Ideas for Family Summer Vacations in Delaware - Perhaps if you look at taking a trip somewhere off the beaten path, you’ll find that the cost of travel and related expenses is low enough that you can carve out the funds from somewhere and take that trip after all.  For example, perhaps you might consider a trip to Delaware.

(For example - Wilmington, DE)


North DelawareHagley Museum and Library - Located along the Brandywine River on the site of the first du Pont powder works, Hagley provides a unique glimpse into American life at home and at work in the nineteenth century. Set amid more than 230 acres of trees and flowering shrubs, Hagley offers a diversity of restorations, exhibits, and live demonstrations for visitors of all ages.

Location: Wilmington, Delaware



North DelawareDelaware Theatre Company - The Delaware Theatre Company is a cultural, educational and community-service organization whose purpose is to create theatre of the highest professional quality in Delaware and thereby enrich the cultural life of the area. Delaware Theatre Company is the Brandywine Valley's only resident professional theatre. The annual season of plays includes a mix of the classics as well as contemporary and new works for the stage and brings noted professional actors, directors, and designers to the region from New York and beyond.

Location: 200 Water Street Wilmington, DE 19801-5048 Tel: (302) 594-1104



North DelawareLittle Italy - In 1820, there were just thirty Italian immigrants in all of the United States. However, between 1880 and 1920, a wave of new immigration came to the United States from southern Italy, and many came to Delaware. They came to work as contract laborers on the railroad and to work to builders. By 1890, there were 459 Italian-born residents in Delaware, and their numbers grew by the close of the century.

Location: Union St./Lincoln St. between 4th/Pennsylvania Ave. Wilmington, DE 19805 Tel: 302-654-4993



North DelawareKalmar Nyckel Shipyard - Home of Delaware's Tall Ship Ambassador, Kalmar Nyckel, which is an authentic re-creation of the historic vessel that brought the first settlers to the Delaware Valley. The ship offers everyone the chance to share the historic significance of a voyage that had as its purpose not merely exploration, but colonization.

Location: 1124 East 7th Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Tel: 302-429-7447



North DelawareDelaware Museum of Natural History - The museum features dioramas, exhibits and special programs present nature from the wilds of Africa to the local area. Permanent exhibits include Delaware's only dinosaurs, a walk across the Great Barrier Reef, and a 500-pound clam. Interactive Discovery Room offers families new worlds to explore.

Location: 4840 Kennett Pike P.O. Box 3937 Wilmington, DE 19807-0937 Tel: 302 658 9111



North DelawareMineralogical Museum - The University of Delaware Mineral Museum has a systematic collection of minerals on permanent display. The permanent display is broken up by chemical associations of the minerals. The collection has 16 such associations. Also available are non-permanent displays addressing particular areas of interest. These displays change every few weeks.

Location: Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall, 255 Academy Street Newark, DE 19716 Tel: 302-831-6557



North DelawareNemours Mansion & Gardens - Set among the 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont, the mansion contains 102 rooms furnished with fine examples of antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art. The mansion and gardens are open for tours from May 1 to November 30 - Tues-Sat, 9A, 11A, 1P, and 3P; Sun., 11A, 1P, and 3P. Reservations recommended

Location: Route 141 (Powder Mill Drive) and Alapocas Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803 Tel: 1-800-651-6912



North DelawareDelaware Center for the Contemporary Arts - The DCCA at 35,000 square feet, is home to seven galleries, 26 artists' studios, gift shop, high-tech auditorium, and a classroom. On the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront, we present over thirty exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists.

Location: 200 South Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Tel: 302.656.6466



North DelawareDelaware 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. DCH’s two community program areas–Educational Programs and Greening Initiatives– focus on the greening of our urban environment and include educational programs for children, teens and adults, and community gardens, public landscaping, roadside beautification, tree programs, and community events.

Location: 1810 N DuPont Street, Wilmington DE 19806 Tel: 302 658 6262



North DelawareDelaware Art Museum - The Delaware Art Museum is dedicated to developing an 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.

Location: 2301 Kentmere Parkway Wilmington, DE 19806 Tel: 302-571-9590



North DelawareCandlelight Music Dinner Theatre - Located in historic Ardentown (30 minutes south of Philadelphia), The New Candlelight Theater combines fine dining with superb musical theatre entertainment. Join us soon for a truly wonderful Candlelight experience!

