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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

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

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware September 12 to September 14, 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.

Arts and Jazz Festival at the Freeman Stage
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva's finest artists, whom are sponsored by Delaware by Hand. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore - Joe Baione, Cynthia Holiday, and KJ Denhert!

Historic Georgetown Art Crawl
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy artwork display throughout the historic downtown Georgetown, held in conjunction with the Annual Farmer and Foodie Festival on the Circle.

Walking Tour: “Rock and Roll Mills” at Hagley Museum
Saturday, September 13, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Discover where the du Pont legacy began at the mills of the Hagley Museum. Explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley.

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.

Civil War Skirmish Weekend on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
September 13 – 14, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 3:00 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.

Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals at the Fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 12:30 p.m.
Rentals include PFD, seat and paddle. Must have paddling experience. Closed-toe shoes required - no flip-flops. No reservations, but call 302-645-6852 or 302-644-6720 for information and current weather conditions. Single and tandem kayaks available. Ages 8 and up with paying adult; solo paddlers must be at least 13. Single or Tandem Sit-on-Top: $15 per person per hour.

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.

Fall Wagon Ride at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Ride to Cypress Point in a 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

Hagley Car Show
Sunday, September 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Browse through more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the early 1900s-1980s. The show features vehicle parades, motoring music, video and go-kart racing, and a festival food court.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, September 14, 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 12, 2014 1:25 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Labor Day Beach Vacation – Delaware Travel Tips 2014

Labor Day weekend is already here! A perfect chance to enjoy a relaxing weekend at the beautiful Delaware beaches. Here are some helpful travel tips to assist in planning ahead. Leaving plenty of time to enjoy time with friends and family.

Bethany Beach Delaware∙ Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do, places to eat and where to stay in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Each beach has its own vacation style from bayside breezes to coastal charm. Pick your favorite!

∙ Search the Delaware Tourism site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews. Plus, find information about weekend events in Delaware. 

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

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

∙ Take a break from the beach and discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail - a collection of more than 60 activities ranging from hiking, biking to kayaking.

Travel tips:

Best times to travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on your way to the beach:
   -- Friday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.
   -- Saturday before 7:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
   -- Sunday before 10:00 a.m. and afar 10:00 p.m.
   -- Labor Day Monday before 10:00 a.m. and after 10:00 p.m.

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

Cape May Lewes Ferry∙ Take a break from the road. The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended.

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

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

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

Best tip of all…have fun! Share your travel photos with us on Instagram and Pinterest by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware has its own beer – and wine – and now spirits too!

The Delaware Wine and Ale Trail is getting a spirited new identity.

This visitor-friendly collection of First State breweries and wineries is adding four new locations -- two of them distilleries – making it a better time than ever to explore this tasty journey.

Delaware Beer Wine and Spirits TrailNow known as the “Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail,” the statewide self-paced tour is designed to give travelers a convenient and fun way to explore the many tours and tastings available in the state. The trail’s “passport” system allows participants to track their travels and potentially earn prizes.

While the “new” trail will officially be launched later in fall 2014, visitors are encouraged to get a head start. The new attractions on the trail include:

-- Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach. Calling itself the “East Coast’s premier distillery/ restaurant experience,” DDC is one of just a handful of distilleries under the same roof as a full service restaurant and bar. Specialties include craft liquors, unique cocktails, a 20-flavor infusion bar, and tours.

-- Painted Stave Distilling, Smyrna. This craft distillery is located in a converted 1940's movie theater, and prides itself on producing premium craft spirits from local raw materials.  Open for tours, tastings and sales.  Group tours and private events are welcome.

-- Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro's Pizza, Newark. This family-run pizzeria has been in business for 36 years, but its latest achievement is the installation of a small microbrewery, which produces a variety of IPAs to accompany the restaurant’s pizza pies and pub-style sandwiches.

-- Mispillion River Brewing Company, Milford. The year-round IPAs and porters here are supplemented by single-hop specialty brews, once-and-done surprises and tasting room exclusives. Tours are available, and the action at the 15-barrel brew house can be viewed from the tasting room window while sitting at the bar and enjoying a cold pint.

To participate in the trail, go to the trail website, which includes listings of locations and instructions on downloading and completing the passport. The website is also designed to help visitors find lodging and locate other nearby attractions.

While you’re here, it’s also a good time to check out Delaware’s four other visitor trails – History, Culinary, Geocaching and Outdoor.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 3:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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