Delaware Arts & Culture Exploring Beyond the Beaches in Delaware

Exploring Beyond the Beaches in Delaware

There’s so much to see beyond Delaware’s shores. From the rolling hills dotted with vineyards to a home right out of the history books and eco-systems rife with life, you’ll find yourself swept away by a different side of Delaware.

Stroll the Milford Farmers’ Market

Back in the day, town markets like these were places to catch up on local doings and stock up on perfectly ripe local produce for home cooking, and it’s still that way today at the Riverwalk Farmers’ Market in downtown Milford. Keep your eye out for such unique finds as driftwood furniture and other crafts and be sure to take a stroll along the Riverwalk along the Mispillion. Open every Saturday, May through October.

Savor a Pile of Steamed Blue Crabs

Blue crabs

In Delaware it’s a rite of passage: Tucking up to the table and happily devouring steamed-and-spicy blue-claw crabs, filled with sweet meat and dusted with Old Bay Seasoning. It takes patience and time, but local aficionados will be happy to help you at such legendary spots as the Old Mill Crab House in Delmar and Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic.

Take a Soothing Sip at Nassau Valley Vineyards

All it takes is a quick turn off of the beach highway, and you’ll find yourself in a charming countryside setting, adorned with rows of grape vines and home to one of Delaware’s oldest wineries, Nassau Valley. Take a self-guided tour, or settle in for a wine tasting before strolling

through the art gallery. Before heading home you’ll want to grab a bottle of Nassau’s “Adrift” Merlot, or maybe the “Indian River Red,” a vintner’s blend that’s aged in new French oak for 13 months.

Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields,
Milford Farmers' Market
Milford Farmers’ Market

Harvest Ridge Winery
Harvest Ridge Winery

Chip, Sip and Chew at Baywood Greens

Baywood Greens
Baywood Greens

Some come just for the golf, but so much more awaits visitors at Baywood Greens, a golf course setting so picturesque that it’s been called “Augusta of the North.” Repeatedly ranked No. 1 in the state by Golf Digest, the course is just one attraction at this close-to-the-beach destination, which also features a marina, pool and tennis courts. Wind up the day with a meal among friends at the Clubhouse at Baywood restaurant.

Check out Delaware’s Next Garden Hotspot

Still sprouting along the banks of Pepper Creek, the fledgling Delaware Botanic Gardens is Southern Delaware’s tribute to the vital impact of plants on the lives of people and their environment. Set on thirty-seven acres just south of Indian River Bay, the garden offers a year-round living habitat to the wildlife that have inhabited Coastal Delaware for thousands of years, and stands as a great example of the ecosystem that still thrives so close to the ocean.

See One Side of Old Agricultural Life

Explore the lovingly restored 1859 Governor Ross Mansion near Seaford, where Governor William H. H. Ross (1814-1887) lived just a short distance from the railroad he helped to establish. Inside, immaculate original plaster moldings, doors and shutters lend an authentic charm to this fully furnished home. Guided tours remind visitors of a time when Southern Delaware’s economy was lifted by Ross’s railroad line and its precious cargoes of Delaware grown tomatoes, strawberries and peaches heading for Philadelphia.

Get Close to Wildlife at DuPont Nature Center

DuPont Nature Center’s water-side attractions include guided tours and interactive exhibits designed to get visitors up-close-and-personal with the Delaware Bay’s natural history and ecology. Look around and see some of the 130-plus species of birds, fish, shellfish, and other animals in this beautiful estuary habitat. Inside the center, view nesting ospreys on the live osprey cam, or check out the live, interactive nature cam to see horseshoe crabs and shorebirds across the harbor. Don’t miss the aquariums, full of live horseshoe crabs, fish, shellfish and terrapins.

Try Your Luck at Harrington Casino & Raceway

Enjoy more than 1,800 slot machines, table games, simulcasting and sports betting options at Harrington Raceway & Casino. Try your luck, then grab a cocktail and a bite at one of the casino’s restaurants, which tempt with such treats as bone-in rib-eye and fork-tender filets, frequently accompanied by live entertainment. Visit in July and you’ll get to experience the sights and sounds of the Delaware State Fair.

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