A Travel Guide to Delaware
Delaware is a small state bordered to the south and west by Maryland. Topping it to the north is Pennsylvania and to the east, separated by Delaware Bay and river that flows in from the Atlantic Ocean, is New Jersey.
Its capital is Dover and its largest city is Wilmington. Its average temperatures are pleasant in the summer months starting later May through to September. It has a 96 mile coastline loaded with wonderful sanded beaches and seaside parks. Swimming and surfing is regularly enjoyed and there are many who occasionally drop a rod for some saltwater fishing from the Atlantic. There are also many state parks to angle for freshwater fish.
Delaware is rich in history dating back to the pioneering days and this reflects in its many museums such as the Winterthur Museum set in the grounds of an 18th century estate that also houses a research library that attracts many of America’s brightest. Other museums explore the pre-civilisation of man, ornithology, and industry. There are also interactive exhibits and demonstrations that help enhance the education of young and old alike.
The capital Dover is known for its international speedway that is home to NASCAR racing enthusiasts. Or you may prefer the racing of thoroughbreds at Dover Downs and enjoy a bet on the favourite. There is an inbuilt casino that also gives other opportunities to gamble on the slots or card tables. There is also excellent shopping and restaurants to enjoy a pleasant meal.
Newark is great for winter sports, the trails for hiking give way to cross-country skiing and there is also Pond Ice Arena which is famous for NHL, Olympic and public ice skating. It is close to the borders of Maryland and Pennsylvania which can also complement their facilities. Ice Hockey, the fastest team sport in the world is also very popular here and a visit here may involve taking in a game at league standard.
On a northeast line from Newark lies the largest city of Delaware – Wilmington. It is great for entertainment with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and historic buildings lining the Riverfront. Christina River is also the venue for many festivals, plays and shows you can take in at the Victorian style Grand Opera House and the Delaware Theatre Company. This is also a great place for real ale lovers. Wilmington also plays host to a Shipyard that accommodates the early pioneering vessel of the Kalmar Nyckel. This ship is responsible for the settlement of Northern Europeans who colonised Delaware and what was then the New World. This ship has been rebuilt to accommodate the tourist attractions who are offered public viewings which include special events.
Finally for golf lovers there are 52 public and private golf courses in Delaware, including those with coastal views and different challenges dependent on a person’s personal handicap or ability.
There is a wide variety of self catering vacation rentals in Delaware ranging from condos and apartments to beach front vacation homes.