There are so many amazing activities to do, history to learn and wildlife to experience here in the First State! Don’t let the “Winter Blues” keep you indoors. Get out and experience all Delaware has to offer. Here are five activities for your family’s “Winter Bucket List.” Check them off and create memories along the way.
Ice Skate at the Riverfront Rink
The quintessential winter activity, ice skating, is fun for all ages, any day of the week at the Riverfront Rink! The rink closes late February, so get there before the month ends. After skating, enjoy some of the over Riverfront attractions like the boardwalk and local restaurants. This is a special place in Wilmington, Delaware that feels more like a destination than an extension of the city. Before you go, be sure to check the Rink’s Facebook page to know the latest details on closings due to weather.
Visit the Snow Geese at Bombay Hook National Wildfife Refuge
Bombay Hook is among the most famous birding locations in the U.S. and it’s right here in our backyard in Smyrna, Delaware. Winter is one of the best times to visit and see the breathtaking sight of hundreds of thousands of snow geese on their migrating journey! The geese arrive in October and depart for the Arctic in February and March. Seasonal counts exceeding 200,000 have been recorded.
You can experience most of the park from the comfort of your car. Pack up the kids and some hot chocolate and be prepared for a unique adventure. When you arrive at the Refuge, stop into the visitor’s center to chat with the staff and check the Bird Sightings Log, which is updated by refuge visitors. You’ll get the insider knowledge on what to look for during your visit.
Drive through the refuge on the gravel trails, and pull over in the designated overlook areas to enjoy the view. There are several short walking trails (less than 20-minute walk) where you can walk to overlooks to get a closer view of the Snow Geese. These short trails are a unique experience. You simply follow the path/boardwalk through the woods towards the water. Eventually, you’ll hear the birds before you see them. You will be amazed at how many are there!
Experience a Show at the Delaware Children’s Theater
Sure to captivate your kids’ imagination (while also entertaining the chaperones!), the Delaware Children’s Theater has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over forty seasons. There are plenty of showtimes on the weekend, so the whole family can enjoy the experience together!
Tickets are fairly affordable, priced at $16 per child and $18 per adult. It is open seating in the theater, so it’s recommended to arrive early and have your children sit on the end seats in the row.
This experience is sure to make a theater-lover out of your kids. Not only do the actors often come up and down the aisles during the show, but they often offer a meet-and-greet after the show, where you can get autographs from the characters. It’s a truly interactive experience that will keep your children engaged.
See All the Cool, Big Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
This is one of Dover, Delaware’s best-kept secrets. No, really! During World War II, the local unit at the airfield was involved in secret rocket development. Now a museum, it’s a great place to learn more about the Air Force and the Dover Air Force Base history. Your children will be in awe of the 30+ aircrafts at the museum, and those ages 10 or older can fly any of the museum aircraft on the flight simulator! There are also several exhibits that share about the humanitarian efforts of the U.S. military over the years, and you’ll see more big, heavy, cool machinery.
The museum offers free admission and parking and includes weekend hours! This is a great indoor winter activity for the whole family.
Step Back into History on a Tour Rockwood Museum
Often ranked as one of the best house tours in the area, Rockwood Museum doesn’t disappoint. You may have visited Rockwood Park in the Summer for the Shakespeare Festival, but the Winter is a great time to see inside the mansion. The English country estate has been restored fully so you can explore what life was like for the Bringhurst family in the 19th Century, and the Gothic Revival architecture is stunning. This is not your average house tour, there are no ropes, so you’re free to see everything up close!
Ticket prices are affordable, at only $2 per child and $5 for adults for New Castle County Residents. Visit Wednesday – Sunday with the whole family.