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Top spots for hard-to-find school supplies

There are school supplies, and then there are too-cool-for-school supplies. We’ve scoured the state for the stores where mom and dad can find unique school supplies – that nifty backpack, the perfect art set. 

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach

And remember, because there’s no sales tax, Delaware’s also the go-to place for higher-ticket electronic devices. Consumers from other states routinely save hundreds of dollars on laptops and tablets at the Apple and Microsoft stores at Christiana Mall, and at the Sony store at Tanger Outlets near Rehoboth Beach.

Tax-free shopping also means big savings on the more routine school supplies at such popular big-box stores as Staples, Office Depot, Target, Best Buy and many more.

Becker’s School Supplies
4345 Kirkwood Highway (Kirkwood Plaza)
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 993-1403 

The Classroom Corner
208 Main St.
Millsboro, DE 19966-8411
(302) 934-1172

Finley’s Art Shoppe
2311 Ogletown Road
Newark DE 19711
(302) 731-8384 

Jerry’s Artarama
704 N. Market St.
Wilmington DE 19801
(302) 268-1239

Learning Express Toys
4239 Concord Pike
Talleyville, DE 19803-1403
(302) 478-7970

University of Delaware Bookstore
83 East Main St. Newark, DE 19717
(302) 831-2637

 

posted on: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 10:41 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 11 to July 13, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Hamlet at Rockwood Park
July 11 – 27, 2014
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Come enjoy this Shakespeare classic outdoors at Rockwood Park. Set out a blanket, bring a picnic basket and watch as the drama of Hamlet unfolds.

Nanticoke Riverfest
July 11 – 12, 2014
Friday 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Nanticoke Riverfest is a community festival that celebrates the Nanticoke River and features live entertainment, craft and food vendors, children's activities, art showcase. River-orientated activities include an hour long inner tube "Float In" plus, canoe and kayak races.

Jam out with “Lower Case Blues” at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Friday, July 11, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Blues is a genre which has been evolving and expanding since the early 1900′s... lower case blues plays a modern, energetic style blues while still remaining true to its roots. Come jam out at the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach.

Annual Sandcastle Contest at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Come and be a part of the sandcastle building tradition that’s been happening at Delaware Seashore State Park for over 30 years! Amateurs and experienced builders are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded in two categories.

P.O.W. Weekend at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Check ferry schedule for times
On these special themed weekends, visiting living history groups partner with our interpretive staff making for a memorable visitor experience. July's theme is African Americans and the Civil War.

Boating through history at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
Trap Pond became one of Delaware’s first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Cost: $6 adult, $3 child.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Train departs 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a leisurely 1.5 hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, July 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The 3rd annual Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival features craft beers and wines for tasting, craft vendors, and food selections from area restaurants. With live music, a reptile show, face-painting for the kids, and great food and drink, this event has something for everyone. Admission: Adults 21 and over: $35.00; Designated Drivers and 12-21: $10.00; Under 12: FREE!

“Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” performance at Freeman Stage
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” at the Freeman Stage in southern Delaware – only 30 minutes from the Delaware beaches.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday. July 13, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Kids Disc Golf Event at Bellevue State Park
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Join the Delaware Disc Golfers and the Friends of Bellevue State Park for a fun and educational intro to disc golf. We will teach you the basics and try out a short kid-friendly course at Bellevue. Borrow our equipment or bring your own.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, July 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 3:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 4 to July 6, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Searching for 4th of July celebrations and fireworks information? We've compiled a list of displays happening around Delaware. 

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.

The Inlet Bridge: A Hike Through History at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 1:30 p.m.
Hike across the Charles W. Cullen Bridge and learn about how the inlet impacted the history of Delaware’s coast and how natural forces and human activity shaped it into what it is today. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park - South Inlet Bathhouse. FREE.

Evening Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress Tree. The tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Unless otherwise stated trips will be on a first-come, first served basis. Meet at the Boathouse.

First Saturdays in the First State - Dover
Saturday, July 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore a variety of special programs and events developed at each historic site for the first Saturday of each month in Dover. Themed exhibits will be open throughout at First State Heritage Park including the John Bell House, Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Welcome Center.

Kayaking “Station Cove”
Friday – Sunday
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along the way, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Participants will receive basic kayaking instruction and all equipment. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person.

