military and maritime culture, with changing exhibits like Wine & Spirits, which depict Delaware’s alcohol trade.
Enjoy admission with two floors of historical artifacts for hands-on exploration. Hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 4:15 PM.
10. Browse the Delaware Art Museum
Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. With its diverse collection encompassing American, pre-Raphaelite, and contemporary art, there’s something for everyone. Notable artists like Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, and Rossetti are showcased alongside 18 remarkable outdoor sculptures. The museum store is worth a gander, too.
Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission fees are $14 for adults, $6 for children aged 7 to 18. Take advantage of free general admission on Thursdays from 4 to 8 PM, April through December.
11. Dine at Krazy Kat’s
The renovated blacksmith shop at Montchanin Village is home to Krazy Kat’s Restaurant, a unique dining experience. This 19th-century village, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a glimpse into the past when workers from the DuPont powder mills resided here.
Krazy Kat’s Restaurant prides itself on its innovative and eclectic fine dining; the interior features animal print upholstery and a cozy fireplace, creating a charming ambiance. Guests can enjoy delicious French cuisine served on stylish leopard print china.
The menu offers creative options like PEI Oysters on the Half Shell, Crab Bisque, and Jurgielewicz Farm Pan Seared Duck. Explore the extensive wine selection featuring global offerings.
Delaware: A Real Delight
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Delaware has plenty to offer. From its charming small towns to its beautiful beaches, there is something for everyone. We hope this list of eleven fun things to do in Delaware has inspired you to explore everything this tiny state offers.
Thanks to the Southern Delaware Tourism CVB, Visit Dover, Greater Wilmington CVB, and the Sheraton Suites Wilmington Delaware for hosting my visit. As with all posts on this site, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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