Fun Activities

No matter where you live in Delaware, you can always find something fun to do. Whether you like hiking, biking, or visiting a museum, Delaware offers a wide variety of fun activities.

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Physical activity and exercise are not just confined to the gym. You can find ways to get fit and get healthy no matter where you are. Here are a few tips to kick up your physical activity levels while exploring all that Delaware has to offer:

  • Walk around! A pedometer is a cheap and easy way to keep track of your steps.
  • Take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day.

 


 

Is it time you discovered a new trail?

 

Then search below for your nearest American Heart Association My Heart My Life™ Walking Path. They’re great to use when it’s time for a walk. And, when you travel, find the local Start! Paths to take and keep on your route to healthy living. You may be surprised where some of them turn up! Remember – new routes are being added all the time, thanks to active users like you!

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Wilmington/Newark

Places of Interest

 

Wilmington Riverfront Riverwalk - Along this 1.3-mile riverfront path, walkers can enjoy extensive native plants with more than 5,000 trees and shrubs, 36,000 grasses, perennials and annuals, and 27,600 wetland plants.

Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park - Located along the Wilmington Riverwalk, the park hosts concerts and festivals.
Dravo Plaza- Years ago, Dravo Plaza was the center of activity in town as the site of one of the busiest shipyards during World War II. Today it is a gathering place for summer concerts, road races, and other functions.

Brandywine Zoo - Covers almost 13 acres of land and houses 150 animals. Admission is free from December to February.

The George Read II House and Gardens - Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Read House exhibits the height of Federal grandeur. This 22 room, 14,000 square-foot, mansion was the largest house in Delaware when built, and cost George Read Jr. nearly $12,000 to complete (approximately $2.5 million today).

The Nemours Mansion and Gardens - Built from 1909 to 1910, the mansion is a fine example of a French chateau in the style of Louis XVIth. Containing 102 rooms, the estate looms over the surrounding formal gardens and is furnished with fine antiques, famous works of art, beautiful tapestries, and other treasures. The grounds surrounding the mansion extend for one third of a mile along the main vista from the house, and are among the finest examples of French-style gardens in the United States.

 

Cultural Events

The Arts in Delaware website is maintained by the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. Includes links to arts and cultural organizations, as well as an arts calendar of events.

Delaware Humanities Forum fulfills its mission by sponsoring humanities programs and activities and by providing financial and other support to non-profit groups so that they can sponsor their own humanities programs for Delaware audiences. Web site includes calendar of events.

Christina Cultural Arts Center is a premier community school of the arts. Its mission is to bring professional arts training and education to a broad spectrum of the community with an emphasis on serving low-income families. It includes instruction in dance, literary, and visual arts.

Mid-Atlantic Ballet - The mission of Mid-Atlantic Ballet is to provide quality ballet training, dance education, and performances to Delaware and neighboring communities.

 

Museums

 

Brandywine Museum- Exhibiting American art in a 19th-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.

Delaware Art Museum- The Delaware Art Museum is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and their impact on culture and to enriching lives by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the visual arts for a diverse audience.

Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts- Delaware’s only professional contemporary arts organization. Features seven galleries, education programs, artist services, auditorium, café, and gift shop.

Delaware Museum of Natural History - The Museum exists to excite and inform people about the natural world. The Museum’s core purpose is to help develop a caring society that respects and values our planet.

Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame- As part of its celebration of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Delaware’s American Revolution Bicentennial Commission formed the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. With University of Delaware football coach “Tubby” Raymond at the helm and Al Cartwright as chair of the Hall of Fame subcommittee, the organization welcomed its first set of inductees in April 1976.

Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum- A nonprofit organization founded by Gloria R. Hinkel and Beverly J. Thomes, is a historical reference of antique and contemporary dollhouses, miniatures dolls, toys, trains, boats, and planes, both European and American, from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Hagley Museum and Library- Site of the birthplace of the DuPont Company, this destination features an outdoor museum and a specialized research library. The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society sponsors conferences, public lectures, and seminars.

