Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Secret Summer Getaways
Live like a local during your summer getaway in Delaware by embarking on secret adventures at unique stops.
Follow the lead of the locals to hidden gems like Sambo’s Tavern where you can savor the flavors of freshly steamed blue crabs from the Delaware Bay and Bluecoast where fresh fish is always on the menu. If you’d rather be the chef, explore Delaware’s summer-fresh Farmer’s Markets. Top off the day with a cold brew at Constitution Yards Beer Garden before taking a riverfront stroll. For more great dining options, embark on a flavorful adventure with the Delaware Culinary Trail.
A relaxing ride through the Red Clay Valley aboard the Wilmington and Western Railroad provides the charm of an authentic steam train while Go Ape Treetop Adventure delivers an adrenaline-filled zipline ride over Lums Pond. For those with a need for speed, put the petal-to-the-metal driving go-karts around Midway Speedway Park.
Long, lazy afternoons are perfectly suited for a tax-free shopping spree at some of Delaware’s shopping districts lying off the beaten path of outlet centers and shopping malls. Browse the unique shops of Newark’s Main Street to the charming stores on Milford’s Walnut Street. While visiting the DuPont Estates, be sure to visit the gift shop where you’ll find exclusive souvenirs.
The days always seem softer and slower along the cobblestone streets of Old New Castle with stops at the Old Court House and Amstel House while a walking path along the river awaits nearby. Admire the early days of colonial history at Dover’s Old State House where you’ll also find the famed original Golden Fleece Tavern on the Green. For more historical must-sees, check out the First State National Historical Park and the Delaware History Trail.
Animals win our hearts every time, whether we’re riding the ponies at Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, petting little critters at Brandywine Zoo or giving a belly rub to a baby stingray at Cape Henlopen State Park. Observers of nature can bring binoculars to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to see animals like foxes, deer, and thousands of migratory birds enjoying the virtually undisturbed ecosystem.
Feel the breeze through your hair while aboard a boat, a bike or simply on foot by trying a new trail. Slice through the water on a kayak at Woodland Beach or through the baldcpress trees of Trap Pond State Park. Lums Pond has great options for either paddling or pedaling through the water. Pedal along the C&D Canal's Mike Castle Trail near quaint and historical Delaware City or along the urban oasis that is the Jack A. Markell Trail in Wilmington. To experience the sea breeze, try out the Junction Breakwater Trail which runs between Rehoboth and Lewes. On foot, try a walk through the lush trails at Killens Pond State Park or along Gordon's Pond in Lewes.