Pirate sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, July 5, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kalmar Nyckel will be in her home port of Wilmington for the July 4th holiday on the Wilmington Riverfront! 1 ½ hour day and pirate sails will depart from Dravo Plaza till July 5th. Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 17 & under. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on their website or by calling 302-429-7447.

Herons and History Walk at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a birding walk to one of the largest locations for heron spottings north of Florida. Along the way learn about Pea Patch Island's history as well. Binoculars and insect repellent recommended.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, July 5, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$5
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Annual Town Bonfire – Fenwick Island
Saturday, July 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Bring the family out for music, games and much more at the annual town bonfire in Fenwick Island - located at Dagsboro Street. Set out your beach chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of a fun-filled night. For more information, call 302-539-3011.

Sandcastle-Building Demonstration at Fenwick Island State Park
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Before the sandcastle contest on July 12th, learn some handy tips and sharpen your sandcastle construction skills with expert sand sculptor, Darrell O-Connor. Please bring your own shovels and buckets! Ages 6 and up - FREE.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday. July 6, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
Sunday, July 6, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Don't miss these exciting days filled with old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Ride in the 1/8-size steam trains and antique autos, see the world's largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, sample free popcorn from a steam-powered popper, and enjoy family fun for all ages. The ticket prices vary depending upon the type of package, for more information call 302-239-2385.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, July 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 4:02 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Fourth of July in Delaware – Travel ideas and tips 2014

From fireworks on the beach to family BBQs in a scenic Delaware State Park, plan to spend July 4th in Delaware - the First State! Scroll through the roundup of firework displays throughout the state or visit the Delaware Tourism event calendar to find out what's happening over the weekend. Read below for travel ideas, tips and resources for visiting Delaware.

Flag on the beach Delaware Search our site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews.

Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions, hotels and beach vacation rentals.

Planning a July 4th BBQ? Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman and be the envy at your crab feast! Then, find the perfect dining spot for enjoying steamed crabs in Delaware. Or serve up some local flavor by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Take a break from the beach and discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail - a collection of more than 60 activities ranging from hiking, biking to kayaking. Feeling extra adventurous? Try the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure and Zip Line at Lums Pond State Park.

Bethany Beach DelawareDelaware Beach area tips:

Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do, places to eat and where to stay in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. 

The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Join their 50th anniversary celebration by taking a sail! Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended. The ferry offers a Fireworks Cruise on July 3rd.

Searching for beach travel tips? We've compiled a helpful list for travelers including alternate routes during the I-495 bridge closure. We also suggest downloading the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map on their main website

The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running till Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights. 

Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc. If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Most importantly, have tons of fun!! Share your travel photos with us on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 11:19 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate July 4th in Delaware - 2014

Come celebrate July 4th in the First State. Here is a list of fireworks displays in Delaware for 2014!

Cape Henlopen State Park 50th Anniversary Fireworks Display
June 29, 2014
9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Catch an extra fireworks display as Cape Henlopen and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry celebrate their 50th anniversary. The fireworks will be launched from the fishing pier. 

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Special Fireworks Cruise

July 5, 2014
 - Originally scheduled for July 3 but, postponed due to weather conditions
Spectacular fireworks will illuminate the skies above the Delaware Bay. Cruise departs Lewes at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-643-3779. Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy drinks on the deck with live entertainment.

Bethany Beach FireworksBethany Beach Fourth of July Fireworks
July 5, 2014
 - Rescheduled due to weather conditions

The annual parade has been cancelled and the fireworks have been rescheduled for July 5, 2014. The Warrior Spirit Band will still perform on July 4, 2014 at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.

Dewey Beach Fireworks on the Bay
July 4, 2014
Begins at dusk
Enjoy a festive fireworks display in Dewey Beach! The fireworks will be set off from a barge in the Rehoboth Bay and are visible from any bar or restaurant along the bayside in Dewey including the Rusty Rudder, Lighthouse, Que Pasa, North Beach, etc. Arrive early and get a good spot on their decks. Reservations are not available. Sponsored by participating Highway One bars and restaurants. Fireworks are rain or shine. Call 302-227-3888 for more details.

