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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

10 things to do in Delaware before summer ends

Cape Water Taxi1. Take a relaxing cruise on the Cape Water Taxi. Experience a breathtaking sunset cruise as you travel along Delaware’s coastal waterways. It is the perfect ending to a summer’s day!

2. Kayak alongside baldcypress trees in the quiet rural escape of Trap Pond State Park. From boating to fishing and wooded trails, you will discover a diverse landscape within an hours drive to the Delaware beaches.

3. Enjoy life surrounded by ocean views and bay breezes! Swimming, sunbathing, surf fishing, drive on beaches, parasailing, jet skiing…pick your vacation style and discover Delaware Seashore State Park.

4. Experience a VIP culinary tour with Eating Rehoboth every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Tour guides lead you to iconic and off-the-beaten-path dining spots where you’ll receive exclusive food and beverage tastings.

Viking Golf Water Park Fenwick5. With a 400-foot lazy river, twister waterslide, go-karts and an 18-hold golf course the Viking Golf Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Water Park is a must-visit summer destination for the whole family!

6. Crack some shell and savor delicious steamed crabs and local seafood at Sambo’s Tavern. Spend the afternoon catching up with old friends at this iconic riverfront pub. (Tip: Sambo’s is for 21+ travelers. Searching for a crab house to enjoy with the kids? Scroll through Delaware dining options.

7. Set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel – the Tall ship of Delaware! Enjoy scenic views and family-fun pirate sails aboard this outstanding vessel. Docked in Lewes until September 7th!

Gordons Pond Trail8. Bike the newly expanded Gordons Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park. From scenic overlooks with views of the salt marsh and beach to cycling through an upland pine forest, you’ll discover why this hidden gem is becoming a local’s favorite for early morning bike rides.

9. Find your zen moment! Experience Stand up paddling yoga with DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures. Or grab some friends for a scenic ocean excursion paddle with Bethany Surf Shop.

10. Embark on a treetop adventure with the Go Ape! Zip Line at Lums Pond State Park. Climb to new heights on their treetop course and then fly high above Delaware’s largest freshwater pond.

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 11:29 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware August 22 to August 24, 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.

Delaware Burger Battle
Saturday, August 23, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mark the unofficial last weekend of summer with this event!  Restaurants from across the state will offer samples of their best burgers, a panel of expert judges will select the Critic's Choice Winner, and guests will vote on the People's Choice Winner.

Mispillion River Brewing – Beer Olympics
Saturday, August 23, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to register for events, including yard pong, a keg tog, the can shot put, a greased watermelon relay, the world’s shortest boat race and ice block melting. The event is free to the public but, the brewery is asking for visitors to bring a canned donation for the Food Bank of Delaware. Pints of beer will be available for purchase and Mr. BBQ will be serving up delicious sandwiches.

Science Saturdays: Leaf Packs at Hagley Museum and Library
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Experiment and innovate with hands-on activities for the family to enjoy together. Hagley invites visitors to explore and learn about the macroinvertebrates in our river through a leaf pack. Activities are included in regular admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Harvest Ridge Winery Food and Music Evening
Saturday, August 23, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Throughout the summer and into the fall we will be hosting food and music evenings at the winery with special hours. No reservations are required! All prices are dependent on individual food and wine purchases. There will also be a corn hole tournament for those that want to participate! Music: Adam Murray; Food: Crave Eatery

Sunset kayak tour at Lums Pond State Park
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the changing scenery from day to night on waters of Lums Pond. Suitable for beginning paddlers – instruction provided. Rain date is the following day. Cost is $20/per person. Reservations are required.

Ride to Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, August 24, 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.

Pirate Sail on the Kalmary Nyckel – docked in Lewes
Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ahoy mateys! Set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel while from the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal into the Delaware Bay on a tall ship replica. Kids will enjoy a pirate story or help raise the Jolly Roger. The entire family will join a scavenger hunt for treasure!

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, August 24, 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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:38 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware August 15 to August 17, 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.

Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday – Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission and parking are free
Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum and learn about historic aircrafts from the WWII era to the former Air Force Two.

Sunset SUP Yoga at Fenwick Island State Park – Assawoman Day use area
Friday, August 15, 2014
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Relieve the week’s stress by taking some time for Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. This program will also be led by Tricia Murray and is FREE of charge. Donations are welcomed and will be used to support and maintain Fenwick Island State Park. A limited number of paddleboards are available but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Pre-registration required.

