Children examine plants in forest

Family paddles canoe across pond

Children play in Enchanted Garden

Russel Peterson Wildlife Refuge

Kayaking around a lighthouse

Ready to explore the outdoors? Delaware has a variety of outdoor destinations across the state, from the hills of Northern Delaware to the shores down south.

Delaware State Parks: Take an invigorating hike at White Clay Creek State Park, go on a camping trip to Lums Pond, or just soak in the sea breezes along the Gordon’s Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library: Head to this grand estate in Wilmington with its beautiful gardens and “Enchanted Woods” designed just for kids! They can explore a kid-sized Faerie Cottage, Tulip Tree House, bird nest and more!

Take a walk along the Riverfront: Head to the Wilmington Riverfront and walk or bike along the Christina River. The path leads you to the scenic Russel Peterson Wildlife Refuge where you can see birds and animals in their natural habitat and hop on the neighboring Jack A. Markell Trail.

Take a paddleboard excursion: One of the Delaware beaches’ most popular family activities is back with a splash, giving the young-and-restless a chance to spend the day kayaking, paddleboarding and discovering nature’s wonders with an eco-tour. Check them out at Coastal Kayak (Fenwick Island) and Quest Fitness and Kayak (Lewes). In Northern Delaware, head for Wilderness Canoe Trips (Wilmington). Or, rent a kayak or paddleboard from Delmarva Board Sport Adventures and explore the Rehoboth Bay (Dewey Beach).

Visit the James Farm Ecological PreserveFrom the sandy beach at low tide, you can walk the trails through seven wildlife habitats, wandering from salty marsh to deep forest, emerging into the sunshine in the meadows that were once farm fields. This quiet gem near Ocean View and Indian River Bay is ready to be discovered!

Go on a crabbing adventure: The people at Crab Claws Adventures offer a two-hour crabbing adventure by boat of Indian River Inlet, complete with kid-friendly instruction for catching your own blue-claw crabs, those delectable Delaware delicacies.