From opulent mansions to crystal-clean beaches to tax-free shopping, Delaware is the state that delivers so much adventure in so little time and for such little expense.
Whether you start at the regal du Pont family estates in the north or the family-friendly ocean resorts in the south, Delaware gives time-pressed and budget-conscious travelers the kinds of options they simply couldn’t find anywhere else in the East. And it’s all located right in the middle of the action-packed Mid-Atlantic, with easy access from nearby international airports, Interstate 95 and AMTRAK rail lines.
So pick your flavor of fun, and savor the land of endless discoveries.
Have an Adventure
Paddle a kayak through the bald cypress trees at Trap Pond State Park. Swing from the treetops at Go Ape! adventure zip-line course. Explore a scenic wildlife refuge teeming with migratory birds, or take a fishing trip or a paddleboard exploration through Delaware’s peaceful inland bays.
Go on a Tax-free Shopping Spree
Discover how the tax-free advantage gives you more fun for your buck with a shopping trip to Tanger Outlets’ brand-name shops, Christiana Mall’s luxury retailers or the artsy boutiques of Delaware’s intimate beach resorts and charming small towns.
Find Some Culture
Go back to the golden age of regal opulence at one of Delaware’s du Pont family mansions – from the endless rooms of antiques at Winterthur to the ornate formal gardens of Nemours. At Hagley Museum, see where the DuPont Co. launched an industrial dynasty at a well-preserved gunpowder-mill village by the banks of the Brandywine, then stroll amid the Wyeths and pre-Raphaelite classics at the Delaware Art Museum.
Explore the historic treasures of Old New Castle or downtown Dover, and you’ll see how Delaware’s Colonial past never really went away. See how airpower helped America to victory at the Air Mobility Command Museum, or discover the fascinating stories of Revolutionary passions told at Delaware’s new National Monument.
Coastal vistas and the soft splendor of gently rolling hills define Delaware’s natural charms, best appreciated at such pristine preserves as Ashland Nature Center, Mount Cuba botanical gardens or along the surf, where it kisses the dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Don't leave without tasting...
- Crabs at Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic
- A slice of pizza at Grotto, preferably at one of the locations on the beach
- A scrapple (pork) sandwich at Helen’s Sausage House in Smyrna
- A hoagie (submarine sandwich) from Claymont Steak Shop in Claymont
- A ‘Kitchen Sink’ sundae at one of the Charcoal Pit’s three restaurants.
Don’t overlook this...
Most of this 16,000-acre Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, just outside Smyrna, is tidal salt marsh teeming with mud flats, tidal pools, rivers and creeks.
For your first visit
Don’t miss the beach, boardwalk and restaurants in Rehoboth; First State Heritage Park in Dover, packed with historic sites; and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, with its antiques, decorative arts, gardens and more.
History happened here
On the night of July 1, 1776, Caesar Rodney, president of Delaware, embarked on an overnight ride from Dover to the then-capital of Philadelphia to cast a crucial vote that led to the passing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Activities such as surfing, fishing, paddleboarding, skim boarding
- Spectator sports such as NASCAR racing at Dover International Speedway in Dover.
- New Castle Farmers Market is an indoor/outdoor flea market with a cornucopia of food, antiques and fantastic finds
- Tanger Outlets near Rehoboth Beach.
Want to stay up late?
- Visit Dewey Beach and its many bars, including the Rusty Rudder and the Bottle and Cork
- Try your luck at the casino, including Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Delaware Park Horseracing and Slots and Harrington Raceway & Casino.
Where locals go to relax
- The many beach towns—Rehoboth, Lewes, Dewey, Bethany, Fenwick Island
- State parks such as Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, which boasts remnants of the freshwater wetlands that once covered a large portion of the state and the northernmost natural strand of Bald Cypress trees in the USA; Bellevue State Park, a historic estate with a fitness track, fishing pond and hiking trails; and Killens Pond State Park in Felton, which has boating, fishing, swimming and water slides
- The Wilmington Riverfront includes a walk that lines the Christina River, Wilmington Blue Rocks Minor League Baseball team, Delaware Children’s Museum and dining and shopping destinations.
You might be surprised by...
- Seeing muskrat on the menu at the Wagon Wheel Family Restaurant in Smyrna
- An ice cream flavour named ‘Booger’ at the Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth
- World-class music venues such as the Grand and World Café Live at the Queen Theater in Wilmington.
Your child will always remember...
Their first trip to Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Remember to stop for some Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy.