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Off the Beaten Path

Ready for the adventurous feeling as you travel off the beaten path in Delaware? From hidden gems to local favorites, here is a look at ways to take the road less traveled. Speaking of roads, make sure to travel one of Delaware’s scenic byways to make the most of your adventure. 

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Western Railroad Train on racks with fall leaves
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Farmers Market apples
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Killens pond kayaking with view of water
  • Ashland Nature Center and Mt. Cuba Center : These two secluded gems of natural beauty in Northern Delaware are must-see destinations for traveling off the beaten path in Delaware.
  • Wilmington and Western Railroad : Watch as the Red Clay Creek Valley passes outside your window while white smoke billows out of this vintage steam train.
  • Auburn Valley : Enjoy the half-mile nature trail and the historic Marshall Steam Museum.
  • Sambo’s Tavern (Leipsic) : A visit to Delaware is only complete once you’ve picked a fresh, hot, steamed blue-claw crab at an authentic crabhouse. This is one of the best. Get ready to get delightfully messy time.
  • Fifer Orchards : Taste fresh peach in summer, smell blossoming trees in spring or run through a huge corn maze in the fall at this family-run orchard.
  • Killens Pond State Park : Wander through wooded trails, paddle along the waterway or enjoy the twist and turns of the water park.
  • Lavender Fields : Enjoy the smell of lavender from the moment you arrive. You can enjoy the cottage store with a variety of relaxing products or visit during one of their special events and walking tours.
  • Towers Beach : Find this secret favorite of locals and visitors tucked between Dewey and Bethany Beaches.
  • Charming Towns : Walk through history, through art, through fun in one of Delaware’s great charming towns – Bellefonte, Delaware City, Milford, New Castle, Odessa or Smyrna.
  • Farmers’ Markets : Local’s know that the perfect place for in-season produce and handcrafted goods is one of its farmers’ markets. Some of the top locations include the Riverwalk in Milford and historic Lewes.
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