Moving to a new place can be overwhelming to say the least. Between starting a new job, making new friends, and living in a new place, the last thing you need to worry about is finding things to do. That’s why we asked Sarah Willoughby, the Executive Director of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau to share four ways to make the most of your time in Delaware. You shouldn’t have to waste time searching for things to do — that’s why we’re doing it for you.
Most people don’t realize the rich history Delaware has. But whether you’re attending a trivia night or just want to be a history buff, it pays to know the history of this beautiful state. Here’s a few fun facts to keep in your pocket and cool places to visit along the way.
- In 1638 the Swedish ship Kalmar Nyckel landed on “The Rocks” of Christina River and the colony of New Sweden was founded where Wilmington now is.
- In 1682, New Castle was founded and today is a beautiful place to walk down cobblestone streets, tour historic structures, and enjoy Jessop’s Tavern — a barrel-making business that’s been there since 1724
- The du Pont Legacy stretches far and wide in Delaware. Take a tour through Eleutherian Mills, home of five generations of du Pont family members, or the Nemours Estate with it’s 77 bedrooms and French gardens.
Delaware’s history is rich. So the next time you’re wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon, consider reading in a garden, exploring historic buildings, or taking a stroll down the cobblestone roads. You won’t regret it.
Delaware — part of the renown Brandywine Valley — is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful art. In 1912, the Delaware Art Museum was founded. It houses illustrations of Wilmington native, Howard Pyle, and the largest collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art outside of the UK.
Or, enjoy the Brandywine River Museum and take a walk down the banks of the Brandywine River. This museum is renowned for its holdings of art from three generations of the Wyeth family.
So pour a glass of wine and wander through one of Delaware’s art museums. You never know what inspiration being around art will bring to your life.
Events + Activities
The art and history of Delaware are just the beginning. There’s dozens of fun events and activities to enjoy.
- Festivals – Delaware is home to dozens of fun outdoor festivals. From outdoor music festivals to the state fair and the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival — there’s something for everyone.
- State Park – Delaware has 17 different state parks. Take a weekend to go camping, hiking, fishing or swimming with family and friends and enjoy the scenic Delaware outdoors.
- Riverfront Rink – Delaware’s Riverfront Rink is a great place to go ice skating with the family. Don’t miss this seasonal favorite.
- Blue Rocks Baseball – The Blue Rocks Baseball team is a minor league baseball team that the Delaware community loves. This is the perfect weekend activity to do with a group of friends and enjoy a night at the ball game.
This list features just a few of our favorites, but the best part is that there’s always new events and activities to discover.
There’s very few things that make someone feel a sense of belonging in a community more than food. Food brings people together, so we compiled a list of some of our favorite Delaware restaurants.
- Bardea Food + Drink – satisfy your craving in this contemporary Italian bistro
- House of William and Merry – enjoy classic American food while dining in a remodeled, century-old farmhouse
- Banks Seafood Kitchen – take in the riverfront views at this chic seafood restaurant
- Farmer and the Cow – devour a gourmet burger in this hip, dark tavern
Whether you’re just looking for a good dinner spot or you’re a full-on foodie — Delaware’s food scene will not disappoint!
Delaware’s history, art, food, and culture are ready to welcome you home. But the best part is the friendly faces that will help along the way. We’re so happy to welcome you to our community. Let us know what you’ve tried from the list above and what you discover about Delaware on your own.
Know someone who is considering moving to Delaware? Share this list with them! We can’t wait to welcome them here, too.