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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware February 27 to March 1, 2015

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Friday, February 27, 2015 & Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
It’s the last weekend to enjoy the brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival at the Hockessin Memorial Hall
Friday, February 27, 2015 – Sunday, March 1, 2015
Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Art Festival: $3
Over 25 artists will be displaying and selling limited edition prints, original watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, sculptures and carvings. While at the Art Festival, take a ride on the "Festival Express,” a vintage 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad railcar that will depart from outside the Festival for a 40 minute round-trip through the towns of Yorklyn and Ashland.

Winter Weekends at Hagley Museum and Library
Saturday, February 28, 2015 and Sunday, February 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Every weekend until March 8th, admission is free to the Hagley. This is a great opportunity to  explore three floors of exhibitions in the Visitor Center, stroll along the river through dozens of historic structures from the Industrial Revolution, and explore the gardens and grounds of Eleutherian Mills at a self-guided pace. Enjoy demonstrations historic machinery, gunpowder explosions, and coal-fired steam engine operations happen throughout the day.

Tales of Slavery Walking Tours at the John Bell House
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour of historic Dover led by historical interpreters in period dress. Learn of Delaware’s complicated position regarding slavery. The tour begins at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes.

Celebrating Love and Family: Follow the Drinking Gourd at the John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, February 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about Delaware’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and its many heroes who helped enslaved people escape to freedom. This program is perfect for kids Pre-K through 2nd grade.

Delaware in a Day Tasting at Fenwick Wine Cellars
Saturday, February 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
It's Delaware Wine Month! In honor of this special occasion, Fenwick Wine Cellars is hosting a day tasting, which includes wine tasting and a mini tour of unique landmarks and destinations in Delaware. Those who attend will be eligible for giveaways.

Seal Watching at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, February 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Admission: $2.00
Take the family seal watching! This is the time of year you will spot dozens of grey and harbor seals swimming around the Delaware Bay. Bring your cameras and dress appropriately for this event.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Brewery hours: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tour begins at 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $22.00
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.

“Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware 1800-1890” at the Delaware Historical Society
Saturday, February 28, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Delaware Historical Society's new book chronicling the history of the black church, "Forging Faith, Building Freedom", is featured in this month's issue of Delaware Today. Meet the book’s authors: Dr. Constance J. Cooper, chief curator at the Delaware Historical Society and curator of "Forging Faith, Building Freedom", and Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University and consultant historian for the book.

Free admission to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday, February 29, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Admission to the museum is free to all visitors thanks to the support from generous individuals and the Longwood Foundation. 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.

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: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 3:53 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware February 20 to February 22, 2015

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.

Historic Dover Walking Tours
Recurring weekly
Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Delve into the rich history of Dover, Delaware with a historic walking tour that starts at the John Bell House. Contact 302-739-9194 for details.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Peter and the Starcatcher: A Grownup's Prequel to Peter Pan
Recurring till Sunday, February 22, 2015
8:00 p.m. Friday; 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. Saturday; 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Take a hilarious romp through the Neverland like you never knew before. This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight

Star Gazing at Cape Henlopen State Park
Friday, February 20, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This time of the year sky gazers have a lot to look up to! Find planets and constellations in the winter night sky and learn about their ancient stories. This is a great family-fun event for sky watchers of all ages.

Celebrating Love and Family: Follow the Drinking Gourd
Recurring every Saturday till February 28, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Learn about Delaware’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and its many heroes who helped enslaved people escape to freedom. This program is perfect for kids Pre-K through 2nd grade.

Winter Weekends at Hagley Museum
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Every weekend until March 8th, admission is free to the Hagley. This is a great opportunity to  explore three floors of exhibitions in the Visitor Center, stroll along the river through dozens of historic structures from the Industrial Revolution, and explore the gardens and grounds of Eleutherian Mills at a self-guided pace. Enjoy demonstrations historic machinery, gunpowder explosions, and coal-fired steam engine operations happen throughout the day.

