The state of Delaware offers an array of different places to explore. When deciding where to visit, look over this list of 6 awesome things to do in Wilmington DE. From Art Museums to grand mansions, you are sure not to run out of things to do!
1. Delaware Art Museum
A private, not-for-profit arts organization, Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Tour this fascinating museum and learn a little something about the artists of Delaware! Make sure to stop by the Thronson Café and snag a treat! This is a lovely little museum to spend one of your afternoons when in the area.
2. Nemours Mansion and Gardens
Built on a 3,000-acre plot of land in Wilmington, the Nemours Mansion was designed in a late-18th-century French style. The estate was named after the French town that Alfred’s great-great-grandfather. Alfred looked to the past and his ancestors for inspiration when designing the stunning mansion. Alfred also ensured that his new home was thoroughly modern by incorporating the latest technology and many of his own inventions. Tour this grand mansion and be transported back in time! After wandering through the mansion, make your way out to the beautiful estate gardens. At the top of the Vista are two elk carved by the French sculptor Prosper Lecourtier (1855–1924), a specialist in animal figures. Make time for gem!
3. Wilmington & Western Railroad
The Wilmington & Western has proudly served the communities along the Red Clay Creek since 1867. Take a train trip around the area and experience the natural beautiful of the state of Delaware. The train follows the Red Clay Creek for almost all 10 miles of track between Greenbank and Hockessin. Hop on the Mt. Cuba Meteor trip and take a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you’ll enjoy a ½-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings. The rail ride is one the best things to do in Wilmington DE.
4. Grand Opera House
For more than 135 years, the historic Grand Opera House has been a landmark for the residents of Wilmington and the surrounding region. The magnificent house was opened in 1871 as a home for the Grand Lodge of the Masons for the lordly sum of $100,000. The Grand has played host to thousands of renowned entertainers and performing artists over the years, including Ethel Barrymore, Buffalo Bill Cody, and John Philip Sousa. Check out the Opera House schedule to find the show for you!
5. Winterthur Museum
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. The 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s finest, and the Museums research library serves scholars from all around the world. Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley, Winterthur offers visitors an extraordinary museum, garden, and library to explore. The variety of tours, exhibitions, and programs are fantastic.
6. Stay at a Select Registry Inn
The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa is one of the Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America. The Inn offers 28 richly furnished guest rooms/suites appointed with period and reproduction furniture and marble baths with all the amenities a demanding and sophisticated traveler would desire. In addition, The Inn is located near all the activities listed above! Book your stay today!
Photo courtesy Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons.