Delaware Travel Guide
Delaware is home to some of the finest beaches along the Atlantic coast. Spreading over a mere 2,489 square miles of land, Delaware is the second smallest and one of the most densely populated states in America. Read our guides to get more information about visiting this state.
First, a little history…
In 1962 Delaware was organized into three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. Most industries and populations are concentrated in the northern part of the state, around Wilmington. Before Europeans settled Delaware, the area was home to different Native American tribes, including Lenni Lenape, Susquehanna, and Nanticoke. On December 7, 1787, the State of Delaware came to be known as “The First State” as it was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution that had just been enacted.
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Situated in Wilmington, Nemours Estate was built in the early 20th century by Alfred du Pont as a gift for his wife, Alicia. This beautiful mansion has 77 rooms complemented by 200 acres of lawns, meadows, and woodlands. It also has the most extensive formal French gardens in North America. In addition, be sure to visit the beautiful Reflecting Pool on the property and the Chauffeur’s Garage, which holds a collection of vintage automobiles.
Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Originally built by Henry Francis du Pont as a showcase for his antiques and art collections and a place to entertain family and friends, Winterthur is now considered America’s finest museum of decorative arts.
This 175-room building features antique furniture, needlework, textiles, silver, glass, paintings, prints, and ceramics from different periods. Unfortunately, the museum is so big that a single tour can only cover a small section, and you will have to return multiple times to see everything.
Air Mobility Command Museum
Boasting an incredible collection of vintage planes from 1941, Air Mobility Command Museum is the perfect place for all aviation buffs. Take a tour of the lot out front and wander through the hangar to get a glimpse into the history of the Dover Air Force Base.
Here you will see over 30 different aircraft on display. Some of the largest among the collection include the C-141B Starlifter, C133 Cargomaster, C130 Hercules, and C-124 Globemaster. In addition, explore the plane’s interiors and get a feel for what these planes must have been like to fly.
Brandywine Creek State Park
Spreading over 933 acres of land, the Brandywine Creek State Park protects different species of birds and wildlife and is home to the famous Brandywine Zoo. Visitors love to fish at Brandywine creek, where you can find a wide variety of species, including bluegill, smallmouth bass, and crappie, so be sure to bring your fishing rod with you. Some other popular activities include canoeing, kayaking, and tubing.
Grand Opera House
A hot spot for culture and performances in town, the Grand Opera House is a restored Victorian theater that can seat over 1,100 people comfortably. Over the years, the theater has hosted various events and shows, including Victorian melodramas, vaudeville, variety shows, musical recitals, symphonies, and operas. It is now home to the Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, and First State Ballet Theatre and hosts around 75 events yearly.
Other notable places:
Delaware Old State House
The Nanticoke Indian Museum
John Dickinson Plantation
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Hagley Museum and Library
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