Barnes Woods Winter Hike at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Take in the beauty of winter with a hike at Trap Pond State Park’s Barnes Woods. The picturesque hike provides great photo opportunities of the great Delaware outdoors.

African American Lives Hosted by John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, February 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In dedication to African-American History Month, the docents at John Dickinson Plantation will take you back to the 1700’s, when slavery was prominent. Learn what life was like as a slave on the plantation.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, February 22, 2015
1:00 p.m.
It’s back by popular demand! Take in Delaware’s natural beauty with a hike with a park naturalist at Fresh Pond Tract in Delaware Seashore State Park. This is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery. Pre-registration required.

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, Feb 20, 2015 2:28 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Flock to top Delaware birdwatching events

Each spring, Delaware’s coastal wildlife refuges become the center of the world – the bird-watching world, that is.

Delaware birdingThroughout the state’s scenic bayside sanctuaries, blue skies fill with flocks of shorebirds and songbirds, seeking sustenance during their long flights across the hemisphere. By the water’s edge, masses of sandpipers and redknots feed on the eggs of prehistoric horseshoe crabs, perpetuating a life cycle that has existed for millennia. All along the coast and in Delaware State Parks, birdwatchers are blessed with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color and life, from bald eagles to soaring hawks.

Nature’s spring rituals inevitably inspire an assortment of birdwatching events in Delaware, along with an always-enjoyable lineup of nearby spring festivals that have more to do with the balmy days than the hungry birds.

For a quick overview of the options, scroll through the overview of Birding in Delaware. Then it will be time to grab your binoculars, create your travel itinerary and explore some of the other spring activities in Delaware. See you this spring!

Top Delaware birdwatching events:
Outdoor Trail BirdwatchingDelaware Bird-A-Thon
During the annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon (May 2-10, 2015), visitors can spend a few hours, an afternoon, or all day enjoying nature and watching migratory birds in the name of bird conservation. Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. This is a great way to add a sense of purpose and fun to your trip to one of Delaware’s stunning National Wildlife Refuges, such as Bombay Hook or Prime Hook.

Birding Field Trips
The Delmarva Ornithological Society also sponsors regular “field trips” to top birding areas, hosted by an expert guide. See the society’s Field Trip Schedule for more.

Delmarva Birding Weekend
One of the most popular birdwatching events in the mid-Atlantic region is the Delmarva Birding Weekend (April 23–26, 2015). Participants can take part in a number of excursions during the daytime, nighttime, aboard a boat, or even while canoeing or kayaking. With over 20 different programs and excursions, each visitor can custom tailor their trip to their own individual desires.

Brandywine Creek State Park Monthly Birdwalk
Here’s a chance to visit one of the state’s most beautiful parks and get up close with the flora and fauna. The Birdwalks are held at 8 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month from Feb. 28-March 28, and are led by an expert volunteer birder from the Museum of Natural History. All you need are your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. No pre-registration required, and cost is free.

Resources and travel ideas to create your own Delaware birdwatching adventure:

• See the lineup of Top Birding Sites in Delaware and the species you will find.

• The Delaware Birding Trail is a great way to explore the options. Available as a free map and guide, it’s a comprehensive resource for anyone planning a birding trip in Delaware. The map is distributed at 13 sites across the state, and it can be requested online.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife RefugeBombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors a 12-mile wildlife drive, five walking trails (two of them handicapped accessible), three observation towers, wildlife photography, a variety of nature and educational programs, and interpretative displays. Scroll through their Plan Your Visit webpage for area information.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge features observation decks, pull-offs, and canoe and 6 miles of hiking trails to help you observe the natural wonders. Explore the changing landscapes, including vernal pools, emergent marshes, shrublands, upland forests and forested wetlands. See more on Prime Hook’s Visitor Activities webpage.

