Delaware likes to boast that they are the First State. Wilmington is the largest and most populous city in the First State, and is situated in one of the most unique places on the east coast. Driving a few hours in any direction puts you in Philadelphia PA, Atlantic City NJ, Ocean City MD, or even Washington DC.
With so much around Wilmington, it can get lost in the amount of awesomeness of everything around it. Wilmington is definitely a hidden Gem on the Eastern Seaboard. Here are 5 things you must do in Wilmington this year.
Visit Old New Castle
While its not technically in Wilmington, Old New Castle is just a hop skip and a jump away. Old New Castle is one of the bes preserved colonial town in the United States and one of the best kept secrets too. There are historic homes and buildings dating back to the 1700’s and the old court house is where the colonial assembly met in 1776 and decided to break away from England.
Alfred DuPont built this mansion for his second wife Alicia in the late 18th century French style. A shuttle from the visitors center takes you to just ourside the gates. You get the feeling of being in the south of France but you’re still in Wilmington Delaware. You can tour the numerous rooms with or without a guide, and stroll the Versailles-inspired gardens.
Explore Downtown Wilmington
Downtown Wilmington is constantly growing and changing. Historic Market Street is full of local boutique shops and eateries, and the newly developed Riverfront is definitely a main attractions. The local tourism board even has a Market Street walking itinerary for those of you who like to have a game plan ahead of time.
The Brandywine Scenic Byway
Driving along this lovely slice of the Eastern United States makes it easy to see how this area has inspired so many artists. The winding road allows just enough room for cars to pass on either side before giving way to gigantic trees and green as far as the eye can see. An even more dramatic landscape awaits if you start from Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington and follow route 52 and 100 for the 12 mile drive along the Pennsylvania border.
The first state has so much to offer. History, Beaches, Wineries, craft brewing and some of the prettiest scenery the country has to offer. Check it out for yourself this summer and enjoy.