Location: 2208 Millers Road Ardentown, Delaware 19810



North DelawareBrandywine Zoo - The Brandywine Zoo is Delaware's only zoo. Located in Wilmington, the zoo sits on 180 acres of Brandywine Park across from the Brandywine River. The zoo itself covers 12 acres of land.

Location: 1001 North Park Drive Wilmington, DE 19802 302-571-7747



North DelawareGrand Opera House - The Grand is an 1,190-seat Victorian opera house which has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur and outfitted to serve Delaware as a performance facility. It features a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, loading lift and additional seating at floor level. The facility is able to accommodate full operas and major dance companies.

Location: 818 North Market Street Wilmington, DE 19801-3080 Tel: (302) 652-5577



North DelawareUniversity Gallery - The University Gallery is a collecting museum which houses over 6000 art objects and ethnographic artifacts spanning the ancient period through the present, thus providing an invaluable resource to students, faculty, visiting scholars, colleagues and institutions in the museum field, and the general community.

Location: University of Delaware



North DelawareWilmington & Western Railroad - Climb aboard the Wilmington and Western Railroad, Delaware's oldest steam tourist railroad, for fun and exciting adventures through the historic Red Clay Valley. Journey with Wilmington & Western for family fun, romantic evenings, holiday celebrations and 120 years of living railroading history.

Location: Greenbank Station 2201 Newport Gap Pike Wilmington, DE 19808 Tel: 302.998.1930



North DelawareWinterthur Museum, Garden & Library - A visit to the 60-acre naturalistic Winterthur Garden will immerse you in another time and place. Rediscover America's heritage through its unparalleled collections of antiques and Americana. Venture out over the fields and farmland to learn about the workings of a great American country estate. Youngsters (and the young-at-heart) will wonder at the magic of Winterthur's famous fairy-tale children's garden.  Researchers will find a wealth of resources awaiting them in the Winterthur Library.

Location: Winterthur, DE 19735 Tel: 800.448.3883



North DelawareDelaware History Museum - The Delaware History Museum, located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of everyday life, costumes, children's toys, regional decorative arts, and paintings.

Location: 504 Market Street Wilmington, Delaware Tel: (302) 656-0637



North DelawareChristina Cultural Arts Center - Christina Cultural Arts Center has been a major community based cultural organization in Wilmington, Delaware since 1945. Originally incorporated as a recreational community center to provide activities for immigrant Polish and Swedish working-class families. Christina became a United Way of Delaware agency in 1948. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, it became necessary to re-visit its mission.  In 1969, the mission was re-aligned to serve as a cultural arts center with an emphasis on preserving African American heritage.

Location: 705 N. MARKET ST. WILMINGTON, DE 19801 TEL. (302) 652-0101



North DelawareAshland Nature Center - Visitors 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.

Location: 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707-9393 Tel: 302-239-2334



North DelawareDelaware Toy & Miniature Museum - The Delaware Toy & Miniature Museum, a nonprofit organization founded by Gloria R. Hinkel and Beverly J. Thomes, is a historical reference of antique and contemporary dollhouses, miniatures and sample furniture, both European and American, from the 18th to 20th centuries. This collection of over 100 dollhouses and rooms, antiques as well as the newly crafted miniatures serves as a visual documented piece of history. A visitor not only sees the furniture and accessories of today but those enjoyed by our ancestors of yesterday.

Location: Route 141 Wilmington, Delaware 19807 Tel: 302-427-TOYS (8697)



North DelawareNew Castle Court House Museum - Located in the historic district of New Castle is the New Castle Court House Museum. Administered by Delaware State Museums, it is one of the oldest surviving courthouses in the United States and a registered National Historic Landmark Site. The original 1732 court was built over the remains of Delaware's first courthouse of 1689, with additions and modifications throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Location: 211 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 19720 - Tel: 302-323-4453



North DelawareRockwood Museum - Rockwood Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an excellent example of Rural Gothic architecture. Built from 1851-1857 for Joseph Shipley, the mansion was situated within 300 acres of woods. Today, the museum is maintained on 72 of the original acres and includes the mansion and porter's lodge, gardener's cottage, barn and other outbuildings.

Location: 610 Shipley Rd, Wilmington, Delaware Tel: 302-761-4340



North DelawareRiverfront Market - Stop at the Riverfront Market for something fresh. Stalls offer sandwiches, coffee, salads, chocolates, and other sweets to eat now, as well as meats, fish, and produce to take home. It's open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm.