 

posted on: Monday, Feb 16, 2015 11:09 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

10 Delaware restaurants that win Yelp raves

Local “Top 10” dining roundups are frequently made up of the same “fine-dining” restaurants, year after year, on list after list. For travelers, it can be even more thrilling to discover restaurants that are the “hidden gems” of a particular region, delivering unique food and a fair price in a pleasant setting.

With that in mind, we have culled the collective consumer reviews of the popular Yelp ratings site and put together a list of the Delaware restaurants that really seem to get the readers raving, but which may be at risk of not appearing on your average travelers’ radar. For your convenience, the picks also have been broken down by city, including some of Delaware’s most popular foodie destinations, such as Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Wilmington and Newark.

Some of these top Delaware restaurants are distinctly non-traditional. Others are those places that are revered by regulars because of their dependable, unpretentious food and cozy atmosphere. All of them are worth a trip next time you visit Delaware.

Lewes

Agave Mexican Restaurant LewesAgave Mexican Restaurant
137 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 645-1232
Yelp Reviews:
“We always order the shrimp and garlic guacamole. The bleu cheese and steak quesadilla is an excellent and somewhat interest riff on Mexican cuisine.”
“The sangria is fantastic and all of the entrees are delicious.”
“The rocket peppers are a must and the steak and blue cheese quesadilla were amazing.”

Rose & Crown (bar and grill)
142 2nd St
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 827-4475
Yelp Reviews:
“We started with the deviled eggs, which were the best I'd ever tasted. I followed up with the duck confit shepherd's pie. It was absolutely to DIE for. Amazing.”
“A true gastropub in the middle of Lewes, DE at its finest.”
“I had the crab cake sandwich which may have been the best I've ever had.”

The Surfing Crab (seafood)
16723 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE 19958
(302) 644-4448
Yelp Reviews:
“Every time I'm in the area I try to eat here at least once.”
“The crabs come out fresh each batch as well as homemade sides of coleslaw and potato salad.”
“If I'm ever up that way again the Surfing Crab is my destination for awesome crab, cold beer and great wait staff!!”


Rehoboth Beach

Henlopen City Oyster House (seafood)
50 Wilmington Ave
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 260-9193
Yelp Reviews:
“The lobster mac & cheese had very big chunks of lobster; they did not skimp at all.”
“Hot apps (razor clams, clams casino) were extraordinarily delicious.”
“The steamed shrimp are nicely seasoned and the clams are perfect every time.”

Big Fish Grill (seafood)
20298 Coastal Hwy
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
(302) 227-3474
Yelp Reviews:
“Served a terrific Ciopinno with garlic bread and pasta, the kind of fish stew you crave, with a broth so perfect, we are all still thinking about it.”
“Save room for dessert: the peanut butter pie is lovely!”
“One of the best parts of this place is their sauces - New Orleans, lobster sauce, mustard sauce.”


Wilmington area

Juliana’s Kitchen (Peruvian)
1828 W 11th St
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 888-1828
Yelp Reviews:
“I have never eaten Peruvian food before, but Juliana's Kitchen is nothing short of amazing!”
“We tried several dishes but the favorite with our family was the Bistec Apanado con TacuTacu.”
“I had a pork stew with mashed lima beans, omg, delicious.”

Eclipse Bistro Wilmington DelawareEclipse Bistro (American)
1020 N Union St
Ste B
Wilmington, DE 19805
(302) 658-1588
Yelp Reviews:
“The crab cakes were right up there with some of the best I've ever had.”
"I had the watermelon and tomato salad and a side of the fingerling potatoes. Jumping jehosephat! Who would have ever guessed that watermelon and tomatoes could taste so special?!"
“Even the organic chicken offered a really unique flavor.”

Kooma (sushi/Japanese)
400 Justison St
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 543-6732
Yelp Reviews:
“Drinks are great, happy hour specials are unbeatable.”
“Get their cooked dishes. I got the Kooma noodles and my friend the bibimbop and we loved our entrees!”
“First time trying sushi and it was amazing paired with a great martini. I've been hooked ever since.”

