Delaware, although being very small in size, can, in fact, offer many fun and exciting places to visit both to its visitors and the locals as well. Packed to the brim with historical sites, monuments, and museums on the one hand, and amazing parks, trails and unique locations on the other, Delaware promises to bring you much joy and amusement while visiting! And on the plus side, you are bound to leave this small yet interesting and unique state richer for once in a lifetime experience.
So, what to visit, regardless if you are a local or only wish to come to Delaware for a vacation? Well, depending on your preferences, you could visit a couple of these great places, or even better, all of them as they all provide a unique experience!
- 1. Dover International Speedway
- 2. Grand Opera House
- 3. Junction and Breakwater Trail
- 4. Air Mobility Command Museum
- 5. Hagley Museum and Library
- 6. Firefly Music Festival
- 7. Dover Days Festival
- 8. Delaware Wine and Beer Festival
- 9. First State National Historical Park
- 10. Biggs Museum of National Art
- 11. Dogfish Head Brewery
1. Dover International Speedway
If you are a car lover and are a big fan of NASCAR, then you have to visit the Dover International Speedway. It is just amazing to watch how cars zoom by you lap after lap, while drivers compete to take the number one spot and win the race.
Location: 1131 N Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901-2008
Open hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
Price: $28 – $235, depending on the seat location, and the event. For children 12 and under, the admission is free on Friday and Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Parking is $10
2. Grand Opera House
A great venue to visit when in Delaware and attend one of many concerts held on a weekly basis. The acoustics are excellent and provides a somewhat intimate experience – you get a feeling there’s just you and the artist.
Location: 818 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801-3087
Open hours: 10 AM – 5 PM
Price: $33 – $79, depending on the distance from the stage and other amenities
3. Junction and Breakwater Trail
If you are more of an outdoor person, then this trail is just for you when visiting Delaware! A well-maintained trail with a beautiful boardwalks cutting through water canals. A great place to go and enjoy nature!
Location: Wolf Neck Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE
4. Air Mobility Command Museum
A mixture of great machinery and history in Delaware. You can go and explore the interiors of many planes now retired, a fantastic sight for everyone!
Location: 1301 Heritage Rd, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, DE 19902
Open hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9 AM – 4 PM
Price: Admission and P
5. Hagley Museum and Library
A great mixture of nature and history, the Hagley Museum offers you a fantastic insight into how people used to live in the past, and an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy beautiful, well-kept gardens!
Location: 200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
Open hours: 10 AM – 5 PM (library: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Price: Adults $15; Seniors $11; Children 6-14 $6; Children 5 and under free
6. Firefly Music Festival
A 4-day festival which brings world-renowned names to Delaware is an attraction in its own way. The visitors can also set up camp among the trees as the festival is held in a beautiful and shady forest!
Location: The Woodlands – Dover, DE
Open hours: Mid-June, all time for the duration of the festival
Price: $65 – $1000 depending on the ticket type
7. Dover Days Festival
One of Delaware’s longest-running festivals should not be missed! Packed with history and showcasing the great heritage Delaware has, while at the same time highlighting modern times, this festival can provide you with a truly unique experience!
Location: all around the city of Dover
Price: free admission
8. Delaware Wine and Beer Festival
If you wish to please your palate with fine wine, excellent beer, and wholesome food, enjoy the day listening to some good music and participate in various games, then this festival is just for you. A truly complete experience you can find in Delaware.
Location: 18500 S Dupont Hwy, Harrington, DE 19952
Open hours: Mid-October, all time during the duration of the festival
Price: $10 – $110
9. First State National Historical Park
If you visit this beautiful park in Delaware, you will get to experience first-hand the early history of Delaware and the role this state had in the American history.
Location: 211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720
Open hours: Varies
Price: Free Admission
10. Biggs Museum of National Art
One of the most important museums in Delaware, this museum boasts with twenty-five galleries displaying Delaware’s most beautiful art, from fashion through sculpture, furniture, and paintings. It is great to visit as you can learn much about the legacy of this region.
Location: 406 Federal St, Dover, DE 19901
Open hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM – 4:30 PM; Sunday 1:30 PM – 4: 30 PM
Price: Adults $10; Seniors $8; Children 18 and under free
11. Dogfish Head Brewery
How could you pass up stopping at one of the largest and most well-known breweries in the US? You can grab a bite to eat, take a brewery tour (highly recommended) or taste some of the 100 gallons of beer they brew every day. Make sure that you wear closed toed shoes if you want to take the tour.
Location: 511 Chestnut St., Milton, DE 19968
Open hours: Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Quick Sip Tour: Free, Off-Centered: $10 per person
Whether you are just visiting the small state of Delaware for a day, or here for an extended time, make sure you check these great places as you will have a unique experience and you will definitely have fun and learn something new along the way. So, I guess it’s time you start planning your trip!