Location: Market Street at the Christina River, Wilmington, Delaware Tel: 302-425-4454



North DelawareMike's Famous Roadside Rest - The Roadside Rest that made Mike's famous. A convenient stop between DC and NY on I-295 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Location: New Castle, Delaware



North DelawareRead House and Gardens - Located in the heart of Delaware's Colonial Capital on the Delaware River, three miles south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Read House and New Castle offer a walk through the past. 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).

Location: 42 The Strand, New Castle, Delaware Tel: 302-322-8411



North DelawareFrenchtown Railroad Ticket Office - A small ticket office that occupied several places before being placed near Battery Park in 1950. The railroad is pre-Civil War era and was pulled by the steam locomotive Delaware.


Location: Delaware Street-Northern Region, New Castle Route 40 Corridor, New Castle, DE 19720



North DelawareMuseum of the American Road - Harley-Davidson museum and dealership, next to Mikes Famous Roadside Restaurant.


Location: 2160 New Castle Avenue New Castle, DE 19720-2009 - Tel: 302-658-5300



North DelawareAmstel House- Dating from the 1730s, this house, once the home of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke, is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It was likely the most elegant house in town at the time of its construction. Today, it's furnished with antiques and decorative arts of the period.

Location: 2 East 4th Street, New Castle, Delaware 19720 Tel: 302-322-2794



North DelawareOld Dutch House- Reflects the 1651 founding of New Castle by the Dutch, who called it Fort Casimir. Built in the 17th century and furnished with colonial antiques.

Location: 32 East 3rd Street, New Castle, DE 19720 Tel: 302-322-9168




(For example - Dover, DE - Harrington, DE)


Central DelawareSchwartz Center for the Arts - The Schwartz Center for the Arts was constructed in 1904 and known as The Dover Opera House. George M. Schwartz expanded it into a movie theater in 1923 and tabbed it The Capital Theater. In 2004, a strategic alliance was formed to partner the resources of Wesley College, Delaware State University, The Grand Opera House and The Friends of the Capital Theater, to maximize usage and position the historic treasure as the premiere performing arts center south of Wilmington.

Location: 226 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19901 Tel:(302)-678-5152



Central DelawareMuseum of Small Town Life (Meeting House II) - The Museum of Small Town Life gives you the opportunity to experience just that. Housed in the former Presbyterian Sunday school, which was built in 1880, this museum sets its exhibits and vignettes to honor that era in time.


Location: Tel:(302) 739-3261



Central DelawareBiggs Museum of American Art - The Biggs Museum of American Art houses a personal collection that has been in the making for over half a century. A native of Middletown, Delaware and with strong family ties to the history of the State, Sewell C. Biggs has assembled an impressive collection that reveals his devotion to the arts of the Delaware Valley region. The paintings, furniture and silver represent some of the best Delaware and Philadelphia craftsmen in the colonial and federal periods.

Location: 406 Federal Street, Dover, Delaware Tel: 302-674-2111



Central DelawareHarrington Raceway - Home of the first pari-mutuel harness racing in Delaware. Opened in 1946 as Kent and Sussex Raceway. Harness racing five nights a week May-July and Sept.-Nov.


Location: 15 West Rider Road, Harrington, DE 19952, Tel: (302)-398-RACE



Central DelawareAir 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. Stand in the bomb bay of the B-17, gape at the gargantuan C-5 transport, examine the combat scars of the C-47 and more.

Location: Tel: (302) 677-5939



Central DelawareDelaware State Visitor Center - The Delaware State Visitor Center staff assists tourists, newcomers and Delawareans alike, by providing information on local and statewide attractions, events, and activities. Maps and printed materials are available as well as a History Store featuring a wide range of distinctive gifts and Delaware souvenirs.

Location: Tel:(302)739-4266



Central DelawareJohnson Victrola Museum - Recollections and displays of Eldridge Reeves Johnson's inventions and personal items. Exhibits include a 1920s Victrola dealer's store with talking machines, Victrolas and early records. Photographs and memorabilia of recording artists from the era are displayed. Victor Talking Machine Company recordings are played regularly on modern and antique equipment.