Dover 4th of July – A celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State

July 4, 2014 (Any changes to their schedule will be announced on their Facebook page)
Tours, events, food, music & more take place in historic Dover on July 4th, including an outdoor concert packed with patriotic tunes on Legislative Mall. Fireworks blast off above Legislative Hall at about 9:25 p.m.

Fireworks Express - Wilmington and Western Railroad
Park at the Greenbank Station and the steam locomotive train will take you directly into Hockessin for the July 4th Fireworks - it's a fun, family event at an affordable price. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard. Allow four hours for the train ride and fireworks show. Reservations are required for this event.

Newark – Fourth of July Fireworks and Liberty Day

July 4, 2014
Food, music and fireworks are part of the annual Liberty Day Celebration that takes places on the southern part of Newark and the University of Delaware campus from 6-9 p.m. July 4th. The fireworks blast off at the University of Delaware's David M. Nelson Athletic Complex on South College Avenue at Del. 896, but they can be viewed from various points throughout the area. Call 302-366-7147 for weather updates.

Rehoboth Beach FireworksRehoboth Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2014

Enjoy a breathtaking Fireworks display along the beach and iconic boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Wilmington 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2014

Celebrate July 4th on the Wilmington Riverfront with live entertainment, family activities, fireworks and much more.

Cancelled due to weather conditions - Lewes’ Old Fashioned 4th of July – Special event but, no fireworks

July 4, 2014

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., enjoy Old-fashioned children's games and activities on Second Street, a decorated boat parade on the canal at 2:00 p.m. and the Annual Doo-Dah Parade. This is a special event but, will not have fireworks.

Annual Town Bonfire - Fenwick Island (Special event but, no fireworks)
July 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Bring the family out for music, games and much more at the annual town bonfire in Fenwick Island - located at Dagsboro Street. Set out your beach chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of a fun-filled night. For more information, call 302-539-3011. Please note this event will not have fireworks.

Travel tips and resources:

Search through hotel listings, traveler reviews and book online with the Travelocity booking engine.

Celebrate the First State's rich heritage and embark on a historic adventure while traveling the Delaware History Trail!

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Get Delaware beach travel tips and ideas for things to do.

Save while planning your vacation with Delaware deals.

 

posted on: Monday, Jun 23, 2014 4:06 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware June 13 to June 15, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® at Winterthur
Recurring daily (Tuesday – Sunday)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur.

Air Mobility Command MuseumTour the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free
Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum and learn about historic aircrafts from the WWII era to the former Air Force Two.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Friday, June 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival 2014
Recurring daily until June 15, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Friday); 2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Saturday); 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Sunday)
St. Anthony of Padua will host its 40th annual Italian Festival featuring authentic Italian food and drink, classic and modern live concerts, authentic Italian products, and family rides and games.

Evening Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, June 13, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Come out and discover Trap Pond State Park’s Bald-cypress Swamp on a leisurely boat tour. Space is limited. The tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

2014 Plein Air on the Circle in historic Georgetown
Saturday, June 14, 2014
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Free to the public; $10 artists
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Plein artists participating in the event will be invited to exhibit their work from the event at the Upper Crust in Georgetown.

Color Vibe 5K Fun Run/Walk in Middletown
Saturday, June 14, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Admission $45
Get ready for the most colorful fun-filled day of your life! You'll be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5K run. Sign up fast, because spots are filling quickly and we have a limited number of shirts available.

Cape Henlopen State ParkDelaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay.

Hands-on Blacksmithing at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Fort Delaware blacksmith and learn how to make wrought iron items the way it was created 150 years ago.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Wilmington and Western RailroadMt. Cuba Meteor - Father's Day Special on Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, June 15, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
A 90-minute scenic journey through the Red Clay Valley, including a stop at the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Bring a lunch and enjoy the view! Father's Day only - All father's ride 1/2 fare!

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, June 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 1:15 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Alternate travel routes during I-495 road closure

The shutdown of Interstate 495 through Wilmington because of bridge repairs has created some challenges for travelers attempting to reach Delaware’s beaches, malls and other destinations. In general, it’s best to avoid I-495 or I-95 while repairs to the bridge are underway. Travelers’ best option is to choose one of the alternate roads in the area, depending on their direction of travel. Try these travel tips, and hopefully you’ll enjoy a stress-free Delaware summer vacation.

