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Open for Business: Delaware City (Video)

Nestled along the waterfront in New Castle County, Delaware City is a historic community filled with delicious restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops and ghostly haunts! From the exciting fireworks of Delaware City Day to kayaking the scenic waterways, this destination is not to be missed on your next trip. 

Make it a day trip, stay the night in a quaint Bed and Breakfast or stop by for fresh crabs caught from the local docks! Traveling to the beach? No problem, call ahead and reserve your bushel of crabs for pick up! Boaters can easily dock at the Delaware City Marina and if you’re a history buff, make sure to visit Fort Delaware – the Alcatraz of the East Coast.

Although the grand Reedy Point Bridge will only be open sporadically during the next few months – mainly on weekends – there is plenty more to see along this splendid stretch. Please note that the Reedy Point Bridge will be open on weekends from May – October beginning on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. through Sundays at midnight (these times will vary around the weekend of July 21st and after Labor Day). Visitors may also use Route 72 and Gunning Bedford Road as access points to the area.

View this video for the inside scoop on things to do in Delaware City and suggested travel alternatives during the Reedy Point Bridge closure from Mayor John Buchheit and Dick Cathcart, City Manager.

 

posted on: Friday, Apr 27, 2012 11:20 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 04/27/12 to 04/29/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Planning your next trip? Order now to receive the Official State Travel Guide with trip itineraries, accommodation and attraction listings and much more at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide/

Wilmington Restaurant Week
April 23 – 28, 2012
Lunch and dinner courses
Wilmington's City Restaurant Week features two-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $35. This is a great opportunity to visit amazing downtown restaurants at extremely affordable prices. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax0V7

Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 26 – 29, 2012
Various times and locations
The Delmarva Birding Weekend is one of the most popular bird watching events in the entire mid-Atlantic region. Participants can take part in a number of excursions during the daytime, nighttime, aboard a boat, or even while canoeing or kayaking. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax16r.

Fireworks Friday at the Blue Rocks
Friday, April 27, 2012
Begins at 7:05 p.m.
Come out to the ballpark on Friday, April 27, 2012 as the Blue Rocks take on the Winston-Salem Dash at 7:05 p.m. As part of the 20th season celebration, every Friday Blue Rocks home game in 2012 will feature a postgame fireworks show, all Season Long! For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax0MS.

9th Annual Bug & Bud Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Festival highlights are the traditional ladybug walking parade with prizes for best “ladybug” and “tree” costumes, musical entertainment throughout the day as well as more than 100 plus arts & crafts vendors, a Kid’s Korner, remote control boats, a youth bass fishing contest, an art show, and “green-themed” and nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways – just to name a few! Rain or shine. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax1lH.

Fort Miles: The War Years at Fort Miles
Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Re-enactors in period uniforms and equipment bring WWII to life. See gun drills, firing demonstrations and learn about garrison life at Fort Miles. Tours of the Battery 519 Museum are $3 per person. Please meet at the Orientation Building. Call (302) 645-6852 to register or for more information.

NatureFest at Hagley Museum and Library
Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate the outdoors at Hagley’s NatureFest! This new family program combines the themes of Arbor Day, Earth Day, and May Day into one fun-filled celebration. Children can climb trees and learn about the important role water plays in everyone’s life! The day’s hands-on craft activities and nature walks will honor the du Pont family’s annual tradition of searching for the first signs of spring at Hagley. NatureFest is $2 for members, $3 for not-yet members, and free for children 5 and under. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax1um.

Brewery Tours at the Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, April 28, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/9XEt9 or call 302-678-4810.

8th Annual Wildflower Celebration
Sunday, April 29, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is a once-a-year opportunity for family and friends to stroll the grounds at their leisure, chat with the staff about their favorite garden topics, and enter a drawing for a one-of-a-kind plant grown at Mt. Cuba Center’s greenhouses. The “Wildflower Challenge” offers visitors the chance to win 2-for-1 coupons on Mt. Cuba Center tour tickets. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax0qK.

4th Annual Wine, Food & Beer Festival at Nage Bistro
Sunday, April 29, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The festival will include various wine and beers to taste including local craft brews. Food by Nage and local specialty shops plus, live acoustic music. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ax20K.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:
http://visitdelaware.com/
http://visitdover.com/
http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/
http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 9:42 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 04/20/12 to 04/22/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Discover Delaware during the spring season. View top destinations for the season and get the scoop on the local’s favorite spots including Winterthur Museum and Gardens, the annual Dover Days Festival and historic Lewes at http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/spring/.

