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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 17 to Oct 19, 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.

2014 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
October 16 - 19, 2014
Come visit the greatest jazz festival in the world in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Shows this year will be held on 3 stages - the Rebhoboth Convention Center, the Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts and Epworth Church. Plus there will be many local resturants and bars offering great entertainment.

Kent County Restaurant Week
Friday and Saturday
Kent County Restaurant Week is a celebration for foodies to explore local dishes and dining experiences in Central 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.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Dark Dover Lantern Tour
Friday, October 17, 2014
Tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
 During the park’s “Dark Dover” program, visitors will witness firsthand the chilling true stories of gruesome murders and whippings, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green in Dover. Call ahead to make reservations.

Old New Castle Hauntings in History Walking Tour
Friday, October 17, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!

Delaware Seashore Fall Fishing Weekend
October 17 - 19, 2014
Friday at 7:00 p.m. - Sunday at 1:00 p.m
Admission $165/person. Call to reserve a spotLearn the ins and outs of surf fishing - even how to clean and cook your catch! Experience the Gilled to Grilled program on Friday evening - clean and fillet your own fish, then cook it for dinner! Then, enjoy the half-day introductory surf fishing program Saturday morning led by park staff Followed by a hands-on afternoon demonstration of fly casting in the surf by Saltwater Fly Anglers of Delaware. Plus, much more.

Hagley Craft Fair
Saturday and Sunday, October 18 - 19, 2014
Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Now in its thirty-sixth year, Hagley Craft Fair is regarded as one of the finest craft fairs in the region. Craft artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region sell their original work and demonstrate their skills. This indoor show is held in two historic buildings on Hagley's spectacular grounds.  Lunch available for purchase.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more! 

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Tour and Tasting
Saturday, October, 18, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Tour at 1:00 p.m.
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 and Tastings
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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.

Autumn Leaf Special on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Train departs at 2:30 p.m.
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer.

Ghosts in the Graveyard at Old Swedes
Saturday, October 18, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hear ghostly tales and legends. See if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes. Reservations required.  Tours are an hour long and begin every 30 minutes.

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 Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 17, 2014 9:05 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Check out Delaware’s top antique shops

Delaware Antique StoreIn a state that’s been around as long as Delaware has, the heritage and history runs deep, instilling a fine appreciation for the glories of the past. That in turn inspires a remarkable market for antiques and vintage treasures, ranging from the higher-end boutiques in the Centreville area to the always affordable antiques malls dotted across the state. Here are some of the Delaware antique stores – and remember: all of your purchases in Delaware are tax-free!

Goodeals, Inc.
537 Main St., Stanton
(302) 999-1737
Ranked #1 in statewide Readers’ Choice Poll for Delaware’s Best Antique Shop.

Main Street Antiques
23 Possum Park Mall, Newark
(302) 733-7677
A great spot for browsing the affordable and eclectic selections of many dealers in one stop.

The Antique Station
1697 DuPont Highway/U.S. 13, Saint Georges
(302) 365-5520
Many have spent more time than they had expected in this richly stocked antiques mall.

Riverside Antique Mall
34 N. Walnut St., Milford
424-1288
Multiple vendors and a wide variety, all located in the heart of a quaint town.

Heritage Antiques Market
16168 Coastal Hwy, Lewes
(302) 645-2309
This mall spreads over 9,500 square feet, featuring 50 dealers.

Lewes Mercantile Antiques
109 2nd St., Lewes
(302) 645-7900
Antiques mall tucked off the main street of Lewes is known for its hard-to-find treasures.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Find your best deals on holiday shopping in Delaware

Holiday HoppingHoliday shoppers from nearby states know where to go for the latest and greatest gifts at the lowest prices – they drive straight to Delaware. Because Delaware is one of just five states without a sales tax, a quick trip over the border can mean major savings on holiday shopping this year. Here are some of the best places to find your holiday bargains in Delaware (be sure to also check out our Online Shopping Directory):

The Apple Store: Imagine a superstore filled with all the latest Apple goodies, along with staffers eager to let you play. Now imagine that you could buy all of these goodies – the laptops, the iPads, the iPods – at prices far below what they sell for in other states (thanks to Delaware’s tax-free shopping). That’s what holiday shoppers will find at the Christiana Mall Apple Store, where customers are more than welcome to sit and explore the electronic fun.

The Microsoft Store: Just up the corridor from the Apple Store at Christiana Mall, Microsoft is also eager to give holiday shoppers an enlivening electronic experience. A great place to save big on that Xbox One or trendy tablet you’ve been craving.