Coming from the north:
-- U.S. 202/Concord Pike from West Chester area takes travelers into Wilmington without having to travel on I-95 or I-495. Once in Wilmington, travelers can head further south toward the beaches (by taking U.S. 13, then connecting with Del. 1); swing to the west toward the DuPont mansions (on Del. 52); or head toward the Newark area (on Del. 2).

-- U.S. 13 has long been an alternate route south through Delaware for travelers starting in the far southeastern Pennsylvania area. You can pick up U.S. 13 south just east of I-495, soon after crossing the Delaware border (take the Naamans Road exit off I-95). From that point, travelers can use U.S. 13 (also known as DuPont Highway) to reach Wilmington, or to head further south (to Old New Castle, or to Del. 1, which takes you the rest of the way to the beach).

-- Consider taking a bridge over to the New Jersey side and approaching Delaware from the east – I-295, U.S. 40 and the New Jersey Turnpike all cross into Delaware via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From that point, travelers can jump onto U.S. 13 (to reach Wilmington to the north, or Del. 1/beach destinations to the south).

-- If you're visiting from New York or northern New Jersey, consider traveling to the Delaware beaches on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Coming from the south:
-- Several roads can be used to reach New Castle County destinations as an alternative to I-95, including U.S. 13 North (which follows the eastern edge of Delaware through New Castle and Wilmington); Del. 72 (which angles northwest toward the Newark area); and U.S. 40 (which parallels I-95 as it sweeps east-west across the county's midsection).

Coming from the west:
-- Instead of taking I-95 North through Delaware, get on U.S. 40 (which runs roughly parallel to I-95) before you cross the border with Maryland. As you're driving on U.S. 40 East, you'll come to intersections with various routes that head toward Delaware attractions, including Del. 896 (Newark); Del.301 (Lums Pond, Middletown, Chesapeake & Delaware Canal); Del. 72 (which connects to both Del. 1 and U.S. 13); and Del. 1 (points south, including Dover and the beaches).

Coming from the east:
-- Travelers approaching Delaware from New Jersey can take I-295, U.S. 40 or the New Jersey Turnpike, which all cross into Delaware via the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From that point, travelers can jump onto U.S. 13 (to reach Wilmington to the north; or Del. 1/beach destinations to the south).

 

posted on: Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 4:25 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Hotel availability during Firefly Music Festival weekend 2014

Firefly Music Festival Things to doWondering where to stay during the Firefly Music Festival? Below is hotel availability in the state of Delaware from June 19 – 22, 2014 including average room rates and distance to the festival. To view their latest Tripadvisor reviews, click on the hotel name.

To book your hotel online or search for additional availability, use the Travelocity booking engine on the left side of this page.

To help plan your weekend, we've compiled travel and packing tips for you. Plus, get alternate routes during the I-495 bridge closure. 

Make your Firefly experience a mini-vacation and extend your stay at Delaware’s beautiful beaches, scenic state parks or tour local breweries.

Admiral on Baltimore
2 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach
888-882-4188
http://www.admiralonbaltimore.com
$274.00/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Atlantic Oceanside Motel
1700 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach
302-227-811
http://atlanticoceansidedewey.com
Average rate: $150.00/night
Firefly special: 4 nights at $129.00/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Bellmoor Inn and Spa
6 Christian Street, Rehoboth Beach
800-425-355
http://www.thebellmoor.com
Average rate: $389.00 - $409/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Brandywine Valley Inn – Best Western
1807 Concord Pike, Wilmington
302-656-9436
http://www.brandywineinn.com
Average rate: $129.00/night (only a few rooms left)
49 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Brick Hotel on the Circle
18 The Circle, Georgetown
302-855-5800
http://www.thebrickhotel.com
Average rate $160.00 + tax/night (Double occupancy only)
37 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware
400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark
302-737-0900
http://www.udel.edu/hotel
Average rate: $169.00+tax/night (Thursday); $149.00+tax/night (Friday and Saturday)
43 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Driftwood Efficiency Motel
18282 Coastal Hwy, Lewes
302-645-7500
http://www.driftwoodmotellewes.com
Average rate: June 19 ($89+tax/night); June 20 ($129+tax); June 21 ($139+tax/night); June 22 ($109+tax)
40 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. Offers 2 room suites that sleep 4 guests with a full kitchen, cable, wifi and flatscreen TVs. Located in the heart of Lewes and Rehoboth.