Historical Society of Delaware- The Historical Society of Delaware, founded in 1864, is private, non-profit, educational organization operated for the benefit of the public. Its mission is to provide and encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of history, particularly the history of the State of Delaware.

Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard- Today the Kalmar Nyckel serves as Delaware’s sea-going Ambassador of Good Will. A focal point for tourism and historical education, she is a fully functional sail training vessel and has represented Delaware at festivals from Virginia to New York.

Winterthur- This American country estate is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. Features collection of antiques, a library, a 60-acre garden, and hands-on learning for children.

University Gallery- Like other college and university museums nationwide, the University Gallery represents the academic institution’s respect for the historical traditions of diverse groups and the aesthetic innovations of the arts throughout the state, region, nation, and world. The Gallery serves as a symbol of cultural continuity, which promotes scholarship, education, experimentation, and public service on behalf of the University community and the citizenry of the state.

University Mineralogical Museum- The collection of the late Irene DuPont forms the core of the University Mineralogical Museum. Guided and self-guided tours available.

Parks and Trails


 

Rails to Trails- Walking, biking, skating paths by state

Delaware Greenways- Check the Greenways web site for a directory of greenways ideal for hiking and bicycling. Greenways are linear corridors of open space that can be used for either conservation or recreation. The greenway trail provides a safe and enjoyable place to hike and bike.

Delaware State Parks- Includes directory of parks, including recreational activities available at each, as well as a calendar of events search engine.

New Castle County Parks- Features a sampling of county and municipal parks run by Newark, Wilmington, New Castle County and the state of Delaware.

Rockwood Mansion Park- Part of the New Castle County Park System, this destination offers 72 acres of park land including paved trails, picnic tables, pavilions, a gazebo, a Victorian museum and café. Garden tours available for a fee.

New Castle County Parks- Features a sampling of county and municipal parks run by Newark, Wilmington, New Castle County and the state of Delaware.

Nature Centers and Wildlife Refuges

 

Ashland Nature Center- At Ashland Nature Center near Hockessin in New Castle County, you can explore four self-guiding nature trails on 200 acres of meadow, marsh, pond and forest. A native plant garden showcases a variety of plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife. Inside, visitors will find exhibits focusing on habitats and a children’s discovery corner, and murals depicting changes in the landscape during the past four centuries.

Delaware Nature Society- Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society, a private, non-profit membership organization, fosters understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural world through education; preserves ecologically significant areas; and advocates stewardship and conservation of natural resources. Web site includes listing of programs offered, as well as a calendar of events.

Gardens

 

Delaware Center for Horticulture - The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) is a non-profit horticultural resource organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of gardening, horticulture and conservation. Web site features a calendar of events, including fairs, educational workshops, garden visits, and children’s activities.

Gibraltar Gardens - The gardens are open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for self-guided tours. Guided tours for garden clubs, school groups, and other organizations are available by special arrangement. $5.00 fee for tours.

Winterthur Gardens - Winterthur is the estate of Henry Francis DuPont and home to the Winterthur Museum. Explore the 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens, including the Enchanted Woods for children, and learn the history of this beautiful Delaware garden.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens - The Mansion and Gardens, former home to Alfred I. DuPont, are open from May through December. It is recommended that reservations are made for the estate tour.

Longwood Gardens - Located just over the Pennsylvania state line, Longwood Gardens houses over 1000 acres of beautiful gardens. Visitors can stroll through both the greenhouse and the outdoor gardens, as well as seeing the Fireworks and Fountains shows during the summer.

 


Dover

Places of Interest


 

Parson Thorne Mansion- The Parson Thorne Mansion, built between 1730 and 1735, was once home to Milford’s founder, Parson Sydenham Thorne, and also to John M. Clayton, noted Delaware statesman. The brick home is unusual, having undergone a transformation in architecture from Colonial, to Georgian, to Victorian during its history. Period antiques and reproductions reflect the changing styles, as the home remained a focal point of Milford.

