Delaware is a coastal escape boasting miles of shoreline, local breweries, chef-driven restaurants and outdoor experiences. Wondering where to begin your Delaware adventure?
We’ve put together a few sample travel itineraries that should suit everyone, whether it’s your whole family, or just you and your BFFs.
Wilmington’s a great spot to get the fun started, thanks to the kid-pleasing attractions along the Riverfront and the lineup of activities just outside the city.
- Delaware Children’s Museum: Hands-on activities will keep the young ones occupied for hours.
- Altitude Trampoline Park: This place will get them jumping, until it’s time for lunch.
- Iron Hill Brewery, Joe’s Crab Shack, or Big Fish Grill: Plenty of kid-pleasing delights at these riverside restaurants.
- Brandywine Zoo: A cozy place for getting up close to the animals, nestled along the scenic Brandywine River.
- Winterthur Museum Garden & Library: The Enchanted Woods is filled with fairy-tale structures suited to climbing and romping.
- Delaware Children’s Theatre: Catch a whimsical stage production.
- Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights: Ride the miniature steam trains.
In Central Delaware, the fun frequently begins in and around Dover, but reaches all the way to the coast.
- Air Mobility Command Museum: Authentic military transport aircraft await youthful dreams of adventure.
- Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop: A warm congenial mood makes this a café worth cozying up to.
- Fifer Orchards: Rambunctious fun, fall celebrations and great produce keep the whole family feeling fulfilled.
- Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge: Walking and driving trails get everyone up close to the action as birds take flight over a scene of coastal beauty.
- Killens Pond State Park: Canoe or kayak through the 66-acre millpond, or head for the waterpark for some slip-and-slide fun.
If you find yourself in the southern part of the state at Delaware’s beaches, the day’s even easier to fill.
- DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures, Coastal Kayak and Alley-Oop skimboard: Head out for some action in the water, choosing your flavor of fun, including rentals and lessons on jet-skis, paddleboard, kayaks, and other waterborne craft.
- Grotto Pizza and Thrasher’s French Fries: Classic lunchtime munchies at the Delaware beaches.
- Lefty’s Alley & Eats: They take bowling, indoor laser tag, food and fun to a new level!
- Funland: Nice-and-easy amusement rides, right on the boardwalk.
- Midway Speedway Park: Go-kart action gets everyone racing.
- Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park: Water slides, bumper boats and more.
Sometimes, the girls just have to get away—together. And what better place to get away together than the Delaware beaches.
- Cape Henlopen State Park: Together, you’ll enjoy a morning of breezy fun cycling and then chilling on the beach.
- Agave: Modern Mexican food and killer margaritas are sure to set the soothing tone at this Lewes restaurant.
- Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery: You’ll fall in love with the Vin-O-Slush (frozen wine slushies).
- Take a brewery tour: Check out Revelation Craft Brewing outside Lewes, Big Oyster Brewery in Rehoboth, and Dewey Beer Co. in Dewey Beach.
- Tanger Outlets: A spree awaits at this shopping paradise, home to such name-brand shops as Steve Madden, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors.
- Bellmoor Inn and Spa: End the day with some pampering and luxury accommodations.
- Stingray: The perfect blend of cocktails and sushi.
Around central Delaware, a little wine paired with boutique shopping can make for a fabulous weekend getaway.
- Dover Downs Hotel and Casino: Enjoy a four-diamond resort, with first-class table gaming and savory dining. Did we mention the Bali-themed spa?!
- Boutique shopping: Around central Delaware, you’ll find boutique shopping galore. From the perfect new wine glass set to Irish themed special gifts, it’s all about shopping with personalized style.
- Harvest Ridge Winery: Try the savory wine, cider and scenic surroundings.
In Northern Delaware, there’s lots to do in the city, but you’ll soon find yourself amazed at the wonders just beyond Wilmington.
- Hotel DuPont: This regal hotel is the perfect place to stay while you play.
- Brandywine Creek State Park: Picturesque and wooded hills lead down to peaceful streams.
- Spiritual wellness: At the Mind Body Spirit Healing Room, you’ll find reiki practitioners, guided meditations, card readings and even jewelry.
- Happy Hour: Check out the newest buzz at the bar inside DECO, a food court with gourmet tastes.
Come experience a getaway where together you can wander acres of blossoming gardens, be immersed in a historic theater and dine in elegance.
- Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library: Hand-in-hand beneath the trees, you explore the magnificent gardens before taking a tour of the mansion, brimming with precious antiques.
- Inn at Montchanin Village: Check out your room in this historic, secluded enclave and then head off for lunch at the adjoining Krazy Kat’s restaurant. If there’s time, yield to temptation and get a spa treatment together, rejuvenating yourselves for the evening ahead.
- Playhouse on Rodney Square: Catch an off- Broadway stage production (or enjoy a national act at the Grand Opera House).
- Dinner: Head to Bardea Food & Drink, winner of a James Beard Award for best new restaurant, and home to some of the city’s most creative and fulfilling riffs on high-end Italian cuisine.
It’s clear to many that the Delaware beaches are one of the East Coast’s best-kept secrets. But there’s a secret within the secret—Rehoboth Beach and the towns along the coast are also among the most pet-friendly, dog-loving places around. And that pet-friendliness continues around the state.
- A place to stay: Fans rave about the dog-friendly vibe at the Hotel Rodney and The Breakers Hotel & Suites.
- Visit a state park: Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park are great places for pets to stretch out and get some exercise but be mindful of the regulations. Some are open to leashed pets year-round. Others limit pets during the height of the beach season.
- Go shopping: Check out the array of animal accessory boutiques, including Critter Beach in Rehoboth, Yuppy Puppy in Bethany Beach, and P.U.P.S. of Lewes.
- Take a boat ride: The Cape May-Lewes Ferry welcomes leashed pets outside of the ship’s food court areas (and they ride free).
- Have a brew: Outside of the beaches in nearby Milton, Dogfish Head Brewery allows animals to hang in the tasting room. (But the brewery tour is for humans only).