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Things to do in Delaware

The state of Delaware might be small but don’t let that fool you. There are plenty of fun, unique, and amazing things to see and do in the First State.  It just might surprise you.

Delaware has some amazing beaches. Some might argue that they are the best ones on the East Coast. If the sand isn’t your thing head on over to Dover and watch an adrenaline pumping NASCAR race at the Monster Mile. Or head up north to the Christiana Mall for some tax free shopping. 

It really is amazing how many unique and fun things you can do when visiting Delaware. On the surface you wouldn’t think it since the state is so small. It is the second smallest state in the US. Just don’t let that fact fool you. 

Things to Do

You might not think of Delaware and think of the beach. However, you would be missing out on some amazing east coast beaches. Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Bethany Beach are all amazing beaches to visit along the Atlantic Coast. 

Thousands of people come to experience the amazing views, pounding surf, and some amazing surf fishing opportunities. You can walk the boardwalks of Rehoboth and Bethany Beach. Or just soak up the sun at Dewey Beach. A major plus is all of the Delaware beaches are clean and not as crowded as nearby Ocean City Maryland beaches are. Of course, you won’t have the  beach all to yourself. You just shouldn’t be shoulder to shoulder with other people, even in the heat of the summer.

Two other places to visit along the coast are Delaware Seashore State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park. Both are popular locations to go fishing and crabbing. The pier at Cape Henlopen is huge with plenty of space for you and others. Plus you might even see the Cape May Lewes Ferry traveling back and forth from New Jersey and Delaware. 

If you have ever wanted to camp on the beach for the night you are in luck. At Delaware Seashore State Park you can do just that. Grab the RV or a tent and enjoy the soothing ocean waves as you drift off to sleep at night. 

Delaware is home to 17 different state parks. Everyone has something unique to offer to outdoor lovers. Play disc golf at one of the largest and most well known state parks in Delaware at White Clay Creek. Or check out Bellevue State Park to see the DuPont family mansion. 

If history is your thing, Delaware has a lot of amazing opportunities for you. From historical sites like First State National Historical Park, John Dickinson House, Nemours Mansion, and many, many more. What else would you expect from the first state in the United States. 

Delaware is also home to some pretty cool museums. Check out the  Children’s Museum or Art Museum in Wilmington. If you love military aviation then you will have to check out the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base. 

You will find over 30 different aircraft at the museum. Everything from helicopters, fighter planes, and even a B-17 Flying Fortress. Even if you are not into military aviation, this is a must see place. Just to get an idea of size. Sometimes pictures don’t do justice. 

While in Dover try to visit during race weekend and check the monster mile. The monster mile is the nickname for the Dover Motor Speedway which has held at least one NASCAR race a year since 1969.

If you are short on time a visit to Dover should be on your list of places to visit. There is a lot to do in the capital city of Delaware. With all the museums, shops, trails, and even a Casino. You can see and do a lot while doing a tour of Delaware.

If you are a fan of craft beers, boy do we have a place for you to check out. Dogfish Head craft brewery is the place you want to be. Sit back with a cold pint and a nice bite to eat.

The state might be small but it is packed full of fun and exciting things to do. You can relax by the beach one day, get your fill of history the next, then get your heart pumping down at the track. It really is all up to you how you make your visit to Delaware one to remember.

Fun Facts

Delaware isn’t the smallest state by size, however, it is the one of the smallest states when you consider population.

But it’s the sixth most densely populated state in the US. 

There are more chickens in the state than people.

Delaware is less than 100 miles long and only 35 miles wide at its widest point. 

The highest point in the state is 448 feet above sea level. 

Ever wonder who that guy on the back of the Delaware state quarter is? That is Brigadier General Caesar Rodney and he cast the deciding vote in 1776. He rode 80 miles on horseback overnight from Dover to Philadelphia.

Punkin Chunkin began in Delaware in 1986

There is an artificial reef made of subway cars, tanks, and even cruise ships off the coast of Slaughter Beach.

Did you know it’s illegal to serve alcohol in establishments if dancing is going on? Well that is true for certain parts of Delaware.

Another strange law in Delaware happens to be about trick-or-treating. You can’t do that if it is a Sunday in Rehoboth Beach. 

Oh, and you better not change your clothes in a public bathroom or in your car in Rehoboth Beach. Yup, that’s illegal too!

Dogfish Head Brewery produces 175,000 barrels of beer every year. 

When you are planning a vacation I bet Delaware isn’t on the top of your list of places to visit. However, that shouldn’t stop you from planning a visit. The best time to visit would be in the summer. However, anytime of year will still have plenty to offer you.

Have you ever visited Delaware? Do you just pass through the state while traveling on I-95? Let us know in the comments below. 

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