Spring Wildflower Tour at Mt. Cuba Center
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until May 27, 2012
Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Spring is a glorious time at Mt. Cuba Center. Experience large drifts of woodland flowers as they ebb and flow through the forest floor weaving a tapestry of pink, blue, and white. Columbines, Quaker ladies, and a plethora of trilliums will greet you as you stroll through the region’s premier native plant garden. For more information, call 302-239-4244
or visit http://ow.ly/ao4sK.

Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring daily until July 15, 2012
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Wilmington-based painter, Mary Page Evans, works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific landscape, figure, tree or sky. The painter, Gene Davis, described her paintings as “hymns of unadulterated joy,” and this exhibition promises to be a gorgeous celebration of nature and the human form, as well as a retrospective covering more than 40 years of the painter’s distinguished career. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6A9z or call 302-571-9590.

Wilmington Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 20, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
One lunch break is all it will take to celebrate Earth Day on April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Wilmington’s Rodney Square. Visitors will be welcomed with kids crafts, music, and vendors offering advice that’s good for the environment, and your wallet. There will even be free plants (supplies limited) and a raffle. This rain-or-shine festival is sponsored by DelDOT, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and the City of Wilmington. Discover more at DelawareEstuary.org, or call (800) 445-4935. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/anThd.

DSWA Earth Day Festival at Killens Pond
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority's annual Earth Day Festival is the largest such celebration in southern Delaware. This event features fun and exciting "EcoStations," complete with hands-on displays giving insight into soil, forestry, and wildlife. There will also be crafts and games for children daring enough to venture through "Trash Can Dan's EcoWorld." For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ao1Xh.

Fifer Orchards – Asparagus Peak Party
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day on the farm with hay rides, animal exhibits and cooking demonstrations by Abbotts Grill. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/ao2oS.

Earth Day Festival at the DuPont Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 21, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day in and around Wilmington’s Christina River with canoe trips, hiking excursions, live animals, music and much more! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/ao1D3.

Spring into Spring Festival in the Georgetown Circle
Saturday, April 21, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This family-fun festival will feature all-day entertainment with live bands including The Funsters; food & craft vendors; friendly competitions; kids' games and much more! For more information, call 302-856-7391.

Brewery Tours at the Old Dominion Brewing Company
Saturday, April 21, 2012
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/9XEt9 or call 302-678-4810.

Amateur Radio and Electronics Expo
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Ham Radio operators and electronics enthusiasts will gather at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown on April 21 for the annual Amateur Radio & Electronics EXPO. The event often referred to as a “Hamfest”, features equipment displays, demonstrations, and forums that focus on advances in technology and radio communications. For more information, visit www.radioelectronicsexpo.com.

Lewes Vintage Baseball Game

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Begins at 1:00 p.m.

Cheer on the Lewes Baseball Club, a vintage ball club participating in the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball League at the University of Delaware Lewes campus, near the Virden Conference Center at 700 Piltottown Road. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/9XHQO or call 302-645-7670.

THE YEAR OF THE BARD Celebration at the baby grand
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
“The Year of the Bard” is an exciting year-long interdisciplinary arts festival that will feature a wide array of Shakespeare-themed performances. The kick-off event, Romeo and Juliet 3D, will feature DSF actors Sean Bradley and Isa St. Clair (last year’s Florizel and Perdita in The Winter’s Tale) performing the famous “Balcony Scene” from Shakespeare’s play. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/anTJ8.

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:

http://visitdelaware.com/

http://visitdover.com/

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/

http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 11:40 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 04/06/12 to 04/08/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! Plus, view top destinations for the season and get the scoop on the local’s favorite spots including Winterthur Museum and Gardens, the annual Dover Days Festival and historic Lewes at http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/spring/.

Air Mobility Command Museum - VC-9C Air Force Two Exhibit
Recurring daily
Various times
Explore the only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling history! Discover the newest addition to the museum; formerly known as Air Force Two, this aircraft transported America's top leadership from 1975 until 2011. For more information, please visit http://amcmuseum.org/exhibits_and_planes/vc-9.php or call (302) 677-5938.

Painted Poetry: The Art of Mary Page Evans exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring daily until July 15, 2012
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Wilmington-based painter, Mary Page Evans, works directly from nature, seeking to capture a specific landscape, figure, tree or sky. The painter, Gene Davis, described her paintings as “hymns of unadulterated joy,” and this exhibition promises to be a gorgeous celebration of nature and the human form, as well as a retrospective covering more than 40 years of the painter’s distinguished career. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6A9z or call 302-571-9590.

