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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

Top Spring Events in Delaware 2015

Take your pick: The Colonial charms of Old Dover Days; seaside fun at the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival; or experiencing world-class bird-watching.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 16 to January 18, 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
4:00 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.

“Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
Saturday and Sunday
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! Or should we say, fun? Hero Jack climbs the enchanted beanstalk and tangles with a giant in this charming musical. But, of course, Jack prevails using cunning and smarts. Directed by Tom Marshall.

Healthy Cooking Class at Nage
Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Nage Bistro in Rehoboth on Saturday, January 17 when they explore Healthy Cooking. You never knew healthy could taste so good! The chefs at Nage can show you how to infuse healthy dishes with great flavor. The price of the class is $55 per person and will be immediately followed by a special lunch with the instructor. Register at http://www.nagerb.com/cooking-classes.html.

Open Cockpit Day at Air Mobility Command Museum
Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host open cockpit day where at least 10 historic airplanes will be open for touring. Free admission.

Invention Convention: “Lights and Lasers” at Hagley Museum
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Have a great invention idea? Get the family together at the Hagley Museum and Library for a day of fun and science. Build inventions using everyday household items. For details contact 302-658-2400.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, January 17, 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.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park: Bridge Walk and Coin Beach Hike
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
It’s back in popular demand! This Sunday’s hike features Bridge Walk and “Coin Beach.”
For information, call 302-227-6991.

Wildlife Drive at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Monday, January 19, 2015
½ hour before sunrise – ½ hour after sunset
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the entrance fee for Wildlife Drive will be waived to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This time of year expect to see large numbers of snow geese, a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, hawks, and great blue herons.

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!

Winter Weekday Guided Tours of Hagley Museum and Library
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays
Take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site, which includes stops at Eleutherian Mills, the First Office of the DuPont Company, a restored nineteenth-century machine shop, and restored workers’ community.

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 16, 2015 10:39 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 9 to January 11, 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
4:00 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.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Delaware 87ers
Friday, January 9, 2015

Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

“Heroes” of the Green tour

Saturday, January 10, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tours begin at the top of the hour

First State Heritage Park will host a “Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution” walking tour every hour on the hour. Starting at the John Bell House.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 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.

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, January 10, 2015
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Tour the Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852. It is $5 per person, cash only.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. the Delaware 87ers
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

Sunday Hike at Thompson Island Nature Preserve, Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, January 11, 2015
1 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 is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery. Today, the hike will be at Thompson Island Nature Preserve. Pre-registration required. For information, meeting locations, and pre-registration, call (302) 227-6991 by 3 p.m. on the day prior to each hike. $4 per person.

Great Musical Families performance
Sunday, January 11, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Witness a sensational concert, featuring baritone Jonathan Lasch and his wife, soprano Caitlyn Lynch, two of the finest American vocalists, as they perform a selection of music ranging from opera arias to art songs to a selection of Broadway musical songs. Reservations are 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, Jan 9, 2015 3:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 2 to January 4, 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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey – Last few days of the exhibit!
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The countdown begins for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s 5th season. The costumes of previous seasons are on display now, for a limited time. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Although it’s a news year, it’s not too late to experience a Victorian Christmas! This exhibit at the Hagley Museum is full of festive decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration
Recurring weekly till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sundays
Take a winter stroll through Odessa’s tree-lined streets and admire its 18th and 19th century historic homes, which are all decorated for the holidays. For information of house tours, call (302) 378-4119.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Start off the new year with by experiencing the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical holiday tour of Winterthur. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Holiday Art Market - Newark
Recurs daily till January 3, 2015
11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Fridays & Sundays; 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturdays
Come shop at the annual Holiday Art Market! Ten artists will have booths set up in the exhibition gallery with a variety of fine art, crafts, and jewelry for sale, all perfect for holiday gift-giving. All sales will benefit the artists and the NAA.

Trains and the Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday, January 2 – Saturday, January 3, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trains and planes, oh my! Kids of all ages will enjoy the museum’s 5th annual large scale train exhibit, which showcases locomotives over 36" long and 40 pounds. And while you are at the museum you can fly one of its flight simulators for free. Contact the museum for details.

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.

Erie Bayhawks vs. the Delaware 87ers at the Bob Carpenter Center
Friday, January 2, 2015
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country.

Civil-War-era folk music at the Old State House in Dover
Friday, January 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy the music from the Civil-War-era. This event is presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk. Call 302-744-5055 for details.