Central DelawareDelaware Archaeology Museum - The museum's exhibit encompasses 12,000 years worth of archaeological history in the State of Delaware. The exhibited artifacts range from projectile points commonly known as ""arrowheads"" or ""spear points,"" ceramics and other stone and bone tools to glass and personal objects used in Delaware during the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Location: Tel: (302) 739-3260



Central DelawareDelaware Agricultural Museum & Village - The Museum offers programs that will transport you to the 19th century...Costumed interpreters at living history events, workshops in 19th century arts and crafts, lectures on life in early Delaware and a host of fun things to do with the family!

Location: 866 North DuPont Highway Dover, Delaware 19901 Tel: 302-734-1618



Central DelawareDelaware State House - The Delaware State House was the first permanent capitol building in Dover, Delaware and is now part of Delaware State Museums. Begun in 1787 and completed by May 1792, this Georgian-style structure was home to all levels of government in the First State. Sitting on the historic Green in Dover, the State House has been witness to many important events that have occurred in Delaware history. The State House has been a center of attention for two centuries and continues to hold a special place in the eyes of Delawareans and visitors alike.

Location: Tel: (302) 739-4266



Central DelawareJohn Dickinson Plantation - Visitors of all ages may take part in a multitude of programs with visual aids, tours, and activities. Archaeology, history, politics and geography are subjects frequently addressed in these interpretations. A permanent exhibit on the life of John Dickinson and the history of the plantation and orientation videos are featured in the site's Visitor Center.

Location: Tel: (302) 739-3277



Central DelawareDover Downs - A huge entertainment venue that features horse racing, a hotel and restaurant, plus 2,000 slot machines ranging from a nickel to $50 per play.


Location: 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901 Tel: 302-674-4600



Central DelawareDover International Speedway - The venue for popular races like the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series, it is considered, by many, to be one of the best tracks in the U.S.


Location: 1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901, Tel: 302-674-4600



Central DelawareDelaware Governor's Mansion (Woodburn) - Woodburn" has served as the official home of Delaware's Governors since it was purchased by the state in 1965. Important today as the Executive residence of the Governor, it is equally important for its long line of notable previous residents. Gentlemen farmers, important landowners, an abolitionist, two U.S. Senators, two doctors, a dentist, a judge, and eight recent Delaware Governors have all left their imprints on this fine home.

Location: 151 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware Tel: 302-739-5656



Central DelawareDelaware Public Archives - Delaware Public Archives! One of the oldest state archives programs in the country, Delaware has the newest facility in the nation. Opened on January 8, 2001, the new building provides a spacious, comfortable setting to carry out research, attend workshops, or surf the net on one of the numerous internet-ready computers available for public use.

Location: 121 Duke of York Street, Dover, Delaware 19901 Tel: 302-744-5000



Central DelawareDelaware State Police Museum and Education Center - To enhance the quality of life for all Delaware citizens and visitors by providing professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services.


Location: 1425 North DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19903 Tel: 302-739-7700



Central DelawareSpence's Bazaar- A popular community bazaar, this enclosed auction and flea market features a variety of products including fresh produce from area farmers and great food from the Amish community. Open Tuesday and Friday from early morning until afternoon.

Location: 550 S. New Street, Dover, Delaware Tel: 302-734-3441



Central DelawareChrist Episcopal Church- Open on weekdays, this historic and beautiful church's cemetery contains a monument dedicated to Caesar Rodney who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


Location: 501 S State St, Dover, DE 19901



Central DelawareCape Henlopen State Park - Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Umbrellas can be rented during the summer. The northern swimming area also features a modern bath house with showers, changing rooms, and a food concession.

Location: 42 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, Delaware 19958 Tel: 302-645-6852



Central DelawareLewes Historical Society - The Lewes Historical Society began in 1961 as local residents identified a need to preserve Lewes' architectural heritage and for an organization to act as a steward for Lewes' past - a history that stretches back to humble Dutch origins in 1631. The Society has been recognized as one of Delaware's greatest assets and has been honored for our efforts by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and by the American Association for State & Local History. The Society celebrates the heritage of Lewes -- "The First Town in The First State!"

Location: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware 19958 Tel: 302-645-7670



Central DelawareNassau Valley Vineyards- Nassau Valley Vineyards is the first winery in the First State. Nassau Valley hosts parties, weddings and concerts, and is a popular destination for visitors to the Delaware beaches Nassau Valley Vineyards is also home to five galleries which hold an ever-changing array of work by local artists, as well as a display that chronicles the 8,000-year history of winemaking.