44th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival
Friday, April 6, 2012
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Enjoy the splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park while attending the Great Delaware Kite Festival, the largest such event anywhere in the First State. This four-decade-old contest attracts thousands to the Cape every year. Together they watch competitors of all ages vie for prizes in a wide range of categories, including stunt flying. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6uxz.

Delaware Music Festival at the Rusty Rudder
April 6 – 7, 2012
Various times
Enjoy live Delaware bands on four stages with no cover charge at the Delaware Music Festival in Dewey Beach. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6yD4.

Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington & Western Railroad
April 6 – 7, 2012
12: 30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Easter Bunny hops aboard our train for a 1 1/2-hour round trip ride to Ashland and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your child. This event is powered by one or our antique steam locomotives. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6Amj or call 302-998-1930.

First Saturdays in the First State at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, April 7, 2012
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 the various sites including the John Bell House, Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Welcome Center. For more information on times and exhibits, please visit http://ow.ly/a6ADV.

Annual Wine & Dine Downtown in Newark
Saturday, April 7, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate spring, food, wine and fun during the Annual Wine & Dine Downtown event in Newark, DE. Newark's finest downtown restaurants offer special tapas-style menus paired with fine wines from premier wineries. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. and include wine tastings, wine classes, retail opportunities, raffles and free shuttle transportation. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/a6AyI or call 302-366-7020.

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:

http://visitdelaware.com/

http://visitdover.com/

http://visitsoutherndelaware.com/

http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 2:31 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Take a Delaware Geocation!

Download your passport, grab your GPS and embark on the ultimate high-tech treasure hunt with the Delaware Geoaching Trail. Explore the First State’s scenic landscapes while searching for hidden cache boxes that contain trinkets from fellow geocachers and secret code words.

GeocachingSince the trail includes 75 statewide locations including historical and cultural attractions, state parks and much more, this is a great opportunity to take a Delaware geocation! Feel the warm spring coastal breezes, stay at an affordable campground, visit family-friendly attractions and dine at delicious restaurants.

Delaware’s unique landscape offers geo-vactioners the chance to sample the diverse offerings of the First State within a short driving distance! Leaving less time for traveling and more time to spend with family and friends making this a memorable outdoors adventure.

Delaware Geocaching TrailTravelers can complete the Delaware Geocaching Trail passport by using GPS technology to obtain a code word from 24 cache locations (8 from each county). Once the passport is submitted, the geocacher will be qualified to receive a limited-edition geocaching coin from the Delaware Tourism Office. (There are only 200 coins left so begin your journey today!)

Travel resources:

Order a free State Travel Guide: http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide/

Travelocity Booking Engine: http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/hotels/

Online customized trip builder: http://www.visitdelaware.com/trip-builder/

Follow Delaware Tourism for real-time travel updates and tips: http://www.visitdelaware.com/socialmediahub/

 

posted on: Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 3:07 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

And the winner is…Night Rider!

Over 500 votes were casted and the winner of the Delaware Tourism Office Seasonal Photo Contest is Joe del Tufo with his scenic and engaging photograph of the Caesar Rodney statue in Wilmington, Delaware. The winning photograph and seasonal finalist photos will appear in the June 2012 issue of Delaware Today® Magazine. Photo Contest Winner

Thank you to everyone that submitted photographs and voted for the contest! We were very impressed with the high quality of the submissions and will be using various photos for Delaware Tourism Office digital and print marketing materials. So, be on the lookout!

When we asked the winning photographer, Joe del Tufo, about his photo and the Delaware Tourism Office Seasonal Photo Contest he stated:

“I was excited to hear about the Delaware Tourism photo contest as I've photographed the state for much of the last 10 years. People don't realize how much beauty and diversity we have in such a small space. It was fun to choose the shots. The Caesar Rodney sunrise was one photograph I was hoping would resonate. I was lucky to have my camera with me for a morning session as I drove into Wilmington. I tried to think of a location to frame the glorious and quickly changing skies. Rodney Square quickly became the obvious choice, as it could be silhouetted but still identifiable. I had about 5 minutes before the sun was over the clouds. It was about being in the right place at the right time, as photography so often is.”

So, how did the photo contest work?
The photo contest began 6 months ago in October 2001 and received over 500 submissions from amateur and professional photographers. In February 2012, a panel of judges including professional photographers Kevin Fleming and Tony Pratt and a representative from Delaware Today® Magazine, Charlie Tomlinson reviewed the submissions and selected a finalist in each of the four seasonal categories. During the past month, the public has voted for their favorite Delaware photo. The photo with the most votes was named the winner.

Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways from the Delaware Tourism Office and please share your beautiful photos with us on social media!

 

posted on: Sunday, Apr 1, 2012 7:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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