First Saturday of January at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, January 3, 2015,
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Experience the rich history of Delaware at the “First Saturday” at First State Heritage Park. Special programs and tours are free of charge!  Walk through the historic rooms of Legislative Hall and stop by the official residence of Delaware’s Governor. These are just some of the many free things to do Saturday, January 2nd. For more information on the various free programs, contact First State Heritage Park for details.

January Merchants Attic in Rehoboth Beach
Saturday, January 3, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Plan to shop at the State's Largest Indoor Garage Sale! Merchants' Attic will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE. The doors will open promptly at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. Vendors will include Alley Oop, Holland Jewelers, Gifts By The Sea, Attic Fanatic, Alleyway Antiques, and more! There is no admission fee; however donations for the benefit of the Chamber Event Fund are welcome. For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at (302) 227 – 6446.

Full Moon Hayride & Campfire at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, January 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an exhilarating evening riding through the fields and forest while gazing at the moon. Then warm yourself by the fire to tales of moon mythology. Please pre-register by calling (302) 284-4299 at least one day in advance.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, January 4, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 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 is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery.  Pre-registration required.  For information, meeting locations, and pre-registration, call (302) 227-6991 by 3 p.m. on the day prior to each hike. $4 per person.

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 2, 2015 10:02 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware December 26 to December 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 exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Slam Dunk to the Beach
December 27 - 29, 2014
Times vary
The state’s foremost showcase of national high school basketball talent will return to the Delaware beaches, as the Delaware Sports Commission relaunches the iconic Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. The rejuvenated tournament is set to tip off Dec. 27-29, 2014 at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Friday and Saturday
Friday - 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Satuday - 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s a brand new holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of winter 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.

Trains and the Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Recurring weekly till January 3rd
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you love trains, you can’t miss the 5th annual large scale model train layout inside the main hangar. Kids of all ages will enjoy these garden scale locomotives that are over 36" long and can weigh upwards of 40 pounds. Before planning trip, make sure you check the museum’s holiday hours.

Guided Tours at First Heritage State Park
Friday, December 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Take-in the rich history of Delaware at First State Heritage Park! You will be able to either take self-guided or guided tours at the following sites: Biggs Museum, First State Heritage Park Welcome Center, John Bell House, Johnson Victrola Museum, and The Old State House. On Friday-Sunday, Legislative Hall will be closed and Sunday the John Bell House will be closed.

Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, December 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
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.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. the Delaware 87ers
Game begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

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: Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 9:58 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware December 19 to December 21, 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 exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Discover Battery 519 at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, December 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world-class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852.
$5 per person, cash only.

Handmade for the Holidays at John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, December 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bring the kids out to enjoy a fun program! Learn how to make plaster holiday ornaments at the historic John Dickinson Plantation.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Saturday, December 19, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s a brand new holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of winter 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.

The Nutcracker performed by the Mid-Atlantic Ballet Studio
Saturday, December 20, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic Ballet is pleased to present the holiday classic, The Nutcracker at Mitchell Hall Theater at the University of Delaware.

The Nutcracker performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington’s Holiday Tradition—the Nutcracker at the Grand—with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Wilmington Children's Chorus.

Wilmington Ballet Academy performs The Nutcracker at the DuPont Theatre
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington's very own annual Christmas tradition at the DuPont Theatre since 1967. The complete Nutcracker experience with a full orchestra and chorus, world class Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet, 85 dancers, an enchanting snow scene, and a one-horse open sleigh.

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, Dec 19, 2014 2:06 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

10 cool new things in Delaware for 2015

With 2014 barely in the rear-view mirror, 2015 is already showing signs of being a tempting year for Delaware as a great vacation destination. Aside from the annual crop of trendy new shops and eateries (especially in and around the beaches), Delaware is gaining some new attractions and events that are decidedly buzz-worthy, ranging from two new country music festivals to trampoline parks popping up all over.

After polling the trend-watchers and sifting through the press releases, we've identified the top new attractions and events in Delaware to keep an eye out for in 2015. Take a look, take your pick, and take a moment to check out how easy and affordable it is to take your next vacation in Delaware.

Delaware Junction FestivalCountry Music Festivals galore
This could be the year Delaware becomes the music festival capital of the East Coast. First, Firefly lit up the scene, and now the state is about to add two new music festivals, both packed with top country acts, and both well-suited to an extended on-site camping trip. First to debut will be the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, June 26-28 at Dover International Speedway’s Woodlands. Headliners include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with a slew of supporting acts. In summer, the new Delaware Junction Country Music Festival is set to premier Aug. 14-16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, and judging from the buzz so far, it looks to be one of the top tickets of the summer. This year’s headliners include Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith. Plans call for a two-stage setup -- one for bigger acts, and one for “up-and-comers” -- and there will be on-site camping available. Keep watch at www.livenation.com for details on ticket prices and the lineup.

