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Top Ten Destination Spots in Delaware

Updated on August 19, 2015
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10. The Robinson House

Located in Claymont, Delaware, The Robinson House was built in 1723 on the same site where the Swedish settled in 1654.

Colonel Thomas Robinson built this house to entertain friends, family and guests. One of the guests that visited The Robinson House was George Washington along with other generals.

From 1914 into the 1960’s the house was being ran as a tea house and restaurant called, Naamans Tea House. A lot of the design in the house is original including the furniture and art, but some of it has been renovated.

Tours are offered at The Robinson House which will give you the opportunity to get up close views of this historical structure.

The Robinson House also hosts entertainment along with dinner that is reminiscent of the tea house it once was used as.

The Robinson House

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The Peter Marsh House

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9. Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is a popular vacation spot and offers many events which include; The Sea Witch Festival, The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival and The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. These festivals happen once a year.

The boardwalk located at Rehoboth Beach, has been named, Best in America, by Readers Digest.

Rehoboth Beach houses many historical landmarks which include; Averys Rest Site which dates back to the 17th century, Dodd Homestead, a home and farmstead dating back to 1830 and The Peter Marsh House from the 18th century.

Take a walk along the Rehoboth Boardwalk or explore the historical landmarks in the area to take in your experience at Rehoboth Beach to the fullest.

Rehoboth Beach

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8. The Block House

Located in Claymont, Delaware and close to the Robinson House, The Block House is said to have been built in 1654 for defense against Indians and is said to have been taken in 1671 by Indians.

The house was also captured by the British during the Revolutionary War in 1777. Although the date of the beginning of The Block House has been disputed with some reports of the house being built closer to the same time as The Robinson House was built, there is still a ton of history related to this house.

With one room housing both upper and lower levels and a fireplace, the house was used as shelter for the Robinson House chef.

While visiting the Robinson House, you will have the perfect opportunity to see the Block House as well.

Take a tour of both houses to get a feel of the era in which they were built.

The Block House

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Miles the Monster

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7. Dover International Speedway

The Dover International Speedway, previously known as Dover Downs International Speedway, is located in Dover Delaware and opened in 1969.

This speedway hosts of a number of events which include NASCAR and the IndyCar Series. Over the years there have been additions made to the Dover International Speedway.

Some of the changes made include; The Monster Bridge which is a glass structure which houses fifty six seats and sits over part of the track, a twelve suite skybox complex has been added as well as the Monster Monument which is a forty six foot fiberglass statue of their mascot, Miles the Monster.

Instead of watching the races, dive into the monster race where you will have the opportunity to get into a stock car and drive around the track yourself.

Dover International Speedway

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6. Grand Opera House

Located in Wilmington Delaware, the Grand Opera House is a performing arts center and was built in 1871 as a masonic temple and an auditorium.The opera house eventually was used for performing arts and entertainment.

One of the most famous shows that it was a venue for was the Buffalo Bill Cody show. Today it is still used for entertainment and hosts concerts of known musicians.

The Grand Opera House is also used regularly for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. This historic structure is four stories high and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Grand Opera House

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Brandywine Creek State Park

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5. Brandywine Creek State Park

Near Wilmington Delaware, Brandywine Creek State Park has two preserves which include Tulip Tree woods and Freshwater Marsh.

It also houses Flint Woods and is considered to be the third preserve in the park.

With over fourteen miles to hike on, Brandywine Creek State Park is a great place to explore the wildlife and nature of the area.

Brandywine Creek has good fishing spots and its abundance of bass is one thing that draws people to the park as well as canoeing and tubing down the creek.

The Brandywine Creek Nature Center is close by and offers natural history programs along with environmental programs. These programs include; lectures and nature walks which will teach you about the grounds that the owners, The Du Pont Family, worked so hard on in the 1800’s.

Also included in these lectures are crafting opportunities as well as bird watching.

The picnic areas and pavilions at the park are nice places to take a breather and grab a bite to eat.

Three Bridges at Brandywine Creek State Park

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Kalmar Nyckel

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4. Riverfront Wilmington

Located along the Christina River, Riverfront Wilmington offers a variety of entertainment, eateries and history.

Some of the popular eateries here are the firestone which offers live entertainment and houses a patio which looks over the water.The Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant which is another place to eat at . The Iron Hill Brewery offers house beer as well as other beers and fresh food.

There are water taxi tours available and they are a great way to get views of the water as well as some landmarks.

The Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame is also located at Riverfront Wilmington, but the most popular attraction has to be the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard which is home to the Kalmar Nyckel.

The Kalmar Nyckel is a famous ship first used to bring Swedish settlers to the United States in 1638. The ship made the trip four times and was eventually used by the Royal Swedish Navy during the Swedish-Danish war of 1657-58.

Before being lost at sea, the Kalmar Nyckel was used as a merchant ship. The ship was lost at sea during the 1700’s and it was never found.

A replica has been built and today sits on the Christina River. This replica offers educational programs as well as public sales on the Delaware and Christina Rivers.

Riverfront Wilmington

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Native Plants at the Mt Cuba Center

Golden Alexanders

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3. Mt Cuba Center

Located near Hockessin Delaware, the Mt Cuba Center is a botanical garden and is focused on education, conservation, research and public display.

The Mt Cuba Center is a popular place for bird watching as well as taking in the gorgeous views of the native plants and flowers of Delaware.

Several paths are located in these breathtaking gardens which include; Dogwood Path, West Slope Path and Woods Path which houses tulip poplar trees along with wildflowers and more.

Also located at the garden are four ponds which make spectacular views surrounded by the wildflowers and trees as they reflect from the water. The Meadow offers a peaceful experience and the colors continuously change throughout the year.

A native flower to Delaware, the trillium, is a rare flower that has been given its own garden at the Mt Cuba Center. Trial Garden is a garden used for studies and research, these flowers are studied for their disease and pesticide resistance.

Lilac Allee is full of lilacs of all kinds and is a gorgeous garden. You will find this garden peaceful and serene. The Round Gardens centerpiece is a round pool surrounded by grounds full of tulips and other colorful flowers. The South Terrace is on the west wing of the main house and the landscaping is that of perfection.

The last garden is the Lower Gum Allee which is centered around a statue and gives the atmosphere of being sheltered due to the trees on each side of the path.

Whether you come in the spring time or the fall, you are bound to see a site of pure beauty and color.

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Winterthur Gardens

2. Winterthur

Winterthur is a museum, garden and library founded by Henry Du Pont. Winterthur houses one hundred and seventy five rooms which are fully decorated with antiques, furniture, glass, textiles, paintings and more.

The Winterthur Museum is home to over 90,000 objects in the collection.

The garden housed at Winterthur is one thousand acres and holds many varieties of flowers. The garden is also home to forests, streams, meadows and rolling hills.

The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 and is dedicated to arts and culture that dates back to colonial times up to the present.

Winterthur is a popular wedding attraction as well. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture views of the spectacular garden on these beautiful grounds.

Winterthur

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First State Heritage Park

The Old State House

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1. First State Heritage Park

First State Heritage Park is located in downtown Dover and is full of historical structures. A popular tour located at this park is the Delaware History Trail where you will learn about Delaware and its involvement in the Civil War.

Some of the buildings located at this educational historic park are; The John Bell House which dates back to the mid 1700’s and is the oldest structure in the park, The Johnson Victrola Museum.

This museum is dedicated to the work of Johnson Victrola and the history of recorded sound. Johnson Victrola was the creator of the Victrola Talking Machine in 1901, and much more.

At last; The Governor’s Mansion built in 1790 and has been used as The Governor’s House since 1965. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The area surrounded the park offers plenty of places to shop, eat and even find some entertainment.

Legislative Hall/ The Capital Building

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A road map to help you get around Delaware

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A markerThe Robinson House -
Robinson House, 1 Naamans Road, Claymont, DE 19703, USA
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B markerRehoboth Beach -
Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA
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C markerBrandywine Creek State Park -
Brandywine Creek State Park, Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA
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D markerRiverfront Wilmington -
Riverfront, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
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E markerWinterthur Museum -
Winterthur Museum, 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA
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F markerFirst State Heritage Park -
Heritage Park, Wilmington, DE 19808, USA
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G markerMt Cuba Center -
Mt Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA
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      April Dawn Meyer 4 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thanks for reading everyone. And thanks for the nice comments too :)

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      I have always had a desire to visit Delaware....it seems to be one of those states that is a best kept secret :) Would love to explore it someday, and see all the places mentioned. Voted up and interesting, and pinned! :)

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      April Dawn Meyer 4 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

      Thank you so much for the nice comment. I really enjoy writing them. :)

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 4 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      You have done a great job on this. The pics are really nice. I have enjoyed reading your other travel articles.