Tanger Outlets: When it comes to fun in the sun, the Delaware beaches are tops. When it’s time to save on holiday gifts, the state’s beaches also rule —thanks to the Tanger Outlets, which have three mega-centers along Del. 1 north of Rehoboth Beach, just a day trip from Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Brands to look out for: Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Cole Haan and more.

Christiana Mall DelawareChristiana Mall: It may be the perfect holiday shopping destination: It’s tax-free, it’s conveniently located just off Interstate 95, and it has an amazing new lineup of high-end, hard-to-find stores, including Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Apple, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Target and Cabela’s. Plus, the restaurants are divine: Cheesecake Factory, BRIO Tuscan Grille and California Pizza Kitchen.

Main Street in Newark and Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach: If fun, funky gifts are what you desire, these are two of Delaware’s best streets to find those charming boutiques and enjoy some inventive food. Check out more at our list of Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware.

U.S. 202/Concord Pike Corridor: Northwest of Wilmington, shoppers arrive from around the East Coast each holiday season to save on sales taxes at the big-name retailers that are clustered along this commercial corridor, one of our Top 10 Shopping Streets in Delaware. Some of the highlights include: Best Buy, Concord Mall (Macy’s, Sears, Boscov’s), hhgregg, Jared Jewelry, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta, Barnes & Noble and Target.

 

posted on: Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 2:38 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Oct 3 to Oct 5, 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 Sale in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach
October 3 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Find deals galore and shop tax-free during the annual fall sidewalk sale in the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach resort area.

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 Auto Show
October 3 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Come see the new 2015 models, take pictures with superheroes, try your chance at raffles and more! Perfect fun filled indoor event for the entire family at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring until December 21, 2014
Grand Opera House
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly targeted at scholars and students.

Harvest Moon Festival
October 4 – 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The fall festival features fun activities for all ages. Enjoy artisan demonstrations, children's activities and crafts, hayrides, music, food trucks, and much more!

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more! 

Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Calling all kids (big and small)! Come explore tractors and other farm equipment, take a hayride, do arts and crafts in the Brown Center, dress up with firefighter gear, and even milk a mechanical cow. Members free. Included with admission. Rain or shine event.

Wings & Wheels 2014 – A Georgetown Fall Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy the Seventh Annual Wings & Wheel that with fly-in of vintage planes, huge car show, WWII re-enactors w/full encampment, crew from the first bombing raid on Japan and crew from the last bomber raid on Japan this year. The event will have craft and food vendors, and entertainment all day.

Boast the Coast Maritime Festival and Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Boast the Coast Maritime festival is a fun-filled day that includes a lighted boat parade on the canal running through town. Plus, family friendly activities in historic Lewes.

Hayrides at Hagley
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours and Tastings
Saturday, October 4, 2014
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.

Coast Day
Sunday, October 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This annual tradition opens the campus to the public for a fun, family-friendly celebration of the sea. Visitors can tour ships, try tasty seafood and listen to live music. Hands-on activities, a treasure hunt and critter touch tanks engage youngsters, while attendees of all ages can ask scientists questions about ocean issues. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine.

Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experience 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. 

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 Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware September 26 to September 28, 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.

NASCAR race weekend at the Dover International Speedway
September 26 – 28, 2014
Gear up for race weekend! Tickets for the series race are available by calling 800-441-RACE or visiting their website. Join the fun at the Monster Miles’s action packed weekend.

Lantern Tour at Indian River Life-saving Station
Friday, September 26, 2014
Explore the daily lives of the surfmen and what they went through to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware Coast. A guided museum tour is followed by local tales and a venture out onto the beach where they performed their nightly patrols. Pre-registration is required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register. All Ages $10 per person.

Art in the Estuary
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The St. Jones Reserve is joining with its next-door neighbor, the John Dickinson Plantation, to bring you various artisans, performers, and authors offering an artistic view of Delaware's coastal waters. Visitors will enjoy original artwork and performances from local and regional artists. They can also shop for native plants offered by the Delaware Native Plant Society during its native plant sale. This event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Two-hour tours for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous. Equipment provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen. No flip-flops. Single and tandem kayaks available. Solo paddlers must be at least 13. Under 18 must be accompanied by paying adult. Limit 10. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852. $25 for solo-kayak, $35 for tandem.

Fifer Fall Fest
Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day on the farm with a 6-acre corn max, pumpkin painting stations, pumpkin bowling, pony hope races and much more!

Pirate sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ahoy mateys! Climb aboard the Tall Ship of Delaware for a pirate adventure. Join the captain and crew for a treasure hunt and help raise the Jolly Roger. Reservations are required.

Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, September 27, 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.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, September 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. (Tour at 1:00 p.m.)
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 and Tastings
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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.

Autumn Hayride through White Clay Creek State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014
4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Bundle up with friends and family for a 45-minute old-fashioned hayride through autumn fields, followed by an hour around a blazing campfire. Wagon seats 25. Refreshments are not provided. Meet at 9 Foot Road Entrance. Groups must pre-register. $100 per wagon

Fall Wagon Ride at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Ride to Cypress Point in our farm-wagon (straw hats and coveralls are optional)! Sign up for hayride at the camp store at least one hour before program. $4 adult, $2 child.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, September 28, 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 Beer Wine and Spirits Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Sep 26, 2014 11:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Take a stroll into terror on Delaware’s ghost tours

Thanks to its long history, Delaware is full of old graveyards and spooky houses. That means travelers in search of Halloween fun are tempted each year by a plentiful assortment of walking tours and moonlight excursions. Check out these local favorites:

Lantern Tour of the Dover Green - ImageDark Dover Lantern Tour
Witness firsthand true stories of murder and mayhem, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Guests meet at the John Bell House on The Green. The 411: Tours at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 17. 42 The Green, Dover, DE. Call (302) 739-9194 for reservations.

Hauntings in History Walking Tours
The crooked sidewalks are paved with centuries-old brick. Shaded alleyways and eerie cemeteries seem to have jumped out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. This is Old New Castle, and these are some of the elements on the “Hauntings in History Walking Tours,” highlighted by a tour of the legendarily haunted Amstel House, where the “Woman in Blue” lurks. Next, you will be guided through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways, where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the 360-year history of this Delaware River town. The 411: Fridays and Saturdays on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tour begins at the Amstel House, 2 East Fourth Street, New Castle, DE 19720 (302) 322-2794. 

Ghosts in the Graveyard Tour
During the 19th Century, stories about graveyard hauntings were whispered in the parlors, taverns and shops of Wilmington with hushed excitement. Some of these tales have never been successfully refuted. The “Ghosts in the Graveyard” tour offers a trip through the fascinating cemetery at Old Swedes Church, featuring live actors who tell the tales, including the mystery of the late-night bell ringing at the church. The 411: Oct. 18 and 25, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 606 Church St., Wilmington. (302) 652-5629. Reservations required.

Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour - ImageGhost Tours at Bellevue State Park
The mansion and grounds of this former estate truly boast a creepy vibe, especially during the Halloween tours held in October. The first (7-9 p.m. on Oct. 17) is a Candlelight Tour of Mount Pleasant Meeting House and Cemetery, where you’re sure to meet some ghosts. The Ghosts of Bellevue Grounds Tour (6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23) encounters some “unexplained company.” And the Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour (7-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 28) thrills participants with tales of this home’s ghoulish presence. The 411: Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington, DE.

Historic Haunts in Lewes
Let the paranormal investigators of Delmarva Historic Haunts lead you on an exploration of the curious happenings in historic Lewes. Visitors will investigate the ghostly happenings at four historic buildings, including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office. The 411: There are two sessions: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. Investigations will begin at the Lewes Historic Complex at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in the Midway School #178. Reservations required – call (302) 645-7670 (ext. 12).

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:37 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Check out Delaware’s “real” haunted places – if you dare

Down through the years, tales of spooky apparitions, terrifying sounds and other-wordly happenings have been told about dozens of Delaware houses and places. Some of these homes are in private hands, keeping their ghostly occurrences out of the public view. In many other cases, however, paranormal phenomena have been witnessed in places that are open to the public. Here a few that will get your blood going:

Paranormal Fort DelawareFort Delaware, off the coast of Delaware City
Once a mid-river prison housing Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, Fort Delaware is open to the public now, leading to a variety of spooky reports – ghostly images, “cold spots” and mysterious voices. The vibe here is so chilling that they even offer paranormal investigation tours. The island also holds a cemetery for soldiers who died of typhus and malaria – also supposedly haunted. The 411: Ferry departs from dock at 45 Clinton St., Delaware City, Delaware 19706.

Sterling Hotel/Crabby Dick's, Delaware City
Located right by the river, this old hotel dates back to 1830, but its current owner says spooky things are still happening. Story has it that the ghost of the original owner's wife occasionally appears -- but reveals herself only to men. In a 2012 interview with The News Journal, John Buchheit III said the first night he slept there, he dreamed a chambermaid named Sandy visited him and told him to get out. "I didn't believe in ghosts, but since I moved to Delaware City, I believe," he said. The 411: 30 Clinton St., Delaware City DE 19706. (302) 832-5100.

