Best Cities & Regions to Visit in Delaware DE
If you’re planning your next weekend break or vacation, then what better way to avoid the hassle of overseas travel than with a trip to Delaware?
There’s so much to see and do in the first state, which is why we’re giving you our top 10 cities and regions to visit.
Here at The Beacon Inn, a beach hotel located in the coastal town of Lewes, we provide friendly, comfortable rooms, from which you can explore more of what this great state has to offer.
Where better to start our list than right here in our very own Lewes. The first town in the first state, we’ve got plenty of history to go with the idyllic setting by the coast.
Whether you’re interested in the historical origins at the Lewes History Museum or you simply want to relax on Lewes beach, there’s something for everyone to discover. Our boutique shops and varied dining options also make a relaxing stay that little bit more special.
Plus, The Beacon Inn is perfectly situated within walking distance of the town center and beach!
2. Rehoboth Beach
If it’s the classic, family-friendly beach vacation you’re seeking, then Rehoboth Beach is just a short drive from where we’re based.
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With a mile-long boardwalk, amusement arcades, and sandy beach area, you’ll quickly see why it’s become a popular destination for everyone – including the president himself!
In the north of Delaware, sat beside the Delaware River, is the city of Wilmington. Known as the largest city in Delaware, it offers a range of things to do and see. There’s the Delaware Children’s Museum for families, while a relaxing walk along the riverfront allows you to take in the city’s charms – plus, there’s a stunning array of classic Georgian architecture on display throughout the region.
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There’s always something happening in Wilmington, too, so be sure to check out their calendar to line up some great events with your visit.
4. Cape Henlopen State Park
Cape Henlopen State Park is ideally situated on the coast between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, but we felt it deserved its own spot on the list. It’s perfect for a day trip if you want to get active, with rolling waves, plenty of nature trails, and sandy dunes, but it’s also got great camping and cabin options for longer vacations so that you can explore more of the region.
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The park trails are also especially great for birdwatching, but The Point is closed from March-September to protect some of the species nesting there.
Dover is actually the state capital, which means there’s always plenty going on. You can check out any of the numerous museums, such as the Delaware Agricultural Museum or Biggs Museum of American Art, but if the state’s history really interests you then check out Old State House, the original capitol building where the first state’s government was first established.
Image Credit – Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover
Alternatively, if you have a need for speed, then the Dover International Speedway will provide that rush of adrenaline.
6. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Delaware is teeming with wildlife, but along the coast of the Delaware Bay is Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, a tidal salt marsh habitat that has been protected since 1937.
Image Credit – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
It’s perfect for spotting all sorts of migratory birds since it sits along the Atlantic Flyway. If birdwatching isn’t your thing, however, you can still enjoy the beautiful trails along with the visitor center where you can learn more about the refuge.
A quick trip down U.S. 9 E from Lewes will take you to Georgetown, an area with a great mix of natural beauty and historic buildings.
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Redden State Forest is just outside the town if you’re a fan of leafy trails, while the attractions in the town itself are perfect for learning about the history of the region, including the Delaware Aviation Museum.
8. Delaware City
Indulge in some of the regional cuisine and stroll along the quiet shopping streets on your visit to Delaware City, which sits along the edge of the Delaware River.
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It’s also home to the Fort DuPont State Park as well as the Fort Delaware State Park – something we’ll talk more about in the next point!
9. Fort Delaware State Park
Fort Delaware State Park is a truly unique fortress in the center of the river on Pea Patch Island. Catch the ferry from the shore of the river, right next to Battery Park, and discover this Civil War-era prison.
Image Credit – Fort Delaware State Park
After the war, it was then used as a defense harbor and it now contains a living history museum – a great way to explore life from back in the day with people dressed in period clothing!
10. Fenwick Island
Further south in Delaware, right along the coast and bordering Maryland is Fenwick Island. Home to all things weird and wonderful, the Discoversea Shipwreck Museum is a must-see featuring artifacts recovered from the ocean – including gold bars.
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You can also take a walk along the Coastal Highway to find somewhere to eat or stroll up the long stretch of beach.
Whatever type of trip or vacation you’re looking for, be it by yourself, with family, or with friends, Delaware has something for everyone.