What to do in Delaware

Delaware is a charming little state on the east coast with an intriguing colonial history. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the locale was the first U.S. territory to ratify the Constitution, after Europeans made it their home, and those who visit the destination get to learn about the Dutch settlers who first arrived here. But you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip here. Whether you're visiting Dover, Wilmington or Middletown, there's plenty to see and do, from exploring the cuisine of the northeast to gaining an understanding of its rich culture. Check out the exciting attractions in these top Delaware cities:

Explore the capital city of Dover

Dover is a vibrant city situated near the straits that pour out into the Atlantic. As home to the Dover Air Force base, some of this city's top attractions are focused on aerial warfare. The Air Mobility Command Museum, for example, showcases artifacts such as vintage planes and also serves as an airlift and refueling center (admission and parking are free at this institution). Another highlight is the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, where adults and kids can tour a site that recreates a farming community from the late 19th century. Additionally, while there are no beaches within the city limits, a short drive to Bowers or Bethany will lead you to some pristine waterfronts.

Discover the attractions of Wilmington

Situated about three hours outside of New York City, Wilmington is the largest metropolis in Delaware and features a stunning array of things to do. Start your exploration of this area with a trip to its top institutions, which include the state art and history museums as well as the Hagley Museum and Library. The kids will enjoy a visit to the renowned Brandywine Zoo, a 12-acre playground for river otters, burrowing owl and one majestic Siberian tiger, among other creatures. Golf fans can take in a day on the green at the Rock Manor Golf Club, while derby fans can practice their footwork at the Skating Club of Wilmington.

See the sights of Middletown

Despite its name, Middletown is located in the northern region of Delaware, and while it's small, the destination is a charming place to visit. It was a small-town feel thanks to its sparse population of less than 20,000. Along with local hot spots such as the Mid County Entertainment and Bowling Center and Back Creek Golf Club, it features the renowned Frightland, a haunted theme park filled with eerie attractions such as a zombie prison and an Wild West ghost town (also filled with zombies). For something more family-friendly to do during your stay, consider a picnic or hike through one of the many public green spaces, such as Silver Lake, Sellers and Charles Prince Memorial parks.

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