Woodland Beach, Kent County
In the early 1900s, this small riverside town had a boardwalk and other attractions, all vanished now. On some nights, they say, shadowy figures can be seen walking over the water where the boardwalk once stood. Perhaps they are waiting to get on the ferry that once departed from the water’s edge. The 411: Woodland Beach is east of Smyrna, at the end of Del. 6.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:14 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Family-friendly Halloween Events in Delaware

Not all of the Halloween fun in Delaware is scary. In fact, some of the best fall activities in Delaware are perfect for a family outing – including hayrides, train rides and even some scarecrow-making and a “cackle contest.” Check these out:

Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalSea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 24-26)
One of the beach area’s most colorful fall festivals, this quirky weekend celebration includes a Sea Witch Parade and Costume Contest, a Fiddlers Contest, the Sea Witch Cottage and Heritage Craft, and a Best Costumed Pet Contest. Just in case that wasn't enough, there’s a "cackle contest" for all witches and warlocks, soap carving and fish printing for the kids, a kids' dinosaur safari, scarecrow making, a broom-tossing contest, and Trick or Treating and a haunted bonfire in Dewey Beach.  The 411: Festivities take place at and around the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand on Rehoboth Avenue.

Steamin’ Halloween at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights (Oct. 26)
There’s family fun galore at this museum, where kids get to ride in the 1/8-size steam trains and antique autos, see the world's largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, and sample free popcorn from a steam-powered popper.  Mansion tours are available. The 411: 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, DE 19736. (302) 239-2385.

Fantasy Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park (Oct. 24-26)
Kids are encouraged to pull on their costumes and come for some trick-or-treating with their favorite storybook characters. Each evening under the tent, there will be singing, juggling, magic and more. The 411: 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE.

Wilmington and Western RailroadHalloween Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad (Oct. 26)
It’s time to dress the kids up in their costumes and board this antique steam-powered train as it winds its way through the fall foliage of the Red Clay Creek Valley on its way to Mount Cuba. Don’t be surprised if there’s a visit from a friendly witch (or two) during the ride. The 411: Departure times 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Hagley Hayrides (Saturdays in October)
Bring the family for a hayride along the Brandywine just as the fall foliage reaches its peak at the old DuPont Co. gunpowder mills. Visitors can create fall-themed crafts and see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. The 411: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807 (Hagley’s main entrance off Del. 141).

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:04 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Explore Delaware’s deviously delightful Halloween Attractions

Across Delaware each fall, an assortment of seemingly innocuous places are transformed into what might best be called “fright centers,” full of scary moments and fearful fun. Most are not recommended for the youngins – for Halloween fun more suited to kids, visit these Family-Friendly Halloween events.

FrightlandFrightland
This former farm field is transformed each Halloween into a sprawling complex of haunted houses, complete with amusement rides and concession stand. Plan on a 3- or 4-hour stay for Maximum Halloween fun, especially as the lines grow longer approaching Halloween day itself (consider buying a VIP Speed Pass). The 411: Operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. 309 Port Penn Rd Middletown, DE 19709. (302) 838-0256.

Screams at the Beach
This land of terror centers around the fictional “Town of All Hallows,” where for the past 200 years unsuspecting visitors wander in and discover (too late) that there’s no escape. A cast of frightful actors keeps the scare-factor maximized, and less-frightful attractions are designed with younger visitors in mind. Returns October 3 for its 2014 season. The 411: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. till “late.” 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. (302) 856-7400.

Paranormal Fort DelawareFort Delaware
In the Civil War, this fort located in the center of the Delaware River was home to prisoners from the Confederate Army, who endured harsh conditions as they awaited release. Today, Fort Delaware has become a center of paranormal excitement, featuring “ghost-hunting” tours that have been featured on national TV. Through the month of October, a variety of tours are available, inckluding an extended 5-hour “recreational paranormal investigation on Oct. 31. The 411: You get to Fort Delaware by way of a ferry that leaves from Delaware City.

The Haunted Forest at Roxana
Resurrected from the dead after a hiatus, this haunted forest is known for its eerie buildings and dark wooded recesses of start terror. Sooth your nerves with a hot chocolate, or sit by the bonfire until the blood pressure returns to normal. The 411: Dates in 2014 are Oct. 17, 18, 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Opens at dusk; no tickets sold after 10 p.m. 35943 Zion Church Rd, Roxana, Delaware 19945. (302) 436-2300.

