Delaware is full of endless discoveries. With unique beaches, beautiful natural wilderness, historic mansions, charming gardens, rich history, and tax-free shopping, there is so much to explore!
In this guide you will find resources on Delaware’s outdoor recreation, history, arts, culture, events, festivals, and more. Make sure you check out our great museums and state parks.
If you haven’t explored Delaware recently, use this guide to find new ideas. Even if you are a lifelong Delawarean, there is still so much to see that is off-the-beaten path.
We want Delaware residents and visitors to explore and find their own favorite hidden gems!
Explore Delaware beaches!
- Bethany Beach
- This quiet and friendly beach that is great for quality time with family
- Cape Henlopen State Park
- A secluded beach with lighthouse views, right there the bay meets the ocean
- Delaware Seashore State Park
- This beach sits on a beautiful, natural coastline that is perfect for water sports and sun bathing
- Dewey Beach
- Exhilarating night life and lively restaurants make this beach perfect for he young at heart.
- Fenwick Island
- A calm, laid-back beach town with plenty of opportunities for fun
- This charming and historic town along the beach is perfect for relaxing weekend getaways
- Rehoboth Beach
- A Delaware classic, and a great beach for family entertainment in the sand or on the boardwalk
NOTE: Each beach has its own parking rates and regulations. Be sure to verify this information in advance so you can plan accordingly.
Delaware State Parks
Parks by County
- Alapocas Run
- Auburn Valley
- Brandywine Creek
- Fort Delaware
- Fort DuPont
- Fox Point
- Lums Pond
- White Clay Creek
Wilmington State Parks
NOTE: From March 1 to November 30, visitors to Delaware parks are charged a daily entry fee. The fee permits a vehicle and all of its passengers to enter any state park on the date of purchase. For specific pricing, visit Delaware State Parks.
Kayak in Sussex County's beautiful Trap Pond.
Delaware State Park Attractions
- Brandywine Zoo
- Deerfield Golf & Tennis
- Fort Miles Museum & Historical Area
- Garrisons Lake Golf Course
- Go Ape Treetop Adventure
- Indian River Life-Saving Station
- Killens Pond Water Park
- Port Penn Interpretive Center
- Banquet/Special Event Venue
- Cottage at the Indian River Marina
- Pavilion/Picnic Area
- RV and tent camping site
Use the Delaware State Park’s Find a Trail to locate trails by recreational category and by state park.
Outdoor Recreational Licenses
Some outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, boating, and conservation access using a motor vehicle require a license or permit. You may purchase your license in person at one of these locations.
You also have the option to purchase and print hunting licenses, fishing licenses, deer tags, wildlife area lottery permits, water fowl (duck) stamps, trout stamps, and vehicle conservation access passes online.
Delaware hunting licenses cover the period of July 1 through June 30. More information on license fees and other costs.
All persons born after January 1, 1967 must complete the approved Hunter Education Course before applying for a Delaware Hunting License. To sign up for a course, visit the Hunter Education Program.
To access your Delaware Hunter Safety License, visit Hunter Education Online Access.
Don't forget to get your fishing license!
Recreational anglers and shell fishersmust purchase an annual Delaware Fishing License. This license covers fishing in both fresh and tidal waters.
Conservation Access Pass
Any registered motor vehicle that is used to access State Wildlife Areas for the purposes of hunting, bird watching, photography, and similar activities are required to have a Conservation Access Pass.
- The Conservation Access Pass is valid July 1 through June 30.
For prices, Conservation Access Pass required locations, and frequently asked questions, visit Conservation Access Pass.
Register a Boat
Delaware law requires all motorboats, including those powered by electric motors, to be registered.
- Download the mail-in boat registration application
- or visit one of these private boating and license agents.
- Renew your license or update your information
For registration fees and other information, visit Delaware Boat Registration Information.
Visit the Division of Fish and Wildlifefor more services and information regarding recreational licenses, permits, and passes.
Delaware History Trail
The Delaware History Trail features locations throughout the state that are significant to the history of Delaware and to our nation.
Find a Historic Site
Use this history and heritage tool to locate one of Delaware’s many historical sites.
First State National Historical Park
The First State National Historic Park is comprised of seven different historic sites. These locations highlight Delaware’s role in establishing the United States of America.
Explore some of Delaware’s best historic homes and museums
2 E 4th St, New Castle, DE 19720
The Dutch House
32 E 3rd St, New Castle, DE 19720
Read House and Gardens
42 The Strand, New Castle, DE 19720
Hale- Byrnes House
606 Stanton Christiana Rd, Newark, DE 19713
Historic Houses of Odessa
201 Main St, Odessa, DE 19730
217 Smyrna Leipsic Rd, Smyrna, DE 19977
John Dickinson Plantation
340 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover, DE 19901
Parson Thorne Mansion
501 NW Front St, Milford, DE 19963
Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation
23669 Ross Station Rd, Seaford, DE 19973
118 Front St, Lewes, DE 19958
Ryves Holt House
211 Mulberry St, Lewes, DE 19958
Visit Kent County's Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Arts and Culture
Find Delaware eateries by category.
