Welcome to 2024! It’s time to dive into the next chapter, beginning with planning an incredible visit to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. It’s an escape that's just around the corner but feels like a completely different world. It's budget-friendly, diverse, and has that cozy historic town vibe with an eclectic mix of artisan attractions and cultural festivals. Nestled in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington, Delaware, earned its spot as one of the 23 best places to go in the U.S. in 2023 in Condé Nast Traveler. Brimming with outdoor recreation, museum attractions known worldwide, and multicultural events for everyone, this area truly celebrates its rich history. And don’t forget this destination boasts some of the most stunning gardens on the East Coast!   

Ready to plan the perfect getaway? Whether it's a weekend escape or a longer stay, come discover the beauty of Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley—it's all here waiting for you."  

Check out these 24 experiences you can only find throughout #VisitWilm!   


1. TASTE GREATER WILMINGTON’S EVER-GROWING FOOD SCENE...   

There’s no denying that the restaurant scene in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley gets hotter by the minute; especially when it was named “The it City Next Door” by Philadelphia Magazine! A slew of new eateries continues to pop up in this area, including Bar Reverie, a new venture from Brandywine Brewing Company (BBC) Tavern & Grill owner David Dietz, and The Brandywine Restaurant, a new venture from Snuff Mill Restaurant Butchery and Wine Bar owner Bill Irvin. These eateries both provide the high level of service, delicious menu options, and fabulous settings all have come to know from their existing parent establishments -- but these newbies have their own twist and unique flare.  

Along with these new eateries from local favorites comes a completely new and exciting venture from the Hannum family: Birdie’s Links and Drinks, a brand-new concept set to open in January. This indoor mini golf, virtual golf simulator, bar and restaurant is an incredible addition to the fast-growing area of Middletown, Delaware.   

Another new eatery coming soon to the area is a doughnut shop owned and operated by Sleeping Bird Coffee. Due to the popularity of their incredible pastries and doughnuts the husband-and-wife team will soon take on a second location to deliver these treats on a more regular basis – be sure to grab a few to taste test next time you’re in town! Keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates!

Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley has become a top destination for foodies – especially for those venturing out in 2024!

2. CHECK OUT THE GRAND CHANGES COMING TO LONGWOOD GARDENS...  

Longwood Gardens, one of the most visited public gardens in America, has been undergoing a major transformation. The project, entitled “Longwood Reimagined,” includes new buildings, new indoor and outdoor gardens, a new restaurant concept, and an expansion of Longwood’s property. One of the project’s centerpieces and largest components is the West Conservatory, set to open in the fall of 2024. The conservatory’s asymmetrical peaks will appear to rise from a pool, making the entire building seem to be floating. For updates on the planned opening of the new conservatory, go to longwoodgardens.org/longwood-reimagined and prepare to be amazed.  

3. EXPERIENCE NEW ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES AT MT CUBA CENTER... 

In the summer of 2023, Delaware’s botanical garden attraction, Mt. Cuba Center, broke ground on a project to convert its “Woods Path” from mulch to a porous, flexible paving material creating a more accessible way for guests of all mobility levels to get around.  In 2024, combining with updates on the design of Mt. Cuba’s South Garden, the accessible portion of its grounds will approximately double – creating a new way for lovers of native plants (of all accessibility) to get around and enjoy the attraction’s beauty! For updates on this project, check mtcubacenter.org/news.   

4. ENJOY AN EXPANDED COLLECTION AT HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY...  

Aside from Hagley Museum and Library’s incredible Nation of Inventors exhibition that opened early in 2023, Hagley also expanded its transportation exhibit later in the year. “Du Ponts Down the Road” is a permanent exhibition with three new acquisitions. The exhibit, located in the recently remodeled Hagley Barn, now showcases six antique vehicles chronicling the evolution of transportation used by the du Pont family. The three newest additions are an 1890 Brougham carriage, a 1918 Cadillac Type 57, and a 1941 Indian Model 841 Motorcycle. The motorcycle belonged to E. Paul du Pont, who orchestrated a merger between DuPont Motors and Indian Motorcycle. The merger is credited with saving the motorcycle company from financial ruin during the Great Depression. Hagley’s Objects Conservator, Ebenezer Kotei, spent more than 500 hours restoring the bike for the exhibit. It’s a can’t miss for the car enthusiast in your life! 