Hockessin Haunted House
At this deceptively suburban scare center, guests are greeted by the resident ghoul and then escorted through passageways to more than 11 secret chambers, where they will encounter the spirits and creatures that reside within.  Stops include The Parlor, The Witches' Den, The Operating Room, and The Circus. View a séance in progress as well as an electrocution, meet a mad scientist, and return to the scene of a ghastly murder.  As you leave, beware of what lurks in the graveyards. Proceeds benefit Comp Animals Pet Rescue. The 411: Open Oct. 24, 25, 31 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 19 Nathalie Drive, Village of Manley, Hockessin, DE  19707. (302) 547-1257.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 9:55 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

This fall, pumpkin is about so much more than pie

Inside and outside of the state, Delaware is known for its pumpkins – big pumpkins, little pumpkins, pumpkins in drinks, pumpkins in ice cream, and even pumpkins that are hurled.

Some of Delaware’s pumpkin products are more than mere gimmicks, though, and have achieved near-cult status among the state’s most dedicated pumpkin fans – the mushroom pumpkin soup at Back Burner restaurant, for example, or the “Punkin Ale” shipped out each fall from Milton’s famous Dogfish Head Brewery. Other times, pumpkins are merely the starting point for a whole weekend’s worth of fun, as they are at the various fall festivals at Delaware farms.

Whatever your particular pumpkin preference, it’s a safe bet that something in Delaware will flip your gourd.

Pumpkin-related Fall Festivals and Attractions

Fifer Orchards PumpkinsFifer Orchards
This beloved orchard has U-pick pumpkins, a corn maze, hay rides, fresh-pressed cider and lots of other fall fun.

1919 Allabands Mill Road
Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934
302-697-2141

Ramsey's Farm/Pumpkin Patch
This 12-acre farm features an 8-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and even bonfires and evening group hay rides.

330 Ramsey Rd
(located after 500 Ramsey Road - Look for our large gate and banners.)
Wilmington, DE  19803
(302) 477-1499      

T.S. Smith & Sons Farm
A great place for local produce year-round, T.S. Smith knows how to keep things festive in the fall. A great spot for U-pick apples.

Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, restrooms, picnic area, face painting, Inflatables/bounce house, pony rides, petting zoo

8887 Redden Road
Bridgeville, DE 19933
(302) 337-8271, (302)236-3675

Don’s Tree Farm
Tractor-pulled hayrides and 15 types of U-pick pumpkins are sure signs that the holidays are coming at this Christmas tree farm.

6396 Hickman Road
Greenwood, DE 19950
donstreefarm.com
302-349-0555

Peco's Liquors Great Pumpkin Debate
A fun way to sample and celebrate pumpkin beers, featuring live music, BBQ and hay rides.

Sept. 27, 2014
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bellevue State Park
$30 per person


Pumpkin Food & Drink

Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice Cream DelawareWoodside Farm Creamery
1310 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-9847
Flavors: Pumpkin and pumpkin pecan

UDairy
535 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2486
Flavors: Pumpkin Cheesecake (pumpkin and cheesecake ice creams swirled together with cinnamon cobbler pieces)

In Restaurants

Home Grown Café
126 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
(302) 266-6993
On the menu: Sweet Potato Pie Bisque; Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with maple lacquered bacon “bits”

Back Burner Restaurant & Bar
425 Hockessin Corner, Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2314
On the menu: Pumpkin Mushroom Soup with sour cream, seasoned croutons, fresh chives

Piccolina Toscana
1412 North DuPont St.
Wilmington, DE 19806
302.654.8001
On the menu: Pumpkin beignets with caramel dipping sauce

Baked Goods

Cannon's Custom Cakes & Bakery
228 Astro Center Shopping Center
Kirkwood Highway
Newark, DE 19713
302.368.7900
www.cannonscakes.com
On the menu: Pumpkin Squares

Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop
36 N Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5760
On the menu: Pumpkin bars; Pumpkin Spice Latte

Frankfurt Bakery & Deli
323 South Governors Avenue
Dover, DE 19904
(302) 741-0180
www.frankfurtbakery.com
On the menu: Pumpkin Spice Cake


Pumpkin Beer

Dogfish Punkin AleDogfish Head Punkin Ale. “A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar.” Named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza, Punkin Chunkin. Released right around Sept. 1 each year. Available at many stores nationwide.

Iron Hill Pumpkin Ale. Available on-tap at the multiple locations of this popular local restaurant and brewery. Look out for special pumpkin Ale-oriented events.

Fordham's Spiced Harvest Ale. This Dover brewery’s fall seasonal is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and, of course, pumpkin. Available at select stores.

 

posted on: Friday, Sep 12, 2014 1:57 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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