Tour the fascinating 175 room du Pont estate and museum or take a stroll through 60 acres of splendid gardens.
Be transported to the days of the American Industrial Revolution! Enjoy historical exhibitions and live demonstrations on the site of an original gunpowder mill.
Take a tour of the spectacular French-inspired du Pont mansion, gaze out over the vista, and explore the gardens lined with sculptures, fountains, and trees.
Investigate science and nature through outdoor trails, a pollinator garden, and seven galleries highlighting habitats from around the globe.
View collections of art and architecture, take studio classes, or attend a cutting edge performance.
Explore the worlds of science, math, and technology in a fun and creative learning space!
Learn about the life and accomplishments of Eldrige Reeves Johnson, a Delaware native and trailblazer in the sound-recording industry.
Commemorate the men and women airmen who aided in war efforts, view over 30 historical aircraft, and test your skills in the flight simulators.
Enjoy some of America’s the finest collections of sculptures, images, paintings, furniture, and silver.
Learn about Swanendael, Delaware’s first European colony, established by the Dutch in 1631.
List of Museums by County
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19806
Delaware Children’s Museum
550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Delaware History Museum
504 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807
Delaware Sports Museum Hall of Fame
801 Shipyard Dr, Wilmington, DE 19801
45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706
Hagley Museum and Library
200 Hagley Creek Rd, Wilmington, DE 19807
Iron Hill Science Center
1115 Robert L. Melson Lane Newark, DE 19702
Kalmar Nyckle and Copeland Maritime Center
1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
850 Alapocas Dr, Wilmington, DE 19803
New Castle Court House Museum
211 Delaware St, New Castle, DE 19720
New Castle Historical Society
30 Market St, New Castle, DE 19720
Pencader Heritage Museum
2029 Sunset Lake Rd, Newark, DE 19702
4651 Washington Street Extension, Wilmington, DE 19809
University Museum at the University of Delaware
18 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711
Winterthur Museum. Gardens, and Library
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735
Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902
Barratt’s Chapel and Museum of Methodism
6362 Bay Rd, Frederica, DE 19946
Bigg’s Museum of American Art
406 Federal St, Dover, DE 19901
Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
866 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
Delaware Public Archives
121 M.L.K. Jr Blvd N, Dover, DE 19901
Delaware State Police Museum
1425 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
First State Heritage Park
102 S State St, Dover, DE 19901
Harrington Historical Society Museum
108 Fleming St, Harrington, DE 19952
Johnson Victrola Museum
375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901
121 S Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963
The Old State House
25 The Green, Dover, DE 19901
11 S Main St, Smyrna, DE 19977
Star Hill Museum
357 Voshells Mill Star Hill Rd, Dover, DE 19901
Woodburn: Governor’s House
151 Kings Hwy SW, Dover, DE 19901
Bethany Beach History Museum
214 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach, DE 19930
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
708 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Lewes Life-Saving Station
2 Shipcarpenter St, Lewes, DE 19958
Lewes Historical Society Museum Store
302 Savannah Rd, Lewes, DE 19958
Nanticoke Indian Museum
27073 John J Williams Hwy, Millsboro, DE 19966
Rehoboth Beach Museum
511 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
203 High St, Seaford, DE 19973
Treasures of the Sea
21179 College Dr, Georgetown, DE 19947
102 Kings Hwy, Lewes, DE 19958
Theater and Performing Arts
View our full list of theaters and performing arts venues in Delaware.
Find beauty in New Castle County
Events and Festivals
Check the Visit Delaware Events Calendar to stay up to date on events in Delaware.
Delaware State Fair
The Delaware State Fair has been a community tradition filled with family fun since 1919. The fair is an annual 10 day event consisting of carnival rides, live concerts, food, drink, livestock showcases, and more.
Firefly Music Festival
FireFly Music Festival is the largest music and camping festival on the east coast. Firefly is an annual summer festival, taking place every June in the Woodlands of Dover.
For tickets and information visit: https://www.visitdelaware.com/events/firefly-music-festival/
Sporting events are fun for the whole family! Check out Delaware's professional teams:
NBA G League Basketball
Minor League Baseball
Professional Hockey Club
Browse all attractions by category.
Tax Free Shopping
Malls and Outlet Centers
132 Christiana Mall, Newark, DE 19702
NOTE: This mall has a parental guidance program in place for guests 17 years of age and under beginning at 5:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
4737 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE 19803
1365 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Find more tax free shopping.
Trails of Discovery
Delaware Trails of Discovery each provide a unique way to learn about our state’s history and culture.
How to follow a trail:
1. Choose your trail:
Head to the trail’s website and download the passport or app.
Visit each location! While you’re there, use your passport to record the code that you find on the trail sign, sticker, or cache box!
Once you’ve visited the minimum number of locations, send your passport to the Delaware Tourism Office to receive your prize!