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newark/Wilmington
1201 Christiana Road, Newark
302-737-2700
http://www.hiexpress.com/newarkde
Average rate: $159.00/night
38 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. Offers free breakfast buffet, indoor swimming pool, fitness center and a suite shoppe.


Hotel Rodney
142 Second St., Lewes
302-645-6466 or 800-824-8754
http://www.hotelrodneydelaware.com
Average rate: $129.00 - $229.00/night (depending on room availability – 10 rooms available as of 5/2/14)
42 miles to the Firefly Music Festival. One mile to the beach and walking distance to Lewes’ museums, restaurants and shops. Staff is available 24/7 to assist with questions, bookings and check in.


Oceanus Motel
6 2nd Street, Rehoboth Beach
900-825-5011
http://www.oceanusmotel.com
Average rate: $239.00/night
45 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


The Bay Resort Motel
126 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach
800-922-9240
http://www.bayresort.com
Average rate: $249.00/night
46 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Sheraton Wilmington South Hotel
365 Airport Road, New Castle, DE
302-328-6200
http://www.sheratonwilmingtonsouth.com
Average rate: $149/night (limited space available)
43 miles to the Firefly Music Festival


Wilmington Newark Christiana Courtyard by Marriott
48 Geoffrey Drive, Newark
302-456-3800
http://www.marriott.com/ilgwc
Average rate: $149/night (limited space available)
40 miles to the Firefly Music Festival

 

posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware May 16 to May 18, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

38th Annual Fall Sidewalk SaleAnnual Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Shop for deals and fabulous finds in charming boutique stores while visiting downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach!

"Avenue Q: The Musical" at Clear Space Theatre Company
Friday - Sunday
7:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, this cheeky satire of "Sesame Street" remains one of the freshest and funniest musicals of the past decade. For adults who can't quite believe they've grown up! Mature Content.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Friday - Sunday
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
Friday - Sunday
The MidAtlantic Food + Wine Feast is a four-day statewide festival designed for connoisseurs of fine wines and spirits, and adventurous cuisine. Experience exceptional cuisine of world-class chefs, meet accomplished winemakers, sip and savor extraordinary wines including 100 point wines as well as collect rare and fine wines offered for bid at a live auction.

Wilmington Grand PrixWilmington Grand Prix 2014
Friday - Sunday
Named among the Top 10 criterium bike races in the country by USA Cycling, the Wilmington Grand Prix is an international cycling event that includes a free six-block street festival, a parade, a bucket-list recreational ride through a dozen world-class cultural attractions, sidewalk cafes, and a variety of free family rides and attractions. You do not have to be a cycling fan to enjoy Downtown Wilmington's largest outdoor event.

Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free
Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum and learn about historic aircrafts from the WWII era to the former Air Force Two.

Eating Rehoboth - Culinary Tour
Friday, May 16, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues. The tours occur two days a week (Friday and Sunday) from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and begins at either Hotel Rehoboth or the The Bellmoor Inn.

Maritime Day Celebration - Cape May Lewes Ferry
Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
See why lovely little Lewes is at its heart a seafaring village at Maritime Day, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage including displays and exhibitions, vessel tours and other fun activities.

Old New Castle DelawareA Day in Old New Castle
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A 90-year-old tradition of home and garden tours in historic New Castle, Delaware - stroll through carefully tended gardens and private homes dating from the 18th century. Visit public buildings, learn about New Castle's rich history, see antique automobiles, and enjoy period musical performances. Dine in local restaurants or picnic at Battery Park. Tickets include admission to various houses and museums.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-tours at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Take a guided eco-tour and learn about the wildlife and history of the lower Delaware Bay. The two-hour trips on sit-on-top kayaks are designed for beginner paddlers but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Please call 302-645-8982 to make reservations.

Strawberry Festival at Fifer Orchards
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day on the farm with U-Pick strawberries, hayrides, family fun activities and much more.

By Kids, for Kids- Past Times: Nineteenth-Century Fun at Hagley Museum
Saturday, May 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Go back in time and discover how people had fun- without technology or electricity- in the nineteenth century. Follow the life of a child, from daily chores to their very creative pastimes, and taste some special treats. Activities are included in regular admission and free for members.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery in central Delaware is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Wilmington and Western RailroadMt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, May 18, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings.