“US Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus” performs at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Friday, August 15, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
This elite 65-member instrumental ensemble, founded in 1946, has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million. Gather at the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach for a night of music!

Lantern Tour of the Dover Green
Friday, August 15, 2014
Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Admission - $5
Both children and adults enjoy the First State Heritage Park's candlelit walking tours – there’s history, humor, and sorrow in the stories of real people from Delaware’s past centuries. Join historical interpreters from the First State Heritage Park dressed in colonial attire as they relate the stories of historic Dover.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
$25.00 per solo kayak, $35.00 per tandem kayak
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay Pre-registration is required.

Hands-on Blacksmithing at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission - $8
Meet the Fort Delaware blacksmith and learn how to make wrought iron items the way it was done 150 years ago.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
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 & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
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.

Youth Fishing Clinic and Tournament at Trap Pond State Park
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Begins at 8:00 a.m.
Open to ages 15 and under. Meet at the Boathouse for free fishing instruction and other activities from 8 to 9 a.m. Fishing tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Catch and release will be encouraged. Equipment will be provided, or bring your own.

Ride to Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Sunday, August 17, 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.

Sail on the Kalmary Nyckel – docked in Lewes
Sunday, August 17, 2014
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Set sails and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel while you sail from the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal into the Delaware Bay on a tall ship replica.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, August 17, 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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Aug 15, 2014 1:15 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware August 8 to August 10, 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.

Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel – docked in Lewes
August 8 – 9, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Guests are invited to set sails and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel. Reservations are highly recommended.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Friday, August 8, 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

“Firefall” at the Freeman Stage
Friday, August 8, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
The genealogy and musical roots of Firefall run deep in the fertile soil of American folk/rock music. In the current live shows, the band continues to expand on their distinctive and melodic sound.

“US Army Jazz Ambassadors” at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
The Jazz Ambassadors-America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.

Old Methodist Cemetery Lantern Tour
Friday, August 8, 2014
Begins at 8:30 p.m.
Take a tour of the Wesley Unity Methodist Church’s oldest cemetery as your guided through ornately decorated tombstones while hearing tales of the past.

SummerFest 2014 on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Train departs at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Come and enjoy one of the last Saturdays of Summer at the Wilmington & Western! Our steam locomotive will be pulling trains to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove on a 1½-hour round-trip. While at the grove, you'll enjoy a half-hour layover along the banks of the Red Clay Creek. Plus, there will be summertime food and activities throughout the day in the Greenbank Station parking lot.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
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 & Tastings
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 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.

Big Thursday on Sunday in Bowers Beach
Sunday, August 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a hometown annual event with crafts, food, a parade and car show.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, August 10, 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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 4:39 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 11 to July 13, 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. 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.

Hamlet at Rockwood Park
July 11 – 27, 2014
Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 6:00 p.m.
Come enjoy this Shakespeare classic outdoors at Rockwood Park. Set out a blanket, bring a picnic basket and watch as the drama of Hamlet unfolds.

Nanticoke Riverfest
July 11 – 12, 2014
Friday 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
The Nanticoke Riverfest is a community festival that celebrates the Nanticoke River and features live entertainment, craft and food vendors, children's activities, art showcase. River-orientated activities include an hour long inner tube "Float In" plus, canoe and kayak races.

Jam out with “Lower Case Blues” at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
Friday, July 11, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Blues is a genre which has been evolving and expanding since the early 1900′s... lower case blues plays a modern, energetic style blues while still remaining true to its roots. Come jam out at the Bandstand in Rehoboth Beach.

Annual Sandcastle Contest at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Come and be a part of the sandcastle building tradition that’s been happening at Delaware Seashore State Park for over 30 years! Amateurs and experienced builders are welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded in two categories.

P.O.W. Weekend at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Check ferry schedule for times
On these special themed weekends, visiting living history groups partner with our interpretive staff making for a memorable visitor experience. July's theme is African Americans and the Civil War.

Boating through history at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
Trap Pond became one of Delaware’s first state parks in 1951. Learn about the history of the area and its inhabitants as we boat through the past. Cost: $6 adult, $3 child.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
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.

Mt. Cuba Meteor on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Train departs 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Take a leisurely 1.5 hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a half hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday, July 12, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 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.

Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The 3rd annual Smyrna Craft Beer, Wine & Food Festival features craft beers and wines for tasting, craft vendors, and food selections from area restaurants. With live music, a reptile show, face-painting for the kids, and great food and drink, this event has something for everyone. Admission: Adults 21 and over: $35.00; Designated Drivers and 12-21: $10.00; Under 12: FREE!

“Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” performance at Freeman Stage
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of the “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy” at the Freeman Stage in southern Delaware – only 30 minutes from the Delaware beaches.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday. July 13, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. 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.

Kids Disc Golf Event at Bellevue State Park
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Join the Delaware Disc Golfers and the Friends of Bellevue State Park for a fun and educational intro to disc golf. We will teach you the basics and try out a short kid-friendly course at Bellevue. Borrow our equipment or bring your own.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, July 13, 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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 3:36 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 4 to July 6, 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. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Searching for 4th of July celebrations and fireworks information? We've compiled a list of displays happening around 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.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Trained instructors lead you on a guided tour in sit-on-top kayaks as you learn about the lower Delaware Bay. Trips are for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852.

The Inlet Bridge: A Hike Through History at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 1:30 p.m.
Hike across the Charles W. Cullen Bridge and learn about how the inlet impacted the history of Delaware’s coast and how natural forces and human activity shaped it into what it is today. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park - South Inlet Bathhouse. FREE.

Evening Pontoon Boat Eco-Tour at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, July 4, 2014
Begins at 5:00 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the Baldcypress Swamp on our leisurely boat tour of Trap Pond. We will talk about one of our most famous residents, the Baldcypress Tree. The tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Unless otherwise stated trips will be on a first-come, first served basis. Meet at the Boathouse.

First Saturdays in the First State - Dover
Saturday, July 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Explore a variety of special programs and events developed at each historic site for the first Saturday of each month in Dover. Themed exhibits will be open throughout at First State Heritage Park including the John Bell House, Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Welcome Center.

Kayaking “Station Cove”
Friday – Sunday
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Paddle a sit-on-top kayak through the marshes of Rehoboth Bay and catch a unique glimpse of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. Along the way, park naturalists will identify the wildlife that makes up this dynamic ecosystem. Participants will receive basic kayaking instruction and all equipment. Pre-registration required. Age: 13 and up Cost: $35 per person.

Pirate sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Saturday, July 5, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Kalmar Nyckel will be in her home port of Wilmington for the July 4th holiday on the Wilmington Riverfront! 1 ½ hour day and pirate sails will depart from Dravo Plaza till July 5th. Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 17 & under. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on their website or by calling 302-429-7447.

Herons and History Walk at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a birding walk to one of the largest locations for heron spottings north of Florida. Along the way learn about Pea Patch Island's history as well. Binoculars and insect repellent recommended.

Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
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 & Tastings
Saturday, July 5, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$5
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.

Annual Town Bonfire – Fenwick Island
Saturday, July 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Bring the family out for music, games and much more at the annual town bonfire in Fenwick Island - located at Dagsboro Street. Set out your beach chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of a fun-filled night. For more information, call 302-539-3011.

Sandcastle-Building Demonstration at Fenwick Island State Park
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Before the sandcastle contest on July 12th, learn some handy tips and sharpen your sandcastle construction skills with expert sand sculptor, Darrell O-Connor. Please bring your own shovels and buckets! Ages 6 and up - FREE.

Free admission on Sundays to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday. July 6, 2014
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to the Delaware Art Museum is free to all visitors on Sundays. 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.

Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
Sunday, July 6, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Don't miss these exciting days filled with 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.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, July 6, 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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 4:02 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Fourth of July in Delaware – Travel ideas and tips 2014

From fireworks on the beach to family BBQs in a scenic Delaware State Park, plan to spend July 4th in Delaware - the First State! Scroll through the roundup of firework displays throughout the state or visit the Delaware Tourism event calendar to find out what's happening over the weekend. Read below for travel ideas, tips and resources for visiting Delaware.

Flag on the beach Delaware Search our site for nearby restaurant, hotel and attraction listings including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews.

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

Planning a July 4th BBQ? 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 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. Feeling extra adventurous? Try the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure and Zip Line at Lums Pond State Park.

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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. 

The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Join their 50th anniversary celebration by taking a sail! Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended. The ferry offers a Fireworks Cruise on July 3rd.

Searching for beach travel tips? We've compiled a helpful list for travelers including alternate routes during the I-495 bridge closure. 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

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, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Most importantly, have tons of fun!! Share your travel photos with us on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 11:19 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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