New Cinemark at Christiana Mall
One of the best reasons to visit Delaware is the tax-free shopping, and one of the best spots for that is Christiana Mall, which is adding to its ever-expanding lineup of high-end stores with a 12-screen, 50,000-square-foot Cinemark Christiana. One of the screens has Cinemark XD ("Extreme Digital") technology, meaning a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screen. All theaters have 4K digital projection with RealD 3-D capability. With the mall just a quick exit off Interstate 95, it’s truly a perfect destination for a dinner, movie and some shopping on some idle weekend this year.

Uber rolls in to Wilmington
Travelers to Wilmington may be able to forget about catching a cab -- the ride-sharing service Uber may be coming soon. The trendy and popular service is reportedly “highly considering” starting service in the state’s largest city -- home to great museums, top restaurants and a lively Riverfront entertainment district. Wilmington’s mayor said he’s “99 percent sure” that the service will come to the city, and expects things to get rolling in early 2015. With Uber, travelers Riders use a smartphone app to seek out independent drivers/cars, then arrange to “share the ride” to a common destination.

Year of the Trampoline Parks
Things got hopping last year in Wilmington and Newark, where two trampoline parks -- Stratosphere and Launch -- opened to much fanfare. In early 2015, another park – called Skyzone – is set to open in the Newark area. Keep an ear out for developments at Skyzone.com/Newark. In the meantime, you can check out Stratosphere, loctated in Wilmington, or Launch, in Newark.

Bourbon and Burgers (and Other Fine Spirits) - ImageGet ready for the Beach Bum
When it comes to artisanal beer, wine and spirits, Delaware’s quickly becoming a go-to state, especially with the recent expansion of the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail. There’s been word recently that Delaware’s hand-crafted beverage market is about to get even bigger. Toward the end of 2014, a new outfit called Beach Bum Distilling began working its way through the approval process, and aims to set up shop inside an old farm building at the corner of Nassau Road and New Road outside of Lewes, one of the state’s best beach towns. Keep an eye on Beach Bum’s Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/BeachBumDistilling.

Firefly Music Festival Economic Impact News Release Photo 1Firefly Music Festival -- on TV!
In 2015, there are more reasons than ever to go to Firefly Music Festival in Dover -- you might end up on national/global TV. In late 2014, AXS TV announced that it would be televising 15 hours of music live from the four-day festival on the grounds of Dover Motor Speedway. Set for June 18-21, Firefly is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor music festivals in the country, and is certainly the East Coast’s premier event, featuring top indie, alternative and rock acts.

New restaurants at beach
For many people, a big share of the Delaware beaches’ allure is created by the edgy, funky, fun restaurants that fill beach towns such as Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany. So it’s natural that there is always a good amount of giddy anticipation before beach season starts as foodies discover what new restaurants are opening, and which existing restaurants have new chefs, new concepts -- or both. The 2015 summer season will be another years of pleasant surprises, it seems, judging by the lineup of new restaurants and food destinations heading our way:

· Taco Reho is a new food truck that’s scheduled to set up shop next to Liquid Board Shop in Rehoboth Beach. Check them out at www.facebook.com/tacorehotruck.
· Lula Brazil isn’t quite new, but look for this fresh Brazilian face to create some buzz this summer in Rehoboth.
· The Cellar Door at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach touts “Southern comfort food,” and the kitchen’s Creole and Cajun tastes seem sure to be embraced by this saucy town, especially since it seems that live music will be on the menu.  

More tasty treats
Not all great food at the Delaware beaches must be served at a table. There are great doughnut shops, unforgettable french fry stands, and shockingly good ice cream stands. This coming year, keep watch for a few more goodies in the beach area. One is a new line of gourmet soda from the restaurant empire of the late Matt Haley, who started such beach favorites as Bluecoast Seafood Grill, Catch 54 and Papa Grande’s. Flavors include Lemon Berry, Strawberry Basil Chili and Black & White (cracked black pepper with white balsamic vinegar, bay leaves and palm sugar). According to local bloggers, the sodas will be available at all sodelconcepts.com restaurants, and at select retailers: Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna and La Fia in Wilmington, and Seacrets, Waterman’s Seafood Company, Rosenfeld’s Deli and Sunset Grille.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 11:08 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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