River Rock Kitchen (American)
818 Shipyard Dr
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 654-2900
Yelp Reviews:
“Some of my favorites are the salmon, filet mignon, brussel sprouts, and kale salad.”
“For the main, my go to is either the Steak Frittes or the Verlasso Salmon or the Pan Seared Scallops.”
“All in all, this was a stellar meal quietly tucked away inside the Westin Hotel.”


Newark

Two Stones Pub Newark DelawareTwo Stones Pub (brew pub)
2 Chesmar Plz
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 294-1890
Yelp Reviews:
“Went to one of their monthly beer dinners with a friend, AMAZING!”
“Chips were great, very crispy, but someone at the table should definitely get a fry pile to share - sweet potato cinnamon make an excellent dessert.”
“The fish tacos are absolutely to die for and the beer selection is the best I've seen in Delaware.”

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill (steak house)
1225 Churchmans Rd
Newark, DE 19713
(302) 366-7577
Yelp Reviews:
"Had the pecan-custed trout with green beans and a margarita . All excellent."
"Half-price drinks and a great bar menu make for a time to unwind and relax! The patio is great when weather is permitting of course!"
"If you want a great steak at a reasonable price then this is the place for you!"

Ole Tapas Lounge & Restaurant (Spanish)
1126 Capitol Trl
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 224-9378
Yelp Reviews:
"Wines. Tapas. Service. Variety. These things all come together to make Olé one of my favorite places in Delaware."
"If you are looking for a nice idea for a date, you can't go wrong with sharing tapas, and Ole Tapas does an amazing job with them."
"Paella is THE BEST!!! I really made myself hungry before going here so my Paella cravings will be satisfied."

 

posted on: Monday, Feb 16, 2015 10:53 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Feb 13 to Feb 15, 2015

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.

Searching for last minute Valentine's Day ideas? Visit the Delaware Tourism blog for swoon worthy suggestions on things to do in Delaware or the travel tools page for latest Delaware travel deals

Free Wildlife Drive at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
February 14 - February 16, 2015
1/2 hour before Sunrise - 1/2 hour after Sunset.
Take in nature’s beauty with a 12-mile drive through one of the most beautiful wildlife refuges in the country. You are guaranteed to spot snow geese, bald eagles, blue herons and many other birds as they flock to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to feed and rest. The entrance fee will be waived to celebrate Presidents weekend.

Historic Dover Walking Tours
Recurring weekly
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Delve into the rich history of Dover, Delaware with a historic walking tour that starts at the John Bell House. Contact 302-739-9194 for details.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays
Glide into some fun at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family or event a special date night. Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Tales of Slavery Walking Tours
Recurring every Saturday till February 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour of historic Dover led by historical interpreters in period dress. Learn of Delaware’s complicated position regarding slavery. The tour begins at the John Bell House on The Green every hour and last approximately 45 minutes.

The 8th Annual Lewes Winter Fest Barkfest Yappy Hour
Friday, February 13, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy some Bark-tinis, Cat-atonic and Muttinis at the Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes. Proceeds from the Yappy Hour social will go to the Delaware SPCA shelter in Georgetown. Attendees to the Yappy Hour can come with or without pets and dogs should be on a leash with one dog and one handler.

Valentine's Day Dinner Train
Friday, February 13, 2015 and Saturday, February 14, 2015
7:00 pm
Treat your Valentine to an intimate, 2-hour ride aboard our vintage, heated coaches as you enjoy a romantic buffet dinner and the relaxing motion of the swaying train. Ticket price includes train fare, appetizers, salad, entree, assorted desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. This event is powered by one of our antique steam locomotives. Reservations are required.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tour begins 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.

Beginner Birders at Lums Pond State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Bring the whole family and learn how to find Delaware’s feathered friends. Start with the basics of how to use color, song and behavior to identify birds.