Eating Rehoboth - Culinary Tour
Sunday, May 18, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues. The tours occur two days a week (Friday and Sunday) from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and begins at either Hotel Rehoboth or the The Bellmoor Inn.

History Lives!...In Odessa
Sunday, May 18, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please join the Delaware Historical Society for an afternoon gathering with a colonial theme in Odessa, Delaware. Featuring a special late afternoon program of touring historic homes, demonstrations, performances and fun at the Historic Houses of Odessa. Three historic houses will be staffed by knowledgeable docents sharing a wealth of information ranging from the extraordinary furniture collections to the families that lived in the beautifully restored properties.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 4:10 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware May 2 to May 4, 2014

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Dover DaysAnnual Dover Days Festival
Friday – Sunday
Events occurring from dawn to dusk
Three days of family-fun including a dock dogs competition, parade, pet parade, maypole dancing, Amish quilt auction, car show, antique tractor show, 150+ crafts vendors, Kids Zone, carnival rides, encampments, history events, historic home tours of 40 homes.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum
Friday - Sunday
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale
Friday - Sunday
9:00 a.m.
Shop downtown historic Lewes for great deals and finds!

Annual May Market 2014
Friday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
The Annual May Market 2014 features outdoor tents selling native plants, shrubs, herbs and herb baskets as well as baked goods and "Miss Kitty's My Garden to Your Garden" bargains. Indoor tables feature a white elephant sale which includes used books, and a variety of vendors can be found both indoors and out. This is a rain or shine event.

Art on the Town - Wilmington
Friday, May 2, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in the Wilmington galleries and visit the artist studios during their extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month, Art on the Town is free and open to the public.

Dewey Beach Popfest
Friday and Saturday
The Rusty Rudder is the place to be during Popfest - a music celebration on four stages featuring Power Pop, BritPop and Pop Punk bands.

"Avenue Q: The Musical" at Clear Space Theatre Company
Friday - Sunday
7:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, this cheeky satire of "Sesame Street" remains one of the freshest and funniest musicals of the past decade. For adults who can't quite believe they've grown up! Mature Content.

Hagley Museum Exterior3rd Annual NatureFest at Hagley Museum
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This event celebrates the science and beauty of the natural world with fun, hands-on activities for the whole family. This year’s event will explore the theme of wind. Discover the many ways that wind helps us, from pollinating plants to creating energy. Investigate the birds that soar above the trees and gentle breezes that turn into superstorms. Join a nature hike, explore the E. I. du Pont garden, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse. Admission is $2 for members, $5 for not-yet-members, and free for all children five and under.

19th Annual Lewes British Motorcar Show
Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Lewes British Motorcar Show “The British are coming...Again!” will welcome a wide array of classic British vehicles to Lewes on Saturday, May 3. It will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lewes Historical Society Complex, Third and Shipcarpenter Streets in Lewes.

Children's Adventure Day at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bring the children (ideal for toddlers to 11 years old) to participate in nature activities. Play nature games, make crafts, look for birds, dip net in the ponds, visit with the Blue Goose and Smokey the Bear, and listen to stories and songs about wildlife. Free activities and entrance fee. Free juice and water. Bring a picnic lunch.

"Native Plant Sale" at Delaware Nature Society
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Saturday), 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
This Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kalmar NyckelSail on the Kalmar Nyckel – Tall Ship of Delaware
Saturday, May 3, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy this Christiana River Cruise with your friends and family. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is recommended to make reservations.

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The eleventh year of this festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, long considered by many to be a natural wonder of Delaware Bay. Enjoy arts and crafts, boat rides, canoe trips, exhibits, games, great food, music, scavenger hunt, trail walks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, train rides for the kids and more.

Winterthur Point to Point
Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the annual Winterthur Point-to-Point as the culinary arts come hoof to hoof with elite horse racing.

Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, May 4, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings.

Dover Symphony Orchestra Dover Days Pops Concert
Sunday, May 4, 2014
3:00 p.m.
The Dover Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Buxton will conclude its 2013-2014 season at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs in Dover. The orchestra will perform a mix of contemporary tunes, including patriotic, big band, and film music. There will be a nice tribute to The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Children under 16 are free with a paying adult.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, May 1, 2014 4:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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