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Spooky haunts and fright sites in Delaware

For all of the thrill seekers out there it is time for Halloween happenings in Delaware! From feeling cool air rush up your spine while exploring a haunted Civil War fortress to quietly sneaking around corners at elaborate haunted houses, if you’re looking for something unique to do on your weekend trip to Delaware, we’ve got it covered!

Here are Delaware’s spookiest spots (in alphabetical order):

Bellevue Hall Ghost Tour - ImageBellevue Hall Ghost Tour
Tuesday, October 29th
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Hear personal stories of “ghostly” experiences at Bellevue Hall followed by a candlelit tour. For those who remain…refreshments will be served. Admission is $15 per person and registration is required. To register, please call 302-761-6963.

Boo at the Zoo
September 28 – October 26, 2013
The woods at 3 Palms Petting Zoo have become haunted! See the zoo in a different light, at night! With haunted woods filled with ghosts, a graveyard, spiders and more surprises along the way. Warm cider and marshmallows for roasting will be provided. This event will take place every Friday and Saturday through October 26th and on Halloween (Oct. 31st) from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 3 Palms Petting Zoo is located in Clayton, DE. For more information, call 302-715-1326.

Dark Dover at First State Heritage Park
Fridays, October 11 and October 18
Two performances each night 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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. Please call 302-739-9191 for reservations. Guests will meet at the John Bell House on The Green.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 27th – Nov. 2nd
(The amusement rides open on Oct.4th)
Attractions open at 6:00 p.m. and remain open until the last ticket holder goes through
Selected by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions, Frightland includes haunted attractions such as the Zombie Prison, Horror Hayrides, Haunted Barn and much more. Frightland also offers carnival amusements and is located in northern Delaware on Route 13 and Port Penn Road, just south of the St. Georges Bridge. For more information, call 302-838-0256.

Pea Patch Paranormal Adventures at Fort Delaware
Fridays and Saturdays in October at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Fort Delaware ghost tourJoin the Delaware Ghost Hunters and park staff for three-hour recreational paranormal investigations at Fort Delaware (a Civil War fortress). Participants will experience an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data records and temperature sensors. This program is limited to ages 12 and older. $40 per person and space is limited. Reservations can be made online or by calling 302-834-7941.

Screams at the Beach
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 3rd – November 2nd (Also open on October 30th.)  
Opens at 7:00 p.m.; Ticket booth opens at 6:45 p.m.
The town of All Hallow’s was once a flourishing settlement but now has fallen into disarray with shocking mayhem around every corner. Stroll through themed houses and the Crimson Woods. Screams at the Beach welcomes families but warns that this is an experience of frights and screams. They are located at 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway in Georgetown, Delaware on the grounds of Sports at the Beach.  For more information, call 302-856-7400.

Shipwrecked! Tales of Traditions and Tragedy at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th
Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Explore bizarre maritime traditions and superstitions that 19th-century sailors used to ensure safety and understand the unexplainable. Stroll through the museum to hear tragic stories from the station’s logs. Pre-registration required. $10 per person. To register, please call 302-227-6991.

Travel Tips:
After a long night of tours and screams, stay the night in a local hotel for a little rest and relaxation. Use the Travelocity booking engine on the right hand side of this page to book your stay.

Make sure you have tons of energy before heading out. Search for nearby restaurants to satisfy your cravings.

Spend less in Delaware! Search for travel deals or visit the fright site’s websites to see if they offer special pricing or group rates.


posted on: Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 1:23 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Sept 20 to Sept 22, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! 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.

St. Hedwig’s Polish Festival
September 16 – 21, 2013
Friday (5-10 p.m.); Saturday (3-10 p.m.)
The St. Hedwig's Polish Festival in Wilmington, Delaware offers family friendly activities and authentic Polish cuisine.

Oktoberfest at the Delaware Saengerbund
September 20 – 22, 2013
Friday (5-11pm); Saturday (12-11pm); Sunday (12-6pm)
Fun for the whole family! There will be Bavarian dancers and a German band for your entertainment, numerous selections of German delicacies as well as imported gifts and souvenirs. Located in Newark, Delaware.

Fifer Fall Fest
Recurring daily until October 31st
Find your way through an exciting corn maze, enjoy hayrides, live entertainment, pumpkin bowling and so much more!

15th Annual Lewes Artists’ Studio Tour
Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nineteen regionally and nationally-acclaimed Lewes artists will open their studios on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to meet artists in their studios, see them at work and perhaps win an original piece of art. The tour is free! Brochures with maps indicating the location of each studio are available in the Lewes and Rehoboth Chambers of Commerce.

Hogs and Hops Craft Beer and BBQ Festival
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Hogs and Hops located on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington is a Craft Beer and BBQ festival is a family friendly event featuring food vendors and merchandise vendors from all over Delaware so you can see and taste the best our state has to offer. Plus, enjoy local craft beer from Fordham and Old Dominion Breweries.

Tour the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, September 22, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the Refuge. Find out how the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail. Please, meet at the Visitor Center and remember to bring your binoculars.

