Delaware Trip Ideas for All Occasions

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.

Winterthur Museum Garden & Library
Winterthur Museum Garden & Library. Courtesy of Visit Delaware.

Family Travel

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.

In Central Delaware, the fun frequently begins in and around Dover, but reaches all the way to the coast.

If you find yourself in the southern part of the state at Delaware’s beaches, the day’s even easier to fill.

Girl’s Getaway

Sometimes, the girls just have to get away—together. And what better place to get away together than the Delaware beaches.

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.

Couples Getaway

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.

Pet-Friendly Getaway

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.

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