Longwood Gardens

  • 1001 Longwood Rd.

Explore one of the great gardens of the world, featuring 1,100 acres of meadows, gardens, and…

Mt. Cuba Center

  • 3120 Barley Mill Rd.

Please Note: Our Gardens are closed for the season. Join us for the 2024 season starting April 3…

5. VISIT SIX INCREDIBLE GARDENS WITHIN 12 MILES...    

Did you know in this region alone, you will find over 30 public gardens and historic landscapes within 30 miles?  Yes, you read that correctly! The Brandywine Valley area or, as the locals call it, “Chateau Country,” is made up of six incredible garden attractions within 12 miles of each other, all with ties to the du Pont family - conveniently located within America’s Garden Capital. We’re proud to be home to these incredible estate properties, some even open year-round. These properties each have something unique to offer: Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Estate, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and Brandywine Museum of Art.   

Each estate ranges in size from 200+ acres to 1000+ acres.   

6. GET OUTSIDE AND EXPLORE SOME OF THE REGION’S BEST OUTDOOR RECREATION...    

Greater Wilmington is a well-preserved piece of the Mid-Atlantic region that boasts miles of trails and pathways for hikers, bikers, wildlife viewers, and even horseback riders. Wake up early to fish in rivers, streams and ponds, or watch rare birds take flight along one of the largest migratory passages in North America. And in our parks, daily activities throughout the year show the best of each of our gorgeous four seasons. Delaware’s outdoor tourism is incomparable. Aside from being part of America’s Garden Capital, the Northern part of the state is known for its incredible green spaces perfect for a quick rock climb, a picnic lunch under Rockford Tower, or even a weekend exploration to the marker where Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware connect. If you’re outdoorsy on any level, we have incredible sights to see in New Castle County.   

7. TAKE IN SOME WILDLIFE...    

Back in 2014, the American Birding Association relocated its national headquarters to Delaware City, Delaware - one of American’s richest birding areas. Every year throughout the First State, thousands of rare songbirds, shorebirds and raptors migrate along the eastern seashore of Delaware, stopping at one of the state’s many natural habitats and wildlife areas to refuel for their journey.  From the DuPont Environmental Education Center’s city refuge to Ashland Nature Center’s suburban hideaway down to the coastal waterways and shores of Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Greater Wilmington offers a birding friendly environment that welcomes all to come watch.  

8. LEARN MORE ABOUT FORT DELAWARE’S INCREDIBLE UPGRADE...  

Built in 1859, Fort Delaware served as a prison that held close to 33,000 Confederate POWs during the Civil War. The Fort, located on Pea Patch Island in Delaware City, has since become a popular living history site where staff members dress in period clothing to reenact scenes and fire cannons! This attraction is also known to be a prominent location on bird watchers’ bucket lists for its reputation as a significant birding spot, including the largest heron nesting site on the East Coast outside Florida. To improve the experience for both history lovers and birders, the State of Delaware recently invested $4 million in improvements including a reconstructed tram road that takes visitors from the island’s pier to the fort, upgrades to the park trails, a rebuilt birdwatching platform with accessibility ramps, and a new screened pavilion with 16 picnic tables. Make 2024 the year you check off Fort Delaware on your Delaware Bucket List!  

9. ADVENTURE ON A HISTORICAL HIKE...  

Delaware is the ONLY state that lies east of the Mason-Dixon Line. Discover the exact place where that historical line begins on the Tri-State Marker Trail. This 3.5-mile loop goes from the White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center to the point where Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland connect. Close to half of the trail resides in Delaware. Continue another quarter mile, and you’ll find the Arc Corner Monument marking the place where the Arc of Delaware meets the Mason-Dixon Line.  

Did you know Delaware is also the ONLY state to have an arched or curved border?  

10. EXPLORE GREATER WILMINGTON BY BIKE... 

The Greater Wilmington area has over 120 miles of paved walking and biking trails! Of these, there are three major interconnected trails that are part of the East Coast Greenway – connecting 15 states and 450 cities and towns for 3,000 miles of biking trails from Maine to Florida. The area also houses trails that connect neighborhoods throughout the Greater Wilmington area like the Jack A. Markell Trail, or JAM Trail, as the locals call it. This almost eight-mile trail starts at the DuPont Environmental Education Center along the Wilmington Riverfront neighborhood and goes to Battery Park in Historic New Castle.

While the area is perfect for both experienced and inexperienced bikers, Wilmington also challenges pro and amateur cyclists at the annual Wilmington Grand Prix Race, a USA Cycling National Event. This three-day event happens every May and includes a timed trial up the infamous Monkey Hill in downtown Wilmington, Criterium Races & Festival, a Major Taylor Community Ride, Governor’s Ride, and a Gran Fondo ride, complete with a ride through multiple du Pont estate properties. This year, the event will be held May 17-19, 2024. Think you have what it takes? To register please head to, https://wilmgrandprix.com/.  

Wilmington Grand Prix

  • Downtown Wilmington

An annual FREE pro-cycling event featuring one of the premier criterium-style bike races in the US, a part of the USA Cycling’s National Race Calendar. The Bike race is one of the top bike races in…

11. EXPLORE A FIRST STATE JEWEL...  

Wilmington is full of surprising adventures like freeform rock climbing in Alapocas Run State Park, taking a sail on Kalmar Nyckel the Tall Ship of Delaware, and even flying through the sky on a zipline with Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park in Lums Pond State Park. One jewel hidden in plain sight amid Brandywine Park is the Brandywine Zoo. This zoo, small in nature but big in spirit, has been a staple in the area for more than 100 years. Open year-round, visitors and residents can explore and enjoy the conservation efforts of the team behind the zoo in unique ways. From adult nights at the zoo with “Trivia Nights” and “Brew at the Zoo” events, to classic family friendly fun like the zoo’s “Storytimes” and “Noon Year’s Eve” event, the zoo is always keeping visitors on their toes. But of course, the true heart of any zoo is the incredible animals who call it home.  

The Zoo features animals from the tropical and temperate areas of North and South America, Asia and Africa ranging from more common species to the highly endangered. As part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), the Brandywine Zoo announced a baby Crowned Lemur was born in late September 2023! This birth is a significant contribution to the Crowned lemur population in North America, bringing the total number of Crowned lemurs in AZA institutions nationally to 35. The Brandywine Zoo is one of only 12 locations in North America where Crowned lemurs can be viewed by the public, so we hope to see you in 2024 to experience an exclusive opportunity.  To learn more about this incredible birth please visit - https://news.delaware.gov/2023/09/27/dnrecs-brandywine-zoo-welcomes-baby-crowned-lemur/  

Brandywine Zoo

  • Brandywine Park

Visit the Brandywine Zoo in Brandywine Park! A Delaware jewel in Wilmington, the Brandywine Zoo is a cool place to meet a lemur or condor, or a capybara up close. Awesome zoo for little ones to…

12. TAKE IN THE SCENERY: DRIVE ALONG FOUR SCENIC BYWAYS...    

Drive along the coast. Drive through the rolling hills. Drive through history.   

On the scenic byways of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley, a drive can take as little as 15 minutes or as long as a lazy Sunday afternoon. The Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway runs along Route 52 and Route 100 from the urban streets of downtown Wilmington to Delaware’s pastoral northern border. The Red Clay Scenic Byway is made up of 28 secondary roads within the Red Clay watershed. Delaware’s Bayshore National Scenic Byway is two-lane Route 9 that winds its way through the largest coastal preserved marshland in the United States. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway traverses the State of Delaware and includes six landmarks that demonstrate the path Harriet and fellow escaping freedom seekers took on their way north.   

Whether you are looking to take on a leisurely drive or a quick ride to catch the colors of the season, the area has exactly what you’re looking for! 

13. SEE THE MINOR SIDE OF MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS...    

Taking the family to a major league sporting event may require a small bank loan. So, why not catch some minor league action that’s packed with family fun and won’t hurt your plans for retirement? Greater Wilmington is home to two such teams… located on the Wilmington Riverfront are the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a perennial contender for the best Single-A baseball “good time” and the affiliated farm team of the Washington Nationals. Just across the river in the 2,500 square-foot Chase Fieldhouse, you’ll find the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers G-League affiliate.  Both venues will get you up close and personal with the action as well as the players.  