Historic Chocolate Demonstration and Antiques Sale
February 14 - February 15, 2015
Feb. 14th 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Feb. 15th 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy the "Sweet" and the "Salvaged" on Valentines Weekend at The Lewes Historical Society's Historic Chocolate Demonstration and Antiques. The Antiques and Collectables Sale will feature a selection of small furniture, collectables and more. Enjoy free historic chocolate-making demonstrations and samples given by a team of Mars Chocolate History Ambassadors.

Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley Museum
Saturday, February 14, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
It a day full of crafts and activities for the entire family! Make Victorian Valentines using the “scrap” method, write Valentine verses with a quill pen and enjoy many other fun activities. A special exhibit featuring antique Valentine cards and candy packaging will also be on display.

Sweetheart Hike at White Clay Creek State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a crisp brisk hike with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Climb the hill to the Robinson House and have cocoa in front of a blazing fire. Sweet treats will also be provided.

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, February 14, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tour the Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. Pre-registration is required.

Rehoboth Gumbo Crawl
Sunday, February 15, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come down to Rehoboth’s Gumbo Crawl. Savor the flavors of various gumbo recipes made by twelve participating restaurants. Sample the food and vote for your favorite dish.

Kathy Griffin at the Grand Opera House
Sunday, February 15, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Check out comedian and Fashion Police Host Kathy Griffin at the Grand Opera House. She made a career out of bursting the bubbles of pretentious celebrities, simultaneous embracing and shocking our star-obsessed culture. Tickets are still available.

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, Feb 13, 2015 7:53 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware February 6 to February 8, 2015

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Tour begins 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.

Winter Weekends at Hagley Museum
Recurring every weekend till March 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Every weekend until March 8th, admission is free to the Hagley. Explore three floors of exhibitions in the Visitor Center, stroll along the river through dozens of historic structures from the Industrial Revolution, and explore the gardens and grounds of Eleutherian Mills at a self-guided pace. Enjoy demonstrations of historic machinery, gunpowder explosions, and coal-fired steam engine operations happen throughout the day.

First Friday Free Concert Series at The Old State House
Friday, February 6, 2015
7:30 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m.
Kick off African-American history month with a free Jazz concert at The Old State House. Guitarist Bruce Anthony will play timeless jazz standards from the American songbook with a twist of incorporates swing and ragtime.

Dover’s First Fridays
Friday, February 6, 2015
5:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
Feel like shopping? Head to Downtown Dover for tax-free specials every First Friday of the month.

First Saturday of February at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Throughout the day enjoy free guided tours throughout historic locations in Dover, Delaware. Tours include Legislative Hall; the governor’s house at Woodburn and Delaware’s role in the Underground Railroad.

Night Sounds on the Refuge – A guided Walk at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, February 7, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Listen closely and you will hear the coos and screeches of nocturnal animals that live in the wild. Discover the sounds of nature during this evening walk with a volunteer guide.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, February 8, 2015
1:00 p.m.
It’s back by popular demand! Every Sunday during January and February, hike a trail at Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist. On this day, hike through Thompson Island Nature Preserve. It’s a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery. Call (302) 227-6991 for details.

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: Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 11:02 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 23 to January 25, 2015

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.

Downtown Newark’s Restaurant Week
Monday, January 19, 2015 – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Various Times
For one week only, Downtown Newark will host a culinary celebration highlighting its fabulous restaurants and their offerings -- diverse enough to please any palate, and at prices to suit any purse! Say hello to a new restaurant, or come back to an old favorite. Everyone can eat downtown!

Titanoboa!: Monster Snake
Recurring daily till January 25, 2015
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays-Saturdays, 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sundays
Come see what is considered the largest snake in the world: Titanoboa!  This exhibit features a replica of a massive prehistoric predator, measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds. For tickets, call the Delaware Museum of Natural History at 302-658-9111.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, January 24, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Tour begins 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.

