A romantic tale of two cultures, two centuries and two different worlds.

WILMINGTON AND THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY is a destination marked by sharp contrast. Town and Gardens. Beauty and Brains. Past and Present. Historic and Hip. It is these contrasts that make each experience more vibrant, each moment more distinct and each sight more authentic and beautiful. 

In every direction, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley blends the ARTSDINING and 
ENTERTAINMENT amenities of the city with the history and beauty of the surrounding countryside. So whatever your mood, whatever your passion, we invite you to experience our perfect mix of HISTORYCULTURE and GARDENS. Urbane and urban. Town and garden. College and commerce. A place to lose yourself in nature, hearken back to history or tap into the heartbeat of the city.

Highlights from the Brandywine Valley
The new Mitchell Center for African American Heritage presents the history of Delaware's African American community, including its struggles for human rights, freedom and dignity.
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The Delaware craft beer scene is booming. From long-running regional brew-pub chains to newly opened microbreweries Greater Wilmington makes for a great afternoon of tastings.
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Don't let the cold deter you. Grab someone special and follow our guide for a fun winter evening on Wilmington's Riverfront.
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Greater Wilmington's fall and winter months offer plenty of interesting and exciting outdoor activities even as the temperature starts to drop.
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From hip urban enclaves to the chateaus of the Brandywine Valley countryside, Greater Wilmington is made up of many unique neighborhoods, towns and cities.
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Sometimes you just need get out of town with your best friends. Lucky for you, Wilmington offers the perfect collection of activities for your next girlfriend getaway.
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Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley
Walk a few blocks … and you’re in a completely different neighborhood. Drive a few miles …. and it’s like another world. So what are you looking for?
Brandywine Valley
Wilmington
Newark
Historic New Castle
Delaware City
Odessa / Middletown

Brandywine Valley

The region’s premier museums and gardens, Hagley, Winterthur, Longwood, Mt. Cuba, Brandywine River Museum of Art, can all be found along the rolling green hills that the du Pont family originally settled and preserved.

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Wilmington

Delaware’s center of business and commerce offers historic performing arts venues such as The Grand Opera House, restaurants the Washington Post says “are worth the trip,” and easy access to Wilmington’s family-friendly Riverfront.

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Newark

Shops, restaurants and bars may cater to the University of Delaware’s 23,000 students, but Newark attracts just as many locals and visitors with upscale restaurants, world-class music and professional theater.

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Historic New Castle

The town where Delaware became the first colony to declare its independence – before Jefferson finished his Declaration – is still a working town, with more original colonial structures per mile than anywhere else but Williamsburg.

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Delaware City

This quaint waterfront community on the Delaware River has a working marina that serves as the gateway to Pea Patch Island and historic Fort Delaware.

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Odessa / Middletown

The rapidly growing city of Middletown has created a retail and restaurant boom, but family farms, historic villages and natural beauty abound – and tens of thousands fill the streets annually for the Olde-Tyme Peach Festival.

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