14. TAKE IN THE ARTS: NEW EXHIBITIONS COMING IN 2024...  

Every year, new and exciting exhibitions are brought to local attractions and museums throughout Greater Wilmington. Here are a few highlights coming this year to the Brandywine Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, The Delaware Contemporary and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library that you just can’t miss:  

Every Leaf & Twig: Andrew Wyeth’s Botanical Imagination  
Feb. 24 – Sept. 15, 2024  
Brandywine Museum of Art  

Andrew Wyeth was fascinated by the fragile rhythms and intimate dramas of plant life. This exhibit uses 40 watercolors and drawings — most of which have never been exhibited before — to explore that fascination.  

There Is a Woman in Every Color: Black Women in Art  
March 16-26, 2024  
Delaware Art Museum  

This exhibition examines the representation of Black women over the past two centuries and makes Black women’s presence visible in American art history. Selected artists include Edmonia Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett, Alma Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, and LaToya Ruby Frazier. There Is a Woman in Every Color provides an opportunity to place art by Black women in conversation with one another, showcasing their exploration of personhood, issues of identity, and resistance to classification.  

Jamie Wyeth: Unsettled  
March 16 – June 9, 2024  
Brandywine Museum of Art  

This exhibit traces some of the more disconcerting imagery created by artist Jamie Wyeth.  While Wyeth is known primarily for coastal views, farmscapes, darker and more otherworldly imagery is a persistent theme of his work. Examine strange landscapes and curious characters as you open your mind to an unsettled mood.  

Hugh Atkins: Tesserae  
May 2-26, 2024 
The Delaware Contemporary  

What if an individual piece of a mosaic was as much a work of art as the finished whole? What if we traded art as we do baseball cards? Tesserae presents images that can stand on their own or be combined; they can also be bought and traded. In the process, the artist invites you to ask questions about the nature of art, its commodification and its meaning.   

Transformations: Contemporary Artists at Winterthur  
Opens June 8, 2024  
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library  

Transformations features more than 30 nationally recognized artists whose work draws inspiration from the historic collections at Winterthur. Discover how the old influences the new — forging connections across communities, transforming our perspectives about history, and commenting on our lives today. Most of the artists in Transformations took part in the Maker–Creator Research Fellowship program, which invites creative professionals to immerse themselves in Winterthur’s collections.   

Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present  
June 29 – Sept. 22, 2024  
Brandywine Museum of Art  

This retrospective of Frank Stewart’s photography centers on his sensitive and spontaneous approach to portraying world cultures and Black life in many forms — including music, art, travel, food, and dance.   

Jazz Age Illustration  
Oct. 5, 2024 – Jan. 26, 2025  
Delaware Art Museum  

This is the first major exhibition to survey the art of popular illustration in the United States between 1919 and 1942. This ambitious project draws from the museum’s expansive illustration collection, with selective loans, to explore the mass visual culture that emerged at the end of the First World War — a period characterized by cultural vibrancy and dramatic social change. The museum plans to celebrate the exhibition’s opening with a Jazz Age Gala in the fall of 2024.  

The Crafted World of Wharton Esherick  
Oct. 12, 2024 – Jan. 19, 2025  
Brandywine Museum of Art  

Wharton Esherick is best known as the father of the Studio Furniture Movement, which centers around the production of one-of-a-kind furniture objects designed and built by craftspeople. The Crafted World includes selections from Esherick’s rarely loaned collection of objects, usually housed at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, Pennsylvania.   

15. HAUL LINES ABOARD A TALL SHIP...    

The original Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship carried Peter Minuit and 24 other settlers who founded the colony of New Sweden (now Wilmington) in 1638. Today, adventurers can still set sail on the Christina River as those original settlers once did on this faithful re-creation of the original ship. When she’s in her home port of Wilmington, KALMAR NYCKEL makes the perfect sea adventure. Take the kids for a pirate sail, or bring a bottle of wine for a peaceful afternoon on the water. Haul lines, talk with the captains and learn a little about history while taking in the beautiful sights of Wilmington’s Riverfront and Historic New Castle neighborhoods. Check the sailing schedule for dates. The season begins this spring.   

16. TAKE IN A SHOW...  

While the First State is small in comparison to our friends in NYC and DC, Greater Wilmington offers the same level of talented artists (for less of a hit to your wallet.) Many incredible Broadway, comedic, musical and performing artists make their way to Wilmington as part of their East Coast tours. Whether you pop into The Queen for a top-notch musical act, grab a seat inside the HOTEL DU PONT’s Playhouse on Rodney Square to take in a bit of Broadway, or immerse yourself in the operatic sounds of an OperaDelaware performance at The Grand Opera House, you can’t go wrong! An evening out on the town makes for the perfect night in Greater Wilmington. 

17. QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR CRAFT...   

Delaware has long been known as a hotbed for craft beer innovation thanks to Dogfish Head Brewing, but the local beer scene goes far beyond that.  With somewhere around 15 breweries, distilleries and meaderies located in northern Delaware, an afternoon spent exploring them can start … anywhere you want. Visiting the Brandywine Zoo? Stop into Wilmington Brew Works! Checking out Wilmington’s Riverfront? Pop into Liquid Alchemy Beverages. Exploring through Newark? Check out Autumn Arch Beer Project. And, if you’re making your way through the steam powered locomotives of the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights don’t forget to stop in to Dew Point Brewing Company! Several are within just a few miles of each other.  So, wherever you are in your travels, you’re near the start of an afternoon tasting tour of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley.     

If you’re taking on a craft beer trip through the First State, we highly recommend participating in the Delaware On Tap Trail.  Delaware on Tap features more than 35 places to enjoy for any crafty drinker. Let the passport guide you through visits to nationally recognized breweries and hidden gems distilling unique spirits and brewing sweet meads. Check in once you arrive to earn prizes! 

18. HAVE SOME FUN ON THE FARM...    

Green space in the First State is not hard to come by and neither are picturesque farmlands perfect for visiting on a fall fun day or to grab some fresh and local produce. 

Coverdale Farm Preserve: This 377-acre preserve is comprised of both natural and working lands. Of those 377 acres, 200 are managed as a nature preserve, while 177acres is an active farm featuring both vegetable production and livestock. Whether heading to the preserve to see the cows and turkeys or to pop into the Market, a visit to this serene escape is a can’t miss! 

Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm: Located behind the Wilmington & Western Train Station, Greenbank is a 300-year-old grist mill, textile mill and farm site with an 18-foot waterwheel powered by the Red Clay Creek. This living history museum has several tours and programs that focus on various aspects of the Early Republic time period.  

Ramsey's Farms: Family owned and operated since 1860, Ramsey’s is a classic agritourism attraction that you simply can’t pass up when visiting Wilmington in September-November. From u-pick pumpkins to hayrides and s’mores nights, Ramsey’s makes for the perfect fall family adventure. Don’t forget to pop into their produce stand, open May-August!  

Woodside Farm Creamery: Family owned and operated since 1796, this dairy farm manufactures ice cream using the milk from its herd of Jersey cows. This local ice cream is a fan favorite amongst the locals in the area but has also been named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Ice Cream Parlors! If you stop by when the Creamery is closed for the season, several restaurants and food markets in the county feature Woodside ice cream!  

19. Spend Some Money (without Taxation!) ...  

One of the most notable things people know about the First State is that we are tax-free! Delaware is one of only five states in the country that are tax-free, and the only one in the Mid-Atlantic region.  No sales tax means just that – no tax on shopping, dining or entertainment – including your drinks after a long day at the boutiques. From recently renovated shopping centers to never-renovated antique shops, from mega malls to Main Street boutiques and museum shops, you’ll find unique and irreplicable finds for anyone on your list… and things you never knew you needed.  

Tax-Free Shopping

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20. Deep Dive into the Haunted History of Rockwood Park and Museum 

Rockwood Park and Museum comes with a haunting history. Throughout the year, you can take on one of their classic paranormal tours! Investigate the mansion from the unfinished attic to the  creepy basement and see if you can communicate with anyone who once lived there (or may still be there in spirit)... 

Aside from its haunts, the property also sits on 72-acres of picnic groves, gardens, and urban wildlife habitats. The Apothecary Garden is perfect for visitors who need a moment of peace and tranquility.  

21. Explore the Local’s Dining Scene in Hockessin, Delaware 

Hockessin, Delaware is one of the best kept secrets of the Greater Wilmington area. It’s a neighborhood the locals REALLY know. So, if you’re looking to fit in with the Delaware locals... we’re “spilling the tea” on two incredible restaurants that call Hockessin home. One of them serves you right from their family’s home... The House of William and Merry. This historic farm house happens to contain one of the best kept restaurants in New Castle County, Delaware. Husband and wife team Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman take a “food first” approach when creating insanely detailed and scrumptious fine dining menus in a relaxed and “at home” comfortable atmosphere. With the freshest ingredients gathered from local farms combined with the ingenious mind of Chef William, you’ll never have the same meal twice!  