Winter Jam in Rehoboth Beach
Friday, January, 23, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Experience summer in the middle of winter at Winter Jam! It will be a fun evening of live music, food from Espuma, Hobos, Grottos, Modern Mixture and more!

Live Reptile & Amphibian Show at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, January 24, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get up close and personal with some of the native reptiles and amphibians that live in the Killens Pond State Park Nature Center. You will have the opportunity to touch the animals too!

Science Saturday: The Science of Nylon at Hagley Museum
Saturday, January 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experiment and innovate with a series of family activities: Science Saturdays! Families work creatively together to solve a problem or make an improvement. This week’s activity explores the unique properties of nylon.

Chilly Hayride & Cozy Campfire at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, January 24, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy the great outdoors in the winter by taking a tour of Trap Pond State Park in a rusty hay wagon. Warm up with some hot beverages and roasted marshmallows in front of a cozy campfire. Call 302-875-5163 to pre-register.

Free Admission to the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring weekly every Sunday
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission to the Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. The admission fee is waived thanks to support from generous individuals. 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.

Sunday Hike at Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, January 25, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Every Sunday during January and February, hike a trail at Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist. This week the hike will feature Fresh Pond Tract.
This is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery. 

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, Jan 23, 2015 11:19 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Here are 10 great ways to wow your Valentine in Delaware

Sometimes, your true love needs help, no matter how hard they may try to find that perfect Valentine’s Day date. Admittedly, it can be hard to find that perfect combination of lavish-but-affordable fun.

That’s why Delaware stands as a great Valentine’s Day destination. Tax-free shopping helps factor in affordability, and Delaware’s wealth of classy, romantic settings means your special day (or weekend) will have that necessary air of sophistication.

With those requirements in mind, consider these 10 great Valentine’s Day “dates” in Delaware – and feel free to mix and match!

Inn at Monchanin Delaware1. For a regal excursion, stick to Delaware’s “Chateau County,” the region around the northwestern arc of the state that’s home to DuPont family mansions that are now museums. At one of those museums – Hagley – you and your date can stroll along the beautiful Brandywine River and see the old DuPont powder mills before heading to dinner at Krazy Kat’s, a charming restaurant located in the Inn and Spa at Montchanin Village, which offers intimate rooms.

2. Enjoy some of the finest dining in Delaware at Moro restaurant, then head over to Opera Delaware for a show, followed by late-night drinks at the Hotel DuPont’s Piano Bar.

3. Or, if more contemporary creations are more to your liking, check out the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts on the Wilmington Riverfront. Before or after, you could catch a couple of nearby attractions, including the Penn Cinema IMAX, or the new outdoor skating rink by the banks of the Christina. There should be plenty of time for a relaxed dinner at the nearby Iron Hill Brewery on the banks of the Christina River before turning in for the night at the new Westin Wilmington Hotel.

Delaware beach4. Should your true love prefer scenic splendor to city life, head south to the Delaware beaches. Take a stroll on the sand at Cape Henlopen State Park before heading into downtown Rehoboth for dinner at one of this culinary hotspot’s top restaurants, such as Eden or Salt Air, or Henlopen City Oyster House. Consider a stay at the romantic Bellmoor Inn and Spa (and be sure to visit the Delaware deals page for a special Valentine’s Day offer).

5. There’s romance everywhere on the quaint streets of downtown Lewes, where ocean breezes always scent the air. Browse the boutique shops along Second Street before ducking into Agave Mexican Restaurant or Striper Bites “nautical bistro” for dinner. Consider a night’s stay at the Inn at Canal Square, a waterfront gem (visit the Delaware deals page for the Inn’s Valentine’s Day discount offer).

6. Linger over a refined dinner at the opulent Green Room in the Hotel DuPont, then take in a performance at the DuPont Theatre (soon to be renamed the Playhouse on Rodney Square) or the Grand Opera House before heading back to the luxurious Hotel DuPont for a cozy night’s stay.

7. “Fun” is the operative word for couples who head to central Delaware for a stay at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, which offers full gaming action, a variety of restaurants and a hotel with spa services.

