As travelers, we all know that wonderful moment: Finding an off-the-beaten-path attraction, or discovering an out-of-the-way delight. There’s still plenty of summer left to take a quick Delaware vacation and enjoy these unusual, unique and unquestionably satisfying travel destinations:
Milton. Historic homes and a small-town charm are bolstered by some brash fun: Try the Pints & Paddles kayaking expedition on the Broadkill River, then cap off the day with a tour and a tasting at Dogfish Head Brewery, home to the now-famous “off-centered ales for off-centered people.”
White Clay Creek State Park (Newark). The trails seem endless at one of the largest preserved tracts of scenic woodlands in New Castle County – certainly one of the state’s best places to “get off the beaten path.”
Delaware City. This charming riverside town boasts a nautical charm, interesting shops -- and a ferry ride to Fort Delaware, a well-preserved Civil War prison once held Confederate POWs. Today, visitors can see live demonstrations of daily life, and even go on a ghost hunt.
Milford. Delaware’s most dynamic small town has an artsy, intimate edge, plus lots of shopping and dining. One of our favorite off-the-radar spots.
Wilmington & Western Railroad (Prices Corner). Ride a vintage steam train through scenic wooded valleys in one of the state’s most unusual travel experiences. Finish your ride with a picnic in the woods.
Brandywine Springs Park (near Newport). Take a hike down the hill and visit the vestiges of a once-famous early 20th century amusement park. This spot is so far from the beaten path that not many Delawareans even know about it!
Visit a farmer’s market. Delaware residents know that the perfect place for in-season produce and handcrafted goods is one of its farmers markets. Near the beaches, check out the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, the Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market and the Riverwalk Farmers Market in Milford. Upstate, Highland Orchards is a top tucked-away treat.
Pick crabs at Sambo’s. You don’t really know Delaware until you’ve picked a fresh, hot steamed blue-claw crab at an authentic crabhouse, and these are two of the best. Get ready to get delightfully messy.
Enjoy a unique nature getaway. Northern Delaware has quite a few secluded gems of natural beauty, but two stand out as special – Ashland Nature Center and Mount Cuba Center, both scenic and lush and full of activities.