Another hidden gem of a restaurant is The Back Burner Restaurant, more commonly referred to as Back Burner. This restaurant hits the mark with menu classics like pork chops and filet mignon and takes on innovative dishes like black garlic and truffle deviled eggs and short rib flat breads with the best of them. The greatest part of any meal at Back Burner is the “Better Cheddar Cheese.” If you know you know... and if you don’t know – make it a point to find out! You can even pick some up to take with you on your #VisitWilm adventures. It goes great with the amazing local items and treats featured at the Back Burner Market right next to the restaurant.  

22. Multicultural Events  

The list goes on with the amount of diversity and culture found throughout Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley. Take in a festival or two to experience a different way of life through music, food and company.  

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - Centering around the legacy of famous jazz trumpeter and Wilmington native Clifford Brown, the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast brings big-name performers and local food vendors to downtown’s Rodney Square each summer.   

Delaware Chinese Festival - Gather at the Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin for folk and modern dancing, gourmet food, live music, and cultural exhibitions.  

Powwow of Arts and Culture - Planned in partnership with community advisors and the Nanticoke Indian Association, this Delaware Art Museum event celebrates indigenous culture. Take in traditional dances and music performed by members of the Lenape and other Indian tribes. The Delaware Art Museum hosts other cultural festivals throughout the year including: a Juneteenth festival, a Dia de los Muertos celebration, an MLK Day of Service, and a Black film festival.   

August Quarterly Festival - The nation’s oldest African American religious festival is a weeklong celebration of religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to free assembly. It begins with a morning service along Wilmington’s Riverfront on the last Sunday in August.  

Diamond State Black Film Festival – For one weekend in September, The Penn Cinema Riverfront showcases selected works by filmmakers of color across multiple genres, with cash prizes awarded to top films in categories such as documentary, narrative and shorts.  

HBCU Week - Concerts, panel discussions, fun runs, college fairs, and more take over downtown Wilmington and its surroundings for one week in September to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Delaware’s HBCU, Delaware State University, is one of the country’s oldest land-grant educational institutions.    

Hispanic Heritage Festival – Hosted at Bellevue State Park, experience the many diverse cultures that make up Hispanic heritage with live music, food, children’s activities, and traditional dance performances.   

People’s Festival – Celebrating its 30th year in 2024, this annual roots, rock and reggae festival pays homage to Bob Marley, who spent time living in Wilmington with his mother, Jamaican singer and writer Cedella Booker. All are welcome for a peaceful evening living for the music.  

Soul of the City Festival - This downtown Wilmington block party on Market Street features hip-hop dance demonstrations, drum-line professionals, live street-painting and pop-up food experiences.  

 

23. Discover Newark’s Main Street 

Uncover the wonder of Main Street in Newark, Delaware during your next getaway to Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley. This historic and award-winning main street features several shops, historic buildings and restaurants bound to catch your eye. Whether you head to Hamilton’s on Main for happy hour or take in a show or sporting event at the University of Delaware, we promise you will enjoy your time spent exploring. Make a weekend of it and take the night to recharge in the comfort of the brand-new Hyatt Place Newark/Main Street right in the center of Main Street. It offers the perfect vantage point for taking in the excitement of Main Street. They even have an outdoor fireplace overlooking the quaint streets of Newark’s most popular area.  

24. Riverfront Visitor Center 

Our most noteworthy attraction to visit in 2024 is, of course, the brand-new Wilmington & Brandywine Valley Riverfront Visitor Center! It opened in the summer of 2023. We are proud to welcome everyone to pop in for some local travel tips and inside information with the help of our visitor counselors. You can even pick up your very own Wilmington & Brandywine Valley T-shirt. The Visitor Center is open Thursdays-Sundays from 10-4.  

The Greater Wilmington area continuously evolves as a prime travel destination in the Mid-Atlantic region, with attractions and experiences comparable to those in the larger cities that surround it. Now known for James Beard nominated chefs, award winning hotels, and du Pont estates rivaling the likes of the Biltmore, Wilmington is thriving!  

2024 is the perfect time to embark on a new adventure and visit Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley. And these 24 reasons to visit are just the beginning, we will leave some of the discovering to you...  happy planning!