Farmer & Foodie Festival - Georgetown
Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A family friendly festival celebrating our local farming community and local artisans. In addition to a farmers market, local artisans and an Art Crawl, the day is highlighted by complimentary Horse & Carriage Rides, Hay Rides, a 16 Mile Beer Garden, Live Music all afternoon and, for the kids, face painting, pumpkin decorating and scarecrow making. FREE ADMISSION

Wine & Dinosaurs at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$45 for members; $55 for non-members; $65 at the door
Gather your friends for an afternoon enjoying premium wine and specialty beers at the Wine & Dinosaurs event. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, spectacular live music, wine and beer talks by local experts, and a fantastic silent auction. Plus, marvel at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's most curious and never before seen creatures!

Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Sunday, September 22, 2013
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.

Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk at the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday, September 22, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of fall with a walk in the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir!

Eat in the Street – Downtown Milford
Sunday, September 22, 2013
5:00 p.m.
Tickets are $50 per person
Join Downtown Milford for a unique farm-to-table (to street) event! Enjoy a sit down dinner prepared by Milford chefs using locally grown foods. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling 302-839-1180.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do


posted on: Friday, Sep 20, 2013 11:39 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Sample fall season brews on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail

As the seasons change so do the flavors along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Discover local craft beer filled with fresh hops and hints of harvest and pumpkin spices while visiting Delaware. Download a passport, take a tour and taste of local breweries to earn a limited-edit Delaware Wine and Ale Trail beer mug!

Here are some can’t miss seasonal craft beers – make sure to visit their websites for the most up to date information about what’s on tap:

-- 16 Mile Brewing Company’s Tiller Brown Ale is a celebration of the harvest season with robust flavors of chocolate and coffee. This brew is an English Brown Ale and has a roasty flavor. 

Dogfish Punkin Ale

-- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Punkin Ale was inspired by Delaware’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin. It is a full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. 

-- Fordham and Dominion Brewing Company’s Spiced Harvest Ale is light Amber in color with a medium body, spiced with cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice and pumpkin. 

-- Iron Hill Brewery offers three seasonal fall beers including Pumpkin Ale (a medium bodied copper ale spiced with pumpkin pie spices and vanilla); the Pumpkin Weiss (an unfiltered medium bodied wheat beer, with yeast driven flavors of banana and clove, accented with pumpkin pie) and the Oktoberfest (a traditional German festival beer, it is a medium bodied lager with a malty and bready aroma and a firm malt flavor). 

Stewarts Brewing Company

-- Stewart’s Brewing Company serves up the German-style Oktoberfest and Mischief Night Pumpkin Ale Windblown Blond Kölsch during the fall season.

-- Twin Lakes Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest brew is malty and crisp but not sweet, with a smooth, balanced finish and understated hops. 

Bonus stop: 3rd Wave Brewing Company – One of Delaware’s newest breweries is serving up the “Chunkin Punkin Belgian Ale” brewed with 20 pounds of pumpkin puree per barrel and is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


posted on: Friday, Sep 6, 2013 4:29 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Sept 6 to Sept 8, 2013

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! 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.

Art is Social “French Twist: Masterworks of Photography” at the Delaware Art Museum
Friday, September 6, 2013
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Free for members; $5 for non-members
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School of Philadelphia is back for this exciting event celebrating French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray! Professional and amateur artists alike are invited to sketch costumed models dressed in Parisian attire. Travel back to early 20th-century Paris for exclusive beer and wine tastings, live music, and a chance to see the Museum’s exhibitions.

Amish Country Bike Tour
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Registration 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m./Optional start times 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
$60/adults; $30 ages 5-16; under 5 is free
The Amish Country Bike Tour is suited for all ages and abilities and includes 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100-mile loops through the flatlands of Delaware's Amish farmlands. Rest stops include the famous "Pie Stop" at the Amish Schoolhouse, where members of the Amish community and other volunteers serve locally baked pies and cookies. 

First Saturdays in the First State
Saturday, September 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, the First State Heritage Park offers a variety of free programs including historical theater or hands-on events at the John Bell House, tours of the Old State House and Legislative Hall plus, much more!

35th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free
Join more than 100 skilled artists at the premier fine arts festival set against the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean on the Bethany Beach boardwalk and surrounding streets. This premier outdoor fine arts festival features local and national artists in an array of mediums from metals to watercolors.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts
September 7 – 8, 2013
Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Over 200 artists from the region and across the country will be joined by local restaurants and musical performers on the banks of the Brandywine River in Downtown Wilmington.

Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow – Millsboro
September 7 – 8, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Experience authentic Indian music, dancing, arts & crafts plus, Native American food and more! Located in Millsboro, DE at the Nanticoke Indian Museum.

Civil War Weekend at the Wilmington and Western Railroad
September 7 – 8, 2013
12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Travel with troops for a 2¼-hour round-trip train ride to the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate forces. You'll see men and women dressed in authentic period costumes using weapons of that time. This event is powered by one of our antique steam locomotives.

Bonus trip ideas: 
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do 


posted on: Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 12:18 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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