 

Cultural Events


 

The Arts in Delaware - The Delaware Division of the Arts maintains the Arts in Delaware web site, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. Includes links to arts and cultural organizations, as well as an arts calendar of events.

Delaware Humanities Forum - The Forum fulfills its mission by sponsoring humanities programs and activities and by providing financial and other support to non-profit groups so that they can sponsor their own humanities programs for Delaware audiences. Web site includes calendar of events.

Kent County Theatre Guild Community - The theater group presents 5 shows each season. Welcomes those interested in participating or learning about theatrical presentation.

 

Museums

 

Air Mobility Command Museum- The Air Mobility Command Museum, located in Hangar 1301 on Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, houses some of the most unique and distinguished military flying machines of the past 50+ years.

Bowers Beach Maritime Museum- Oyster and fishing industries of the past are highlighted in this small museum, as well as a collection of maritime curiosities from the Delaware River and Bay.

Biggs Museum- The Biggs Museum of American Art houses a personal collection that has been in the making for over half a century. The paintings span two hundred years and survey major periods in American art, from colonial portraiture to twentieth-century Impressionism. The furniture and silver represent some of the best Delaware and Philadelphia craftsmen in the colonial and federal periods.

Delaware Archaeology Museum- The Delaware Archaeology Museum features local archaeological discoveries, showcasing artifacts, paintings, and photographs covering prehistoric and historic time periods. Artifacts are on display from the Island Field site, a Native American burial site near South Bowers Beach, which was once open as a museum itself but is now closed to the public. Other exhibits in the Archaeology Museum describe the lives of early colonial settlers in Delaware.

Delaware State Police Museum- Visitors to this new museum will be able to see uniforms, firearms, a 1946 Ford patrol car, two antique Harley Davidson motorcycles, a crime scene where visitors look for clues, and a 911 emergency call center. The exhibits explore changes in crime-fighting techniques and technology of the Delaware State Police from 1926 to the present.

Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village- The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation of Delaware and Delmarva’s rural heritage. The artifacts convey the story of technological growth and change in Delaware and Delmarva’s agricultural industries and farm home life through permanent and temporary exhibitions.

 

Parks and Trails

Rails to Trails - Walking, biking, skating paths by state

Delaware Greenways - Check the Greenways web site for a directory of greenways ideal for hiking and bicycling. Greenways are linear corridors of open space that can be used for either conservation or recreation. The greenway trail provides a safe and enjoyable place to hike and bike.

Delaware State Parks - Includes directory of parks, including recreational activities available at each, as well as a calendar of events search engine.

Kent County Parks - Features a sampling of county and municipal parks run by Dover and Kent County.

 

Nature Centers and Wildlife Refuges


 

Delaware Nature Society - Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society, a private, non-profit membership organization, fosters understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural world through education; preserves ecologically significant areas; and advocates stewardship and conservation of natural resources. Web site includes listing of programs offered, as well as a calendar of events.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge - Prime Hook NWR is located 22 miles southeast of Dover, Delaware, near the western shore of Delaware Bay. The refuge was established to conserve an important segment of the Delaware Bay marshes, to protect migrating and wintering waterfowl habitat. The refuge is considered to have one of the best existing wetland habitat areas along the Atlantic Coast. Recreational activities include boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing.

St. Jones Estuarine Research Reserve - Central Delaware’s natural wonders are on display at the St. Jones Estuarine Research Reserve, a state-of-the-art environmental research center on the St. Jones River south of Dover. A new educational center on-site offers hands-on nature programs, children’s programs, nature trails, canoe trips and educational boat trips for the public year-round to allow visitors to learn about the tidal St. Jones River. A boardwalk trail winds through the marshes and forests along the river behind the center.