Harvest Ridge Winery8. Swing to the western side of central Delaware for an experience that embraces rural relaxation. Enjoy a wine tasting at Harvest Ridge Winery before heading to Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant for dinner.

9. There’s more of that small-town ambience in Milford, where couples will enjoy a dinner with modern flair at Abbott’s Grill, a theater performance at Second Street Players/Riverfront Theatre, and a stroll along the streets to see the art galleries and perhaps a coffee at Dolce Bakery.

10. Back down at the Delaware beaches, couple who prefer a little adventure to me mixed in with their romance can try their hand at paddleboarding at DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures in Fenwick Island before grabbing a couple of drinks and dinner at Catch 54, tucked right up to the water.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 2:22 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Guide to Outdoor Winter Activities in Delaware

Admittedly, it can be tough summoning the courage to step outside when it’s cold. Plainly, there are days when a warm fire is preferable to an outdoor excursion. But there are times when it just feels good to get out and go, especially after a couple months shut inside.

Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you and found a few things to do outdoors in Delaware during the winter season that are guaranteed to get the blood flowing and put some spring back in your step. As an added benefit, many are just plain fun, and thoroughly conducive to keeping fitness levels up through those long winter months.

Ice Skating Rink DelawareICE SKATING
Delaware is blessed with some great skating options, including the new Riverfront Wilmington Ice Skating Rink, which has the added benefit of being located close to the plentiful shopping and restaurants in the area. If an outdoor excursion seems extreme, consider the indoor skating available at the University Of Delaware Ice Arena, or The Pond, both in the Newark area. Farther downstate, check out the Centre Ice Rink at Delaware State Fair, on the grounds of the Harrington Raceway and Casino.

SLEDDING
Who doesn’t like sledding? Here’s a sampling of Delaware’s most thrilling and popular slopes:

Delaware sledding things to do winterRockford Park, Wilmington (just below Rockford Tower and the tennis courts)
• Monkey Hill by Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington (North Park Drive, adjacent to the Zoo)
• Rockwood Park and Mansion (just north of Wilmington on Washington Street Extension)
• Big Hill at Brandywine Creek State Park (Off Del. 100 in North Wilmington, on the right as you enter the main parking lot)
• Bear Mountain at Glasgow Park (U.S. 40 and Del. 896, near the East entrance)
• Pike Creek Golf Course, Pike Creek (near Skyline Grill, off Skyline Drive)
• Pike Creek Christian School, Pike Creek (Polly Drummond Road)

HIKING
Sometimes, the best hiking can be found on a brisk winter day, far removed from summer’s sweltering peak. The Delaware Outdoor Trail is a great tool for finding scenic spots to wander, or you may want to consider some of the special organized hikes that state parks sponsor in the coming days:

Sweetheart Hike at White Clay Creek State Park (February 14, 2015): Enjoy a crisp brisk hike and cocoa in front of a blazing fire on the Sweetheart Hike.
Bridge Walk and Coin Beach Hike (February 15, 2015): Explore the outdoor wonders of Delaware Seashore State Park with a hike at Bridge Walk and Coin Beach.
Trap Pond State ParkBarnes Woods Winter Hike at Trap Pond State Park (February 21, 2015): Discover the winter beauty of Trap Pond State Park with a hike through historic Barnes Woods Nature Preserve.
Fresh Pond Tract Hike (February 22, 2015): Learn about the coastal wildlife of Delaware Seashore State Park with a hike at Fresh Pond Tract.

FLY FISHING
Fans of fly fishing swear by its therapeutic properties, so why not give it a try at a special “Introduction to Fly Fishing” event in the moonlight at the Judge Morris Estate (February 23, 2015).