Location: 36 Nassau Commons, Lewes, Delaware 19958 Tel: 302-645-9463



Central DelawareKillens Pond Water Park- Located at Killens Pond State Park, Killens Pond Water Park is a summer fun experience for the whole family. Gently sloping from ground level, the innovatively-designed pool's zero-depth entrance provides easy access to the water. Three lap lanes give serious swimmers more than enough room to find their stroke. From the Mushroom Fountain to the adventure-filled Floating Lily Pad Fun Walk, the pool's exciting interactive water features give visitors of all ages plenty of reasons to head for the park.

Location: 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton, Delaware 19943 Tel: 302.284.4526




(For example - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Millsboro, DE)


South DelawareIndian River Life-Saving Station - Visit one of the oldest United States Life Saving Stations still standing in the United States. Step back in time and see the significant role the Life Saving Service played in our maritime history. Personalized and narrative tours and special programs available. Film depicting the Life Saving Service and their heroic deeds shown in our theater room.

Location: 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tel: 302-227-6991



South DelawareMidway Speedway & Water Park - Great family racing on go-kart tracks. Family activity pool, tropical-themed deck and water slides.


Location: Route 1 North · Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tel: 302-644-2042



South DelawareNanticoke Indian Museum - Stone artifacts, carvings and pottery, traditional clothing and much more offer a glimpse into the ancient way of life which the Nanticoke people followed for countless centuries. The museum library houses a large collection of Native American books, photographs and video presentations, and the gift shop has something for everyone.

Location: R.D. 4 Box 107A, Millsboro, DE. 19966 Tel: (302) 945-3400



South DelawareNutter D. Marvel Carriage Museum - Collection of historic buildings and horse-drawn carriages, along with photos, newspaper clippings, books and other memorabilia about Georgetown. Buildings include barrel roof barns, a 100-year-old church, a one-room schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, railroad freight buildings, a dining room with kitchen, storage buildings and an office.

Location: Tel: (302) 855-9660



South DelawareDelaware International Speedway - Stock car racing heats up with modified, late models, street modified and dwarf cars.


Location: Tel: 302-875-1911



South DelawareTreasures of the Sea Exhibit - Artifacts from the Spanish shipwreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, including cannons, gold and silver bars and coins, jewelry, muskets and religious objects. Gift shop and video on shipwreck, which occurred in 1622 in the Florida Straits.


Location: Georgetown, Delaware 19947 Tel: 302-856-5700



South DelawareZwaanendael Museum - The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the first European settlement in Delaware. Exhibits tell stories of the 1631 Dutch settlement, 1798 wreck of the HMB De Braak, 1813 bombardment of Lewes by the British, and the ever-changing Atlantic Coastline.

Location: Tel: (302) 645-1148



South DelawareDiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum - Discoveries from the Sea Shipwreck Museum was founded with the goal of recovering and preserving our maritime heritage. The shipwreck museum opened in July of 1995 and is the product of more than 17 years of research and hard work. DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is a continuing exhibit which expands and diversifies with the acquisitions of new artifacts as they are recovered.

Location: 708 Ocean Highway Fenwick Island, Delaware 19944 Tel: (302) 539-9366



South DelawareCarriage Place Clydesdale Farm - Visitors to the Carriage Place Clydesdale Farm can enjoy a tour of the barn, view the carriage room, pet horses and visit the gift shop. Carriage, wagon or trolley rides available for additional fee.





South DelawareJungle Jim's Adventure World - Jungle Jim's Adventure World is Rehoboth Beach's largest amusement park, offering family fun for everyone. Jungle Jim's has a variety of rides for all ages. From go-karts, to rock climbing, to mini-golf - Jungle Jim's has it all. Come ride the shore's longest Go-Kart track, The Safari 3000, or cool off on the areas tallest waterslide.

Location: 8 Country Club Rd. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tel: 302-227-8444



South Delaware Rehoboth Beach - Hundreds of stores, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, a boardwalk and a gorgeous ocean view await visitors to downtown Rehoboth Beach. Visit wonderful boutique shops, awesome gourmet restaurants plus casual eateries, with beach favorites like taffy, funnel cakes, custard and goodies galore. There's something for everyone year round.

Location: Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Tel: 302-227-2772