6 Best Things To Do in Delaware
Everybody knows that you can do anything in New York City. The city has it all, there is no doubt about it. But few knew that Delaware is also action-packed. It may not be very large, but this underrated state has something for everybody. In Delaware, you can experience the elegance of the states' historic estates, reawaken your soul with the scent of the ocean or unwind in peaceful wildlife parks.
No matter what your interests are, you can easily find something fun to do in Delaware. Here are some of the best things you can do:
For over fifty years, Funland has been entertaining and delighting guests with its seashore location and fun activities for the whole family. With over twenty rides ranging from the classic carousel to the thrilling Superflip360, Funland has something for everyone. The midway is packed with games like skeepball, and you'll also find the duck pond where visitors can win prizes for showing off their skills. Funland's arcade features game machines that will fill a guest's arms with tickets to be exchanged for more prizes. Funland's opening and closing hours change based on the season and weather but can be found on their website. Entry to Funland is free, but tickets must be purchased to enjoy the rides and games.
2. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is unusual as a museum because it was built as a showcase for his collections of priceless antiques and art but also as a place to use and to entertain family and friends. The 175 rooms were designed to be as historically accurate as possible, with antique furniture, needlework, textiles, silver, glass, paintings, prints, and ceramics appropriate to specific periods. With nearly 90,000 objects to choose from, curators can not only furnish the rooms authentically, but mount special exhibits in the galleries to follow themes such as artistic mediums, techniques, and decorative styles and influences. Because of the house's size, no tour covers more than small sections so you will need to return several times to see everything. Surrounding the house is a 1,000-acre park, where du Pont indulged another passion - plants. Here, he created a botanical garden of plants and trees from all over the world, planning their arrangement with a mind to colors and blooming season, so that the garden would be beautiful from late winter through late fall. Fern-bounded woodland paths lead to grand vistas of lawns and flower beds, and to the Enchanted Woods, a three-acre children's garden, where kids can step into the world of woods fairies.
3. Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park offers countless opportunities for recreation and fun within its bounds. Visitors can spend their day enjoying the sunshine on one of its two sandy beaches, where lifeguards are posted daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Those looking to spend their day away from the water will find miles of hiking and biking trails, including a three-mile trail around the perimeter of the park where hikers can take a walk through history with the help of some informational placards along the way. Those with a more competitive spirit will enjoy the park's basketball courts, or the 18-hole disc golf course.
4. Fenwick Island State Park
The three miles of barrier island that make up Fenwick Island State Park are full of beaches, sun, and fun for everyone who steps foot within its bounds. Located right in between Assawoman Bay and the Atlantic Ocean just a short drive from Bethany Beach and Ocean City, Fenwick Island is a haven for swimmers and sunbathers, with lifeguards on duty from 9am until 5pm during the summer months and a bathhouse with showers and changing rooms as well as a small shop and a concession stand for snack food. Fenwick Island State Park is one of only a few beaches in the state that has an area specifically designated for surfing, and it also has three dune crossings for surf fishing for those with a vehicle permit.
5. Lums Pond State Park
Lums Pond is the largest freshwater pond in the state of Delaware, which makes Lums Pond State Park one of the best destinations in the region for camping, fishing, and hiking. With boat rentals, hiking trails, and the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course, visitors will find their stay at Lums Pond State Park packed with activities that suit all ages and interests. Picnic areas and pavilions are located throughout the park and are available for reservation for large groups. Over ten miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders wind their way through the park, and during the summer season, visitors can attend educational nature programs. The park is open daily from 8am until sunset.
6. Grand Opera House
The Grand Opera House in Wilmington is a restored 1871 Victorian theater with a cast-iron façade. Over the years, the Grand has hosted Victorian melodramas, burlesque, vaudeville, variety shows, musical recitals, symphonies, and operas. This gem of a performing house seats 1,140 people comfortably with excellent sightlines. The Grand is the hot spot for culture and performances in town, with over 75 shows a year. Classical concerts and dance are the focus of today; the Grand Opera House is home to the Delaware Symphony, Opera Delaware, and First State Ballet Theatre.