As the weather begins to break, a trip to the Wilmington Riverfront becomes almost required. It’s time to leave those jackets in the car and explore! Best known for the Riverwalk, a 1.3-mile pathway along the Christina River, the neighborhood has become one of the most enticing to visit. Connecting the area’s Riverfront Market, a local marketplace filled with amazing food and shopping vendors, to the DuPont Environmental Education Center and the Jack A. Markell (JAM) trail, this well-known waterfront area is perfect for an all-day adventure or a quick visit. Whether you are on your own or with the family, there is something for everyone and every mood.
Check out these 10 adventures to indulge in this spring along Wilmington’s Riverfront.
1. Putt Your Way through the Riverwalk Mini Golf
Opening again in May, this beautifully landscaped mini golf course is fun for the whole family. Designed by Harris Miniature Golf of Wildwood, New Jersey, the Riverwalk Mini Golf course features many of the colors and plant life found along the Riverfront as well as the iconic Tom Burke birdhouses! We say loser buys the ice cream and milkshakes at the golf shack next door.
2. Sail the Christina with Kalmar Nyckel Sailing Days
Beginning May 1st, the Kalmar Nyckel will hit the high seas (well as high as the Christina River gets anyway) for its 2021 season. Get outside and enjoy the spring and summer breeze in your hair aboard Wilmington’s full-scale replica Tall Ship. Learn about the history of the Swedes in Delaware with a hands-on experience. Haul lines, set sails, hear tales from the crew, or simply sit back and enjoy.
*For COVID rules and guidelines – visit https://www.kalmarnyckel.org/Index.asp to learn more.
3. Walk, Bike, and JAM across the Jack A. Markell Trail
Even the most novice of riders can take on what is referred to as the JAM trail. The Jack A. Markell bike and walking trail connects Wilmington’s Riverfront to historic New Castle. This 7.9-mile trail is an off-road pathway consisting of elevated boardwalks, paved pathways, and one on-road section through historic New Castle.
4. Grab a Bite for Now and Later at the Riverfront Market
The Riverfront Market is a bustling public marketplace in a historic warehouse on the banks of the Christina River. Inside, the market boasts a European-style marketplace that features plenty of café style seating and high-quality foods from local, independently owned merchants. Vendors occupy the ground floor of the building, selling fresh produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, pizza, sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks, sushi and Thai cuisine, as well as others. Stop by for a quick bite, to grab a prepared meal, or to gather the freshest ingredients for the recipe waiting for you at home.
5. Discover Dynamic Art at The Delaware Contemporary
The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic gathering place where art, design, and technology intersect to inspire creativity in daily lives. The gallery is located just a few blocks from the Riverwalk and features regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society.
6. Explore Nature at the DuPont Environmental Education Center
Better known as DEEC, the DuPont Environmental Education Center, located at the end of the Riverfront, is where the city, river, and marsh meet. This beautiful refuge is 212 acres of freshwater tidal marsh adjoining the Christina River and is home to many birds and other nesting and migrating species. DEEC is open to the public year-round and features a Visitor Center with panoramic river and marsh views (Perfect for those #InstaWorthy photos), a 10-acre ornamental garden, and a quarter-mile handicapped-accessible pond loop that extends into the marsh.
7. Grab a Brew and Throw an Axe at Constitution Yards Beer Garden
The Riverfront is home to the area’s only seasonal beer garden, featuring 30,000 sq. ft of outdoor space along the Riverwalk. Helping to round out what had already become the area’s go-to place for spring and summer fun, Constitution Yards features classic backyard BBQ fare, an ever-changing rotation of craft beers, and plenty of space for backyard games like corn hole! Eat, drink, relax, and play. Bring your friends for a night out or the family. Did we mention there was axe throwing!?
8. One... Two... Three Strikes You're Out to a Blue Rocks Game
Spring into action this baseball season and take in a game while at the Riverfront. The Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware’s Advanced-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals Major League team, is ready to “PLAY BALL” April through September 2021. COVID protocols are in place and will remain in place throughout the season. For more information, visit https://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/listing/wilmington-blue-rocks-baseball/4578/.
9. Sail on the Riverboat Queen
Wilmington’s Riverboat Queen is the most unique blend of “Riverfront Wilmington Entertainment.” Take a cruise on the iconic restored paddlewheeler Skipper Liner during your next #VisitWilm Riverfront adventure. The Riverboat Queen offers weekly scenic brunch trips and dinner cruises. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine, professional and friendly crew, and comfortable ambiance aboard this wonderful cruise. More information on the 2021 schedule will be available soon. Check back!
10. Dining with a Riverside View
While out and about along the Riverfront, enjoy the innovative and ever-changing culinary scenery filled with extraordinary choices - all with a view of the river!