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
Experience rich history, inspiring culture and glorious gardens this summer for as little as $4.09 per attraction with a Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport.
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Renowned for its cultural attractions, glorious gardens, elegant mansions, and superb museums, the Brandywine Valley offers a trove of delights.
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Wilmington, the gateway to the Brandywine Valley, has the perfect recipe for a relaxing girlfriend getaway: gardens, mansions, fresh air, and of course, tax-free shopping!
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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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Learn how local activists risked their lives and their freedom to participate in helping slaves escape through Delaware via the Underground Railroad.
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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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From museums that celebrate the works of local icons to studios where you can find the artists of tomorrow skillfully honing their crafts, Greater Wilmington is a haven for art...
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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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One of Delaware's best kept secrets, Historic New Castle once welcomed William Penn to the New World. Today it is dripping with history.
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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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