When planning a trip, it's hard to find a destination that will pique everyone's interests. If that's a common problem for you- we've got a pro tip: #VisitWilm! In Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, there's a great experience for everyone. Do something adventurous. Do something unexpected. And go home with a great story to tell.
Sip your way through the Vintage Atlantic Wine Region:
Four states. Six trails. More than 60 wineries. Wilmington is surrounded by vineyards. Start your tasting journey along wine trails that begin just 15 minutes outside the city. Sip, stay and explore dynamic new wineries in the Brandywine Valley, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and New Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain.
Catch a few chukkers at Brandywine Polo:
The sport of kings is played on Sundays from June through September at the Brandywine Polo Club. Bring your own picnic and libations (see above!) for some tailgating fun, but be ready to keep an eye on the action. Save a beer for the riders if you want to make a friend after the game.
Follow the path of the Underground Railroad:
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway charts the most dramatic protest action against slavery in United States history. At its peak between 1830-1865, the Underground Railroad's eastern passage cut straight through Delaware, on the road toward freedom in Pennsylvania. Multiple stops throughout Delaware, including the New Castle Court House Museum, chart its course and pay respect to the past.
Visit the ghosts of the past at Fort Delaware:
For Delaware on Pea Patch Island was once the first line of defense for the vital ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia and later home to more than 40,000 Confederate POWs during the Civil War. Do the ghosts of the past still haunt the place? The SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" certainly thought so when they visited. Visit in the summer for a picnic and a tour with historical re-enactors - or come in the fall, when paranormal investigations begin again.
Fly high at Lums Pond State Park:
See the earth from a higher place as you glide along 2,191 feet of zip lines at Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Course above the 200-acre Lums Pond, traveling more than 40 crossings with names like the Double Stirrups, the Zigzag Trapeze, the Flying Carpet and the Canyon Crossing. Climb the rope ladders, hold tight on two Tarzan swings and take in the sighs that few others will share.
Sail the Kalmar Nyckel:
The original Kalmar Nyckel carried Peter Minuit and 24 other settlers to settle New Sweden (now Wilmington) in 1638. Today, adventurers can sail 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. Take the kids for a pirate sail or bring a bottle of wine for a peaceful day sail!
Take Afternoon Tea at the Hotel du Pont:
In a class of its own, the Estate Tea Service is offered every day, featuring specially created blends of tea from the neighboring estates in the Brandywine Valley such as Longwood Gardens, Winterthur and Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Teas include a selection of sandwiches, scones and desserts made by the master pastry chefs of the Hotel du Pont. Book early around the holidays!
Experience Nighscape at Longwood Gardens:
When night falls, your journey begins. NIghscape sets Longwood aglow with moving imagery, lights and original compositions beautifully animated and projected onto the living canvas that is its gardens. Running through October 31st, 2015, Nightscape features nine installations that envelop you and reveal the beauty and intricacies of nature and light.
Bet on the horses at Delaware Park:
Delaware Park has slots and table games and all the other casino action you'd expect inside its doors. But out on the track, Thoroughbred horses race three-to-four days a week. Place a bet, and maybe you'll pick a future star - this is where near-Triple Crown winner Afleet Alex and Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro both won their career debuts!