BIRD WATCHING
Delaware is known for having some of the best bird watching in the world, thanks to its location on the Atlantic Flyway. Check out the special programs at Delaware’s costal refuges for some spectacular views of nature:

Free Wildlife Drive through Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (February 14 – 16, 2015): Spot snow geese, a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, hawks, and great blue herons at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Beginner Birders at Lums Pond State Park (February 14, 2015): Learn how to identify a variety of feathered friends.

STARGAZING
Enjoy the beauty of the sea and the sky at one of Delaware’s most scenic state parks, Cape Henlopen, which is holding stargazing events on Feb. 20 and Feb. 28.

SEAL WATCHING
Another winter event that truly shows the magic of the Delaware seashore is Seals on the Beach (February 28, 2015), at Cape Henlopen State Park.

RIDE THE STEAM TRAIN
The Wilmington & Western Railroad is an all-time family favorite in Delaware, and the special Festival Express event (February 28, 2015) gives riders a chance to enjoy a 40-minute round-trip tour through the towns of Yorklyn and Ashland aboard a vintage 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad railcar.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 1:10 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Spring Events in Delaware 2015

Take your pick: The Colonial charms of Old Dover Days; seaside fun at the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival; or racing at the Monster Mile.

Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of sorts, filled with outdoor celebrations and even a few high-RPM thrills. Take your pick of festival fun here:

Great Delaware Kite FestivalGreat Delaware Kite Festival
Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing. April 3, 2015.

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four-day event features first-rate national entertainment, informative workshops, exquisite food, and the best beach vibe around. Added attractions include golf outings, walking tours, craft fair and dances. April 9-12, 2015.

Bug & Bud Festival
Get a true taste of this artsy little town and enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There’s entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and more. April 25, 2015.

R2Hop2 Beer and Music festival
From keg tosses to sumo wrestling, the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival puts the emphasis on happy indulgences, including craft beers on tap and live bands on stage. April 25, 2015.

Dover Days Festival
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring’s charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation’s newest National Monument. May 1-3, 2015.

Delaware birdingDelaware Bird-A-Thon
If you’ve never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware’s coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. May 3-11, 2015.

Wilmington Flower Market
This annual rite of spring -- always held on Mother's Day Weekend -- is beloved for its selection of native plants and artisanal crafts, its carnival rides and food, and the live music that ties it all together. May 7-9, 2015.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
This five-day celebration of life's finer pleasures consist of dozens of events at special locations throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants, and even historic properties, from Wilmington south to the beaches. May 13-17, 2015.

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of the state’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games – at the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in historic Milton, featuring arts & crafts, boat rides and canoe trips, and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. May 23, 2015

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival
There's a soothing old-world charm (along with enough Italian food to please an army) at this week-long celebration in a Wilmington's charming Little Italy. Kids will love the amusement rides; mom and dad will be tempted to join in the nonstop dancing, singing and eating. June 7-14, 2015.

Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go
As Delaware’s premier craft brewer, Dogfish Head has built its reputation on a unique brand of comforting, comfortable quirkiness, an attitude typified by its annual Analog-A-Go-Go, billed as an “annual vinyl swap and cask beer fest.” Held at both the Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the fest includes live music, artisans and vendors, a vinyl swap shop, and of course, beer. June 12-13, 2015.

Old New CastleSeparation Day in Old New Castle
This annual event marks two momentous occasions in Delaware’s history, both of which occurred in 1776 – on the same day that year, Delaware declared itself independent, or “separated,” from both Britain and Pennsylvania. These days, that brave move is marked with craft beer, food trucks, Colonial games and music, an arts and crafts festival, amusement rides and even a wrestling demo or two. June 12-13, 2015.

June Jam
Billed as “Delaware’s best outdoor concert," the June Jam's annual shindig in Houston has included such national acts as Kansas, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and Cheap Trick, along with fun and games for the kids, and vendors to satisfy almost any need. June 13, 2015.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
In tribute to the Wilmington man who was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival routinely features top musicians, and always offers free admission. June 17-20, 2015.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems. June 27-28, 2015.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 12:34 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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