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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware March 27 to March 29, 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.

Company: A musical comedy at Clear Space Theatre
Friday and Saturday
Experience theater at the beach! "Company" is a ground-breaking musical examining the pros and cons of marriage. Come dine in Rehoboth Beach and take in a show at Clear Space Theatre.

Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs at the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring weekly every Friday – Sunday till May 23, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free-$25; Sundays are free
This canine exhibit features 65 of photographer Elliot Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs, which were photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004. Funny, poignant, and beautifully composed, these photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles, and glowering bulldogs record the relationship between humans and our canine companions.

Historic Dover Walking Tours at First State Heritage Park
Recurring weekly every 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.

Easter Bunny Express at the Wilmington & Western Railroad
Saturday, March 28, 2015-Sunday, March 29, 2015
Departures: 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $18 Seniors (60+): $17 Children (2-12): $16 Children under 2: Free
The Easter Bunny is making an early visit to our area. He will hop aboard the train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland.  All kids onboard will get a special Easter treat. Bring your cameras and take selfies with Peter Cottontail himself.  

Bird Walk Series at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 a.m.
Admission: Free
Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group and provide tips and advice to all interested birders.

Beach Ride & Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Admission: $30 for 14 years and up, or $15 for 13 years and under
Bring your steed to the state park for a relaxing ride on the beach. Don't own a horse? Don't worry. Bring your sneakers for a lovely seaside stroll.

Newark's Annual Wine and Dine Downtown
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This culinary and wine extravaganza will feature a dazzling array of tasty delights prepared by the chefs of downtown Newark’s very own restaurants, complemented by fine wines from around the world. To participate, pick up a glass at any participating restaurant and pay as you go.

Science Saturday: Heat and Fire at the Hagley Museum
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free-$14
Experiment and innovate with the Hagley Museum’s series of family activities called Science Saturdays. Families work creatively together to solve a problem or make an improvement. This week the activities involve heat and fire. The program is included in regular admission and free for members.

Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn everything you need to know about surf fishing during a 3-hour program from casting techniques to fish identification. Rods, reels and bait are provided. $25 per person. Pre-registration is required. 

Tour of the Refuge at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, March 29, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get a guided tour of the Refuge and find out how Bombay Hook is managed for wildlife. You will get a chance to visit different habitats and walk a trail or two. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Fort DuPont Walking Tour
Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Take a leisurely stroll to discover the history, architecture and the community of this old military post, including the theater, gymnasium, guard house, barracks and officer housing. Learn about plans to bring life to this historic community.

House Warming Day Afternoon Tea Buffet at Winterthur's Visitor Center
Sunday, March 29, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$29.95 per person, Children under 12 are half price.
Experience the elegance of dining like a du Pont during a special afternoon tea with selections from original menus created by H. F. du Pont for special occasions. Tea will be available at 3 PM. Call for more information.

Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park
Sunday, March 29, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers - instruction is provided. Rain date is the following day. Meet at the Boathouse in Area 2.

Bonus trip ideas:

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 3:53 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware March 13 to March 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.

A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & The Art of Everyday Life at Winterthur
Recurring weekly every Friday-Sunday till January 3, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, and pottery, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions from the estate of legendary collector and scholar Frederick S. Weiser. Pennsylvania German Brunch at Winterthur is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The themed brunch is $34.95/adults.

Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs at the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring weekly every Friday – Sunday till May 23, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free-$25; Sundays are free
This canine exhibit features 65 of photographer Elliot Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs, which were photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004. Funny, poignant, and beautifully composed, these photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles, and glowering bulldogs record the relationship between humans and our canine companions.

Historic Dover Walking Tours at First State Heritage Park
Recurring weekly every 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.

Tour of the Refuge at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, March 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge System's and Bombay Hook's Anniversary. The group will learn how the Refuge System provides diverse habitat for wildlife across the United States and how Bombay Hook manages habitats for diversity of wildlife along the Atlantic Flyway. The group will start in the auditorium, drive the wildlife drive, and walk a trail to learn about managing for wildlife and habitat conservation. Space is limited.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Dover
Saturday, March 14, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Bring out your inner Irish at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Dover. The festivities include floats, horses, car clubs and so much more. For parade details, call 302-678-2940.

5th Annual Toasting the Town: "St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl" in Milford
Saturday, March 14, 2015
5:00 p.m.
Admission: $16-$21
Sample unique drinks and foods to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday! This year’s Toasting the Town: St. Patrick's Pub Crawl in Downtown Milford will feature six local businesses and five local restaurants and pubs providing edible delights with a twist. For more information, call 302-839-1180.

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, March 14, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission $5
Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress, and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles.

Mike Super: Magic & Illusion at the Grand Opera House
Saturday, March 14, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $31-$39
People of all ages are amazed by his magic! Considered America's favorite mystifier, Mike Super will entertain and fascinate you with his cutting-edge illusions. His performance is full of state of the art theatrical elements, dramatic lighting and artistry!

Free Family Sunday: Make It Pop! at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Sunday, March 15, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Spend the afternoon investigating the exciting art of optical illusions! Color, geometry, motion, and perception collide in artist Dennis Beach's exhibition “Color is Approximate”. Get inspired by his work and design your own amazing art.

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, Mar 13, 2015 12:25 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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

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 coastal 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

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